four nights, four performances
four nights...begins with Oliver Farley's "Skipping Rope," jump rope as a performance medium through which he creates images, both static and in motion. Dipping the rope in ink leaves marks where it hits a surface. Farley will collaborate with DJ Jacob Sperber, building a sound installation that flows in and out of Farley's piece.
The second night features a screening of Stephen Sutcliffe's video collage, O Come all ye faithful, in which Sutcliffe pits a hopeful poem from the well-loved British poet Christopher Logue against a disparaging internal monologue. The artist creates a stark contrast between the found footage of Logue's poetry reading and the terse background banter--an overlay of streaming obsenities that seem to imply Logue's own self-doubt. Stephen Sutcliffe's work has been included in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally, at venues including Tate Britain; TART; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; The Scottish Pavilion, 2003 Venice Biennale; Breeder, Athens and Transmission, Glasgow.
The series continues with a pre-recorded audio performance of a sampling from the 1979 archives of The Kitchen in New York. These performances include works by Phillip Glass, Meredith Monk, and Steve Reich, among others, exemplifying The Kitchen's rich history as a site of experimentation in audio performance and composition.
four nights, four performances concludes with a screening of video footage from The Essential Clash, including early concert footage, interview clips and the Clash's homemade silent film Hell Who. This screening pays homage to the Clash as great performers and sources of inspiration for artists of all kinds.
TART invites you to join us for each of these consecutive performances to experience how each iteration tests the meaning of the next. In particular, the remnants and products of Oliver's performance will remain constant throughout, creating a new dynamic and level of tension each evening.