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Telepathic Improvisation

On View: September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018
September 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018 all-day
Nina and Michael Zilkha Gallery
Telepathic Improvisation @ Nina and Michael Zilkha Gallery

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz present their first U.S. solo exhibition Telepathic Improvisation. It includes a major new moving image work—Telepathic Improvisation (2017)—and two new sculptures.

Referencing current violent social conditions, Telepathic Improvisation uses humans and non-humans, movement, speech, gesture, music, light, and smoke to interpret composer Pauline Oliveros’s 1974 score of the same title. While the action of the film may appear abstract, it nonetheless references specific moments of leftist protest, queer S&M club life, acts of surveillance, and fantasies of new relations between human and non-human objects in an insterstellar dimension. The audience is called to communicate telepathically with all of the elements on-screen, including performers Marwa Arsanios, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch, and MPA. Challenging the idea of images as mere depictions of (political) actions, this filmed performance speaks to the productive tension between the fantasy of an action and the action itself.

Telepathic Improvisation is organized by Alhena Katsof and Mason Leaver-Yap. Previously on view at PARTICIPANT INC. in New York City, the film Telepathic Improvisation is a collaboration between Walker Art Center’s Moving Image Commissions and EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

Telepathic Improvisation continues to stream online on the Walker Art Center’s Moving Image Commissions page through September 10, 2017.

The exhibition at CAMH is accompanied by a catalogue with a newly-commissioned essay by André Lepecki and contributions by the artists, Victoria Brooks, Dean Daderko, Lia Gangitano, Alhena Katsof, and Mason Leaver-Yap.

This project is produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut New York and generously supported by the Bentson Foundation, Service des affaires culturelles – Canton de Vaud, and ProHelvetia.

This exhibition is Guest Curated by Alhena Katsof and coordinated by CAMH Curator Dean Daderko.

Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, "Telepathic Improvisation" (video still), 2017. Single-channel HD video: color, sound, 19:27 minutes. Courtesy the artists, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, and Marcelle Alix.


This project is produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut New York, and generously supported by the Bentson Foundation, Service des affaires culturelles – Canton de Vaud, and Pro Helvetia.

Support for CAMH is generously provided by the Museum’s Board of Trustees and their families:

Allison and David Ayers
Candace Baggett and Ron Restrepo
Vera and Andy Baker
James Bell
Jereann Chaney
Estela and David A. Cockrell
Ruth Dreessen and Tom Van Laan
Barbara and Michael Gamson
Dan and Eleanor Gilbane
Blakely and Trey Griggs
Melissa and Albert J. Grobmyer IV
Catherine Baen Hennessy and Matt Hennessy
Leslie and Mark Hull
Louise Jamail
Dillon Kyle and Sam Lasseter
Erica and Benjy Levit
Lucinda and Javier Loya
Catherine and George Masterson
Libbie Masterson
Greg McCord
Mac and Karen McManus
Jack and Anne Moriniere
Cabrina and Steven Owsley
Howard and Beverly Robinson
Andrew and Robin Schirrmeister
Nicholas and Kelly Silvers
Margaret Vaughan Cox and Jonathan Cox
David P. and Marion Young
Elizabeth and Barry Young

Additional funding for CAMH’s exhibitions, programming, and operations is provided by its dedicated patrons and donors:

A Fare Extraordinaire
Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen
Art Market Productions
Mary and Marcel Barone
Bergner and Johnson Design
City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
Houston Endowment
Jackson and Company
James M. Collins Foundation
Kavi Gupta Gallery
Mr. and Mrs. I.H. Kempner III
Lehmann Maupin
Leticia Loya
M.D. Anderson Foundation
Mary Kathryn Lynch Kurtz Charitable Lead Trust
Elisabeth McCabe
Mid-America Arts Alliance
National Endowment for the Arts
Fayez Sarofim
Ms. Louisa Stude Sarofim
Leigh and Reggie Smith
Susan Vaughan Foundation
Targa Resources, Inc.
Texas Commission on the Arts
Union Pacific Foundation
The Wortham Foundation, Inc.
Michael Zilkha

Exhibition catalogues and additional programming are made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston.

CAMH also thanks its artist benefactors for their support, including Chris Beckman, Michael Bise, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Mel Chin, Julia Dault, James Drake, Mark Flood, Jeffrey Gibson, Wayne Gilbert, Roberta Harris, Camille Henrot, Oliver Herring, Joan Jonas, David Kelley, Julian Lorber, Marilyn Minter, Nic Nicosia, McKay Otto, Joyce Pensato, Gavin Perry,  Susie Rosmarin, Jacolby Satterwhite, Shinique Smith John Sparagana, Mary Weatherford, Carrie Mae Weems, Haegue Yang, and Brenna Youngblood.

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