january 30, 2010: chelsea art museum, new york
"meet time. it’s quite the renaissance conundrum. we keep it, manage it, run after it, run out of it, and we can’t seem to get enough of it. but what if? we turn it upside down; we unset it, we release it. who’s in charge here? has time created us, or have we created time? was time kept us or is time ours to keep?"
a theatrical exhibition revealing the creative aftermath from the journey down the rabbit hole of 060609.
underneath a foundation of festivity and a celebration of disruption, “smoke” aimed to provoke new conceptions about time, and to challenge the discourses surrounding the way “time keeps us”, and the way “we keep time”.
through an elaborate application process of riddles, 300 people were selected to participate in the costume affair that transformed attendees into time travellers. the ephemeral narrative, co-curated by the museum of sex's curator sarah forbes, showcased a series of inventions, performances, and video projections reinterpreting "time" inspired from 060609,
"smoke" also provoked the reinterpretation of the exhibition, proposing that what constitutes an exhibition is a narrative, a performance, or even, more simply, the live interaction and creative process of a community.
director: samina virani
producer: iñigo cavestany díez
assistant producer: judith delmas
curator: sarah forbes
sound design: nektarios ioannidis
visual effects: chelsea art museum
january 30, 2010
chelsea art museum, new york