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Local Project Art Space
Jan 16 – Feb 1 2020
11-27 44th Road Long Island City, NY
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Immersive sound and glass objects forge an unlikely connection between an absurd work of 16th century literature, the ancient pseudo-science of alchemy, and political hate speech. The centerpiece of the installation is a 17 minute sound work for 12 speakers that puts the listener aboard a boat with the characters from François Rabelais’ book Gargantua and Pantagruel. As the crew sails through a frozen sea they are bombarded with the ghostly sounds of a fierce battle which were frozen in the air during the harsh winter and have begun to thaw. As the words explode they reveal not only the horrible sounds of war, but the degraded language of President Donald Trump bursting from the media of the 21st century.

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