Auditorium Rainier III
Horaire : 30th April 2016 – 00:10 - 00:40
Shana Moulton et Nick Hallett (with Claire Bergerault) : Moments from Whispering Pines
Performance – The Kitchen, New York 2010
With the courtesy of the artist and Gregor Staiger, Zurich
Artist Shana Moulton, from the United States, has been working for years through her alter ego, Cynthia, a character who appears on stage and screen. Cynthia could be described as both the superego and the identity of Shana Moulton, the expression, as profoundly melancholic as it is comic, of her secret desires, also reflecting the omnipresence of cultural diktats. Cynthia, as the artist says, “is me in the bathroom; it’s me worried about ageing; it’s me looking at a beauty magazine.” Her work is amusing but in an unsettling way, in the style of American stand-up comedy. As with the best stand-up comics, we find in her work a real depth, a keen understanding of the realities through which we are living, where absurd hybrid cultural models are produced on the spot. During Monaco’s Nuit Blanche, Shana Moulton will present her mini opera Moments from Whispering Pines, developed with musician and composer Nick Hallett and featuring soprano Claire Bergerault.
Born in California and now settled in Brooklyn, Shana Moulton alternates between the use of video, installation and performance in her work. Perpetually in search of some magic to escape banality, Shana likes to resort to fantasies and hallucinations to illustrate the aspirations and rituals of a society lacking in spirituality.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University, she has participated in residences at Skowhegan, LMCC and Harvestworks. Focusing particularly on video and performance, Shana Moulton has also taken part in festivals dedicated to these media, such as Performa 2013 (New York) and the ICA Biennial of Moving Images (London, 2011).
She is represented by the Crèvecoeur (Paris) and Gregor Staiger (Zurich) galleries. Her exhibitions include: Tate Modern (London); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco); Migros Museum (Zurich); the New Museum (New York); Art in General in 2009; Wexner Center; MoMA PS 1; The Kitchen; Performa 09; Electronic Arts Intermix; the Andy Warhol Museum; Socrates Sculpture Park. Her exhibition Anémochories can be seen at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris until September 2016.
Nick Hallett is a composer, vocalist, and cultural producer working between the worlds of music, art, and performance. His work has been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Transmediale/Club CTM, Mutek Mexico, Le Confort Moderne, Crikoteka, Centro de Experimentacion del Teatro Colon, and Performa, among others. He is currently composer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s latest dance-theater work, Analogy: A Trilogy.