Money is a pain, only a few can gain.
Money is for supper, excess and clutter.
Money put me in the gutter,
Money is a real motherfucker.
“GONE FOR GOLD” is an allegorical critique of the contemporary American condition of wondering and wandering. This searching is generated from questions regarding what constitutes value in the face of the many discouraging social and economic crises. Not only is the obvious topic of money in the script of this performance, it is joined by multiple issues seeking justice through understanding and action. These include the forms of prejudice located in and around gender, race, sexual orientation, and class.
Post show Q&A facilitated by Sille Storihle.
The narrative in “GONE FOR GOLD” is comprised of spoken rhyming verse combined with seven songs, symbolizing a deeper navigation of an advanced society and its conflicted morals. Much like the Dadaists of the early 20th century TMO LIVE! performs in the cabaret style to merge politics and entertainment with the intent of activating change within the audiences he engages. “GONE FOR GOLD” has been presented in Los Angeles, Braunschweig, Kassel, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London, St. Erme, Berlin, Oslo, Stavanger, and New York City.
But my desire for something real was what drove my search
I wanted something to hold from this Earth, not from their glamour church.
TYLER MATTHEW OYER
Called an “interdisciplinary gospel immortalist” by Kembra Pfahler of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Tyler Matthew Oyer was born in Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2012. His work has been presented in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Miami, Philadelphia, Berlin, Copenhagen, Kassel, London, Amsterdam, Oslo, and Varna, Bulgaria. His one-man performance “Hello, Dolly!” was part of Andrea Zittel’s 2011 High Desert Test Sites event. In August of 2013 he presented “100 Years of Noise: Beyoncé is ready to receive you now” at REDCAT. His latest project is a three-act operetta entitled “Shimmy Shake Earthquake”. He is represented by Cirrus Gallery and is a co-organizer of Our Living Room with Mette Hersoug. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York. Marta Becket of the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction once said, “Tyler looks like a performer”.
Sille Storihle lives and works in Oslo. Storihle’s work deals with the phantasmagoria of history, gender politics and disputed positions of knowledge production. She co-organizes Frank – a new Oslo based platform established to nurture art and critical discourse revolving around gender issues, desire and sexuality. Recent exhibitions include 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo and Bergen Assembly (2013).
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