New York

Vito Acconci

Dia Center for the Arts

Realizing that, by any objective standard, a good rock band is better than most art, Vito Acconci made the obvious choice and called in a rock and roll band—the Mekons—for his portion of the Artists in Action project, a new addition to BAM’s annual “Next Wave Festival,” which enables visual artists (this year it was Acconci, Ilya Kabakov, Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel) to present works-in-progress for the stage. Of course, since Vito was given a largish quantity of someone else’s money to spend, he couldn’t reasonably be expected to just let the Mekons play a gig at Dia (which would have been an admirable gesture in its own right), he had to tinker with the experience somehow.

So the band members all stood on their own separate platforms—lead guitar, lead singer, bass, accordion, rhythm guitar, drums, each all alone—located behind the audience; the walls moved up and down, variously

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