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Dream House: Inside Music + Video

  • PROGRAM

    Dream House: Inside Music + Video

  • WHEN

    April 26 - August 3

  • Opening Reception

    Friday, April 26 6-8PM

Dream House: Inside Music + Video highlights shifting roles of music video as a hybrid form of creative expression beyond their musical and cinematic quality as promotional tools of the music industry. The exhibition title is borrowed from La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House (1962), a sound-and-light installation that would be played and experienced continuously. As a founding member of the Fluxus movement and Minimalist music, Young explored a radical idea of an endless music that would exist in time as a living organism. Referencing the acoustical phenomena that Young created, Dream House at Asian Arts Initiative transforms each gallery into a space not so much as something to listen to but more something one is immersed in.

Traditionally, music videos have often been criticized for branding songs with a definitive picturization, limiting the individual's ability to come up with its own interpretation of how the music translates into associative visions. Recently, music videos have become a comprehensive medium of art that incorporates a wide range of styles and techniques including film, animation, documentary, photo collage, and virtual reality. Featuring video works of eleven artists, the exhibition sheds light on how music and videos create a new sense of artistic attunement without compromising their integrity and principles to the corporate music establishments. Each work reveals the ways in which artists use this new form of art to express their gender and sexuality, challenge societal norms, and examine the notions of diaspora, tradition, and culture.

In the Main Gallery, there are six hanging screens and four TV monitors featuring the works of Alex Da Corte, Jordan Deal, Elle Hong, Maegan Houang, Dew Kim, Lucy Liyou, Gabrielle Patterson, Patrick Shiroishi+Dylan Pecora, Brandon Aquino Straus, and Rozz Zimmerman. Viewers can play the room by moving their own bodies through the gallery to hear different sound waves colliding in the space. The Pearl Street Gallery premieres Zain Alam’s Meter & Light (part 3), a three-channel audio/video installation that the artist recently completed during his residency at Nawat Fes in Morocco this spring. Alam incorporates a wide spectrum of local sonic traditions from the Islamic world into his artistic language that has been developed through his experiences in both Indian and Pakistani culture.

Additionally, installed as an open lounge with karaoke setup and Dance Dance Revolution, The Storefront Gallery invites visitors to find a comfortable space where they can sing and dance letting the music wash over them. The gallery will be open and freely accessible to the public, serving as a place where one shares part of their home and part of themselves with the world around them. At the same time, archival materials for Lee Bul’s Live Forever will be displayed along with a video documentation of her artist talk at the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in 2001. During her residency at FWM, Lee Bul created Live Forever, a multi-media installation consisting of three karaoke pods in the form of futuristic race cars as part of her continued efforts to explore the ambivalence between public and private. The displayed materials are loaned from the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s collection.

Dream House: Inside Music + Video provides a moment of transcendence bringing people out of their ordinary minds and transporting them to an immersive environment in which sound, moving images, and text physically interact with each other through the shared experience of viewing and listening.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances by the participating artists including Jordan Deal and Zain Alam.

The exhibition is curated by Joyce Chung with curatorial assistance by Dominique Chua.

Installed by Matthew Belknap and Devin McKnight.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Philadelphia art communities including Fabric Workshop and Museum, Icebox Project Space, Public Trust, and Vox Populi with special thanks to Maia Chao, Justin Hall, and Carlos Avendaño.

The exhibition is funded by Mellon Foundation and William Penn Foundation.

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