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Ben Kinsley & Jon Rubin

The Rift of the Pandimensional Under-Gods: Angaron Meets Colossus

2008

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Here Kinsley and Rubin collaborate on a two-part project involving a live performance (and filming) of a medieval battle reenactment society fighting to the music of a fantasy metal band emerging from a trailer on the street outside the museum. In the clash of multiple worlds, Kinsley and Rubin imagine the apocalyptic intersection of fantasy and reality, bringing the viewer into the fold. Opening night featured a series of loud, raucous, and hilariously engaging performances that were filmed and will subsequently be edited into a music video, to be sold in the Mattress Factory store.

Curated by Heather Pesanti

Exhibition

Gestures 10: Illustrations of Catastrophe & Remote Times, January 18 - June 15, 2008
About The Artist

A graduate student in the MFA program at Carnegie Mellon University, Ben Kinsley (American, b. 1982) is a performance and video artist who frequently, in his own words, plays “himself, and others, like musical instruments,” corralling unsuspecting community members in theatrical and often wildly humorous events. Often documentation or evidence from these works becomes a separate entity.

Jon Rubin (American, b. 1963) is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions in public life that re-imagine individual, group, and institutional behavior. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned neighborhood that only plays the sound of an extinct bird and operating a restaurant that produces a live video talk show with its customers. He has exhibited at galleries around the world, including The Guggenheim Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; The Shanghai Biennial; Anyang Public Art Project, Korea; The Parkingallery, Tehran, Iran; as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners. Rubin is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award and a recent finalist for the International Award for Participatory Art. He is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

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