A series of performances in occasion of 56th Venice Biennale closing.
b. 1960 United Kingdom
Das Kapital Oratorio (live readings 30’ each)
Courtesy Galería Helga de Alvear
Boyce’s video installation Exquisite Cacophony at the Biennale di Venezia documents a live multivocal performance. With its roots in the modernist idioms of jazz scat singing and Dadaist noise, and in homage to music as a medium of political resistance, the performance is discordant and nonsensical, mixing sound fragments, syllables, patterns, and riffs. Jazz derives from the field hollers and work songs of African-American slave laborers, whose rhythms mingled with ragtime and brass bands, while Dadaist noise responded to the psychological trauma of World War I. Both idioms depart from reason and logic as the mainstays of dominant political regimes and insist that vocal improvisation is a strategic means of autonomy and resistance. For Exquisite Cacophony, Boyce brings together three vocalists who will layer jazz rhythms and Dadaist noise with gospel, hip-hop, indie rock, dub–reggae, disco, folk, and Hindustani music. Their collective ignition of sound ripples across the Venetian lagoon.
- Arena at Central Pavilion, Venice Biennale