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Williams Burroughs Nova Convention

[Patti Smith, Nova Convention, 1978 © James Hamilton
William Burroughs, Nova Convention, 1978 © James Hamilton]

Photographs by James Hamilton
Curated by Thurston Moore & Eva Prinz

EACC – Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castello

Opening: Friday, June 2, 8 pm
Thurston Moore will perform ‘Solo Acoustic Show’, 9 pm

Carrer de Prim, s/n
29004 Malaga

Schedule: From Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am – 14 pm and 4 pm – 8 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm
Tel. +34 964 723 540

Organized by EACC and Contemporanea
Curated by Thurston Moore & Eva Prinz
With the collaboration of La Termica

EACC – Espai d’Art Contemporary de Castelló and Contemporánea present the show “William Burroughs. Nova Convention“ in Spain. The exhibition has been curated by artist Eva Prinz and musician Thurston Moore, one of the founding members of the rock band Sonic Youth.

The Nova Convention was a three day celebration of readings, screenings and performances on Burroughs’s work, included contributions from Laurie Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Brion Gysin, Frank Zappa, John Cage, Timothy Leary and others. The event was produced by John Giorno, James Grauerholz and Sylvere Lotringer and it took place at the Entermedia Theater in New York City during November 30 and December 1st and 2nd in 1978.

One of those in attendance that day was a 19-year-old Thurston Moore, scraggly and raw, who is now a co-curator of the exhibition alongside Eva Prinz: “There was always some magic in the air in NYC and it seemed like there could be no other world in 1978. Burroughs coming back to the city where he predicted the urban energy and flash lightning of punk rock was matter of pride and integrity. We owned the future.”

“William Burroughs. Nova Convention“, largely taken from Village Voice photographer James Hamilton’s Nova Convention in New York, includes candid photos of Burroughs together with his inner circle of radical friends and colleagues of artists, writers, musicians, dancers, such as Patti Smith, John Cage, Frank Zappa, Terry Southern, John Giorno, Laurie Anderson, Anne Waldman, Merce Cunningham and others.

Exhibition will also include ephemera, documents, records, posters, objects and memorabilia from the 1978 Nova Convention. The best homage in the 20th Anniversary of Burroughs’ death.

Photographer James Hamilton was where all of us could only wish to be. His extensive documentation has rarely been seen. In 2010, Ecstatic Peace Library published ‘You Should Have Seen Just What I Heard’, a select tome of his music personality photographs, all black and white.

[Thurston Moore, an special guest of EspaiSonor Program at EACC]

To commemorate the event, Thurston Moore will perform the “Solo Acoustic Show” the night of the opening on June 2nd. Moore will play new songs from the album “Rock ‘n’ Roll Consciousness” and some readings from his book “Stereo Sanctity” in a special set with a 12-string acoustic guitar and with a video screening as a background.

First posted: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.

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