The arts collaborative Spatula&Barcode has launched “Home Stretch,” a “distributed festival” of small artistic acts taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, between the summer solstice (June 21) and the autumn equinox (September 22).

By appointment, participating artists will offer intimate performances and other arts experiences throughout the summer. All bookings are handled through the event website.

Spatula&Barcode was founded by UW–Madison’s Laurie Beth Clark, a professor in the School of Education’s Art Department, and Michael Peterson, an associate professor in the Art Department.

“We felt that this summer would be a time of transition between COVID lockdowns and eventual reopening,” says Clark. “We want to explore how forms of performance and other kinds of aesthetic sociality can help us re-learn how to be together.”

Each participating artist has devised an event or experience for individuals or small groups. Offerings range from walking tours to site-specific dances, from a poignant musical canoe ride to an outdoor magic act.

Artists participating at this time include Amber Palmer; Angela Johnson and Justin Bitner; Bird Ross; Cyra Polizzi; Derick Wycherly; James Ember; Jen Plants; Laurie Beth Clark, Maya Barsacq, and Meg Mitchell; Lesley Numbers; Marina Kelly and Bethany Alwa; Michael Peterson; Nicole Gruter; Quanda Johnson; Solarpunk Surfclub; Teresa Audet; Victoria Hoff; and Zoe Cohen. Additional acts will be added throughout the summer.