A musical performance by Rachel Mason, in collaboration with The Preuss School UCSD, that intervenes into an undisclosed public location, parallel to a version within the gallery, invites both participation and spectatorship by the uninitiated. Will an impromptu rendition of a well-known anthem rouse engagement or hostility? Can you participate without invitation? What forms of engagement are initiated when the host is not there? A collaboration with student musicians, the performance will attempt to unsettle distinctions from the unfamiliar, uninitiated, and uninvited.
Rachel Mason collaborates with musicians, dancers, actors, and other artists to realize large scale multi-media experimental operas and film projects. She has toured, exhibited sculpture, video and performance internationally, including the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Henry Gallery in Seattle, James Gallery at CUNY, University Art Museum in Buffalo, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard College, Kunsthalle Zurich, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, and EMPAC Center for Performance. Mason recently completed The Lives of Hamilton Fish, a musical feature film, and will soon release her first album with her band, Little Band of Sailors.