21st Century karaoke
It's already five years ago that Davis Freeman introduced his cinematic Karaoke(ART) in a stunning première performance at Noorderzon. This year he is returning with his karaoke video exhibition featuring no fewer than 26 political, conceptual and pornographic karaoke gems. The idea is equally simple and priceless: the Belgian-American film maker asked internationally renowned artists, including Phil Collins (‘In the Air Tonight’), Sarah Vanagt (‘These Boots Are Made for Walking’) and Visual Kitchen (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’), to make a video to accompany a popular karaoke song. Every artist could choose from a range of songs and then create a contemporary, musical reflection on the world of today in their very own style – as long as they left the music and lyrics untouched. But the only artist you will encounter during the performance is you yourself, since the visual artworks will only come to life when you use the microphone. So be brave and sing along!
* It is possible to purchase a combi-ticket for both shows by Davis Freeman. For only € 20, you have access to both Do My Mouth (22, 23 and 24 Aug) and Karaoke (ART) (17 Aug).
“The structure of Karaoke(ART) adapts to manifest layers of spectatorship, conversation and humour, blurring borders between the audience and performer, the intentions of the song and those of the video artist.”
Concept | Davis Freeman
Video design | Sam Vanoverschelde
Music rights | Ameritz
Production | Random Scream with the aid of the Flemish Government
Coproduction | Damaged Goods, Kunstencentrum Buda Kortrijk, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Beursschouwburg Brussel, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, Theatre Garonne