Presented by Institute for Advanced Study


Northern Spark 2014
Jun 2014
About the Event

Erik Satie’s seminal piece Vexations (1893) consists of a simple theme for piano, which bears the inscription “to play the theme 840 times in succession.” The work’s premier in Manhattan in 1963 lasted over 17 hours and featured performers including John Cage, David Tudor, and Christian Wolff. For this rendition in Minneapolis, nine performers will successively stage Vexations (1893) in Northrop in one hour-long shifts throughout the whole night. Concurrently, simultaneous performances at independent art spaces in other cities will be broadcasted live through various sound portals installed in the space (NK Projekt Berlin i.e.) next to sound works by international contemporary artists (Charles Stankievech among others). Video works that explore movement and duration including disco & funk lessons will be screened on monitors throughout the building.

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