Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I saw this installation in the late 1990's at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago while I was a student at SAIC. Standing between two extremely large screens (the male singer on one side, the female on the other) I was in awe by both the beautiful voices and the powerful meaning of the artwork. View this video (must hear it to get the full effect) and ponder the significance of this amazing piece. Make sure you pay attention to the background of the piece and the reactions of each side to the other.
In Turbulent, Neshats 1998 two-screen video installation, two singers (Shoja Azari playing the role of the male and Iranian Vocalist and composer Sussan Deyhim as the female) create a powerful musical metaphor for the complexity of gender roles and cultural power within the framework of ancient Persian music and poetry.