Date/Time: 17/11/2005 12:00 am
Thursday Night 11.17.05 — Sharon Hayes & Carey Young — Presentation/Discussion
1. About this Thursday night
2. Short intro by Sharon and Carey
3. Useful Links
4. About Carey Young
5. About Sharon Hayes
1. About this Thursday night
What: artist presentation/discussion
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
When: THURSDAY, NOV. 17 7PM
Who: All welcome, event is free
There is a great deal of information in this email, so this introduction will be quite short.
*Given that they are both artists who work with or invoke performative elements in their work.
*Given that they both consciously engage with political discourses and histories.
*Given that we had an opportunity and an interest to invite them to speak together.
*And Given that there is an opportunity to currently see work from both of these artists in New York (Paula Cooper and Art in General).
We felt there was good reason to invite you this Thursday to an event with Carey Young and Sharon Hayes at 16Beaver.
2. Short intro by Sharon and Carey
Sharon Hayes will talk about two recent projects.
AFTER BEFORE: a quasi-fictional, quasi-documentary video project in which two central figures investigate the pronouncement and production of “public opinion” by interviewing people on the streets of New York City throughout the month of September 2004, just two months before the 2004 US Presidential Elections.
AFTER BEFORE is on exhibition at Art-in-General until December 17th.
IN THE NEAR FUTURE, a work-in-progress, presented by Art-in-General and PERFORMA 05
In nine separate actions that took place November 1-9, 2006 at various locations throughout New York City, Hayes stood on the street with a sign. These signs held slogans that were sometimes anachronistic, sometimes speculative. The actions are the beginning of an investigation into the figure of the protest.
The documentation of IN THE NEAR FUTURE is currently on view at
Art-in-General, 79 Walker St.
Carey Young is an artist based in London. Her solo show ‘Consideration’ at Paula Cooper Gallery (Nov 16 – 19) is included in the Performa05 Biennial. Young’s key interest is in language and the body as subject to the rapacious growth of globalised business and law. Her works employ a variety of media such as performance, installation, photography, video and text, and often take the form of a performative system or process involving tools and language appropriated from the corporate or legal worlds. A number of her works have featured collaborations with specialists such as venture capitalists, conflict resolution specialists, call center agents, computer hackers, science fiction writers, lawyers and communication skills trainers. Combining an ambiguous political stance with a deadpan humour, her works reference conceptual art, political activism and multinational business tactics to explore the collapsing categories between politics, culture and commerce.
For her talk at 16Beaver she will show and discuss various of her recent works.
4. About Carey
Carey Young (born 1970, dual US/UK citizen) graduated from the Royal College of Art, London with a Masters in Photography in 1997. She has exhibited widely at venues such as the ICA (London), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Secession (Vienna), Kunstverein Munich, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Apexart (New York), Ludwig Museum (Budapest), and Mass MOCA (North Adam) and is currently showing in The British Art Show 6, (BALTIC, Newcastle & tour, 2005-2006.) Her works are held in the public collections of the Tate, Arts Council England and the Centre Pompidou and she has given public lectures on her work at Tate Modern, Witte de With and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Hoffmann, Jens and Jonas, Joan, Art Works: Perform, Thames and Hudson, London, 2005
Withers, Rachel, ‘A Short History of Performance, Part II’, Artforum, April
Gillick, Liam and Young, Carey in Mir, Aleksandra, Corporate Mentalities, Lukas & Sternberg, New York, 2003
Farquharson, Alex; Gillick, Liam and Young, Carey; Kelsey, John and Millar, Jeremy, in
Carey Young, Incorporated, John Hansard Gallery and Film & Video Umbrella, London, 2002
5. About Sharon
Over the past ten years, Sharon Hayes has been engaged in an art practice that moves between multiple mediums–video, performance, installation–in an ongoing artistic investigation into the relations of history, politics and speech to the processes of individual and collective subject formation. To this aim, she employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as theater, film, anthropology, linguistics, and journalism. Hayes’ work investigates the present political moment, through a critical examination of various historic texts, including a speech from the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the transcripts of the audio tapes that Patricia Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army(SLA) sent to her parents during her kidnapping in 1974. The work utilizes performative strategies to filter a historic text through a process of interpretation that is necessarily informed by the historical gap that exists between two moments of enunciation: the original and the re-spoken or
re-presented. Her most recent work, After Before, takes up the present moment in its anticipation. The piece is a quasi-fictional, quasi-documentary video project in which two central figures investigate the pronouncement and production of “public opinion” by interviewing people on the streets of New York City throughout the month of September 2004, just two months before the 2004 US Presidential Elections.
Hayes’ installation, video and performance work has been shown at P.S. 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Parlour Projects, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Indepedent Study Program, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, HERE, Performance Space 122, the Joseph Papp Public Theater and the WOW Cafe and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Track 16, Gallery 2102 and The Project in Los Angeles. In addition she has shown in galleries, exhibition or performance spaces in Bogotá, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmö, Vienna and Zagreb as well as in California, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont, and in 45 lesbian living rooms across the United States. Hayes was a 1999 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She also received a 1999 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She was a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Indepedent Study Program, 1999-2000 and received an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio at UCLA’s Department of Art in 2003. Hayes was a resident at IASPIS in Malmö, Sweden in 2003, and at Banff Centre for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2004. She currently has a studio residency at Smack Mellon Studios in Dumbo, Brooklyn.