“The loss of history makes them constantly curious and continuously horny….”

D’Amelio Terras, New York
January 6 – February 10, 2007

Vito Acconci
John M Armleder
Olivier Mosset
Chuck Nanney
Steven Parrino
Sam Samore

The inspiration for this exhibition is  “Theatre Project for a Rock Band”, the 1995 Vito Acconci / The Mekons performance at the Dia Center for the Arts, New York. Acconci designed the performance space, which was hexagonally divided into 6 parts, each pie containing both the members of the audience and a single band member. That performance was structured architecturally and temporally around the idea of The Mekons, a radical punk band, playing an hour-long song first individually, then in various combinations and ultimately together, with Vito Acconci’s narrative voice filling in the intervals between the music.

Using the structure and ideas of the Dia performance as inspiration, “The loss of history makes them constantly curious and continuously horny….”, will investigate the relationships between a group of artists who all share a radical approach to their medium — be it through concepts, paint handling within the traditions of abstraction, or unconventional use of sound, architecture and photography. Over the years this group has shown together in numerous group shows, mostly in Europe, where their work found wide support from various cultural institutions. For this show Acconci will again provide the voice for the exhibition with an audio piece replaying the 1995 “Theatre Project for a Rock Band” narrative, which is once again broken up into six parts.  During the silent breaks, the works of John M. Armleder, Olivier Mosset, Chuck Nanney, Steven Parrino and Sam Samore will metaphorically act as stand-ins for musical elements of The Mekons.

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