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“We are disturbed and desperate people.” — Gilbert & George.
First created in 1967 and performed in 1968 and 1969, Gilbert & George came up with the idea of the singing sculpture (see lyrics below) in response to their lack of a studio. In 1971, the pair came to America with the piece, chosen as the first exhibit to be presented at the Sonnabend Gallery. This film was produced to mark the twentieth anniversary of this landmark art gallery and performance. It also marks the tenth anniversary of G&G’s first collaboration with Philip Haas, as well as Mr. Haas’s film career. Their live performance of The Singing Sculpture is nearly six hours in length, giving the people time to gaze and understand the work and come back to it again and again. As with their other film, the levity of the piece hides, then slowly reveals, a tragic view (“the main subject of the sculpture, is being miserable, one can say”) of the disenfranchised; this time the homeless. They say in the film, “we are great believers in the idea of the artist as speaker...We believe that all shapes, colors and forms are there only to serve the meaning, to speak to people...serving the viewer.” A wonderfully funny and revealing film of one of G&G’s classic performances.
Soon to be available in DCP AND 16mm prints for theatrical and nontheatrical screenings. Contact Milestone for price and availability!
This DVD will be soon available for Institutional Purchase, which includes public performance rights and a 3-year streaming license.