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On the occasion of the 9th Shanghai Biennale, Cleopatra's with artist Chris Rice, will present CKTV, an interactive video screening. A dynamic roster of over 50 Brooklyn based (and inspired) artists have produced a unique karaoke video made to accompany a tune of their choosing, visitors to the Biennale will enter a custom designed Karaoke booth (KTV)  and select which karaoke video they would like to perform.

If you are unable to see CKTV at The 9th Shanghai Biennale, Brooklyn: City Pavilion please join us for a local New York screening at Tandem bar, on September 16, 2012

Just sing as you want.

You’re more than likely at a bar. It’s someone’s birthday or your best friend is getting married. Maybe it’s a Wednesday night or a Saturday night, you may or may not have work in the morning. You’ve had a few gin and tonics or six beers or five daiquiris. You’re in a big city or a small, working class town surrounded by a crowd of unfamiliars. No matter the how, why, or where, you find yourself browsing the laminated pages in the binder looking for the perfect song. The selection is so important. It’s a social game. It’s competitive. You want to appease the crowd while at the same time, sing something you know you can nail, something that reflects your personality, something that will make you shine, make you the “winner”.  

Cleopatra’s, a collaborative curatorial team, is proud to introduce, CKTV, an immersive exhibition that brings together sound, video, performance, and installation. The presentation includes a dynamic roster of Brooklyn based and Brooklyn inspired artists that have all produced unique karaoke videos made to accompany a song of their choice. The project began as a short program of videos, initiated by artist, Chris Rice, that premiered at Santos Party House in April 2012. Impressed with the outcome, Cleopatra’s collaborated with Rice to expand the program by commissioning additional videos made by artists whose practice reflected the ethos of the project. To push the engagement further, Cleopatra’s has built a KTV (Chinese karaoke booth) to screen the finished videos in a full on participatory environment; available for use by all visitors to the exhibition.

What makes Karaoke such a viable platform for art production? In 2007, the French philosopher, Jacques Ranciere brought to light the problems of passivity amongst the spectator. There is no longer an adamant aesthetic or political engagement with the consumer (viewer). Ranciere noted the militant dictation being driven by cultural producers and the inactive, hierarchal problems in this equation. We are primarily being told what to think and how we should think it. Engagement is being diffused at the borders of interaction. This is a call not to turn spectators into actors (acting participants) but to acknowledge that any spectator already is an actor (of her own story). Karaoke becomes an emancipatory object under this manifesto. It both translates and accommodates. It establishes a social bond between the artist and the viewer. It eliminates the privileged position of authorship. It enacts generosity and exchange.  

Karaoke is also a usable device for the artist in that it recognizes the radical differences between seriousness, automatism, and institutionalized prescriptions. The artists participating in C-KTV utilize video and performance to reinterpret an already appropriated form of artistic intervention; karaoke versions of top 40 pop hits. Pop songs are a simulation of reality, a crystallization of standardizations, and the foundation of the karaoke mechanism. The ease of recognition and empathetic qualities of said songs, makes karaoke an suitable arena for artistic interference. Art mimicking life mimicking art mimicking life.

Finally, your name is called. It’s your turn to sing. You take the tequila shot from your co-workers hand then take the stage. The mic is beaming feedback sounds until your mouth makes contact.. “I made it through the wilderness... somehow I made it through.. “ *

*Madonna, “Like a Virgin”, 1984 '



Participating Artists:

Carrick Bell    
"Xanadu" by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light orchestra, 2012

David Berezin  
"On Your Mark Ready Set Let's Go!" by anonymous, 2012

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“uh duh yeah” by various artists, 2012

BLANKO AND NOIRY [Frank Haines, Chris Kachulis and Reuben Lorch-Miller]
"Falling in Love Again" by Marlene Dietrich, 2012
                                                                          
Christie Brown    
"In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins, 2012

Jay Buim    
"Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus, 2012
              
Ashleigh Carraway and Luke Boggia
"Kiss from a Rose" by Seal, 2012

Nathan Saltmarsh Caswell
Work Title: "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers
Medium: Video
Year: 2012

Mary Helena Clark and Latham Zearfoss
"Love Is A Stranger" by Eurythmics, 2012

Ned Colclough
"Music Sounds Better With You" by Stardust, 2012

Chido Johnson and Dylan Spaysky
"Soundtrack from Michael Jackson's "Smile", Lyrics taken from
Charlie Chaplin's movie Modern Time's script.", 2012

Ryan Foerster    
"Communication Breakdown" by Roy orbison, 2012
  
Rochelle Goldberg    
"We Found Love" by Rihanna, 2012

Bee Harris and Clara Dykstra    
“Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton, 2012

Dmitri Hertz, Jacques Louis Vidal, and Brian Faucette
“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton, 2012  

Katie Hickman    
"Only girl in the world" by Rihanna, 2012

Joel Holmberg  
"No one" by Alicia Keys, 2012

Riley Hooker    
“Another One Bites the Dust” (Panoramic mix) by Queen, 2012
    
Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
“Thuggish Ruggish Bone” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, 2012

Sanya Kantarovsky
“Anytime” by Brian Mcknight, 2012

Kyle Knodell    
“’I’m Real" by Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez, 2012
    
Lindsay Lawson    
"Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon, 2012

Maggie Lee    
"Boom Boom Boom" by Vengaboys, 2012
                              
Jesse Malmed  
"Yesterday" by The Beatles "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, 2012

Carly Mark    
"Heartbreaker" by Mariah Carey, 2012

Tommy Martinez and Jerstin Crosby
"Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen, 2012

Rachel Mason
"White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane, 2012

Zeljko McMullen    
"Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones, 2012

Andy Meerow and Reid Ramirez  
"Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M, 2012

Merkx and Gwynne
"Hey Joe" originally by Jimi Hendrix, cover by Soft Cell, 2012

Brett Milspaw    
"These Are Days" by 10,000 Maniacs, 2012

NEW HUMANS [Howie Chen and Mika Tajima]
"Discipline" by Throbbing Gristle, 2012

Boru O'Brien O'Connell    
"Against All Odds" by Phil Collins, 2012

Grear Patterson    
"More More More" by Andrea True Connection, 2012

Annie Pearlman    
"I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston, 2012

Rachel Rampleman
"Is That All There Is" by Peggy Lee and "Falling in Love Again" by Marlene Dietrich, 2012

Chris Rice    
"Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" by David Bowie and “Where Eagles Dare” by Misfits, 2012

Ben Russell
"Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco, 2009

Jon Santos    
"Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder and Greg Prestopino, 2012

Saki Sato    
"Obsession" by Animotion, 2012

Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa    
Strangelove" by Depeche Mode and "Heaven is a Place on Earth" by  
Belinda Carlisle, 2012

Seung-Min Lee and Caitlin McKee    
"Summer Nights" from the musical Grease, by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, 2012

Tristan Shepherd
“Condition of the Heart” by Prince, 2012

Josh Slater      
"Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak, 2012

A.L. Steiner + Chicks on Speed [Melissa Logan, Alex Murray-Leslie, Kathi Glas, Anat Ben-David]
"Typical Girls"  by The Slits, 2012

Scarlett Stephenson-Connolly
"Crying" by Roy orbison, 2012

Jennifer Sullivan    
"Like A Virgin" by Madonna, 2012

Andrew Sutherland
"Mountain Song" by Jane's Addiction, 2012

Brad Taormina and Vaughn Taormina        
"Boys of Summer" by Don Henley, 2012

Stewart Uoo    
"Back In My Life" by Alice Deejay, 2012
  
Olivia Wyatt    
"Sweet Lullaby" by Deep Forest, 2012







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