Calendar: "The Last Post," video by Shahzia Sikander with score composed and performed live by Du Yun

Event Description

Celebrate PAMM’s opening of the video installation, The Last Post (2010) by artist Shahzia Sikander with a special screening and live score performed by the artist’s frequent collaborator, composer Du Yun.

Shahzia Sikander, The Last Post (installation detail with live Score performed by Du Yun at the San Francisco Art Institute
Shahzia Sikander, The Last Post (installation detail with live Score performed by Du Yun at the San Francisco Art Institute) 2010. Courtesy of the artist.

This evening marks the first screening and performance of The Last Post in Florida.  Du Yun’s score includes improvised elements using voice, electronics, and a homemade stringed instrument.  Textural and gestural sounds accompany Sikander’s digital animation which follows an East India Company man through different guises as he crashes and explodes against Indo-Persian imagery. The performance will be followed by a conversation with Du Yun and Emily Mello, Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs.

Du Yun has performed  The Last Post at the Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio (2012); Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (2011); San Francisco Artists Institute (2011); The Art Institute of Chicago where it featured a performance by ICE (2010) and The Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China (2010).

Du Yun, born and raised in Shanghai, China, is a composer, performer and performance artist, who practices her works at an artistic crossroads of orchestral, chamber music, opera, theatre, cabaret, storytelling, pop music, visual arts and noise.  Selected commissions: Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Whitney Museum, Berkeley Symphony, Fromm Foundation, Chamber Music America, Festivals für Neue Musik & aktuelle Kultur (Switzerland), ICE. Selected venues: Festival d’Avignon, Ultima Norway, Salle Playel Paris, Darmstadt, Musica Nova Helsinki, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, RedCat, Kimmel Center, Shanghai Symphony, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Guangzhou Art Triennial, National Academy Museum (US), Sharjah Biennial (UAE), Auckland Triennial (New Zealand), Ullens Art Center (Beijing), Istanbul Biennial, and BAM NextWave. 

In "The Last Post," sound is utilized to its best effect, reiterating the continual expansion and abstraction of signification [Sikander’s] images undergo. – Art Forum