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Gemma Peacocke: Skin (trump...Embedded video
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For the last five years – since moving to the United States – I’ve been trying to understand the (white) American idea of race and the relationship between violence and sexuality. My immigrant’s sense of curiosity about the American fixation on skin has gradually stretched into tendrils of understanding, wending between the intricate layers of privilege, power, and shame associated with race and with sex, down into the dark roots of the country’s history.
Skin is the meeting point of our bodies with the world through which we move. It is a place of weathering, of impact, of touch. It is a signifier to others of who we are, for how long we have lived, and where we come from. I wrote Skin as a rumination on the way in which our skin pushes up against truth; engendering both real identities and constructions of the self.
You will need:
To play the fixed electronics:
- A laptop with Ableton Live or free QLab software (there is currently no tablet/iPad version of QLab)
- A MIDI foot pedal (an electronic piano expression/sustain pedal won't work) and cable to connect it to the laptop
- Stereo speakers and mixing desk
- Audio interface and cables from laptop to mixing desk
For amplification (required):
- A directional microphone
- A microphone stand
- An XLR cable connecting the microphone to the mixing desk
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17 Sep 2018: Performed by Kate Amrine at Areté Venue and Gallery, Brooklyn NY, USA
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27 Jul 2019: Performed by Kate Amrine at The Record Shop, Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY, USA
08 Dec 2019: Performed by Kate Amrine/Spark Duo at Pushkin Hall, New York, NY, USA
24 Jan 2020: Performed by Kate Amrine at Spectrum, Brooklyn, NY, USA
03 Feb 2020: Performed by Ashley Killam at Indiana University, USA
04 Feb 2020: Performed by Ashley Killam at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
05 Feb 2020: Performed by Ashley Killam at University of Illinois, USA
06 Feb 2020: Performed by Ashley Killam at University of Michigan, USA
06 Feb 2020: Performed by Ashley Killam at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, USA