Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, "Telepathic Improvisation" 2017

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.

Past Exhibition

Telepathic Improvisation

September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018
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.


Telepathic Improvisation is organized by Dean Daderko, Curator and guest curated by Alhena Katsof.


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, Jr., 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, and 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, KPMG, LLP, Lehmann Maupin, Leticia Loya, M.D. Anderson Foundation, Mary Kathryn, Lynch Kurtz Charitable Lead Trust, Elisabeth McCabe, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Fayez Sarofim, Ms. Louisa Stude Sarofim, Leigh and Reggie Smith, Susan Vaughan Foundation, Targa Resources, Inc., Union Pacific Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., and Michael Zilkha.

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