PAW’s 10 actions at ICA Boston

PAW Action 1
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Artist and ACT Lecturer, Kelly Nipper has invited her Performance Art Workshop (PAW) class to develop a set of actions inspired by their own experimental artistic community, with its unique rituals, missions, ethics, and aesthetics. Performances will take place within the context of ICA Boston’s Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 exhibition, as part of Theater Piece No.1×50.

Declared the first Happening and later named Theater Piece No. 1, an unnamed performance took place in August 1952 at Black Mountain College that would become one of the most famous events in the college’s history. Nipper was invited by the ICA, along with five Boston-based artists to reimagine Theater Piece No. 1 by proposing a series of actions that will take place in the ICA galleries and throughout the museum.

Schedule of Actions

Action 1:
Björn Sparrman
Wed, Oct 21, 11 AM

Action 2:
Björn Sparrman + Jessika Khazrik
Sat, Oct 24, 12 PM
Description: Two performers stand apart, connected via a pair of telephones. One speaks the word “poem”, and the other repeats exactly what is heard. They mimic each other in succession, as the original word evolves into other words and sounds. This work experiments with language, decoupling words from meanings and speech from sound.

Action 3:
Andre Aboulian + performer
Tue, Oct 27, 11 AM
Description: Two performers stand apart, connected via a pair of telephones. One speaks the word “poem”, and the other repeats exactly what is heard. They mimic each other in succession, as the original word evolves into other words and sounds. This work experiments with language, decoupling words from meanings and speech from sound.

Action 4:
Jose Rivera + Björn Sparrman
Sun, Nov 1, 3 PM
Description: Artists Jose Rivera and Bjorn Sparrman together explore the transcription of movement. While Sparman travels through the gallery space, Rivera maps his location in time. This dynamic interplay generates a hand drawn musical score, which is then performed by Rivera.

Action 5:
Andre Aboulian + Jose Rivera
Wed, Nov 4, 11 AM
Description: Wires resound over motored tangles. Egg grater, vacuum beater, videocassette blender, tape cleaner get lost in a maze and in a confused attempt at echolocation shout, moan, and grunt to find their way out.

Action 6:
Andre Aboulian + Jose Rivera
Wed, Nov 11, 11 AM
Description: Wires resound over motored tangles. Egg grater, vacuum beater, videocassette blender, tape cleaner get lost in a maze and in a confused attempt at echolocation shout, moan, and grunt to find their way out.

Action 7:
Jose Rivera + Björn Sparrman
Wed, Nov 18, 11 AM

Description: Artists Jose Rivera and Bjorn Sparrman together explore the transcription of movement. While Sparman travels through the gallery space, Rivera maps his location in time. This dynamic interplay generates a hand drawn musical score, which is then performed by Rivera.

Action 8:
Jessika Khazrik and 7 scientists
Thu, Nov 19, 11 AM

Action 9:
Björn Sparrman
Tue, Dec 1, 3 PM

Action 10:
Jessika Khazrik + Jose Rivera
Thu, Dec 3, 6 PM

 

venue

  • institute of contemporary art, boston
    100 Northern Avenue
    Boston, MA 02210

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