Archive for the ‘Performance’ Category

Sorry I haven’t posted

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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Sorry I haven’t posted… We opened Cory Arcangel: Masters on November 2nd, 2012, with a special artist talk with Cory. The same evening we also launched a social media intervention designed by Cory. Here are some of the results. Visit us during this last week of the exhibition and don’t miss Arcangel’s band, Title TK, perform this Saturday at the Carnegie Lecture Hall. They open for Bonnie Prince Billy.

Lightplay: Experiments in Paracinema at Apartment Talks

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Kosugi piece 4

Apartment Talk #10: Brett Kashmere, Melissa Ragona, Nico Zevallos, and Jonathan Walley

On October 2nd, we hosted an event programmed by INCITE Journal of Experimental Media’s Brett Kashmere for VIA Music and New Media Festival 2012. With collaborators Melissa Ragona and Nico Zevallos of CMU and Jonathan Walley of Denison University, Brett treated us to recreations of two “non-films” of the 1960s: Hollis Frampton’s audio/projection performance A Lecture, first performed at Hunter College in NYC in 1968, and Takehisa Kosugi’s little known performance Film and Film #4 of 1966. The Kosugi piece is referenced in A Lecture, so Frampton saw or knew of the piece, though it has rarely—if ever—been performed since.

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Miami (in the off-season with Ragnar Kjartansson)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I have just begun a month-long research trip that began in Miami, will end in Basel, and in-between will take me to Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Zagreb, Berlin, Kassel, and Paris. And maybe a mining town in Belgium. This trip began in a humid, sultry fashion in Miami, where the CMA’s exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson: Song, was opening at MoCA North Miami (it goes to ICA Boston in December). I’d never been to Miami outside of December, during Art Basel, and it was nice to see the city as it normally is, without the thousands of art world characters floating around. I had a great few days down there and was reminded of the strong artist community. Thursday evening was Ragnar’s opening—the installation was impeccable. And Ragnar, in true Ragnar fashion, made everybody happy. I had an 8:00 AM flight the next morning, which I miraculously made, and then spent the next 22 hours en-route to Hong Kong. I don’t recommend that to anyone…

Richard’s Bar, Pittsburgh. The Housewarming Performance feat. Yamasuki

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

On Friday February 3, 2012, we met at 9 p.m. to celebrate the opening of Richard’s Bar at 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. We entered the freezing and badly lighted bar where Swiss artist Tobias Madison taught us the five movements as listed on the backside of the LP Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki (coll. John Paul MacDuffie Woodburn), an album described by Discdogs as follows: “The 1971 concept album was the brainchild of French pop composers Jean Kluger and Daniel Vangarde, who learnt Japanese before recording began and even enlisted the aid of a renowned black-belt Judo master to introduce the tracks, which were all sung in Japanese by a school choir. The result is theatrical, epic, freaky and exotic pseudo-Japanese pop that absolutely defies categorization.”

The performance that followed defied categorization as well. Due to lack of space, we had to go outside onto the bar’s vast terrace. There, we followed the movements / indications for a five-part performance as printed on the back of the LP Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki. Written in French, we translated it into English thanks to an Internet translator (which added some unexpected words and sense to the instructions, producing even more “de-categorization”):

the YAMASUKI is a sequence of attitudes and gestures that express the $ ·
of. Ia life. Is changed. position to each sound.

major themes

THE SALVATION:
clasped hands, ((n in prayer, we look forward slowly year
(photo 1), one recovers, we turn to his right
then left 0 (Jand I are Chmura, begin to sing, it starts
not place a sill). ilar to that Ia ~ e samba. (phot ~ 2)

JOY ·:
· and legs spread arms are swinging it right and turn
gauehe emphasizing one of mouvenlent. appears on the legs.
(photo 3)

FEAR:
Rapla arms around the face. (photo 4)

GRACE:
arms perform graceful movements of oriental style.
COM THE BAT:
Preparati9n: legs apart, hands on thighs, jump
there.

Attack: Taking the positions of karate (photo 5) shouting
“C • aa ooh n.

Hara Kiri: you push the cry of the Kwai •
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We start with THE SALVATION. JOY. and so on.

Richard’s Bar will open again, we will let you know!