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"Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society of being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex." Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto, 1968
Artist Readings at MoMA Monday, January 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Artist Readings features selected artists reading works from the MoMA Library collection. Participants include Derrick Adams in collaboration with Ramon Silva, Jon Hendricks, James Hoff, Johanna Fateman, Mendi + Keith Obadike, and Martha Wilson.
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.
I ripped the audio from a number of videos I found on YouTube to construct this. FULL TEXTSOUND PIECE
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.