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In Performance: Zebra Katz’s Into the Black House (NYC)

Into the Black House
Zebra Katz
Friday, December 14, 2012 – 8:00 pm
$15 general / $10 members and students
7th floor, MAD
click here to purchase tickets, or call 1.800.838.3006

Expanding his practice into the pop music arena, Brooklyn-based artist Zebra Katz has emerged as a fresh new model for contemporary performance practice. His single Ima Readmerged hip-hop lyrics about education (of the academic and dance floor variety) with minimal beats to stunning effect. Played during designer Rick Owen’s fall 2012 runway show during Paris fashion week, featured in clubs around the world, and shared across Facebook timelines and Gchat windows with dizzying speed, this work has presented Katz with sudden, startling notoriety.

By entering into the pop world, Katz continues a legacy of performance artists who have utilized the music industry to push not only the possibilities of fine art, but also of sound and performance. For his newest commission at MAD, Katz will explore this dynamic further by organizing an evening-long performance investigation. Through reading, movement, beats, and collaboration, Katz will transform the architecture of MAD into a laboratory for the continued evolution of the pop spectacle, underground music, and performance.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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