(I WANT) TO BE HELD
Pandemic, protests, politics. As 2021 begins, we can finally hit pause on a destabilizing and transformative year.
(I WANT) TO BE HELD is a new LED work by Julian Day that reflects on 2020’s inchoate messaging through the lens of the text score. As both a composer and artist, Day has long been intrigued by the social implications of scores and how they function as power circuitry between composer, performer and listener. This is especially evident in the text score, a deliberately direct format that flourished in New York’s 1960s downtown art scene.
High Line Nine’s space is dramatically flooded with the kind of LED screens seen endlessly on New York’s streets. Their unfolding text is alternatively bold, playful and poignant, varying between composer dictates, personal confessions, and slogans from recent protests and political moments. Day transforms the often-austere canonical texts with humor and intimacy, as in the softened La Monte Young score in the exhibition title.