Public-Holiday Projects

IN ORDER TO GRASP the modest yet evocative nature of Public-Holiday Projects—a “curatorial initiative” founded in 2004 by New York– and Los Angeles–based artists Rachel Foullon, Matt Keegan, and Laura Kleger—one might consider a performance by Mika Tajima last November on the opening night of the group’s exhibition “Bunch Alliance and Dissolve” at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Clad in all white, Tajima knelt to the side of a pentagon made of Flavinesque fluorescent lights and gently struck a small pile of broken mirrors with a hammer. Feeding the resultant clinks and clanks through microphones, distortion pedals, a mixer, and two guitars (rigged with EBows, which turned the instruments into virtual violins), the artist produced spacey acoustic compositions that spilled through Zaha Hadid’s futuristic edifice—an echo effect compounded by Tajima’s nearby stacks of large

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