Robert Wilson "Deafman Glance"

Paula Cooper Gallery "529 W 21st St."

poster for Robert Wilson "Deafman Glance"

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Deafman Glance is a twenty-seven minute video adaptation of a climactic murder scene from Wilson’s seven-hour “silent opera” of the same title. The images rotate around six monitors mounted high along the walls of the exhibition space, moving from screen to screen on a three second delay. Facing the screens are nearly seven-foot tall chairs designed by Wilson.

Created in collaboration with Raymond Andrews, a deaf and mute teenager whom Wilson had adopted, Deafman Glance tells the disturbing story of a mother who kills her children witnessed by a deaf-mute. Wilson underscores non-verbal communication, abstract sounds and spatial relationships throughout the piece, subverting linear narrative progression. The accent on pictorial composition, rhythm and repetition results in a surrealist, dream-like atmosphere. The multiple monitors and the elongated chairs further enhance the sense of alienation inherent in the theatrical work.



from September 24, 2010 to November 06, 2010


Robert Wilson

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