Saturday 04/11/15 3PM
New Museum TheaterVisit Us

If you wanna make the world a better place, premiere performance

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Geo Wyeth, If you wanna make the world a better place, 2015. Performance: Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam. Courtesy the artist

Geo Wyeth is known for evocative, narrative songs and high-energy, empathic performances and video, which often center on the modulation and manipulation of voice and body. Dark, queer, and sharp-edged, with clear-eyed criticism of social mores embedded within them, Wyeth’s performances often unfold through the channeling of different personae of those, both deceased and alive, that the artist knows intimately or only imagines a connection with. Wyeth’s work consistently questions the way technology mediates our sense of our bodies and our sense of self. They write: “I am interested in the way that technology veils, handicaps, and functions or dysfunctions as an extension of the body.” In this premiere performance, developed during the beginning of their two-year residency at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Wyeth will “cycle the holy ghost through the houses of Michael Jackson and Joan Rivers.”


Major support for First Look is provided by the Neeson/Edlis Artist Commissions Fund.

Additional support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.

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