Performance in the Galleries: The Innocents

Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00 pm
Dodd Atrium

The Dodd Galleries presents Atlanta-based contemporary music ensemble, Bent Frequency (Atlanta-based contemporary music ensemble) performing a concert  inspired by Taryn Simon's photo essay "The Innocence Project",  which examines the issue of wrongful conviction in the American penal system. Simon traveled across the US photographing and interviewing individuals who had been wrongly convicted and served time for crimes they did not commit. The individuals photographed were exonerated through DNA evidence.

The first half of the concert features "The Innocents" work. Through the use of non-traditional instruments, such as found or street percussion (rocks, pots, pans, trash cans) and the use of electronics, the music and text illustrate some of the strong and complex emotions brought about by Simon's original work. Bent Frequency will also perform "Coming Together" (1971) and "Attica (1972), by the American composer Frederic Rzewski. The text is taken from letters written by Samuel Melville, an activist and inmate killed in the prison riot at Attica State Prison in 1971. Melville’s words outline the inhumane living conditions at Attica, which lead directly to the 4-day riot that left 39 people dead.

Those in attendance will leave with a greater awareness of how music and the arts can serve a role in communicating the complexities of our American penal system and those affected by it.