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Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four, Featuring William T. Wiley and Michael Hannon

May 21, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B

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Programmed by Anne Colvin

Set against the backdrop of Ken Russell’s film Tommy, the penultimate iteration of Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four features William Wiley, celebrated in the current BAM/PFA exhibition What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect, and poet Michael Hannon. Widely published in journals and anthologies, Hannon is the author of numerous poetry collections, including many limited editions, and he often participates on projects with visual and book artists. Wiley, who plays a range of musical instruments, from Jew’s harp to banjo, will perform on the didgeridoo while Hannon recites. Friends since the early eighties, Wiley and Hannon have collaborated on books and inspired each other’s work; they do so again in this high-spirited, impromptu duet of music and verse.

Acknowledging SBB4 influences including Antonio Gramsci and the slow development toward a printed edition, Oakland-based artist and writer Analisa Goodin’s American Standard installation—created from 200 used pencils exchanged for brand-new pencils with the children of Aurora School in Oakland—responds to the tension between free thinking and forced confinement.

Selections from Anne Colvin’s evolving video project Scotlands Secret Bunker complete the mise en scène, with work from Stephen Sutcliffe, profiled in the current issue of Frieze magazine, included.

Preceded at 6 p.m. by KALX DJ Liberossa, who will re-play highlights from previous SBB4 iterations including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Joan La Barbara, Paul Rooney, Malcom McLaren, Scritti Politti, and more. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

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