The Awakening: A (re)Performance: James Murray: Emily Davis Gallery – 03 | 19 – 04 | 13

[The Awakening: A (re)Performance]

The Awakening: A (re)Performance will consist of a twelve hour durational flagging dance, documented with a single video camera and recorded for playback within the gallery. This ongoing project looks to the musical period between 1980 to 2000 as a source of material to begin an exploration of the role and importance the dance floor held during the AIDS crisis. The Awakening: A (re)Performance seeks to understand this role that music played during the AIDS crisis as a way to build, amongst other things, a community of support for those affected by the crisis both directly and indirectly.

The work itself is broken up into four side-by-side vertical video screens, each playing a three hour loop of the original performance. These loops represent four very important periods of the night that became ingrained into the longer and longer dance parties that were being created. Each section represents a different phase of the evening, as the crowds would build and the evening would truly begin. Eventually, following a period of musical “darkness” the dance floor would traditionally be brought into light during the last hours of the party often referred to as the morning, or “awakening”, period. This moment of acoustic clarity would mark a dramatic shift in the music that had been played for the previous hours and would, in essence, function as a moment of rebirth for the dance floor.

The music used within the course of the performance was collected by posting a series of open calls and direct requests to certain people. These open calls were posted on forums, mailing lists, social media sites as well as public and private online groups. Those who proposed the music that forms the mix used during the performance include DJs, promoters, producers and those who filled the dance floor during this time. They recommended the music that for them specifically, embodies that time, the music that holds the most importance to them, and those songs that became emblematic of their journey through this period in history.



Myers School of Art
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325

Primary Gallery:

Emily Davis Gallery
Folk Hall
150 E Exchange St, Akron OH 44325

Satelite Location A:

Honors College
Orr Residence Hall
180 S College St, Akron OH 44325

Satelite Location B:

Emerging Technologies Lab
Bierce Library
Buchtel Common, Akron OH 44325


The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and fine arts.

The theme for Collider :: C4 this year is spectacle.

spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Spectacle operates in two contexts simultaneously. On the one hand, it refers to high culture (drama, movies) performances where the draw for an audience is the impressive visual accomplishment. On the other hand, it refers to low cultural shows operating in a folk environment. These can range from the freak show to folk drama to tableau and beast-plays.


Exhibition Dates:

March 19, 2012 - April 13, 2012

Opening Reception Emily Davis Gallery:

March 20, 2012 at 4:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Elliot Earls Lecture:

March 26, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

Golan Levin Lecture:

April 3, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.

Mark Amerika Lecture:

April 9, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.