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Live Stage: Hence Where Labour [us Brooklyn]

douglas_barrett.jpgSound Series #17: Hence Where Labour – G Douglas Barrett :: January 27, 2012; 8:00 pm :: Presents Gallery, 64 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY.

Hence Where Labour is part of an ongoing series of text settings of an English translation of Marx’s 1858 manuscript Grundrisse der Kritik der politischen Ökonomie. Stretched horizontally across the floor of the gallery, a solo performer sings a subtly developing musical setting of the text hence where labour in which a human being does what a thing could do has ceased — composed entirely through the use of a computer algorithm. Marx’s fragment — designated in historian Moishe Postone’s analysis as outlining the material conditions for the full development of all of humanity — is layered against the inert labor of a single performing body occupying the time and space of the musical frame. Performed by Fahad Siadat.

G Douglas Barrett’s work considers music as part of a critical arts practice in which performance and conceptuality figure as integral components. Drawing equally from the contemporary gallery arts and the performing arts traditions, he has exhibited, performed, and published throughout North America and Europe: Diapason Gallery (New York), the Wulf (Los Angeles), Theater Perdu (Amsterdam), Universität der Künste Berlin, Phoebe Zeitgeist Teatro (Milan), Université de Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée, Sonic Arts Research Centre (Belfast, UK) and Neutral Ground (Canada). BARRETT’s writings on music and art are published in the interdisciplinary literary journal Mosaic and Contemporary Music Review. A recent discussion of his work appears in an essay by eldritch Priest in the journal Postmodern Culture.


Jan 26, 2012
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