Casey Kaplan

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Exhibition view, Let's Make the Water Turn Black, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Terry R. Meyers on Geoffrey Farmer’s “Let’s Make the Water Turn Black”

“I got this much more during my second visit, as the symbiotic relationship berween the temporal structure ofthe installation and the first years of Zappa’s life literally played itself out, starting with snippets of songs and broadcasts from 1940, the year of his birth. Just as I was succumbing to the work’s layers of activities and references while moving with rapt attention around the boundary of its raised stage, the lights changed dramatically, creating a twilight moment as the voice of FDR came over a loudspeaker – “Yesterday, December 7,1941-a date which will live in infamy” – and, for a moment, it was as if both time and I stood still.”