Posts Tagged ‘Ashland Mines’

Scissor Sister

Monday, July 30th, 2012
Wu Tsang's hair

“Clearly,” was Wu Tsang’s response, when asked whether this performance was an homage to Yoko Ono’s landmark “Cut Piece.” A better question might have been, “What makes this different from that?” Or, why not “Rhythm 0” by Marina Abramović?  No Serbian roulette here at the final night of Blasting Voice, though I overheard post-show visitors calculating how long it must have taken for Wu to grow such long hair.

The climax came when one audience member, sensing a Gordian knot (or “not”) went for Wu’s bun. The audience objected – bun-cutting is taboo – until an ardent member snatched the shears (scissors seizure).  After the show, I asked him why, but he couldn’t explain.  But I hear that he attended every night of Blasting Voice, so maybe he understood the fourth wall better than most.

(l-r) Blasting Voice curator Ashland Mines with friend; performer Shayne Oliver

Blasting Voice

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Geneva Jacuzzi performs in the Blasting Voice series at The Suzanne Geiss Company:

“BLASTING VOICE is an exhibition conceived and developed by Ashland Mines (Ed. note: He is also DJ Total Freedom and brother of Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio) and organized by Kevin McGarry and Isabel Venero. For the main gallery space, Mines, in collaboration with Thunder Horse Video, designed a stage with an over-equipped sound system to accommodate a single performer (Ed. note: Those speakers are mostly for show). On nine nights throughout the show, this stage will be activated by 27 performances — both linguistic and non-verbal, acoustic and electronic — exploring poetic and formal dimensions of amplification. There will be an image projection designed by Seychelle OD Allah in the reception area.”