Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting
Book Launch + Screening

Charlemagne Palestine @ EAI

Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting

Book Launch + Screening

Please join EAI for a special event celebrating the publication of Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting, a new 257-page book by artist, composer and musician Charlemagne Palestine. Focusing on Palestine's extraordinary body of performance videos from the early 1970s to the present, this artist book features an interview between Palestine and Serpentine curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, an introduction by EAI Executive Director Lori Zippay, 204 images from his video works, and an audio CD. Inspired by the lo-fi animation of flip books, Palestine translates the dynamism of his video performances through sequences of stills that capture key moments from these works, many of which are in EAI's collection.

During the launch event, EAI will screen Where It's Coming From (1977, 56:50), an extended video conversation between Palestine and Wies Smals that becomes a performance in its own right. Palestine will also be present to sign copies of his artist book, which will be available for purchase at the event.


Thursday, December 12, 2013
6—8 pm

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011

Admission Free

The publication of Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting coincides with the opening on December 14th of Bodyy Musicxx, a solo exhibition of early and recent video works by Palestine at Sonnabend Gallery in New York. Palestine's videos can also be viewed by appointment in EAI's free Viewing Room.


Charlemagne Palestine is an influential and internationally celebrated composer, performer and visual artist. In the 1970s, Palestine produced a seminal body of performance-driven, psychodramatic video works in which he activates a ritualistic use of physicality, motion and sound to achieve outward articulations of internal states. These works, which transform and extend Palestine's sound and performance art into the electronic medium, form one of the most distinctive bodies of conceptual video of the 1970s.

Palestine's video exercises are characterized by visceral enactments of physical and psychological catharses. Performing in isolation with a hand-held camera, he taps the body as a conduit for expressions of the self. Movement and sound, as they relate to the body and the voice, are the vehicles through which Palestine expels internal energy. Ritualistic vocal expressions?hypnotic chants, trance-inducing tones?become physical translations of powerful emotions, as does the use of the video as an extension of the body. Running frenetically with the camera or strapping it to a moving motorcycle, Palestine uses motion as metaphor. Challenging identity and perception, he often positions the viewer behind the camera, in a subjective point of view. Seeing through his eyes, moving with his body, the viewer is both participant and voyeur.

Where It's Coming From, which will screen during the launch, is an extended video conversation between Palestine and Wies Smals at De Appel in Amsterdam, recorded in 1977. In Palestine and Smals' dialogue about the artist's process, they interrogate the role of the camera in relation to issues of privacy, voyeurism, control and catharsis.

Palestine's solo exhibition Bodyy Musicxx opens at Sonnabend Gallery, New York on Saturday, December 14, 2013 (through February 1, 2014). Palestine's work will also be included in the group exhibition Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (December 21,2013-­April 21, 2014) and the 2014 Whitney Biennial (March 7-May 25, 2014)

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Charlemagne Palestine was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. He studied at New York University, Columbia University, Mannes College of Music and California Institute of the Arts. He has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other organizations. His work has been exhibited internationally, at festivals and institutions including the Venice Biennale, Italy; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland; Long Beach Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Documenta 8, Kassel; Walker Art center, Minneapolis; Art Institute of Chicago; Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva; and Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal. In 2010 Palestine's video works were featured in the solo exhibition VooDoo at Wiels in Brussels. In recent years, he has collaborated with a diverse group of experimental musicians including Pan Sonic, David Coulter, Tony Conrad and Michael Gira. He has released more than twenty solo albums and has performed in festivals around the world such as The Meltdown Festival, London in 1999; Transmediale, Berlin in 2010; All Tomorrow's Parties, UK in 2010 and Numina Lente, NY in 2011.

Palestine lives and works in Brussels.


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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


Press release for Charlemagne Palestine event at EAI, Thursday, December 12, 2013.