The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music

When 23 Oct 2015 - 21 Mar 2016
Where Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States
Cost 19.95
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The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music is a spectacular visual and musical journey through the fantastical funerary traditions of South Vietnam.

Created by artist collective The Propeller Group, the video follows brass band musicians, spiritual mediums, professional criers, and street performers through the mournful and euphoric public ceremonies of a multi-day wake: a set of colorful rituals that resonate with funeral traditions in New Orleans and other parts of the “global south.”

Part documentary and part visionary reenactment, the video is a poetic rumination on life, death, and the stages in between. Ultimately, the work speaks across languages and cultures, amplifying a sense of cultural interconnection, and appealing to universal foundations of myth, storytelling, and mourning. Shot in ultra-high definition video, and produced with the technical sophistication of a Hollywood film, it immerses viewers in a lush and captivating dreamlike atmosphere.

About The Propeller Group
The Propeller Group was established in 2006 by Phunam Tuc, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen. Based in Ho Chi Minh and Los Angeles, the collective creates multimedia work that combines the languages of filmmaking, advertising, politics, and history. As part of its practice, The Propeller Group has cultivated the image of an advertising agency or public relations firm, pushing their work into the broader public sphere while deliberately confusing its brand messages. Recent works include Regional Reproduction (2012), Television Commercial for Communism (2011), and Viet Nam World Tour (2010–present).

The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music is the 76th installment in CMOA’s Forum series. This exhibition is organized by Amanda Donnan, assistant curator of contemporary art, Carnegie Museum of Art.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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