An action, event or other thing that occurs or happens again
11 NOVEMBER - 23 DECEMBER 2011
YOUNG HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES
NAM JUNE PAIK
An action, event or other thing that occurs or happens again looks at repetition as a tool for the manipulation and control of the masses, thinking about the relationship between repetition, sound and the image; how sound activates text and how the repetition of words, images and actions can create a sense of familiarity or a relationship with something.
Thinking of the television as a sound, image and text provider through its programming and advertising, and advertising and marketing as the manipulation of these subjects; repetition and repetitive techniques are employed to create structures and narratives that are key elements to the success of many sitcoms, TV programmes and magazines. This type of marketing strategy is able to draw in an audience and keep them there, transfixed.
Repetition is also a key element of many music genres; techno, trance, pop, electronica, drum & bass, house; is there a similar formal structure or strategy in place here? An established structure that has the power to control its audience?
Trade Gallery worked in collaboration with artist and producer of this project, Candice Jacobs to develop an exhibition within an exhibition alongside the main gallery at One Thoresby Street. Trade screened Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley.
Ashley is a distinguished figure in American contemporary music working in new forms of opera and multi-disciplinary projects. His recorded works are acknowledged classics of language in a musical setting distinctly original in style, and distinctly American in their subject matter and use of language.
Co- produced with Channel Four, in August 1983, Ashley’s Perfect Lives is an opera for television made into seven half-hour episodes. The programme was widely considered to be the pre-cursor of "music-television."
This project was hosted by One Thoresby Street and Bonnington Gallery in Nottingham and was supported by a number of performances, talks and screenings documentation of which can be viewed and listened to here.
This project has been financially supported by the kind generosity of the Arts Council England.