The Art of Luv (Part 1)

In Performance: Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble’s The Art of Luv (Part 1) at Under the Radar Festival’s Incoming! Series

  Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble is a “musical priesthood” composed of Tei Blow and Sean McElroy, dedicated to exploring “the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire, and courtship at the end of the 20th century.” Operating from within an aesthetic territory of 1970s instructional videos, New Age music, home movies, and kitsch, glossed with metallic gold paint, ROKE’s performances are framed as rituals for the modern age. The Art of Luv (Part 1) is a response to the May 2014 misogyny-driven killing spree of Elliot Rodgers, “performing humanity’s common search for love even as we misunderstand it.” Beginning with the language of guided meditation, Luv creates a space of calm and consideration, which ROKE then exploits to take the audience on a slyly uncomfortable and disconcerting t...