Performance

Chelsea Knight: Fall to Earth

Chapter 4 at The New Museum

Chelsea Knight: Fall to Earth Chapter 4 at The New Museum | Events Calendar
Chelsea Knight, Fall to Earth, Chapter 1 —“Conversion,” 2014 (production still). HD video, 5 min. Photo: Jeesu Kim, courtesy of the artist, New Museum and Aspect/Ratio


Chelsea Knight, Nick Hallett

E Village / LES

New Museum | 235 Bowery

Chelsea Knight works in video and performance to plumb the social and psychological underpinnings of group behavior, questioning how we encounter one another as singular entities. Her work considers the inadequacy of language and its relation to the reproduction of authority and identity. As an artist-in-residence during the Spring 2015 R&D Season: SPECULATION, Knight will produce the final chapters of Fall to Earth, a cycle of short videos inspired by Salman Rushdie’s magical realist novel The Satanic Verses. Each chapter is staged as a live event produced for video and takes as its point of departure themes related to socially condemned speech and other forms of silencing or restraint and includes original scores created by different collaborating artists. The chapters’ themes are “Conversion,” “Blasphemy,” “Resistance,” “Violence,” and “Silence.”