Pablo Helguera: Parallel Lives

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Date/Time: 08/12/2003 12:00 am

Pablo Helguera: Parallel Lives – Mediascope at MoMA at The Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23 Street, 8pm Parallel Lives is a performance composition that narrates the biographies of five individuals by blending together aspects of historical research, didactic lectures, images, and musical counterpoint, using the format of the fugue. The work uses the format of the historical biography, recounting and linking the real episodes from the lives of five semi-obscure, yet remarkable individuals: Florence Foster Jenkins (a bad singer who reached notoriety for her over-the-top concerts), Friedrich Froebel (the inventor of Kindergarten), Giulio Camillo (a Renaissance hermetist who tried to devise a memory theater of all things) the American Shakers, and Ward Jackson, an artist and life-long archivist of the Guggenheim Museum. This one-time performance will include live phonograph recording and simultaneous playback using wax cylinders. This technique, based on an entirely mechanical system, was invented by Thomas A. Edison in 1877 and is the earliest recording process ever devised. The recording will be executed by Shawn Borri of Bo rri Records, the only studio in the world dedicated to cylinder recording.