World as Lover, World as SelfChapter 3: In Need Of A Memory Bank by Geo Wyeththe third installment of our overlapping exhibition program World as Lover, World as Self. 4 June - 9 October 2021
In Chapter 3 Shimmer is filled to the brim. Centered around two works—an audio work In Need Of A Memory Bank and a new performance—the exhibition, and us with it, ebb into the port of Rotterdam. The performance is connected to Wyeth’s close colleague Gellinoxious van WickleBunz of Muck Studies Dept, a city agent of low-lying water areas. In their work, they are “looking for stars out of what stinks” that is made of mud, water, metal, gas, ass, rocks, coins, extractive industry, deep coloniality, and sensual expression of belonging. As a department, Muck Studies is a constellational body employing inherited diasporic/American funk and folk poetics, and techniques of investigative journalism. With Wyeth, we will find, that the process of city-making is more complicated than writing parameters of “simple” codes. City-making is the complicated, messy mucky muddy form of creating identity.
All Wyeth’s works are a synthesis that thickens, expands, and queers the very space of sound itself. Defamiliarization is an influence in the artist's work evident in the artist's growing array of avatars and characters to step with oneself, outwards, and into the world.
About the artist
Geo Wyeth has shown work at the New Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, MoMA PS1 (Greater New York 2016), Dutch National Opera, Triangle France, Anthology Film Archives, The Kitchen, TENT (Rotterdam), Arsenic (CH), Biquini Wax (CDMX), LA MoCA, New York Live Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Boston ICA, La MaMa Theatre, Human Resources, The Pyramid Club, Joe’s Pub, and many others. They are co-founder of the queer social space Tender Center (Rotterdam, NL). They have composed music for the narrative shorts Happy Birthday Marsha!, Atlantic is a Sea of Bones, Salacia, and The Personal Things (all directed by Tourmaline), as well as numerous videos of other contemporary artists. Wyeth was in residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten for the years 2015-2016 in Amsterdam, and currently teach at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) and the Willem de Kooning Akademie where they focus on embodied tactics of performance, storytelling, and remembering. Wyeth was funded by the Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst in 2017, and the Mondriaan Fonds for research on jazz history, extractive industry, and swamp studies in New Orleans in 2019 through the Deltaworkers Residency. They are currently in residence at the Textiel Museum (Tilburg, NL). Wyeth was nominated for the Dolf Henkes Art Prize (2021). They live and work in Rotterdam, NL next to the Maas River.