The Place of Dead Roads
March 7th – March 29th
curated by Tyler Kline
opening reception on FRIDAY, MARCH 7th 6PM – 10PM [FACEBOOK]
An ongoing experiment in aleatoric strategies inspired by the last three novels written by William S. Burroughs II, The third in a trilogy of non-linear exhibitions, The Place of Dead Roads takes its name from the second book in William S. Burroughs’ cataclysmic “Cities” saga. Ciphers, cathartic performance, kinetic machines, and handmade environments mark the break down and reformation of linguistics, symbolic thought, and ritual.
Beth Heinly will perform as Bill Hicks, channeling outlaw ingenuity with a barbed wit. Jenny Drumgoole will bring her Trash Day rituals and celebrations to the crossroads of the Viking Mills, and Tim Eads will unleash an apparatus to tantalize both olfactory and gustatory cells
Celebrating the triumph of the Viking Mill at the Hands of the city of Philadelphia License and Inspections, this installation is based on the interaction of individual vision and communal practice; the braiding of sign, signifier, and symbol will draw a thread linking visionary practice, rhythmic interpretation, and cultivation of chance.
The first exhibition, staged in 2010, of the Trilogy was “Cities of the Red Night”. The second exhibition was 2011’s “The Western Lands”. This marks the third and final installment of the trilogy.
“We’re not fighting for a scrap of sharecropper immortality with the strings hanging off it like Mafioso spaghetti. We want the whole tamale. The Johnsons are taking over the Western Lands. We built it with our brains and our hands. We paid for it with our blood and our lives. It’s ours and we’re going to take it. And we are not applying in triplicate to the Immortality Control Board. Anybody gets in our way we will get our communal back against a rock or a tree and fight the way a raccoon will fight a fucking dog.”
- William S. Burroughs, The place of Dead Roads