"Standing Heat" is a performance series with five narrative pieces—many of them autobiographical—told by different artists. Topics range from a Bridgeport beekeeper’s insight into urban agriculture to a man's story about how living with a disability shaped his relationships with animals. "People love to talk about their animals," says Hughes. "They have deep experiences and memories embedded in their pets. These stories are for anyone who has ever loved an animal, or thought that they might be one."
The prevalence of animal stories also seems to be a product of the green movement. As (most of) society becomes increasingly aware of the horrific effects of certain global trends—consumerism, food production, the draining of natural resources—it makes sense to reevaluate our relationship to animals and also identify our own animalism.
Participating artists in "Standing Heat" include: Kestutis Nakas, Deke Weaver, Kevin Kling, Kim Marra, Amy Chavasse, Raissa Hinman, and Hughes herself.