From: Diana Arce (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jun 21 2008 - 11:20:47 PDT
I am still planning out the beginning part of my Politaoke Tour and I
have some time in early August where I can make an in between stop in
Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and the surrounding areas. Does anyone
have any contacts in these areas that might be interested in hosting
Thanks so much!
POLITical speeches as karAOKE = POLITAOKE.
-- Politaoke is a project of the People's Party for Participatory
Democracy and the Advancement of Karaoke (PPPDAK). Politaoke, an
audience participation performance piece by Diana Arce, will tour the
United States over a period of two months. The US premiere of the
work, which allows audience members to deliver their favorite speeches
from Presidential Primary Candidates up to the President himself -
Karaoke style- opens on July 30th and 31st at the Hallwalls
Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, New York as part of the Buffalo
Infringement Festival. The tour will continue cross country throughout
August and September.
Developed over 2007/8 and first performed in Weimar, Germany on
January 30, 2008, Politaoke has been expanded and updated to include a
wide spectrum of contemporary politics and issues relating to the US
election in November. While on tour, Diana Arce will be updating and
adding speeches in order to stay up to date with the current election.
Politaoke provides the audience a platform to perform, mock and
finally hear and see clearly what their politicians say. Completely
bipartisan, Politaoke allows the audience to decide how to interpret
each politician's words, whether serious or in a sarcastic manner. The
politician's speeches and interviews are provided, word for word, only
edited into sections (songs) of 1 - 8 minutes. A series of debates,
interviews and television appearances are also provided as duets.
The idea, which stemmed out of an interest in Karaoke and a life long
love-hate relationship with politics, Diana Arce decided to finally
pursue the project in 2007. Growing up in close proximity to
Washington DC and having completed her Bachelors in Cultural Studies
and Experimental Film, Politaoke is a natural progression in Diana
Arce's work as an artist, filmmaker and activist. Currently an MFA
candidate in Art in Public Space at the Bauhaus University, Weimar in
Germany, Diana is interested in using artistic methods as a platform
to engage in political and cultural critique and commentary in the
public realm. Much of her work stems not only from her personal
experience, but also from contemporary politics, economics and news.
Tour dates are currently being organized in California, Colorado,
Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Virginia and Washington
D.C. with more states and cities to be added. A complete list of tour
dates as well as photos from the Weimar event is available on www.politaoke.com
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.