Another Protest Song: Karaoke with a Message
Rain location: Cullman Mezzanine
Friday, October 11, 2013, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, first floor, exterior
Another Protest Song: Karaoke with a Message looks to the karaoke songbook as a potential source of political enunciation through song. As the 2008 presidential elections were approaching, artists Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere became interested in providing a mediated space in which users might feel comfortable getting on their soapboxes and professing their political interests and dislikes. In the era of televised competitive singing and innumerable karaoke bars, everyone is a singer, and the choice of a song says a lot about the performer, especially if that song includes political content. With "protest karaoke," while the song choice might communicate history in the present, it also speaks of a history attached (and newly considered) to a political situation rather than one consumed primarily as a popular cultural product. Originally commissioned as part of the Creative Time project Democracy in America: The National Campaign in 2008, Another Protest Song: Karaoke with a Message is a chance for you to sing songs of protest.
In conjunction with the exhibition MoMA Studio: Sound in Space