Friday, November 20, 2009

Nader Sadek's B'doun O'mr/Ageless tomorrow with members of Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy and Behold... The Arctopus


On November 21, 2009 at 9pm, Santos Party House will proudly present, “B'doun O'mr (Ageless)” the new performance work by Nader Sadek.

In “Ageless,” a hyperbolic amalgamation of long-haired death metal musicians and a fully-veiled Middle Eastern woman is created when near mythical characters of an “extreme” nature merge. Ostensibly dark and menacing, these figures will be blended into one image. The hair covering the faces of each character functions as a replacement for the veil/mask. In the middle of an installation of conceptually-loaded objects, the five characters will perform a sonic composition. These elements create an atmosphere of hostility, reflecting and rejecting the supposed political dichotomy of East versus West. Objects found in the earlier stages of the artist’s series are thus transformed: The mashrabeya (ornate wooden lattice) that was employed to delineate private and public space in a previous performance held at the SculptureCenter is now deconstructed and returned to its basic natural shape—a glossy black tree trunk.

Given the imagined ideology of these combined cultures—now manifested in an independent figure—the goal of this creation is to bring these worlds back to Nature, to a fundamentally primitive existence, which is admittedly unachievable. The art objects used in the performance will stand free of apparent meaning, in a gesture that seeks to suspend the purported need for clearly defining this new environment and challenges art world conventions. With ambiguity defining much of the performance and an inherent tension surfacing as a spatial push and pull between the unrestrained subject (the artist and band members) and the spectator (the viewer), notions of objectification and turmoil will lead to ultimate transcendence.

Born in Cairo, Nader Sadek is an emerging conceptual artist based in New York. His installations and performances aim to blur configurations of private and public, while exorcising the holy and profane and evoking ritualistic restraint and impulsive aggression. He has exhibited in the US and abroad and has toured with some of the most influential death metal musicians in the world, having contributed original installations and costumes to Mayhem and Sunn O))). His previous works have been reviewed by the Village Voice, The Guardian, The Herald Tribune and the New Yorker.

The musicians that will accompany Sadek in his performance will include Steve Tucker, formerly of Morbid Angel, Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy and Mike Lerner of Behold...the Arctopus. For more information visit and

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