FADO is pleased to present two works by Erika DeFreitas inspired by/with the work of Adrian Piper in the first hour of –AND (2021).
Curated and organized by Christof Migone, -AND (2021) is the second in a series of twelve annual events taking place on December 12, from noon to midnight EST, for 12-hours. This project is realized with the collaboration of multiple artists, venues and partners in Canada, China, Germany, Korea, UK, USA. Each year the event moves through each word of the 12 word phrase, “you and I are water earth fire air of life and death,” and activates the word of the year in myriad ways.
In 2021, the word is ‘and,’ consequently the focus is on repetitions, conjunctions, and duos. Last year it started with ‘you,’ this year we connect you to anything and everything, you are together-with. Or, we get stuck in the very act that ‘and’ opens up, into the enormity that the so-what-next that ‘and’ implies. ‘And’ is all possibilities in a nutshell. A secular litany that follows pi into infinity.
Hour 1: 12:00–1:00pm EST
Seriation #2a: _and (with thoughts of Adrian Piper) (2021)
In this newly commissioned work, DeFreitas creates a score based on Piper’s essay Passing for White, Passing for Black by isolating the word ‘and’ on the pages they appear. DeFreitas then performs this score, reciting the word ‘and’ evenly spaced within the timeframe of 1 minute per page.
Seriation #2: Now (1968)
Soundwork by Adrian Piper; Performed by Erika DeFreitas
DeFreitas was given permission by Piper to perform Seriation #2: Now. The original soundwork consists in 18 minutes of Piper uttering the word “now,” in a measured tone, at shorter and shorter intervals, from one minute to every second. Accompanying the audio are visuals created by DeFreitas to question our presence in the ‘now.’