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Video: Ei Arakawa at Broadway 1602

by Ei Arakawa on 19 September 2006

Keep Passing the Open Windows or Happiness is curated by Anke Kempkes, a former colleague of Gisela Capitain and now running her own space in New York: Broadway 1602. New York-based artist Ei Arakawa performed one of his 'choreographed actions' on the opening night. Entitled 'Eurovision 2006 as Reconstructed Mode', it continues his interests from the previously featured 'Toward A Standard Risk Architecture', that he performed over four days last March at Reena Spaulings in New York. Performing with Mari Mukai and five other participants from Cologne the participants pass building materials through the gallery windows, constructing and deconstructing a make-shift stage to a thirty-minute compilation of Eurovision songs - all 38 songs from this year's Eurovision 2006 in Athens. The songs had been cut in length (traditionally three-minutes long) into less than 1 min each, and some abstract sound added. During 38 minutes of song, played in alphabetical order according to country name, (so, U.K was last) they built, unbuilt and reconstructed the stage set, itself based on this years Greek stage designer set, leaving a lasting installation out of the materials and debris.

Keep Passing the Open Windows or Happiness is curated by Anke Kempkes, a former colleague of Gisela Capitain and now running her own space in New York: Broadway 1602. New York-based artist Ei Arakawa performed one of his 'choreographed actions' on the opening night. Entitled 'Eurovision 2006 as Reconstructed Mode', it continues his interests from the previously featured 'Toward A Standard Risk Architecture', that he performed over four days last March at Reena Spaulings in New York. Performing with Mari Mukai and five other participants from Cologne the participants pass building materials through the gallery windows, constructing and deconstructing a make-shift stage to a thirty-minute compilation of Eurovision songs - all 38 songs from this year's Eurovision 2006 in Athens. The songs had been cut in length (traditionally three-minutes long) into less than 1 min each, and some abstract sound added. During 38 minutes of song, played in alphabetical order according to country name, (so, U.K was last) they built, unbuilt and reconstructed the stage set, itself based on this years Greek stage designer set, leaving a lasting installation out of the materials and debris.

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