Platform 2016: Memory Palace – A Vigil – Danspace Project
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Platform 2016: Memory Palace – A Vigil

Drawing by John Bernd. Courtesy of the estate of John Bernd.
Shan Kelley, With Curators Like These, Who Needs a Cure, 2015.
Juan Rivera, Untitled (Keith Haring) c. 1985.

Historically, the Memory Palace is a technique of memory recall often used by ancient Greek poets. By committing a location to memory, a poet could take an imaginary “walk” through this location, thereby recalling people, faces, events, and other memorial phenomena.

Memory Palace is a community gathering in our home at St. Mark’s Church open for all to remember the loved ones they’ve lost to AIDS and consider the ongoing impact of HIV/AIDS on the dance, music and visual art communities. In a spirit of lively remembrance, the evening will feature readings, performances, music, and more.

Co-presented by Danspace Project and Visual AIDS

6-7PM: Open Mic: You are welcome to share a short poem, thought, remembrance or song. Open mic slots will be 2 minutes long. (To sign up for the Open mic, please arrive between 5:15pm-5:45pm. We will take names starting at 5:15pm until the list is full.)
7-8PM: Readings by Platform 2016: Lost and Found catalogue contributors Arthur Aviles, Dan Fishback, Denise Roberts Hurlin, Eiko Otake, iele paloumpis, Nicky Paraiso, Muna Tseng and Jeff Weinstein
8-10PM: Musical responses co-curated by Alex Fialho and DonChristian. Performances by DonChristian, Sadaf, Richard Kennedy, John Kelly and Hi Tiger

The evening will include opportunities for audience members to contribute their own memories to a scroll that will become its own Memory Palace.

Visual AIDS will also project their “RADIANT PRESENCE” Day With(out) Art 2015 project, a digital slideshow with images from the Visual AIDS’ Artist+ Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV/AIDS.

Memory Palace: A Vigil is co-sponsored by Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA), and St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery.

Part of PLATFORM 2016: Lost and Found
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