11/06/2010-08/07/2010: SLAYER PAVILION - Room 1983: Some Text Missing
SLAYER PAVILION is pleased to present "Room 1983: Some Text Missing" by the project's founding artists David Dorrell, Melissa Frost and Mihda Koray running as a shadow event to the 6th Berlin Biennial.
"Room 1983: Some Text Missing" concentrates its attention on the obscured subtexts of late Cold War era pop music and its relationship to the then-emerging medium of the music video, where meanings that were often masked in, or even removed from the texts of songs - as alleged in the case of Corey Hart's hit single "Sunglasses at Night" - were expressed. Basing itself in the visual language of these music videos, "Room 1983: Some Text Missing" investigates the objects and forms that were transformed into signs to express pre- "historical 1984" fears of total nuclear war and totalitarian states: dark and sparse rooms, prison bars both real and suggested, and the black sunglasses that came to stand for a uniform that both reduced personal individuality and obscured the literal and metaphorical means of seeing. Giving additional consideration to other forms of cultural expression of anxiety, annihilation fear, and things going missing, "Room 1983: Some Text Missing," alongside a limited edition book produced as a partner piece to the exhibition, examines the myth of the Bermuda Triangle, itself a legend born and popularized in the era of the Cold War.
All visitors to "Room 1983: Some Text Missing" will be required to wear uniform black sunglasses that will be provided at the door of STYX Project Space.
A limited edition book produced by the artists, also titled "Some Text Missing," will be available for sale at the exhibition.
Founded in 2007 by David Dorrell, Melissa Frost and Mihda Koray, SLAYER PAVILION is an art space created in response to the prevailing art biennial and art fair cultures. A conceptual museum in a sense, SLAYER PAVILION is an ever-evolving theoretical structure consisting of "Rooms" curated or created by the artists involved, which should be viewed neither as individual or group exhibitions, but rather as temporary presentations of fractions of the greater dialogue housed within the theoretical structure of SLAYER PAVILION. Drawing inspiration from forgotten or marginalized histories and pop cultures, SLAYER PAVILION seeks to examine the margins of our culture so that we can live a "modern future" where, in the words of Raymond Williams in his 1987 lecture "When Was Modernism?," "community may be imagined again."
This is the 2nd presentation of SLAYER PAVILION, The previous SLAYER PAVILION, titled "Room 88: Dying Dreamer," was presented at URA Gallery, Istanbul in 2007.
Opening Reception: 11 June 2010, 7-10 pm
Closing Reception: 08 July 2010, 7-10 pm
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