PRESS RELEASE: International Fall Book Launches and Exhibitions for ‘Black Mirror / Espejo Negro’ by Pedro Lasch

Posted: October 29th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Black Mirror - Espejo Negro, Events - Pedro Lasch, Exhibitions-Pedro Lasch | 1 Comment »

PRESS RELEASE: International Fall Book Launches and Exhibitions for ‘Black Mirror / Espejo Negro’ by Pedro Lasch

NOTA DE PRENSA: Lanzamiento Internacional del Libro y Exposiciones ’Black Mirror / Espejo Negro’ de Pedro Lasch

(nota sobre el libro en español abajo)

Following the production of the first segment of Pedro Lasch’s project for the AND AND AND Platform of Documenta 13 in September (http://www.documenta.de/andandand30.html?&L=1 ), we are pleased to announce the international launch of the artist’s first book ‘Black Mirror / Espejo Negro.” The following cities and venues will hold launch events this fall, some of which will be accompanied by an exhibition of the works included in the book. Events for the Spring will be announced in January 2011.

The artist will be present at all of the following launches, in some cases, so will several of the book’s co-authors.

New York, NY, USA: Saturday November 6, 5-7pm, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. http://www.stephanstoyanovgallery.com/

Durham, NC, USA: Wednesday November 10, 6-8pm, East Duke Building Gallery at Duke University

In conjunction with an exhibition of photographs from the ‘Black Mirror / Espejo Negro’ suites (Nov 4, 2010 - Mar 13, 2011). http://www.duke.edu/web/art/

Bogotá, Colombia: Sábado 13 de noviembre, 5-7pm, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (MAMBO)

En coordinación con la exposición ‘Estéticas Decoloniales’ (9 nov - 15 dic de 2010). http://www.mambogota.com/

London, UK: Friday November 19, 6-9pm, Stephen Lawrence Gallery

In conjunction with an exhibition of photographs from the ‘Black Mirror / Espejo Negro’ suites for the exhibition ‘Revolution and Diaspora’ (Oct 25 to Nov 28, 2010). http://www.gre.ac.uk/pr/slg

Manchester, UK: Monday November 22, (time TBA), Centre for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, University of Manchester

In conjunction with the artist talk ‘Naturalisations and Black Mirrors’. http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/clacs/

Marseille, France: Wednesday November 24, 6-8pm, Galerie of Marseille. http://www.galerieofmarseille.com/

Madrid, España: Martes 30 de noviembre, 3-5pm, Museo de Arte Reina Sofía.

En coordinación con el evento ‘Memorias Disruptivas’ de la ‘Red Conceptualismos del Sur’ http://www.museoreinasofia.es/redes/conceptualismos-del-sur/memorias-disruptivas.html

A full description of the book in English and Spanish are included below, as well as a digital flyer with the cover image and an order form.

Copies of the bilingual book will be available for purchase at all launches. There will also be order forms to make orders by mail or online.

For more information or updates on launches, visit the above venues’ websites directly or these two links:

http://www.pedrolasch.com/blog/2010/10/29/black-mirror-espejo-negro-launches-fall-2010/

For more information on the Black Mirror / Espejo Negro project as a whole, visit:

http://www.espejonegro.com/

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Black Mirror/Espejo Negro

Pedro Lasch, editor

The provocative three-part project Black Mirror/Espejo Negro by the artist Pedro Lasch encompasses a museum installation, photographs of the installation, and this bilingual book, including many of the photos, the artist’s statement, and critical commentaries. The project began as an installation commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to accompany the exhibition El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III. In a gallery adjacent to the exhibit of Spanish Golden Age masterpieces, Lasch placed black rectangular mirrors on the walls, each with an image of a Spanish Renaissance painting behind it. Pre-Columbian stone and ceramic figures, chosen by Lasch from the museum’s permanent collection of Meso-Ameri- can art, stood on pedestals facing toward each mirror and away from visitors entering the room. Viewers were drawn into a meditation on colonialism and spectatorship when, on looking into the black mirrors, they saw the pre-Columbian figures, seventeenth and eighteenth-century Spanish priests and conquistadores, themselves, and the contemporary gallery environment. The book Black Mirror/Espejo Negro includes full-color reproductions of thirty-nine photographs of the installation, as well as the text that Lasch wrote to accompany it. In short essays, scholars reflect on Lasch’s work in relation to current debates in art history and visual studies, race discourse, pre-Columbian studies, postcolonial theory, and de-colonial thought.

Contributors. Srinivas Aravamudan, Jennifer A. González, Pedro Lasch, Arnaud Maillet, Walter Mignolo, Pete Sigal

Pedro Lasch is an assistant research professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. He has shown his work in many venues, includ- ing the Queens Museum of Art, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, the Royal College of Art (London), Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico City), the Singapore Art Museum, and the Gwangju Biennale (South Korea).

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2010. 128 pages, 41 color illustrations

978-0-938989-34-9, hardcover $35.00

Bilingual edition (English - Spanish)

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Black Mirror / Espejo Negro

Pedro Lasch, Editor

Este provocador proyecto del artista Pedro Lasch se titula Black Mirror/Espejo Negro y comprende tres partes, una instalación museística, una serie fotográfica basada en la instalación y este libro bilingüe que incluye muchas de las fotografías, así como escritos del artista y comentarios críticos. El proyecto comenzó cuando el Nasher Museum comisionó la instalación para acompañar la exposición De El Greco a Velazquez: Arte Durante el Reinado de Felipe III. En una galería conjunta a esta muestra de obras maestras del barroco español, Lasch colocó grandes espejo negros rectangulares en la pared, cada uno con una imagen de un cuadro colonial detrás. Dieciséis esculturas antropomórficas precolombinas pertenecientes a la colección del museo y seleccionadas por Lasch, fueron puestas sobre pedestales, pero mirando hacia el espejo y mostrando su espalda a los visitantes de la galería. Después de algún tiempo de mirar estos espejos y las figuras en frente, el público entraba en una meditación sobre el colonialismo y el consumo del arte, ya que su propio cuerpo e imagen se veían colapsados en un mismo plano sobre el espacio de la galería, los retratos de conquistadores y religiosos del barroco y las figuras precolombinas. El libro Black Mirror/Espejo Negro incluye treinta y nueve fotografías a todo color, así como los textos escritos por el artista para acompañar la instalación. En ensayos cortos, académicos con distintas especializaciones refleccionan sobre la relación del trabajo de Lasch con debates sobre el arte contemporáneo, el discurso de la raza, el arte barroco y los estudios precolombinos, así como la teoría postcolonial y el pensamiento descolonial.

Contribuyentes: Srinivas Aravamudan, Jennifer A. González, Arnaud Maillet, Walter Mignolo, Pete Sigal

Pedro Lasch es profesor e investigador asistente en el Departamento de Arte, Historia del Arte, y Estudios Visuales de Duke University. Su obra se ha mostrado en muchos espacios internacionalmente, entre ellos el Queens Museum of Art, el Walker Art Center en Mineapolis, el Royal College of Art (Reino Unido), el Centro Nacional de las Artes (México), el Singapore Art Museum (Singapur), y la Gwangju Biennial (Corea del Sur).

Publicación de el Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University y el Franklin Humanities Institute de Duke University, con apoyo adicional de la Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Título: Black Mirror / Espejo Negro (no subtitle)

2010. 128 páginas, 41 ilustraciones a color

978-0-938989-34-9, tapa dura, US$35.00

Edición bilingüe: español-inglés


Pedro Lasch & TTGG @ dOCUMENTA(13) AND AND AND Platform / 9-11-2010

Posted: September 11th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Events - Pedro Lasch, Exhibitions-Pedro Lasch, Phantom Limbs, Public Proposals | 224 Comments »

Dear friends,

Today is the 9th anniversary of September 11, 2001. This message is sent out to you as we honor the countless lives lost to fear and violence since that tragic morning in New York. The organization of Twin Towers Go Global (TTGG), the artist run platform of AND AND AND, and the director and staff of dOCUMENTA(13) have chosen this symbolic day to launch a series of three special 9/11 anniversary reports (2010, 2011, 2012). Like all other projects in the AND AND AND series, these reports are part of dOCUMENTA(13).
After I recently accepted the challenge of serving as one of several artistic advisors to the Architecture and Engineering Committee of TTGG, and having already been in conversations for a few weeks with the AND AND AND platform, I proposed to both parties that we collaborate on a series of reports updating our various lists and networks on the yearly developments of the TTGG’s International Memorial Reconstruction, a monumental project that consists of the building of exact replicas of New York’s Twin Towers in different cities around the world.
You can here read my public acceptance as advisor to the TTGG’s Artists & Scholars Reinvent World Trade Program:
http://www.pedrolasch.com/blog/2010/09/04/ttgg-acceptance/
For all other information on the 9/11 Anniversary Reports, TTGG, the IMR, AND AND AND, or dOCUMENTA(13), please see the links included below.
Kind regards,
Pedro Lasch
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About the First 9/11 Report at the AND AND AND Platform of dOCUMENTA(13)
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For more information, visit the dOCUMENTA(13) site at:
http://www.documenta.de/
Select English or German and see the 10.9.2010 entry:
http://www.documenta.de/d13_info.html?L=1
The full English announcement can be found here:
http://www.documenta.de/andandand30.html?&L=1
…as well as the link to the complete First Anniversary Report in the series (6-pages):
http://www.documenta.de/fileadmin/d13_newsletter/andandand/event4_ttgg_pedro_lasch.pdf
For more information on AND AND AND, visit:
http://www.andandand.org/
About TWIN TOWERS GO GLOBAL (TTGG)  and the International Memorial Reconstruction (IMR)
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http://www.twintowersgoglobal.org/
EMAIL (write INFO or SUBSCRIBE in your title):
info@twintowersgoglobal.org
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For updates and information, you can join the facebook page TWIN TOWERS GO GLOBAL, or add George Cromley, Director of TTGG Media to your facebook friends list.
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Jul 16 to 20-London-Portman Gallery-TELEGETO (PT 1)-Curated by John Cussans

Posted: July 14th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Actions & Activism, Events - Pedro Lasch, Exhibitions-Pedro Lasch, Haiti | 594 Comments »
TELEGETO (PT 1)
Morpeth School, Portman Place (off Globe Road), London E2 OPX

An exhibition of video works by young people from the Grand Rue area of Port-
au-Prince, Haiti and sculptures made by pupils from Morpeth School under the
guidance of artists from Atis Rezistans, Haiti.
Curated by John Cussans

EXHIBITION July 16th - 20th
OPENING (with Pedro Lasch) Thursday, July 16th, 4pm - 8 pm
Opening times Thu. - Fri. 4 - 7 pm, Sat. 1- 6pm

To learn more about Portman Gallery and Morpeth School, visit:

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Jul 8 (and 9 to 12)-London-Goldsmiths Exhibition

Posted: July 2nd, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Exhibitions-Pedro Lasch | 256 Comments »
My 9/11 and World Trade Center related project ‘Phantom Limbs’ is getting its first public viewing at the 2010 Goldsmiths MFA Exhibition. This installation consists of 8 finished paintings from the series, and the work is located in the Small Baths Building on Laurie Grove (see below)
For images and more info on the project, visit:
http://www.pedrolasch.com/blog/2010/07/01/phantom-limbs-london-2010/
For more information on the Goldsmiths exhibition see the copied text below, or visit the sites:
http://www.gold.ac.uk/art/exhibitions/
or
http://www.goldsmiths2010.com/
Let me know what you think, and hopefully see you soon!
Pedro

Goldsmiths MFA 2010
// Dror Al Kuwaity // Maria Jose Argenzio // Nicole Bachmann // Ruth Beale // Erik Bendix // David Charlesworth // Amir Chasson // Chun Teng Chu // Elena Damiani // Annie Davey // Birgit R. Deubner // Noam Enbar // Rowena Harris // Haroun Haward // Joey Holder // Thomas Johnson //Matthew Johnstone // Una Knox // Iva Kontic // Vera Kox // Hye Young Ku // Pedro Lasch // Ji-Yeon Lee // Fred Lindberg // Xinyi Liu // Olivia Lori // Matthew McQuillan // Alexis Milne // Jasiek Mischke// Christine Ng // Jin Hee Park // Eun Jung Park // Lara Rettondini // Sandra Setzkorn // Ki Woun Shin // Nicolas Vass // Nicholas Wootton // Burcu Yagcioglu //

Goldsmiths: But is it Art? - BBC Four TV Documentary

//// Private View: 8 July, 6-9pm //// Public View: 9-12 July //// open 10am-7pm //// except Sun: 12-4pm ////

Goldsmiths, University of London
Lewisham Way
New Cross
London SE14 6NW

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Jul 8 to 12-London-Phantom Limbs

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Pedro Lasch Phantom Limbs

A series of installations, paintings, and drawings commemorating September 11, 2001.

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May 23 to Oct 18-New York-Pedro Lasch ‘Latino/a America’ at PS1/MoMA Greater New York

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Pedro Lasch ‘Latino/a America’ map project  on view at:

“An Atlas of Radical Cartography”
Greater New York
PS1
May 23-October 18
Opening May 23, 12-6pm
http://www.ps1.org

Opening Day Celebration
Sunday, May 23, 12:00–6:00 p.m.

MoMA PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art present the third iteration of the quinquennial exhibition Greater New York, which showcases the work of artists and collectives living and working in the New York metropolitan area. In addition to presenting recent works by some 68 artists, Greater New York includes an active on-site workshop in which participating artists are invited to experiment with new projects and ideas throughout the duration of the exhibition.

To learn more about ‘An Atlas of Radical Cartography” visit:

http://www.an-atlas.com/

To learn more about ‘Latino/a America’ visit:

http://www.latinoaamerica.com/


Jul 5-Sep 10, 2010-London-Leah Gordon-Photos from Haiti-Riflemaker Gallery

Posted: July 1st, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Exhibitions-Recommended, Haiti | 198 Comments »
LEAH GORDON

(b. 1959 Ellesmere Port)

‘The Invisibles’

Monday 5 July - Saturday 10 September

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Download Leah Gordon biography

Leah Gordon (b.1959 Ellesmere Port) is a photographer, film-maker and curator who has an ongoing interest in and relationship with Haiti. She first visited Haiti in 1991 and was the official photographer for the 1994 Amnesty International Report on that country. She has exhibited widely, her images featuring in numerous public and private collections including that of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Gordon has been involved in a range of projects as both visual artist and curator, including documenting experiences of homophobia in London, crossing-dressing in Vodou, links between the Slave Trade and the River Thames and exhibitions of Haitian art. Her photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ is published in June 2010.

The cover image to the Riflemaker exhibition The Invisibles: ‘Girl with Bird’, Cité Soleil, Haiti 1993, documents a territory - Cité de Soleil - classified by the UN as the most dangerous place on earth, though the image is a portrait of stillness and grace, taken during the military coup years of 1991-1994.

Gordon has recently returned to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake. Her upcoming exhibition and book ‘The Invisibles’ will include photographs sold to benefit victims of the disaster. In 2006 she commissioned the Grand Rue Sculptors from Haiti to make ‘Freedom Sculpture’, a permanent exhibit for the International Museum of Slavery in Liverpool. Continuing her relationship with the Grand Rue artists, Gordon organised and co-curated the Ghetto Biennale in December 2009. Gordon also teaches fact-based film at The University for Creative Arts, Surrey. She participated in the Riflemaker exhibition ‘Voo-doo’ in 2009

“I’m drawn to the boundaries between art, religion and anthropology. These borderlands have a historical, and often uncomfortable, relationship with photography. A suspicion that photography has observed and policed, but never taken part. Photography has rarely been embraced as a form of representation by religions. It is as if photography, with it’s indelible relationship to the material, could only serve to disprove the divine, Although when one reflects on its alchemical past it seems rooted in magical process.

Much of my studio photography is an exploration of this, often surreal, territory. My portraits in the studio are staged examinations of the spirit world; an anthropology of the invisibles. ‘Kanaval’ is a body of my work that has a more documentary approach. A record of people that still own and transmit their own folk history. It is a unsanitised, dirty history of the people played out on the streets”. Leah Gordon.

“People originated by magic in all countries of the world. No one lives of the flesh. Everyone lives of the spirit”: Andre Pierre, Haitian artist, quoted in ‘The Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou’, ed. Don Cosentino, UCLA Fowler Museum.

“Leah Gordon’s images seem to speak not only to the eye and mind, but somewhere deeper. They almost speak to the soul itself, to the long buried core of our human experience. As we peek into this powerful world, we see mankind turned inside out; the monster within worn proudly on the flesh, exposed, named and challenged. I think I will return over and over again to these images - they are a startling reminder of what lies beneath. Truly startling. Truly brilliant”. Emma Rice

Emma Rice is the Artistic Director of the Kneehigh Theatre where she has directed shows including ‘Brief Encounter’, ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, ‘Cymbeline’, ‘Tristan & Yseult’ and ‘The Red Shoes’.

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Apr 28to29-London-Presentation at ‘Deschooling Society’-Hayward Gallery and Serpentine Gallery

Posted: April 28th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Art, Story-Telling & the Five Senses / El Arte, El Cuento y los Cinco Sentidos, Events - Pedro Lasch, Exhibitions-Pedro Lasch | 225 Comments »

Purcell Room

DESCHOOLING SOCIETY

Conference

Thursday 29 April 2010 - Friday 30 April 2010

This two-day conference brings together international artists, curators and writers to discuss and debate the changing relationship between art and education. Please note that a ticket for 29 April includes entry to both days of this conference.

Deschooling Society takes its title from Ivan Illich’s seminal 1971 book, one of the most influential radical critiques of the education system in Western countries. Issues at the heart of that critique have been increasingly debated within the art world in recent years, and the subject of education has attracted renewed attention from artists, curators and collectives. Pedagogical models are currently being explored, re-imagined and deployed by practitioners from around the world in highly diverse projects comprising laboratories, discursive platforms, temporary schools, participatory workshops and libraries. Simultaneously, progressive globalisation has led to a revaluing of the collective knowledge and agency of local communities.

Speakers have been invited to present critical ideas on collective and participatory practice, pedagogical experiments and how such art can be understood and discussed. The conference is a collaborative event marking the start of a Hayward Gallery research project culminating in the transformation of the gallery space into an alternative art school during summer 2012. It also addresses the urgent issues that have arisen from the Centre for Possible Studies, part of an ongoing Serpentine Gallery project in the Edgware Road neighbourhood, and is the second part of the Serpentine’s collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, following the conference Transpedagogy - Contemporary Art and the Vehicles of Education at MoMA in May 2009.

Programme

Thursday 29 April

10am Greetings and Introduction by Ralph Rugoff and Sally Tallant
10.15am Keynote lecture by Christopher Robbins ‘Escape from Politics - The Challenge of Pedagogy and Democratic Politics in the De/schooled Society’
10.45am Response and Q&A moderated by Sally Tallant
11.15am Panel discussion - ‘From Discursive Practices to the Pedagogical Turn’, with Carmen Moersch and Irit Rogoff, moderated by Sally Tallant.
1pm Break
2pm Dialogues - ‘Insertions, Alterations, and Rearrangements within Existing Institutional Frameworks’, with Tania Bruguera, Harrell Fletcher and Nils Norman. Opening statement and moderation by Claire Bishop.
3.30pm Break
4pm Presentations - ‘Pedagogy of Place - Self-Organized Education’, featuring Artschool UK, London, Free University Warsaw (Janek Sowa), 16 Beaver, New York (Pedro Lasch), The Public School, Brussels (Sonia Dermience), Experimental Drawing Class, London (Terry Smith), introduced by Rafal Niemojewski.
5pm End

Friday 30 April

10am Greetings
10.15am Keynote lecture by Martha Rosler
10.45am Martha Rosler in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
11.15am Panel discussion: Protest in Art School: Rituals of Power and Rebellion since the Sixties, with Dave Beech, Marion von Osten, Adrian Rifkin and Lisa Tickner, moderated by Cliff Lauson
1pm Break
2pm Dialogues - ‘Theatres of Education’, with Hannah Hurtzig, Suzanne Lacy and Pablo Helguera
3.30pm Break
4pm Presentations - ‘Pedagogy of Place - Local Models and Knowledges’, featuring Marcelo Expósito, Barcelona, Janna Graham, London, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Rotterdam, Pablo Helguera, New York, Gediminas Urbanos, Vilnus, introduced by Nicola Lees
5pm Summary by Paul O’Neill, closing statement by Ralph Rugoff, plenary session, questions from the audience
6pm End

Schedule subject to change

Podcasts from the conference will appear on the Hayward Gallery blog.


Apr 22-Art & Labour Summit: Cultural Workers, Artists, Students, and Interns Meet to Organise, Name Names, and Coordinate Demands

Posted: April 19th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Actions & Activism, Events - Pedro Lasch, Events-Recommended, Exhibitions-Pedro Lasch | Comments Off

Art & Labour Summit: Cultural Workers, Artists, Students, and Interns Meet to Organise, Name Names, and Coordinate Demands
Thursday April 22nd, 6pm-9pm
Cell Projects Space
258 Cambridge Heath Road,  London E2 9DA
Free entry and all welcome

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We’d like you to join us for a special event and organisational party open to all who are interested in the better understanding and active transformation of the way art, free labour, and education work. Crises are moments of great opportunity, as we all know, and those defunding and devaluing our labour have been busy applying this knowledge.

We invite your active participation in an evening of events:

1. ‘Show and Tell’ - bring evidence of your current research, campaigns or projects dealing with art and labour to share with the group.
2. ‘Name and Shame’ - collectively create a map of power structures on the wall where we name our exploiters, quantify their exploits, draw the hidden or overt links between them and chart the ideas that legitimise their subsistence.
3. ‘Coordinate Demands’ - engage in small group discussions to identify your demands.
4. ‘Publish and Get Organised’ - we will end the evening by having a look at what we have created to decide where and how we want to publish a map of our most urgent demands and discuss the experimental, pragmatic and sustainable organisational techniques we can use to co-ordinate the next steps.

This event has been developed as a response and dialogue with the newspaper and website “Art Work: A National Conversation about Art, Labor, and Economics” recently published by Temporary Services. Pedro from 16 Beaver has brought forty free copies of the paper from the US to distribute to participants at the event in London, but you can also download the newspaper as pdf or read the articles online here:
http://www.artandwork.us

This summit is co-organised by Carrot Workers Collective, Micropolitics Group, Lottie Child, Ecosophy Group, Temporary Services, Free School, Short Term Solutions, Independent Art School, ARTSCHOOL/UK, Sophie Hope and Pedro Lasch (16 Beaver)…

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to participate in the making of the map long-distance, just send us an email at the addresses below.

For any messages, comments, or questions related to this event, contact Sophie Hope - sophiehope[at]mac.com, or Pedro Lasch - plasch[at]duke.edu


Mar 24-London-Veiled Conversation No. 9 by Pedro Lasch: An Irreverent Listening Engagement with John Cage’s Empty Words / Showroom

Posted: March 17th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Events - Pedro Lasch, Exhibitions-Pedro Lasch | 168 Comments »
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Sound Threshold presents

Veiled Conversation No. 9 by Pedro Lasch
An Irreverent Listening Engagement with John Cage’s Empty Words.

This is the First Session of The Listening Project curated by Sound Threshold (Daniela Cascella and Lucia Farinati).
Where a space for collective listening, for sharing stories, songs and thoughts about the social production of sound is created.

Wednesday 24 March 2010, 6.30 pm – 9 pm
The Showroom
63 Penfold Street, London, NW8 8PQ

About this session

The compositions of John Cage’s are talked about so often that they have become canonical. Paradoxically, they are rarely physically experienced, especially in collective settings. For this special Listening Session on the social production of sound, Pedro Lasch invites us to remedy the situation by listening together to a recording of Cage’s Empty Words (1977).

Originally performed for a large Italian audience and lasting two and a half hours, Cage’s musical reading of manipulated words and syllables begins with the conventionally solemn silence of classical music halls. The work’s simplicity and iconoclasm, however, eventually causes a riot to break out. This crescendo of support and resistance to the artist, as well as the audible manifestation of the social tensions produced by the formalism of the work, are beautifully registered in the recording that Lasch is sharing.

Some of the social and perceptual modalities we will use to listen to Cage’s work belong to Lasch’s Veiled Conversations, an ongoing project that creates unusual conditions for both formal and casual conversations as it limits the visibility of those who speak and those who listen.

The event will be structured in three parts and most determined by the event’s participants. Empty Words by John Cage will be played throughout the evening, functioning as a ‘durational’ material to listen and react to. While we will listen silently to Cage for some time at the beginning, the second part of the event will consist in the overlapping presentation of audio recordings, texts or ‘sound gestures’ brought by specifically invited individuals, materials that may make our listening or non-listening visible or, in any non-harmful way, alter the social conditions of our listening.
In the third part of the session, everyone in the audience will be invited to bring their own sound-generating devices (e.g. CD player or props) and voices, to add another uncontrolled aural level to the recorded composition. The event will be ended with a group discussion as the sounds keep playing.

No booking is required. For further info please write to: soundthreshold@gmail.com


About Sound Threshold

Sound Threshold was established in 2007 by Daniela Cascella and Lucia Farinati, as a long-term research project which explores the relationships between site and sound. The project is grounded on a shared background and interest in literature, experimental music, art history, and over a decade of experience in writing and in curating visual and sonic arts projects.
Sound Threshold investigates the idea of threshold as an extended metaphor of boundary, frontier, track, border and difference – not only visual traces but also natural elements, literary references, acoustic phenomena.
Since its inception Sound Threshold has initiated and developed a programme of events and artists’ commissions in collaboration with international scientific research centres, as well as with museums and art galleries: Music and Sound Through The Landscape, Trentino - Italy 2007-2008; The Listening Project, London, 2010.
Sound Threshold is a no-profit organisation based in London.

To learn more, visit:
www.soundthreshold.org


About Pedro Lasch:

Pedro Lasch is an artist, educator, and cultural producer whose preoccupation with the theory and practice of a socially engaged art has led to the formulation of an aesthetics based on public interventions, social interactions, games, and temporal rearrangements. In addition to his individual work in a wide range of disciplines including drawing, painting, video, installation and performance, he leads ongoing projects with immigrant communities and art collectives, such as the 16Beaver Group.

Born and raised in Mexico City, he usually splits his time between New York City and Durham (NC), where he is Assistant Research Professor of Visual Art in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. He is currently on leave from Duke, and based in London.

To see images and texts on specific projects, visit:
www.pedrolasch.com