My friend Ben Durham has a show opening this week at Nicole Klagsbrun in NYC titled “Portraits, Maps, Texts”. We are doing a collaborative performance on May 11th at 6pm.
“Durham’s collaborative sound performance with artist and musician Robert Beatty will be presented at Nicole Klagsbrun on May 11, 2013 from 6-8pm, followed by a reception with the artist. Working with cassette tape recordings of Durham dictating the text from his portraits, Beatty will create a live processed sound improvisation while the artist recites the text in front of the audience. Beatty’s extensive manipulation of the tape and treatment of the recorded voice as pure sound re-imagines how we transmit and receive information and what we lose in the process. Just as the Text Portraits are constructed layer upon layer out of written text, the artist’s voice becomes buried under its own sound, creating an experience where narrative is examined yet obscured.”