Alexis Bhagat: Lecture on Democracy as Word and Brand

Performance Tue 2 Dec 2008 6.30PM-8.30PM Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13th Street
Free admission
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Lecture on Democracy as Word and Brand activates Liam Gillick's platform (Revised Sochaux Structure, 2008) with two opposing channels of pre-recorded audio. From the fora—the four benches included in Gillick's installation—recordings made during a charrette that Bhagat conducted on October 27 with New School students play from four small speakers. An overhead loudspeaker, "the voice of authority," delivers proclamations by Edward Bernays, George Bush, Adam Curtis, David Ogilvy, and Ronald Reagan, among others. The artist, speaking to the fora from a lectern below, navigates this opposition and urges the abandonment of terms such as "democracy," that have been emptied of meaning by their abuse throughout the twentieth century.

Alexis Bhagat (born USA, 1974) is a sound artist and writer from New York. His work is dedicated to dismantling authorship and authority through the cultivation of new forms of radically poly-vocal sound, the transmission of promiscuous conversation, and obsessive, never-ending correspondence. He speaks and writes on anarchism, prisons, and sound art, and is a founding member of the August Sound Coalition. Bhagat is intrigued by the "lecture" as a form ripe for intervention.

This program has been made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

This new performance work was commissioned by Parsons for OURS and is presented as part of the Vera List Center's program cycle on "Branding Democracy."

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