Michael Agnew, Jan Estep, and the NECC Actors, Doing Time, Nothing But Time, 2009, artist book, paperback, perfect bound, black-and-white, offset printed with DVD-R insert, 80 pages, 9" x 6.5".
Doing Time, Nothing But Time documents the multimedia performance and residency project conducted by Michael Agnew and Jan Estep with incarcerated men at Northeast Correctional Center (NECC), a close-security men’s prison in Bowling Green, Missouri. The original performance piece was the result of a four-month collaborative creative process that used theater, writing, and video to explore the theme of time. The final play combined live performance and projected video into a multi-faceted exploration of the men’s own experiences of and thoughts about time. Produced after the final performances, this project book - designed and edited by Estep - features an introductory essay, the full theatrical and video scripts, and a selection of the men’s original writings and drawings created during the residency. Inserted into the back page of each book is a DVD featuring the final performances; the stand-alone video Time and Time Again, which played during the piece; and the post-performance question-and-answer sessions with the audience.