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Lounge Act at the Thek Lounge

Part of Question the Wall Itself, Avant Museology

For his Lounge Act at the Thek Lounge, poet, critic, and artist Wayne Koestenbaum performs piano miniatures (Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Schumann, Albéniz, Fauré, Antheil, Poulenc, and others), while incanting spontaneous Sprechstimme-style soliloquies. Koestenbaum’s words—improvised on the spot for the occasion—will stream in correspondence with the musical phrases in the score. Nietzsche might have called this nervy practice a gay science; at the Thek Lounge, we call it confessional Socratic cabaret or stand-up-comic séance pianism. With cocktails and other distractions.

Thek Lounge is presented by Bureau des Services sans Spécificité, Geneva, with Adam Linder, Shahryar Nashat, and Sohrab Mohebbi.


Question the Wall Itself is organized by the Walker Art Center. Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Prospect Creek Foundation, Elizabeth Redleaf, and Audrey and Zygi Wilf. Support for the exhibition catalogue is provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Walker Art Center publications. Shahryar Nashat’s commission is supported by the Bentson Foundation and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.