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Dust and Shadows Performance

An impassioned word-based performance by Lydia Lunch

A music and video performance presented in conjunction with 21c’s exhibition, Aftermath: Witnessing War, Countenancing Compassion, Dust and Shadows is a project by Lydia Lunch and Elise Passavant, and is a unique combination of otherworldly textures, images and sounds set to themes dealing with loss, rage, revenge, and survival. The haunting images featured in Dust and Shadows, accompanied by Lunch’s lyrical poetry, emerge from the artists’ explorations of numerous ghost towns littered throughout the Spanish desert. As mysterious specters of lost lovers seem to stalk the abandoned ruins, psycho ambient soundscapes further the dynamic musicality of Lydia’s hypnotic voice and poetry.
About the artists
Established as a “No Wave” musician in New York in 1976, independent artist and shape shifting gypsy nomad Lydia Lunch has performed and taught workshops at numerous universities, museums, and art festivals for three decades. Named one of the most influential performers originating from New York City by Timeout magazine, Lunch has worked with bands and artists such as Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Karen Finley, Richard Kern, and Hubert Selby Jr.

Elise Passavant is a filmmaker, editor, photographer, VJ and video manipulator who employs a variety of film and still cameras, as well as the occasional pirating and sampling images. By melding found and filmed images together using textural post-production techniques, she creates a sensual visual poetry uniquely her own. From December of 2011 until August of 2012, Lydia Lunch and Elise Passavant roamed remote locations in Soria, Spain to document the faded beauty of its many lost villages. This transformational journey laid the foundation for the collaboration Dust and Shadows.