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Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture: Liz Magic Laser

September 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Reception following lecture

in conjunction with

Liz Magic Laser and Wendy Osserman
“From North Carolina to South Korea”
13 September 2014, 8 pm
14 September 2014, 2 pm
Memorial Hall

New York based performance artist Liz Magic Laser will present a free lecture on her new work, From North Carolina to South Korea, followed by a conversation with Cary Levine, Associate Professor of Art History at UNC.

Liz Magic Laser lives and works in Brooklyn. Her performances and videos intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, dancers, surgeons, and motorcycle gang members. Her recent work appropriates the dominant performance techniques and psychological strategies used by the media and politicians to sway public opinion. Most recently, her work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2013); DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas (2013) and Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012). Laser is the recipient of grants from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Grant (2013), the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012), the Times Square Alliance (2010) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010). She was the 2013 Armory Show Commissioned Artist and has been in residency at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, New York (2012), Forever & Today, Inc.’s Studio On The Street artist-in-residence program, New York (2012), Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2011) and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (2009).

From North Carolina to South Korea, commissioned by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Art Department and Carolina Performing Arts, combines the multimedia performance art of Liz Magic Laser with the choreography of Wendy Osserman. Collaborating for the first time, the mother-daughter duo examines the studied gestures of politicians and the actual events shown on the news. Focusing on internet news, Laser and Osserman look at the effect that posturing and emotional display have on the public’s perception.

This performance piece employs live video feeds with green screen effects, repurposing the techniques of news production in order to represent an embodied reception of the news. New York City dancer Cori Kresge joins a cast of North Carolina-based performers.

The development of this piece will take place in part at UNC-Chapel Hill through a residency hosted by the Art Department. In addition to footage culled from the internet, the performance features excerpts from an interactive event live-streamed from Carolina Performing Arts to the Nam June Paik Art Center in Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea on September 12, 2014.

An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students.  The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

Artist website: http://www.lizmagiclaser.com/

For tickets to the CPA Loading Dock Performance: https://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/ros_perf_series/liz-magic-laser/

Image credit: Absolute Event, Liz Magic Laser, 2013, performance and video installation, 45 min, production still, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Featuring actors and former congressional staffers Daniel Abse and Gary Lee Mahmoud. Photo: Steven Probert


September 4, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cary Levine