music!/electronics!/video art!/dance! (featuring a piece by mefi's own speicus)
posted September 5, 2011 7:44 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Mon September 12 at 7:00 PM, Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St, New York, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
Prophecy of Place | photographs, poetry, video, assemblage and performance works
Monday, September 12 | 6–9pm The 9/12 event features Wikswo's photographic, text and video installation and projection works for live performance. With music of VERONIKA KRAUSAS and ISAAC SCHANKLER performed by ANDREW THOLL, NADIA FRANCAVILLA, and ANDREW MILLER. Dance movement by choreographer Alexandra Shilling and her dancers.
Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011
(Free! But reserving a space is recommended.)
Please save the date and spread the word for this 9/12 special live performance evening in NYC celebrating QUINTAN ANA WIKSWO's six-month solo museum exhibition: "Prophecy of Place: Quintan Ana Wikswo" (August 14, 2011 - February 14, 2012).

With readings from Wikswo's poems featured in TIN HOUSE, WITNESS, CONJUNCTIONS, DRUNKEN BOAT, NEW AMERICAN WRITING and others.

6:30pm.......reception and tour of exhibition

7pm.......performances of "Sonderbauten" "Fossoyeur," "Paneveyzs Forest," and others.

8pm......Q and A with Quintan Ana Wikswo by Joanne Jacobsen, Dean of Yeshiva University

8:30pm........Reception and gallery tours


PROPHECY OF PLACE gathers Quintan Ana Wikswo's powerful and haunting constellation of photographs, text installations, video projections, assemblage and collaborative performance. From 2009 to 2011, the artist worked in Portugal, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Russia and Argentina, acquiring damaged antique battlefield cameras and typewriters manufactured by slave labor during Fascist-era dictatorships.

Using these instruments, she returned to undocumented sites where crimes against humanity have literally "taken place" – places whose traumatic histories have been erased, and where contemporary efforts continue to actively obscure the historic acts. Because tangible, material evidence of trauma usually no longer remains at these sites, the site itself is an abstraction, and often quite beautiful: buttercups blossoming at a demolished torture facility, or baby swallows nesting above an unmemorialized mass grave.

Themselves unlikely survivors of violence, her gathered instruments have unique capacities, wounds and histories with the sites themselves, where their often controversial presence provokes interaction and response from locals who recall their histories. Through manipulating the physical distortions in the cameras themselves, sites of atrocity are unrecognizably dislodged from familiar representations and contexts.

These works create a captivating and intriguing vision of the human encounter with trauma, fracture, beauty and erasure.
posted by mandymanwasregistered to Performance (2 comments total)

I'm going to Blondie that night. Will you be in town too?
posted by brujita at 11:23 AM on September 6, 2011

We'll be in town for a few days and will maaaybe stop by the meetup on Sunday, other crap permitting.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 3:05 PM on September 6, 2011

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