On Tuesday 30 October, the final week of Dan Graham’s tenth exhibition with Lisson Gallery, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, was celebrated with an evening of one-off performances by Thurston Moore, Debbie Googe, and post-punk band The Raincoats. Centred on Graham’s fascination with the relationship between musical performance and audience, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ combined full-size pavilions, small-scale models and historic performance footage that hint at the power of the shared experience. Throughout the exhibition, Stage Set for Music no 2 for Glenn
acted as the backdrop for visitors to sit and view archival footage of Graham’s 1983 collaboration with avant-garde composer, Glenn Branca. Having also hosted a performance by Rodney Graham at the show’s opening, on this occasion it provided a stage for performances by musicians and long-time friends of the artist.
Part one sees Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Debbie Googe, bassist with My Bloody Valentine and Primal Scream, collaborate on an experimental improvisation using guitars and peddles. The fluid, repetitive rhythms reverberated through the curved stainless steel frame and two-way mirrored panels of Stage Set for Music
and out into the audience.
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