PERFORMA 2007: David Adamo and Gabrielle Giattino
With Museum Museum - a series of personal experiences inside and about the Metropolitan Museum of Art - David Adamo assigns himself tasks that push the limits of his own will. Part performance and part research trips, these incidents are the starting point for a sequence of installations and projects in which Adamo aims to dissect and reprocess both gathered data and the memories of his experiences. Never satisfied to allow boundaries to be defined for him, Adamo navigates limits of normal behavior and circumstance, and in so doing redefines where those borders lie. Through his investigations of the everyday, Adamo orchestrates subtle gestures that are nonetheless courageous and triumphant. Limits may be set by outside circumstance - for example, the regulations of entry for the New York City Marathon - yet his work does not delight in simply breaking rules. Instead, Adamo skates along the defining line of such parameters.
David Adamo (b. Rochester, NY, 1979) makes collaborative projects, performances and installations have been shown in New York at The Kitchen, Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Deitch Projects, Spencer Brownstone Gallery and Art in General. Internationally he has shown at Peres Projects - Athens, Zendi MoMA - Shanghai, Palais de Tokyo - Paris, Klink & Bang - Iceland, Impulstanz - Vienna and Kunstverein - Hanover...He collaborates regularly with Maria Hassabi, Michael Portnoy, The micro-explorers club, The Foreign Culture Institute and Invasionistas.
From the small confines of the DISPATCH BUREAU a pinpoint or locus is traced along a multi-faceted plane of information. Strategies of diffusion and communication are elaborated as simple concepts of exhibition-making are dismissed. Could the most interesting performance exist without an audience? Can spaces be linked across geographical borders, through diverse channels, the same way ideas are spread? Dispatch offers a model for curatorial production: an office for receiving and originating exhibitions, projects, and concepts treated as time-sensitive transmissions.
Jeannie Hopper interviewed David Adamo and DISPATCH's Gabrielle Giattino on November 5, 2007, at DISPATCH.
Originally aired 11/6/07
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