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MUSEUM FOR AFRICAN ART

BERNI SEARLE, HOME AND AWAY, 2003BERNI SEARLE, HOME AND AWAY, 2003

Performance Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY
T: (212) 529-7194

November 14
7 – 10 pm (doors open at 6.30) (followed by Paul D Miller aka DJ Spooky)

South African artist Berni Searle ’s About to Forget, a triple-screen projection, will be shown across the breadth of the Angel Orensanz altar, presented by the Museum for African Art; and Home and Away, a two-screen projection, will also be installed in the converted synagogue.

The lyrical and enigmatic imagery and ambient soundtracks of the two films complement the sacred context of this installation. Home and Away, places projections side by side of the receding shorelines of Spain and Morocco, opposing views of the calm Moroccan sea with an ominous inky blackness engulfing Searle’s body, as it floats off the Spanish coastline.

Searle’s point of departure for About to Forget is a collection of photographs of three generations of her family, providing a metaphoric and poetic reflection on a fractured past: a family divided by religious differences and racial classifications. Searle’s title references the process of forgetting, which entwines both the presence and absence of memory, and, in between, a series of gradually fading after-images of people and events that linger in the mind.

Curated by Laurie Ann Farrell and produced by the Museum for African Art for PERFORMA05.


PAUL D. MILLER aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid: Reset
Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts
November 14
7-10 pm (following Bernie Searle)

In his new work, Reset, New York-based artist Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, will re-construct Nam Jun Paik’s 1971 performance TV Cello. Originally a collaboration between Korean-born artist, Nam Jun Paik and cellist/performance artist Charlotte Moorman (1933-91), TV Cello was a playable instrument made of cello components and television sets, assembled in the form of a cello. The television screens streamed pre-recorded videos and live video footage of the performances, in which Moorman would play the TV Cello.

Reset invokes some of the major elements of Paik’s original work, including live performance, composed sound, and multi-media projection. Musical and video accompaniment to the work will be composed and performed by Miller, who has recorded pioneering performance and video artist Joan Jonas reading selected statements by Paik on the subject of music and composition, which will be projected onto a live performer.

Presented by Museum for African Art at Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts for PERFORMA05

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