Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dynamic Duo: Allora & Calzadilla

What a great talk tonight by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia!

"Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have been collaborating since 1995, exploring ideas of authorship, nationality, borders, democracy, and global society. They utilize sculpture, photography, video, performance, and sound to create metaphors and experiments that explore the relationship between an object and its meaning."

Tonight they traced one thread of their collaboration: that of the role of music in human culture.  They showed clips from several of their videos, including one of a flutist playing the oldest instrument in the world, a flute made from a vulture bone, 35 million years old, while a vulture watched, listened, and seemed to respond to the sound.  They posit that Homo Sapiens survived over Neanderthal Man because they had music to connect them communally. 

It was a very stimulating talk.  Thanks to for choosing it as one of its picks!

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