Still from a 2011 performance, “Tout ce qui arrive arrive par l’escalier”

Julie Béna (in collaboration with Adrien Vescovi) The Song of the Hands

38 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 MAP

French artist Julie Béna, in collaboration with Adrien Vescovi, will use the entire interior of a French cultural center as a stage for a new, collaborative performance and site-specific installation entitled The Song of the Hands. Loosely inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions, the pair will enact two types of gestures, creating parallel languages. Seemingly functionless objects will be given new lives as props, and an otherwise ordinary space will be filled with a playful set of rumors, snaps, and movements.

The Song of the Hands will be Julie Béna’s first solo exhibition and debut performance in the U.S., and marks the inauguration of a new art space, 100% Transparent.  Located in an old Williamsburg storefront, 100% Transparent aims to delight at all hours with works from international artists, and to create unexpected encounters with art.


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