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Chase Public Response Project XIX - "A Trip to the Moon"

  • Chase Public 1569 Chase Ave Cincinnati, OH, 45223 (map)

It is with great pleasure that we announce the nineteenth installment in the Chase Public Response Project. On February 16th, seven exciting artists and thinkers have been invited to each perform ten minute responses to Georges Méliès’ 1902 short film, “A Trip to the Moon” in which a group of astronomers travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite. 

The respondents have been given free range to respond however feels most appropriate to them; which could vary from musical performance, to poetry, dance, lecture, rant, game, anything. We explore most effectively when welook through all available angles. 

Nancy Paraskevopoulos | Skip Cullen
Laila B. Hameen | Rillon Lee
Norman Finkelstein | Abby Vice
Jeb Brack

Norman Finkelstein - was born in New York City in 1954.  He received his B.A. from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from Emory University.  He is a Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has lived since 1980.  He is the author of ten books of poetry and five books of literary criticism, and has written extensively about modern poetry and Jewish literature.


Skip Cullen - is a conceptual artist currently working in Cincinnati, Ohio.  His work has covered a range of subjects including Geometric Formalism, Absurdity, and Economic Systems.  Cullen has shown his work widely throughout the US, including having work in New York, Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco.  Cullen is also one member of a four-part artist collective named Slapface.  The group continually finds new ways to engage the public using large scale, colorful, and absurd art installations commenting on advertising and marketing in capitalism.  Skip is the exhibitions director at Visionaries and Voices, a non-profit He is a founding member of both the Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative in San Francisco and Wave Pool Contemporary Art Fulfillment Center in Cincinnati.


Laila B. Hameen - Some of Laila's earliest memories include: sharing stories to her 2nd grade classmates,  and entertaining her mother by impersonating the students on the way home from school. Laila is a native of  Dayton,Ohio but has been a resident of Cincinnati since 1997.
She is the playwright and actress of her own one woman show, Laid Off, a “resume review” based on true events. She has performed Laid Off in various spaces around Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, including Chase Public.

Laila describes herself as a liberal-brown-Muslim-spirit of energy who would rather meditate rather than instigate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television Media Performance and a Master of Arts in Communication from Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky.


Rillon Lee - (1994- unverified) was born young. Since then, Lee has experimented with various forms of creative outlets, most notably saxophone performance (not cited). He has been quoted to live the "most satirical" of lifestyles. Lee currently holds regular employment at a small cafe in downtown Cincinnati.


Abby Vice - is a self-taught piano player and electronic producer from Cincinnati, Ohio. With a passion for classical piano and downtempo electronic music, Vice merges the two genres to create an original, ambient, trip-hop sort of feel, often incorporating nature sounds. Her goal is to use the universal language of instrumental music as a means to connect with others through sound waves.


Nancy Paraskevopoulos - is a local personality who has spent most of her life living on the moon and trying to get back





Jeb Brack - is a modern day renaissance man, which means he gets paid very little for doing lots of different things.  He is a writer, illustrator, podcaster, and award-winning magician. Find him on the web at, on Instagram @wordspicturesmagic, or listen to his podcast "All In The Reflexes" at





Inspired by Pianist Brianna Matzke’s “The Stockhausen Response Project,” The Chase Public Response Project is an opportunity for creators and audiences to interact with art in a new way. Writers, artists, performers, and thinkers are assembled monthly to give their interpretation and share their impressions of the selected piece; they are given free range to do so by any means they choose. 


Chase Public is a collaborative space for art and assembly in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati. Chase Public was conceived with the intent to create an environment that could help balance consumption with creativity, individualism with collaboration, high art with honest work and plain language. Occupying a room that was previously Elyse's Passion, a feminist sex shop, Chase Public hosts poetry readings, music concerts, art openings, book signings, independent theater, stand-up comedy, hotly-contested debates, collaborative art-making, radical activism workshops, crazy-ass parties, and maybe one bird fight. Mostly poetry readings.


Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Thursday, February 16th
Doors at 7:00
Performance at 7:30


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