DURHAM, JIMMIE. SOUND AND SILLINESS

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Giulia Ferracci, Hou Hanru, Giovanna Melandri, Achille Bonito Oliva, Rome, 2016.

Softcover, 110 pp., color illus. throughout.

Italian and English text.

Sound and Silliness is an exhibition catalogue describing 2 sound and 2 video works by Jimmie Durham at MAXXI in Rome, Italy from February 5 - April 24 2016. Includes an interview with the artist.

From the MAXXI website:

"The works Domestic Glass (2006) and I rondoni di Porta Capuana (2012), created together with Maria Thereza Alvez, were both presented by RAM, Radioartemobile, the first in 2006 within the ambit of the exhibition Deposizione, the second on the occasion of the White Night in Paris, in the (Q.i. Q.i.) Les Oiseaux playlist; the two works touch on certain issues central to the artist’s poetic, engaging the spectator in a powerful immersive experience. The videos, in the centre of the room, are relatively brief and as Durham says “silly”. Fleur de pas mal (2005) is the action filmed in slow motion of a large stone falling into a container full of paint. A Proposal for a New International Genuflexion in Promotion of World Peace (2007) is instead a hymn to peace which the artist mimes as the protagonist in a silent film."

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