Thursday, June 16, 2011, 7:00 pm
In the context of Gallery TPWs ongoing interest in the relationship between liveness and images, join us in conversation with New York/Berlin based artist David Levine. Coinciding with the Luminato presentation of his new work Habit, Levine will discuss his larger practice, staging institutional collisions and the possibilities for short-circuiting the ways people see and hence create meaning.
June 10-11 and 13-19
11:00 am -7:00 pm
An installation, durational event and realist play, Habit reorients the way we watch. Inside a fully functioning ranch house designed by Marsha Ginsberg, actors inhabit a set for eight hours each day, performing a roughly ninety-minute play on a continuous loop. Communicating only through the scripted dialogue of their characters, the actors must also improvise staging to suit their needs – if they’re hungry, they cook; if they’re dirty, they wash. Audiences, meanwhile, may circulate freely around the outside of the set watching the live action through the windows of the house. In an adjacent space, a twelve-camera live feed from the house randomly edits video to create a unique TV drama. Habit fuses television production, durational performance, behavioral psychology, and realist-theater into a project that asks basic questions about the relationship between spectatorship, performance, authenticity and reality. Commissioned by Luminato and MASS MoCA. For more information visit Luminato.com/habit.