Announced: A Gesture Absolutely Vile @ New Museum


Programmed in conjunction with “Performance Archiving Performance,” a presentation of works that engage archive as medium, on view in the Fifth Floor Resource Center from November 6, 2013–January 12, 2014.

An ongoing collaboration between Lovett/Codagnone and musician Michele Pauli (of Italian band Casino Royale), CANDIDATE produces extreme electro-industrial dance music and noise to accompany many of Lovett/Codagnone’s visual artworks. Their live shows often incorporate performances by major figures of experimental theater and film. This concert, entitled A Gesture Absolutely Vile, features special appearances by actor and member of the New York City Players Jim Fletcher, dancer and Kinkaleri company member Marco Mazzoni, actor and founding member of Wooster Group Kate Valk, and artist and performer Julie Tolentino. An installation by Lovett/Codagnone coyly subverts traditional power dynamics between audience and performers, providing a stark atmospheric environment for the event.



Performance archives seek to preserve some legible record of live art’s imprint on culture for future study; however, many argue that archived representations of performance cannot fully capture the nuances of ephemeral experience so essential to the form. Projects by a canary torsi, Jennifer Monson, Julie Tolentino, and Sara Wookey acknowledge these concerns by conceiving of the relationship between performance and archives as unique systems. Within these systems, the acts of recording, storing, indexing, and redistributing are as much a part of the work as the performance itself. As a result, the site of performance—its position in time, space, and form—is placed in question so that the actual process of archiving may be interpreted as its own mode of performance, its own singular event.

“Performance Archiving Performance,” a presentation of projects that engage archive as medium, is organized by Travis Chamberlain, Associate Curator of Performance, and on view in the Fifth Floor Resource Center from November 6–January 12.

New Museum

New Museum

235 Bowery,

New York, New York

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