Installation/performance by Warren Neidich
Curated by Octavio Zaya
Emily Harvey Foundation, 537 Broadway, NY NY 10012
Friday, November 15th – Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Collaborative Performers: Cristian Amigo, Joshua Carro, Michael Day, Gisburg, Rosemarie Hertlein, James Ilgenfritz, Dafna Naphtali, Brian McCorkle, Esther Neff, Kevin Norton, Fahad Siadat, Alex Sramek, Andrea Young
Special thanks to:
Loui Terrier, Videographer
Notes:installation/performance by Warren Neidich with Cristian Amigo, Joshua Carro, Michael Day, Gisburg, Rosemarie Hertlein, James Ilgenfritz, Dafna Naphtali, Brian McCorkle, Esther Neff, Kevin Norton, Fahad Siadat, Andrea Young
This performance was at Eric Singer’s space at the time LEMURPlex, as part of a residency there to create a project for GuitarBot and the PercussionBots.
In 2011, Dafna received Franklin Furnace Fund award 2011 to further develop this work, which was preformed March 26, 2011 at Flea Theater Music with a View, and later again in 2016 further developed and performed at Avant Music Fest using Nick Yulman’s instruments.
“Be Not Afraid” is a two-channel looped video originally projected on suspended glass screens. A re-enactment of the first hypnotic session ever pictured (from an l9th century engraving) it also incorporates archival footage from the Worlds’ Fairs and NASA Footage.
Be Not Afraid, 2007
In 1784 the Marquis de Puysegur, a follower of Franz Anton Mesmer magnetized – or hypnotized – a shepherd, Victor Race on the Village Green
In the video members of The New Society for Universal Harmony are hypnotized under a tree behind which the viewer can see the remnants of Philip Johnson’s NY State Pavilion, itself a tribute to the U.S. Space Program. The video explores two aspects of modernity, the remnants of the utopian dream and the origins of psychoanalysis.
The video was shot in June 2006 by Ezra Bookstein and Ilana Rein, directed by Kathryn Alexander, edited by Lenore Malen and Ruppert Bohle with a score by Dafna Naphtali. It was produced by Lenore Malen & The New Society for Universal harmony.