Sep 14, 2016–Mar 19, 2017

Endless Shout

Endless Shout Poster

NEW ES POSTCARDThe Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania presents Endless Shout, a multi-artist performance project exploring collectivity and improvisation. Endless Shout asks how, why, and where performance and improvisation can take place inside a museum. Its name comes from a 1994 composition by George Lewis, who was referencing “Carolina Shout” (1921) by James P. Johnson.

Over the course of six months, five participants—Raul de Nieves, Danielle Goldman, George Lewis, The Otolith Group, and taisha paggett—will oversee an unfolding series of performances and encounters within ICA’s exhibition spaces.
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Endless Shout offers improvisation and collectivity beyond music or dance, imagining these techniques as structures for social organizing in public and civic space. The six lead participants—some of whom will themselves perform, others of whom set events in motion—were chosen for their extensive engagement with intermedia projects at a range of scales, and because improvisation, collectivity, and black aesthetics are important touchstones for their efforts. Endless Shout asks how we attend to performance socially, politically, individually, and collectively, and what physical and psychic traces exist before and after the performance’s wake.

Endless Shout will occur in tandem with The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, on view at ICA from September 14, 2016, to March 19, 2017.

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Promotional Videos

Installation Views
Thu, Sep 22, 2016, 8PM
Miya Masaoka: A Line Becomes a Circle
Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 7PM
George Lewis: Calder
Wed, Nov 9, 2016, 6:30PM
Raúl de Nieves: The Way and the Body
Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 6:30PM
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Books & Editions
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How, why, and where should performance and improvisation manifest inside the museum environment? Endless Shout retraces a six-month series of experimental performances organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Five participants – Raul de Nieves, Danielle Goldman, George Lewis, The Otolith Group, and taisha paggett – collectively led a series of encounters and improvisation experiments, including Miya Masaoka’s A Line Becomes a Circle; jumatatu m. poe and Jerome “Donte” Beacham’s Let ‘im Move You, addressing the history of J-Sette; and A Recital for Terry Atkins by composer George Lewis.

Abundantly illustrated with photography documenting the series of events, the book also includes an essay by curator Anthony Elms, conversations with George Lewis, Jennie C. Jones, Wadada Leo Smith, and Fred Moten on themes of rhythm, rehearsal, and improvisation, plus new works created specifically for the book, including a script by The Otolith Group on blackness and digital color correction.

Available Summer of 2019.

9.25 x 7.25 inches
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania & Inventory Press
ISBN 978-1-941753-16-3
Publication Date
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania & Inventory Press
"Major support for Endless Shout has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. rnrnICA acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Barbara B. & Theodore R. Aronson for exhibition catalogues. Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan. Marketing is supported by Pamela Toub Berkman & David J. Berkman and by Lisa A. & Steven A. Tananbaum. Additional funding has been provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania. General operating support is provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. ICA receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. ICA acknowledges Le Méridien Philadelphia as our official Unlock Art™ partner hotel."