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Charlemagne Palestine is a composer, musician, performer, and visual artist. Challenging expectations of what a contemporary, Western ear may consider beautiful, his sparse, repetitive, ritualistic music is rooted in his formal training as a cantor and early experiences with carillon bells and electronic tone generators while nodding toward a spectrum of religious ceremonial musical styles.
Palestine’s site-responsive work for the 2014 Biennial practically haunts the Museum building. This sound piece was recorded as the artist ascended and descended the stairs, chanting into the stairwell and using his voice, his footsteps, and the reverberation of sounds off the stone to create his music. Combining his musical performance with his sculptural practice, Palestine cloaked the speakers in fabric and stuffed animals, animating the stairwell visually as well as sonically. As he always does while performing, Palestine sang while drinking cognac, creating a ritual-like environment. The playback and speakers have been synchronized to this original moment so that Palestine’s disembodied voice follows viewers as they make their way through the stairwell, the speakers’ channels corresponding to how the artist moved through the space during the performance.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace