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The People to Come: Closing the Archive Concert

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Simon Courchel, “The People to Come,” 2012. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Programmed in conjunction with “Performance Archiving Performance,” a presentation of works that engage archive as medium, on view in the Fifth Floor Resource Center from November 6, 2013–January 12, 2014.

Musical collaborators from previous iterations of a canary torsi’s “The People to Come” reunite to perform a live improvised score to accompany the final hours of the archiving of the project as a site-specific installation in the New Museum Theater. Live musicians include Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Caroline Park, Suzanne Thorpe, and Tim Rovinelli. For the original performances of “The People to Come,” Moore created a software interface by which live musicians performed in response to audience-selected recordings, following the same improvisational structure of the performance. As the musicians accompany the closing of the archive at the day’s event, listeners are invited to narrate their experience, making connections, observing similarities and contrasts, and imagining deep relationships that, while ultimately imaginary, take on a fictional realism that is more powerful than the mechanistic actuality of the circumstances.


Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

This program is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.

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