The Mind III

Performance The Mind III, The Tragedy of the Applause – Roubaix, Roubaix / France, 2009
Photos: Phile Depez © Phile Depez| Egill Sæbjörnsson & Marcia Moraes

For the happening-exhibition “The Tragedy of the Applause – Roubaix”, OHNO COOPERATION operated in the guise of a duo of curators and artists. They have invited Rombout Willems, Nicolas Field, Fritz Welch, Egill Sæbjörnsson & Marcia Moraes, Liquid Architecture & Thomas Lélu and together they asked themselves why pop music has never called itself into question. In 26th, 27th and 28th November 2009 there were three days of sensory performance, when artists produced work based on the question of the creation and perception of pop music. What remains are traces – sounds and images – which could be seen in the form of an exhibition at La Condition Publique in Roubaix.

What the artists taking part have in common is that they ‘observe’ pop music. The questions they ask are those that real pop musicians never ask: ‘What is the meaning of a microphone? What is the meaning of feedback? Why do pop musicians all use the same lighting? Why do we all know the first three words of a pop song, but never what comes next? The artists and/or musicians involved were invited to perform new songs and compositions and to improvise for the audience at La Condition Publique in the course of three evenings, with all the performers as musicians. Stubborn creatures who briefly subject themselves to each other’s hopeful musical ideas.

Roubaix / France, 2009