Straight off the heels of their talk last night at New York’s Abrons Art Center, the collective Slavs and Tatars will be hosting an edition of MoMA’s Pop Rally series, a program of evening events which start with great ideas and end with a lot of empty plastic cups lying around. And, yes, hopefully, more great ideas.
This particular evening departs from the groups’ “Beyonsense,” an installation that offers up a contemporary take on the idea of “Zaum”, the Futurist language that literally means “za um” – “beyond reasoning.” Their title, in its present formation, both echoes this heritage while tapping into the pop entertainment industry at its power source, Beyoncé.
For the Pop Rally, Slavs and Tatars have invited Dr John Perry, an expert on 18th century Iran and the ways in which linguistic history is shaped, formed and slurred, “for a presentation on the pre-modern migration of myths and memes involving birds from India and Iran to Europe and beyond, where they invaded genres from mystical poetry and moral homilies to dirty jokes and Monty Python.”
Events kick off at 8:30pm, and each visitor will receive a limited edition print, courtesy of Slavs and Tatars. Music for the reception afterwards will be provided by the always magnificent Tiffany Malakooti.