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Adeena Karasick, Frank London & Igor Imhoff
The Book of Lumenations: Eicha III

Particularly speaking to this “Covid moment,” Eicha 3 (the 3rd installment in a 5 part series) takes as its jumping off point, the Biblical Eicha, The Book of Lamentations, which laments the destruction of Jerusalem and through reflection, deflection, refraction and the fracturing of language, homophonically re-situates the original text to the horrors and hope of the present moment. Tracking through “the city” as a desolate weeping widow overcome with misery, and moves through desolation ruin, prayer and recovery, it explores ways that in rupture, there is rapture.

Adeena Karasick is a New York poet, performer, cultural theorist and media artist and the author of 12 books of poetry and poetics. Most recently is Checking In (Talonbooks, 2018) and Salomé: Woman of Valor (University of Padova Press, Italy, 2017), Salomé: Woman of Valor CD, NuJu Records, 2020, and Salomé Birangona, Bengali translation, Boibhashik Prokashoni Press, Kolkata, 2020. Karasick teaches Literature and Critical Theory for the Humanities and Media Studies Dept. at Pratt Institute, is Poetry Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, Associate International Editor of New Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication, 2019 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award recipient and winner of the 2016 Voce Donna Italia award for her contributions to feminist thinking. The “Adeena Karasick Archive” is established at Special Collections, Simon Fraser University. Forthcoming is Massaging the Medium: 7 Pechakuchas from The Institute of General Semantics Press: Language in Action and Ærotomania: The Book of Lumenations.
Frank London The “mystic high priest of avant klez-jazz,” Sir Frank London is a Grammy-award winning trumpeter-composer and co-founder of the Klezmatics, leads the Glass House Orchestra, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars, Shekhina Big Band and Sharabi; has worked with John Zorn, Itzhak Perlman, Pink Floyd, LL Cool J, Mel Tormé, Lester Bowie, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5; is on over 500 CDs and was featured on Sex And The City. He created, composed, performed and music directed, From Moses to Mostel, the history of Jews in musical theater starring Steve Martin on Broadway, the folk-opera, A Night In The Old Marketplace Davenen for Pilobolus Dance Theater; 1001 Voices: Symphony for a New America, music for Tony Kushner’s A Dybbuk, John Sayles' The Brother From Another Planet, Karin Coonrod’s Merchant of Venice, the Czech-American Marionette Theater's Golem, and the internationally acclaimed Spoken Word Opera, Salome: Woman of Valor with Adeena Karasick.
Igor Imhoff Video game developer and digital artist, Igor Imhoff mainly deals with moving images and visual experimentation. His research passionately combines primitive, symbolic and anthropological elements with digital art. His research is dedicated to experimentation in all its forms, from 2d to 3d up to immersive VR. The production alternates between animation videos and the design of interactive works, ranging from videomapping to theatrical performances. Numerous exhibitions and participations in festivals, in Italy and abroad. He is currently professor of Digital Applications for Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and professor of Special Effects and VR at the 1st level Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking at the Ca Foscari University of Venice.
Text from Ærotomania, The Book of Lumenations. Conceived, written and performed by Adeena Karasick, music by Frank London, video by Igor Imhoff.
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