Thursday, October 20, 2016

7:00 PM Exhibition Tour with the artist Dan Rose
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut Street, 1st floor
Registration will open August 15th, 2016

7:30 World Premiere of Photon Ecstasy (HD 7924)
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 3420 Walnut Street, 6th floor
Registration will open August 15th, 2016

DAN ROSE: Arbitrary Pleasures - Plaisirs Arbitraires
On exhibit September 26, 2016-March 10, 2017
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 1st floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibition Website

Photon Ecstasy is a performance project that engages science fiction, music, and sound to address the hubris of certainty. Created by composer-performers Melissa Grey & David Morneau, it is a concert-length performance for spoken word, trombone, and electronics—including Message From Earth (the record created by NASA for Voyager), the beeps of subverted video game systems, samples from the NASA Audio Collection, the randomness of the Benjolin modular synthesizer and interactive light. It is based on Dan Rose’s The DNA-Photon Project, an artist book and twenty-five machine-sculptures, which explores the certitude of industrialized capitalist countries, national security secrecy, and corporate overreach.

The performance engages with Rose’s materials while providing an adaptation of the original story about the quest to beam one woman’s DNA into the many worlds of the universe. They blur the lines between presentation and performance, fact and fiction, and art and commentary in ways that engage and stimulate imagination and perception.

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 drawing: Dan Rose     
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 graphic: David Morneau