The Getty Center will display “ITSOFOMO” (In the Shadow of Forward Motion), a multimedia performance created by artist David Wojnarowicz and composer and musician Ben Neill, at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11.
“ITSOFOMO” binds the haunting urgency of Wojnarowicz’s words to a sinister, elastic composition by Neill by integrating music, text and video in a multidimensional format. A meditation on history and power, Wojnarowicz’s words address the accelerating AIDS crisis and the politics of AIDS in the United States, set to music from Neill’s “mutantrumpet,” a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. Four videos run simultaneously for the duration of the work.
For this performance, Neill reprises his work, performing alongside the original percussionist Don Yallech, and Wojnarowicz’s film imagery and recorded voice.
The event falls on the heels of the performance’s debut 25 years ago at the Whitney Museum in New York. Admission is free.
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive. For tickets and information, call (310)440-7300, or visit getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_3054.html.
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