On April 15, 2011, The Pale King, the final, unfinished, posthumous novel by David Foster Wallace is being released, and as such, the fourth installment in the Subtitles series will bring together a series of performance artists to pay tribute to Wallace’s legacy.
Wallace (1962 - 2008), with virtuosic skill, wove throughout his work obsessively detailed themes of addiction, (militant) grammar, isolation, tennis, incontinence, boredom, corporate subsidization, the Perfect Entertainment, and the pursuit of happiness in America (or, alternatively, the Organization of North American Nations). We are happy to have Cassandra Troyan, Georgia Wall, and Sebastian Alvarez expound upon these themes.
Cassandra Troyan is an artist and writer whose practice is based in collaborative experiments, poetry, video, and performance, as a means of initiating a discourse that broadens and challenges the validity of lived experience. Cassandra has a poetry chapbook written with her brother Cody Troyan, entitled, Big Bill and the Lonely Nation. She curates the reading and performance series EAR EATER, with Sara Drake in their Pilsen apartment dubbed, PARASITE LOST. She works with the collectives Red76, Nicole Langille in VITALforms, and collaborates with Zefrey Throwell, Ola Stahl, Genevieve White and is a Curatorial Assistant and correspondent with Bureau for Open Culture. She has exhibited or screened her work nationally and internationally, and will participate in Open Engagement 2011 in Portland, Oregon and perform at MASS MoCA for Bureau for Open Culture this summer.
Georgia Wall’s performance and video work explores concepts of perception, memory and visibility in relation to live work. She investigates methods that allow her body, as the performer, to be unseen by creating performative structures that rely on the interpretation of a select number of viewers. Georgia is the recipient of The World Less Traveled Grant, Clash of the Artists Award and AICUO Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. She has performed and shown work in New York City, San Francisco and Chicago as well as in Turkey and Canada.
Sebastian Alvarez, born in Lima, Peru, is an interdisciplinary performance artist, who is interested in transforming his personal vision into social responsibility with new cultural imperatives that include a renewed sense of community, an ecological reintegration, and greater access to the mythic and archetypal bases of bio-restoration.
In addition, there will be a reading from The Pale King by LiveBox’s Matt Griffin.