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"Direct Quotation"

Tuesday November 20, 2001 6.30 pm

at White Columns
320 W15th Street
entrance on Horatio Street between 8th Avenue and Hudson Street

Sharon Hayes, Los Angeles
Jenny Bass, New York City

This event brings together two projects which deal with the representation of the 'autobiographical', questioning the moments of its production as well as the moments of its representation.

Sharon Hayes will present a project employing a tape of Patricia Hearst which was made during her time with the Symbionese Liberation Army in the 1970's. Jenny Bass will introduce her work "My Affair With The Teacher" combining different interviews with retired Prima Ballerinas from Robert Tracy's book, "Balanchine's Ballerinas; Conversations with the Muses."

Sharon Hayes' work moves between multiple mediums and is concerned with developing representational strategies which confuse the roles of "self" and "other" by situating them in constantly shifting and unreliable narratives. To this aim, she employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as theater, dance, anthropology and journalism. In her most recent work, she re-speaks texts from the audio cassettes that Patricia Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army sent to her family during her kidnapping in 1974, raising questions around authorship, brainwashing and the re-insertion of this historical text into a present political moment.

Jenny Bass is a artist who has experimented with performing quoted and verbatim text in several pieces: "The Betty Crocker Miracle" (Betty Crocker cookbook text) in collaboration with Matthew Buckingham; ' Troika ' (an interview with Russian Nationaist Vladimir Zhiranovsky taken from Playboy magazine) in a film by Jennifer Montgomery.