The Table: collaboration with Wu Tsang

When 23 Jun 2011
4:00PM - 9:00PM
Where New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
United States
Enquiry 212.219.1222

Snapshot from Wu Tsang’s film Wildness, as presented online, 2011.  Courtesy of the artist

June 23 2011, 4-9pm

Press Release:

The New Museum and Rhizome are pleased to present The Table, a five-hour, day-into-night performance by DJ/producers Kingdom (Ezra Rubin), Nguzunguzu (Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda), and Total Freedom (Ashland Mines) in collaboration with Wu Tsang. Presented by Wu Tsang as part of his residency We Remember Stories, Not Facts, The Table is a live performance/webcast that brings together a group of artists who believe in DJing as a form of art. The Table places the four DJs on four opposing sides of a table in the middle of the floor. The artists face each other, working together and/or against each other to produce a constant stream of ad-libbed new ideas in sound. The unusual setup gives the audience an unconventional role as co-conspirator, huddled around the table like students at a schoolyard brawl. The particular placement of the table uses bad feng shui to pleasantly disrupt our experience of entertainment and hospitality. The Table is part of an ongoing series of parties/sound/experiences that began in Los Angeles.

Total Freedom, aka Ashland Mines, is a DJ/Producer living in Los Angeles. Besides being known internationally for brain broadening DJ sets, Ashland is known in Los Angeles for his work curating and producing events. The first experiments with The Table were directed by him.

Kingdom, aka Ezra Rubin, is a DJ/Producer living in Los Angeles. Rubin’s work is held in high regard around the world for its completely individual, almost otherworldly, character. Rubin has official releases on Fools Gold, Night Slugs, and Acephale, with more to come on his own Fade To Mind.

Nguzunguzu is a DJ and production duo from Los Angeles. Their production work has been featured by artist like MIA, Sam Sparro, and Rye Rye. In 2010 they had official releases on Silverback Recordings and Innovative Leisure. A release of new work is slated for early summer on Kingdom’s imprint Fade To Mind.

About Wu Tsang in Residence:

“We Remember Stories, Not Facts: Wu Tsang in Residence” is part of the 2012 Generational:

We Remember Stories, Not Facts is a series of contextualizing and investigative programs conceived in collaboration with Wu Tsang as part of his residency at the New Museum this June. Each program is designed to illuminate and expand upon various aspects of Tsang’s new film and performance project Full Body Quotation (FBQ). FBQ samples audio clips and quotations from the unknown (and known) cannon of transgender cinema—channeling them into live performance. In the tradition of drag realness, Tsang maintains a studied and irreverent relationship to the social “realities” that produced the original films. By appropriating, re-embodying, and remixing these voices, FBQ explores self-representation and context as a performance in and of itself. Conceived as a follow-up to the performance PIG (Politically Involved Girls), which was presented last year at X-Initative in collaboration with Zackary Drucker and Marriana Marroquin, this is Tsang’s directorial debut. The New Museum presents FBQ as a live performance in November as part of Performa 2011, with subsequent exhibitions of a resulting short film in 2012.

Wu Tsang is a performer and filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles. His projects have been presented at X-Initiative (New York), Sala de Art Publico Siqueiros (Mexico City), Oberhausen (Germany), REDCAT (Los Angeles), and the 2010 California Biennial. Tsang was a 2010 Independent Filmmaker Project Documentary Fellow for his first feature WILDNESS (currently in post-production).

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