Artisphere and Sasha Lord Present…
Saturday, September 21st - Prince Rama’s FAME FACTORY (In Conjunction with Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds)
FREE Public Installation 12-6pm, $12 Performance 9pm
in the Black Box Theatre at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA 22209)
More info: http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Music/PRINCE-RAMA-S-FAME-FACTORY.aspx
Buy tickets: http://tickets.artisphere.com/orderticketsarea.asp?p=1019&a=2&backurl=default.asp
Brooklyn-based band Prince Rama’s unpredictable live music shows incorporate elements of psychedelic ceremony, performance art and dance floor initiation rite. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s exploration of fame, Prince Rama transforms Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre into a reflective utopian meta-environment where the construction of celebrity can be explored.
- FREE INTERACTIVE PUBLIC INSTALLATION 12-6pm // Prince Rama will be covering the space in silver Mylar, inviting anyone who wishes to participate to help with the construction. There will also be “pop-star making stations” where people can adorn themselves in hand-made Mylar costumes and silver body paint. At the end of the day, Never Forever, a short film made by Prince Rama about the construction of meta-realities through virtual reality pop star avatars will be screened.
- $12 PERFORMANCE 9pm // Prince Rama will give a performance as “embodiments of the meta-pop stars of ourselves” constructed in their film. Live feed cameras, positioned in the eyes of two statues of contemporary pop star icons, will then take images from the audience and project them on Prince Rama, merging the images as one. The performance culminates in a destruction of the silver Mylar utopian environment everyone has come to deify, breaking the illusion of fame and ultimately liberating Prince Rama and the audience from the warped projections of themselves.
"What the hell is that?" is a question pretty familiar to Prince Rama. The answer is far from simple-sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson have lived in ashrams, worked for utopian architects, written manifestos, delivered lectures from pools of fake blood, conducted group exorcisms disguised as VHS workouts and have now finished inventing an apocalypse on which to base their new pseudo-compilation album, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, comprised of ten singles "channeled" from fictional deceased pop bands. In only four years, Prince Rama have released a prolific six albums and toured in four of the seven continents, recording with members of Animal Collective and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Prince Rama is signed to Paw Tracks label and have released Shadow Temple and Trust Now, which peaked at #3 and #6 on the Billboard New Age Charts respectively.
Poster via Lindsay Johnson