Habit Towards Obedience
Presented on August 28th, 2012 at the Clocktower Gallery in NYC
Composed by Jesse Hlebo in collaboration with Caroline Busta, Fay Victor, Kid Millions
Habit Towards Obedience consists of three movements. The first is an extraction of rhythms taken from prison spirituals and gospel songs and played by Kid Millions on a single snare.
The second movement consists of a text created by Caroline Busta and Jesse Hlebo. The text is a culmination of writings and quotes related to prison, re-structured into a liturgical format. The attendee's were led in the reading of the text by Jesse Hlebo.
The third and final movement is sung by Fay Victor. The Billy Taylor written song "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" is repeated three times, decreasing in tempo during each subsequent repetition.
Upon entering 108 Leonard St, itself a criminal court building, attendees were required to pass through a security check point. Proceeding to the twelfth floor, and then onto the thirteenth via a fire exit stairwell, attendees were subjected to further check points instituted by the artist.
In order to enter the gallery in which the piece occurred, attendees had to take off their shoes, place their cell phone inside of their shoes, refrain from photography, and were not allowed to sit inside of the space during the duration of the piece.
Generous support provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
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