A 21st Century Originale
panel discussion
/ by melinda shopsin

November 08, 2014
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10003
Free admission

The New York premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's music-theater work ORIGINALE in 1964 caused quite a stir. Under the direction of Allan Kaprow, a veritable who's-who of the avant-garde appeared together in the German composer's response to the Happening, while a splinter group of downtown artists staged a picket against "ruling class art," generating nearly as much attention. The Goethe-Institut revisits the conversation sparked by this moment in time, on the 50th anniversary of the New York premiere of ORIGINALE, in conjunction with a new performance at The Kitchen, co-produced by Goethe-Institut and staged as part of the Darmstadt: Essential Repertoire series.

Our panel will consider some of the following questions: What does it mean to both perform and protest Stockhausen's ORIGINALE fifty years after its premiere? How might a new reading attempt to inscribe the piece with the issues of diversity and institutional critique demanded by the 1964 picket? What relationship do contemporary artists have with newer ideas of "ruling class art," and does an ORIGINALE performance and demonstration help identify these? How did the artists participating in the 1964 performances navigate the protests, and what kind of values can we assign to their behavior? In what way does technology play a role in ORIGINALE and how does the piece update itself? Special attention will be paid to an annotated version of the ORIGINALE score, with production notes from the New York premiere in 1964.

Andrew Lampert, artist and filmmaker, Anthology Film Archives
Sophie Landres, art historian, Stony Brook University
Alexandro Segade, participating artist, member of My Barbarian and Courtesy the Artist
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)