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  • On View Friday, September 13, 2019–Sunday, January 5, 2020

    The exhibition of this installation is presented in collaboration with UB Arts Collaboratory and UB Art Galleries.

    Tour Without End is made possible with funds from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital and the New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film Program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

    Tour Without End (2014-2019), is a multi-platform project that casts real-life musicians, artists and actors as bands on tour, and expands into a cross-generational, Trump–era commentary on contemporary culture and politics. It features members of Gang Gang Dance, LeTigre, The Julie Ruin, MEN, Eartheater, MGMT, Light Asylum, and more.

    Shot in real environments and situations, the core group of players improvised based on semi-scripted scenes. Because many of these performers are legends themselves in the New York City downtown scene, they are archetypes playing archetypes.  The work revels in the sometimes hilarious — but always complex —band dynamics that the characters endure while touring, collaborating, and aging in a youth-driven music industry. As the players move in and out of character, blending fiction and real life, the film moves in and out of non-linear narrative and historical document.  Shot from 2014–2018 at over 15 DIY music spaces in and around New York City—many of which have since shuttered their doors—the film acts as an urgent time capsule for the rapidly gentrifying city.

    The installation version highlights the extensive and growing archive of live performance in NYC shot during the four-year production schedule and the raw footage from the improvised scenes. These include more than thirty musicians and ten underground music venues. The archive expands as the project is shown. Portraits of performers taken By Justine Kurland are central to the installation.  The feature film (92 min) will screen everyday at 11, 12:45, 2:00, and 3:45

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