April 24th, 2009


Empathy, epiphany, eureka: 2 mags and a tour

The new edition of Viennese art magazine Spike contains a four-page Artist's Diary I wrote detailing the genesis of Love Is The End of Art, the collaboration with Aki Sasamoto I'll be performing at Zach Feuer Gallery in New York between May 5th and 16th. "Referencing the disciplines of art criticism, theater and lovemaking," reports Time Out New York, "the artists will perform Tue–Fri 2–6pm; Sat noon–6pm. Tue 5–May 16."

Meanwhile, the new edition of The Wire (issue 303, which -- neatly -- also contains an appreciation of the Roland TB-303) carries a one-page article by me on the inside back page, an Epiphanies column entitled In Praise of Quiet Music which begins: "Citizens of future civilisations who want to portray us as a backward and bone-headed lot will have plenty of examples to choose from. They could cite the fact that 10% of our global population hogs 85% of global wealth. Or they could look at our attitude to amplification." The article talks about an outdoor concert I attended in Rome of John Cage's prepared piano piece Daughters of the Lonesome Isle, about my discovery of ultra-quiet group The Gongs at Oberlin College in 2002, and about Tomoko Sauvage's forthcoming album Ombrophilia, due from and/OAR Records. I forgot to mention in the Wire article that one of The Gongs continues to make exemplary quiet music, the composer Stefan Tcherepnin, featured recently in ArtForum. You can hear a piece of his here.

On Sunday at 3pm I'm giving one of my Unreliable Tours, this time of the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. I'll guide people around their Darwin: Art and the Search for Origins exhibition, telling visitors that Darwin -- contrary to anything they might have heard -- actually arrived at his evolutionary theories after witnessing the events recounted in The Bremen Town-Musicians by The Brothers Grimm. Darwin's eureka moment, I'll continue, came when his father took him to Highdown Fair. I'll let Angelo Branduardi continue the tale, with the help of his violin:

If you want a slightly less far-fetched account of the formative years of Charles Darwin (who would have turned 200 this February if apoptotic cell death hadn't depredated his body in 1882), try this old BBC production, The Voyage of Charles Darwin. My tour is part of Playing The City, a Frankfurt-wide event in which "twenty international artists, including Ulf Aminde, Dara Friedman, Dora Garcia, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Sharon Hayes, will turn downtown Frankfurt into a site of numerous activities and situations, ranging from performances to guerrilla actions". Mine starts at the Schirn at 3pm on Sunday and is called Das Ist Die Wahrheit: "that is the truth".