Five years ago, performance artist Marina Abramović sat and received many visitors for brief face-to-face sessions at MoMA, documented and captured in a subsequent HBO documentary about her.
Last night, Reggie Watts began his own face-to-face experience with visitors to NYC’s Public Theater as part of the Under the Radar Festival. His “Audio Abramović” performances are described: “The performer is present. In an attempt to channel the illusory presence of the artist, avowed disinformationist Reggie Watts invites you to sit across from him. But just for five minutes.”
— Katie Naka (@katiewins) January 15, 2015
That was the line just minutes after doors opened last night. It’s free. Watts will sit for two-hour sessions again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
Watts is the musical sidekick to Scott Aukerman on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, which kicked off its fourth season last week. In March, Watts will jump from basic cable to broadcast network late-night TV, taking over as musical guru for The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.
I cannot vouch for what your five minutes with Watts will sound like, but here’s what he did with a similar amount of time last year, improvising for WNYC’s Soundcheck.
And this week, he made music with Maya Rudolph for IFC to promote CBB. Roll it!