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Prince Rama and Astral Projects: Never Forever



This program features the soundtrack of Prince Rama and Astral Projects' film Never Forever, accompanied by a lecture, "Pop Music and the Apocalypse," from Taraka Larson. The film and the lecture were presented at the Clocktower Gallery on October 1, 2013.

The program is in two parts: soundtrack then lecture. Listeners can use their media player controls to jump ahead to the lecture if they choose.

Never Forever is the first ever Now Age psych-opera starring Prince Rama and featuring songs off their latest apocalyptic pop album, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World. Shot in only 5 days and directed by Lily X (Astral Projects), Never Forever takes you on a free-form journey through dimensions both surreal and virtual— from the glamorous, twisted world of a post-apocalyptic gym queen to the nightmarish breakdown of a VR robot turned pop star. If Alejandro Jodorowsky was reborn in 2127 and crashed his motorcycle into the decayed set of Thriller, it still wouldn't come close to the terror that is Never Forever.

Prince Rama is comprised of sister duo Taraka and Nimai Larson. They were first discovered by Avey Tare of Animal Collective in a Texas dive bar in 2010. This introduction marked the beginning of Prince Rama's prolific rise as both musicians and performance artists. The "NOW AGE" manifesto, written by Taraka, delineates the group's aesthetic and metaphysical philosophy which alters the balance of the world as we know it. To read the manifesto, click here.

We have another performance recorded in the Clocktower by Prince Rama in our archive HERE.
 

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Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.


NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including WPS1.org, artonair.org, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section. 

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