Self DJ Station at Plug In ICA
June 9, 2016 – 7pm to 10pm
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to host a Self-DJ Station, a concept and name borrowed from the artist collective Instant Coffee and presented in the midst of No Time Left To Start Again/The Birth and Death of Rock n Roll: Poetry an artwork by Allen Ruppersberg. Plug In will provide a turntable and speakers, inviting everyone to bring records to play.
This low key listening event is presented in conjunction with Ruppersberg’s current exhibition at Plug In, built from the artist’s immeasurable collection of records, sheet music, magazines, photographs, article clippings and music paraphernalia, catalogues various trajectories of North American music. The collections spans the early 1900s until the early 70s, at a point Ruppersberg sees as a “time rock and roll was becoming something other than its original self.” His vast collection amassed in encyclopaedic quantities posits infinite histories of rock n roll, tracing the lines of Gospel music and following the development of Boogie-Woogie, Blue Grass and RnB, to name only a few.
The exhibition brings to the forefront the way music is inextricably linked to social and cultural conditions, niche enthusiasm, and the formation of personal taste. As a way to activate these notions, and present numerous histories, Plug In is excited to invite you to ‘respond’ to Ruppersberg’s exhibition through your music selections.
Come Play Records!
Plug In gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, and we extend gratitude to our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.
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