Notes for MoMA Symposium
October 16, 2013
I made a short sound piece that collapses two events of October 1992. The first one is Sinéad O’Connor’s infamous performance on Saturday Night Live for which she sang an a cappella version of the Bob Marley song “War” and afterwards tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II. It was intended to be a protest against child abuse in the Catholic Church, and the systematic silencing of children who had come forward. “Fight the real enemy,” she declared.
At the second event, thirteen days later, on October 16th—so, 21 years ago tonight actually—she performed at the Bob Dylan tribute concert at Madison Square Garden. She had planned to sing the Dylan song “I Believe In You,” but in the face of unrelenting noise from the crowd, mostly booing, she ripped her in-ear monitors out and she repeated her Saturday Night live performance. She sang Bob Marley’s “War” again, unaccompanied by the musicians on stage.
Heidi Bucher “Bodyshells” 1972
Come join us on October 16 for a public program called Listening In: The Social Space of Sound. Held in conjunction with Soundings: A Contemporary Score, which features the work of 16 contemporary interdisciplinary artists who explore the relationships between sounds, objects, and environments—how we listen and how the spaces in which we listen impact our experiences—this discussion addresses the materiality of sound: the ways in which sound can shape our physical, collective, and social experiences; our framework for understanding our environments; and how the medium of sound is particularly positioned to challenge familiar ways of thinking. Participants include Philip Brophy, writer, composer, and film director; Christoph Cox, Professor of Philosophy, Hampshire College, and a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Branden Joseph, Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; and Johanna Fateman, musician, writer, record producer, and member of the band Le Tigre. Moderated by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, and organizer of the exhibition.
I’ll be on this panel Oct 16 at MoMA
Reading List: Artists’ Selections from the MoMA Library Collection
September 25, 2013–January 6, 2014
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Organized by Rachael Morrison, Senior Library Assistant and Lori Salmon, Library Assistant, MoMA Library.
Fake bloody hands behind Kerry.
I wrote about Beatriz Preciado’s Testo Junkie and Marie Calloway’s what purpose did i serve in your life for Bookforum.
This is my most famous tweet.
(I wrote about his late 70s collaboration with Terence Sellers for Apology Magazine. That’s Sellers in the middle.)