*December 11th!!* and/or next beep beep by Kirby Mages

Posted on December 8, 2010


Project Goleb Presents:

and/or next beep beep

 an exhibition + performance by Kirby Mages.

 Curated by Igor Sevcuk + Taf Hassam

­We are pleased to announce on Saturday 11th December, a performance by current artist in residence Kirby Mages will be taking place in the studios of Goleb. Entitled and/or next beep beep, the performance and/or exhibition combines spoken word, video, and text, creating a tour through the realms of intimacy, consciousness, love and disillusionment. 

Accompanying the performance, we kindly invite you to the warming and activation of our project space, located on the first floor of de Vlugt. The warming will include drinks and music from DNK’s DJ UNIT (Masterfader and the Snail) and DJ LOVE ON THE BEAT.

Saturday 11th December 2010

Doors Open: 20h00

Performance Starts: 20h30

Project Space: 21h30

and/or next beep beep

 What stays with you latest and deepest? of curious panics

Of hard-fought engagements or sieges tremendous what deepest remains?

—Walt Whitman, “The Dresser”

Through her videos and performances, Kirby Mages sings a dark song of the self that conceives of the individual voice as extraordinary and expansive, capable of affairs that exceed continental proportions. In her show, and/or next beep beep, Mages eroticizes that strange concept called “America,” and articulates it as a highly personal lover; she challenges democracy to love her back. But where Walt Whitman sang songs in praise of the American experiment, Mages’s love for “America” is deeply alienated, its poetry is the dull rhetoric of U.S. Census Bureau surveys and bank bail-outs. In Mages’s vision, the individual has been lost, the beloved is unpardonably corrupt, and the lover is left like a disillusioned stalker: she is still going through the motions of obsessively “pursuing happiness” (as the U.S. Declaration of Independence states this is a citizen’s “unalienable right”), but a loneliness inflects Mages’s works that cuts deep even through her dark humour. Here, Mages explores how one might intervene in the fiction of our reality, how the artist can make a “fiction of this fiction,” how the individual can overcome the radical alienation of contemporary life, and how one can love while speaking in the dead-language of “age-old rhetoric.” — Allen Strouse

Kirby Mages based in Brooklyn, is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. Her work has been shown as part of the New Filmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives (New York), and in 2008 she was the recipient of the Elizabeth Kray Poetry Prize. Since October 2010, she has been the Artist in Residence at Goleb.

Further information about her work can be found here at: http://www.kirbymages.com

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