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New York City, Art, Chelsea, Contemporary Art, the two percent, David Behringer, George Bures Miller, Galleries, Janet Cardiff, marionette puppets

Making Sound with Shadows

by David Behringer of the Two Percent

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller @ Luhring Augustine Gallery,  

531 W 24th St, NYC. Ends 11 June 2016  More Images

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The 1st room has a trailer full of marionette puppets (check one out here), that are beautifully operated by machines, as the puppets work to design and build their own marionette puppets (it's so meta - and yes you can sit in the chairs to watch the show within a show that they're producing).  But the back room is even better (pictured above) with a table full of speakers that you can "play" with your shadow.

Why it matters:
Honestly I didn't fully understand this show until writing this right NOW!!  This is great: The marionette puppets in the front room are not operated by any human, but the speakers in the back cause you to lift your hand over the speakers: which is the action of a puppeteer... without strings!!!  Like the Hawkinson show [Ed. see previous post], it's just a place to let you imagination and wonder run wild (and these 2 galleries are next-door-neighbors!).

TIP:  The shadow piece in the back is not as directly  "cause and effect" as you might imagine (so don't think it's broken if you put your hand over a speaker and nothing happens). Sometimes you have to wait with your shadow over a speaker for a few seconds, sometimes you don't notice that your head shadow is triggering an unintentional speaker, and most of the time, nothing happens at all... or perhaps a longer audio track was triggered by someone else 5 minutes ago?.  I think I like it that way - it's more an adventure of discovery and surprise and mystery, rather than a cute fast simple game. You'll love it.