April 24th 9:30 pm – 9:50 pm US Art Authority
Shade Compositions 2009, is video documentation of a live performance featuring a chorus of more than twenty black women. Using improvisatory orchestral music and live video-mixing, Newsome divides his performers into groups akin to instrumental sections. The performers then enact his choreographed sound score comprised of repeated sequences of culturally specific or stereotypical gestures, movements, and vocalizations. Newsome simultaneously records, loops, edits, and remixes in real-time the audio and video documentation of the performers using a hacked Nintendo® Wii™
game controller. The result is a composit of real and projected imagery that investigates assumptions and constructions of identity in mainstream media and popular culture.
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