Omer Fast  l  Talk Show

March 19 - April 17, 2010

Arratia Beer presents Talk Show, Omer Fast’s latest video installation.
Originally recorded live in front of an audience for Performa 09 in New York, Talk Show combines the familiar childhood game of Telephone with the confessional talk-show format. In a theatrical setting, invited guests recounted personal memories with direct links to current global events and the projection of power and freedom. In the video installation shown at the gallery, the invited guest, Lisa Ramaci, relates her story of love and loss during the War in Iraq to an actress, Rosie Perez, who is listening to the account for the first time. When the guest is finished, the actress retells what she has just heard to another performer who subsequently narrates another rendition of the story. This sequence repeats six times over the course of the evening, allowing the unscripted story to spontaneously transform from individual memory to communal recitation, from an intimate story of tragedy into a comedy of sex and identity. The 65 minute performance will be shown on three monitors. It is strongly recommended to see the work in a linear fashion, from start to finish.

Appearing in the video are Lisa Ramaci, Rosie Perez, Jill Clayburgh, Tom Noonan, Dave Hill, Lili Taylor and David Margulies.

Omer Fast’s work has been recently exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kunstverein Hannover, Barbican Art Gallery, London; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel; MUMOK- Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; The Carnegie Museum, Pittsburg; Hambuger Bahnhof, Berlin and Centre Pompidou, Paris. In 2008 Omer Fast participated in the Whitney Biennial and received the Bucksbaum Award. In 2009 he was awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst.

Talk Show is a Performa Commission co-produced by Artis Contemporary Israeli Art Fund with support from the Edith Russ House for Media Art in Oldenburg and the Goethe Institute.

A new staging of the performance with a German guest and cast will take place as part of the Berlin Documentary Forum at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin on June 5 at 8pm.


Click here for the German press release