Cally Spooner, And You Were Wonderful, On Stage, 2013. Courtesy of the artist, The Stedelijk Museum and MOTINTERNATIONAL.
Cally Spooner Artist Class
- Monday, November 11, 1:00 pm
Cally Spooner will give an artist talk using her Performa premiere And You Were Wonderful, On Stage as a point of departure. Working with a chorus line of female a cappella singers, relocated from the margins to take a splintered lead role, Spooner draws on the Broadway musical genre to articulate a loss of live delivery in contemporary life, which is relinquished in favor of technical perfection, to the detriment of improvisation and conversation.
For her artist class, Spooner explores the absorption of liveness, authenticity, and speech into post-Fordist managerial and experience economies, to ask why the performance artist might emerge as an 'immaterial laborer' extraordinaire. Starting with her Performa musical, moving through her films, scripts, as well as excerpts from pop culture, Spooner's class asks where the sites for speech and action are located today, whether they can be inhabited, and what role performance might play.