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      January 25, 2012 - August 6, 2012

       

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      9 Scripts from a Nation at War

      January 25–August 6, 2012

      The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor

      Presented as part of MoMA's ongoing Performance Program

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      View related film screenings9 Scripts from a Nation at War (2007), a 10-channel video installation recently acquired by MoMA, marks the first work for which artists Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne have collaborated. The work responds to knowledge production and communication in the context of the Iraq war since the initial invasion by U.S. military forces in March 2003. The 10 videos comprising the large-scale, spatial installation cast inquiry into the position of the individual amidst roles constructed by war. Each video stages the speaking of a script from the following perspectives: citizen, blogger, correspondent, veteran, student, actor, interviewer, lawyer, detainee, and source. The scripts are enacted by both actors and non-actors, some speaking their own words, some reciting the words of others. Displayed as projections and seated viewing stations in a circuitous, non-narrative structure, the performative videos create a charged environment questioning the implications of war on individual and collective subjectivity.

      Andrea Geyer (German, b. 1971), Sharon Hayes (American, b. 1970), Ashley Hunt (American, b. 1970), Katya Sander (Danish, b. 1970), and David Thorne (American, b. 1960) have worked together in smaller constellations on a range of artworks and projects over the past seven years. The nature of their collaboration—geographically varied, multidisciplinary, and constantly shifting—reflects the ways in which their individual practices overlap. Primarily through video, performance, and installation, the artists have employed methods from theater, film, linguistics, and journalism. Leading up to the exhibition, a live performance by the artists titled Combatant Status Review Tribunals pp. 002954–003064: A Public Reading, created in conjunction with 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, took place in The Agnes Gund Lobby on November 12 and November 13, 2011. Organized by Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator, and Martin Hartung, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art.
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      Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954–003064: A Public Reading

      In conjunction with MoMA's presentation of the recently acquired multichannel video installation 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, the Department of Media and Performance Art presents the live performance Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954–003064: A Public Reading. The performance comprises a four-hour public reading of unedited transcripts from 18 Combatant Status Review Tribunals held at the U.S. military prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, between July 2004 and March 2005. During the performance nine readers rotate through eight juridical positions. The artist group—consisting of Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne—views the performance as a simple yet vital gesture towards making these tribunals public. Both works, 9 Scripts from a Nation at War and Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954–003064: A Public Reading premiered at Documenta 12 in 2007.

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      An Evening with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne

      In conjunction with their installation 9 Scripts from a Nation at War—a recent MoMA acquisition that is currently on view in the Media Gallery—the artists Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne join us to discuss the work and their collaborative practice. Program 90 min.

      Monday, April 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 9 Scripts from a Nation at War. 2007. Ten-channel video installation (color, sound). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds. © 2012 the artists. Photograph by Jonathan Muzikar" id="placeholder" src="http://www.moma.org/images/dynamic_content/exhibition_page/57644.jpg?1331154386">

      Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, David Thorne. 9 Scripts from a Nation at War. 2007. Ten-channel video installation (color, sound). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds. © 2012 the artists. Photograph by Jonathan Muzikar

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