Saturday, October 18, 2008

'Voiceover'

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A public intervention by Nayda Collazo-Llorens
October 25 – November 16
Viewable from dusk until midnight, Thursdays through Sundays
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 6- 8 p.m.
Artist's talk: Saturday, November 8, 4:30 p.m.
Tribute to Edgardo Vega Yunque: Saturday, November 15, 3 - 7 p.m.

MediaNoche, Manhattan's Uptown gallery devoted to new media, presents Voiceover, a site specific public intervention by Nayda Collazo-Llorens. A constant flow of text moving across the storefront windows of MediaNoche engages the public to explore aspects of memory, language and displacement. Viewable at night from the street, nearby buildings and passing trains on the overpass, Voiceover is a non-linear textual piece projected onto the windows of the gallery, located at the Northeast corner of Park Avenue and 102nd Street, NYC's East Harlem.

A lyrical, textual composition, Voiceover is based on Collazo-Llorens' research of the archives and oral histories section of PRdream.com, a web site on the history, culture and politics of Puerto Rico and its diaspora. Fragments from these oral histories are combined with texts from public spaces, literature, the media, as well as the artist's own writings.

The projected words become transmitted signals, simultaneously truncated and expanded, pointing to multiple narrators while triggering viewers to connect to their own experience. The ephemeral quality of the projected light and the fleeting texts suggests the fragility and transient nature of memory and story telling.

Nayda Collazo-Llorens was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is a visual artist based in New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More information on the artist's work can be found at www.naydacollazollorens.com. Nayda Collazo-Llorens appears courtesy of LMAKprojects, New York.

*Please note that there will be a tribute to Edgardo Vega Yunqué who recently passed away in his home in Brooklyn, New York. The homage will take the form of a continuous, non-stop reading of The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle, one of the most recent of the accomplished author's 18 novels.

source: MediaNoche press release

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