An excerpt from the video can be viewed here.
As part of an installation in The Kitchen’s theater, Sara Magenheimer presents her new video, Best is Man’s Breath Quality, in which an ancient jellyfish suggests how new positions can inform our capabilities to heal. His deep-ocean vantage allows him to comment (through an authoritative voice-over) on a truer spectrum of human behavior seen up above; and his capacity for inflicting pain on human bodies finds parallels in our capacity to embody the more nebulous and unruly forces in life. With performances featuring singing and narration, Magenheimer explores how language mutates and reproduces itself in culture. Creating abstract narratives through vernacular associations, she proposes linguistic turns more empathic than expository. The human voice and sound operate as floating signifiers, addressing the body through the disembodied.
Curated by Lumi Tan and Tim Griffin.
Saturda, February 25, 6–8pm
Saturday, February 25, 7pm
Saturday, March 4, 5pm
Installation hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am–6pm.
Sara Magenheimer: “I Collect Neglected Venoms” is made possible with commissioning support from Jerome Foundation; annual program grants from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Marta Heflin Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.