Pérez Art Museum Miami Presents Geoffrey Farmer: Let’s Make the Water Turn Black

Artist creates mechanical play with puppets made from found objects choreographed to sound. 

MIAMI – September 25, 2014 – Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opens the immersive installation, Geoffrey Farmer: Let’s Make the Water Turn Black, with an artist talk on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7pm. Following the talk, visitors will move to the museum’s waterfront terrace to hear the music of Frank Zappa, a major source of inspiration for Farmer, as guest DJ Miami artist Kevin Arrow plays vinyl selections from Zappa’s catalog until 9pm. The talk and DJ set is free with museum admission and seats for the talk are limited, first come/first seated. Cocktails will be available for purchase.

Geoffrey Farmer: Let’s Make the Water Turn Black, on view at PAMM from October 9 to March 1, 2014, is a theatrical installation involving odd combinations of found objects which the artist transforms into awkward, puppet-like figures, and kinetic elements choreographed with sound. Together, these pieces become theater plays or small operas with uncanny objects as their main performers. Creating mysterious and, at times, sinister environments, the artist’s work responds dynamically to the architectural and cultural contexts in which it is produced. 

Farmer (b.1967) is best known for his work with collage and his references to the genre’s modernist traditions, such as those produced by Dada artists at the beginning of the 20thcentury. During the talk, Farmer will contextualize his installation at PAMM by sharing sound clips, video and other source material to illuminate his influences for his installation, which range from surrealism of the 1920s to 1960 countercultural movements and music. Finding parallels between artistic experimentation in music, such as Edgard Varèse’s idea of “organized sound” and later composers who collaged recordings, and the “cut up” method of writing popularized by William Boroughs in the 1960s, Farmer‘s piece results in a new experience of sound and narrative that employs both 20th century techniques and the algorithms of contemporary digital software.

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Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. A 29-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), Pérez Art Museum Miami opened a new building, designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013. The facility and is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming and features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with flexible galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).


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