Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Kingpins & The Gossip at Art Basel Miami with Deitch Projects

The Kingpins and The Gossip will headline for Deitch Projects launch event at Art Basel Miami 2008. The collaborative project Conversation Piece was commissioned by Deitch Projects (New York) for their renowned Art Basel Miami opening event. Held at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, the Deitch Projects event is the legendary annual launch party of Art Basel Miami.

For one night only The Kingpins and American band The Gossip will combine forces to present a live performance. Normally two distinct artistic collectives, Conversation Piece will allow a dialogue between the creative groups, a conversation of re-mixing music, re-contextualising lyrics and sampling musical tropes.

The installation for their live performance, designed and created by The Kingpins, will reflect this exchange of ideas with giant speech bubbles constructed from the text designs found on hundreds of t-shirts. Fashion tees, protest tees, rock n roll tees and corporate tees are sewn together to create a tapestry of quotes. Political statements, cheap slogans and fan regalia will merge in a cacophony of voices that is Conversation Piece.