Subject: summer of love extended | midissage 01. December 2015
From: Douglas Henderson
I am very happy to announce that my solo exhibition /summer of love/
at Galerie Mario Mazzoli, has been extended, and will now run until
16. January 2016.
To celebrate we will have a midissage, in collaboration with INM’s
itinerant interludes program.
Interventions for ii#67 include readings of poems by Gregory Corso,
Hedwig Gorski, and percussive interruptions by Tony Buck.
Do stop by, and if you can’t make it for the midissage, by all means
come to the show!
Tuesday 01. December, 19 – 21h
Galerie Mario Mazzoli
summer of love – solo show by Douglas Henderson
October 24th 2015 – January 16th 2016
Opening times: Tu-Sa 12-18h and by appointment
Douglas Henderson’s /summer of love/ is a large, multi-component
sound/sculpture installation consisting of 21 giant kinetic flowers made
of kevlar, carbon fiber and fiberglass, up to 250cm tall. At the base
of each flower is a loudspeaker, pointed upward, and a mechanism which
allows it to rotate according to the vibrations of the speaker
membrane. A 16-channel electroacoustic composition constructed around
beat poet Gregory Corso’s controversial poem BOMB, in which he
satirically idolizes nuclear weaponry, broadcasts from the flower
blossoms. This in turn drives the whirling choreography of the garden
and creates a highly complex soundfield, as frequencies, reflections and
doppler shifts continually re-spatialize the soundtrack.
/summer of love/ plays on the paradoxical fear of, and desire for global
annihilation. Our obsessive fears of apocalypse, nourished by the
media, seem to become the subject of a bizarre fashion show: each
generation has its threat. In 1967 it was the atom bomb, while today
global warming competes with ISIS on the catwalk of doom. With this new
work Henderson embraces these fears as a means of conquering them,
cultivating a dancing garden to survive the Flood.
Featuring readings by actors Meret Becker, Anna Clementi, Julia Stefani
Möller, and Hedda Oledzki, the composition weaves together the readings
of the poem, cross-synthesized with archival sounds and percussion
phrases played by Tony Buck.