http://www.icaboston.org/matthewritchie/longcount/ Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
Date Idea, Music, Performing Arts
An immersive art and music experience, The Long Count/The Long Game combines multimedia projections by ICA artist-in-residence Matthew Ritchie with rock music evoking myths and the beginning of time.
FEATURING Kelley Deal (The Breeders), Aaron + Bryce Dessner (The National), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Evan Ziporyn
During his 18-month residency at the ICA, Matthew Ritchie has shared his unique artistic vision throughout the museum and beyond our walls. Working with various longtime collaborators, he has brought art, performance, and ideas to our galleries, gathering spaces, and passageways as well as to the historic Our Lady of Good Voyage chapel across the street and to Boston’s Dewey Square.
To cap off this expansive residency, Ritchie reconvenes his collaborative circle for The Long Count/The Long Game, a museum-spanning, multimedia production about the beginning of time. Inspired by the “hero twins” of the Mayan book of creation, the Popol Vuh, the production begins with immersive experiences throughout the ICA before moving to the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater—a space mirroring the State Street Corporation Lobby, site of Monstrance/Remonstrance.
In various spaces throughout the museum, musicians including Shara Worden and Kelley Deal will perform intimate “installations” through which audience members can wander as a prelude to the main event. For the feature event, the performers will present a mythical song cycle of a cappella vocals, layered sound, and subtle, scintillating rock co-written by Ritchie and Bryce Dessner and accompanied by Ritchie imagery. Featuring Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National, Kelley Deal of the Breeders, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, MIT composer Evan Ziporyn, and an 11-person ensemble.
Thursday, January 15, 7:30 pm
Friday, January 16, 7:30 pm