The Center Cannot Hold
Spain and NYC | 2004-2005
The Center Cannot Hold was a live cinema performance challenging the zones of discourse on war, globalization, media saturation, and corporatization.
The project used William Butler Yeats' poem, The Second Coming, as a backbone, the remaining elements composed and scored in a figurative, semi-structured flow featuring techniques of improv, montage, cut-up, collage and parataxis.
The performance was created and performed by [sic], Gary Breslin and Daniel Perlin, using an array of digital equipment that allowed for the real-time editing and remixing of scenes, sounds and samples.
A wide array of media works were donated to the project by artists listed below.
TCCH was performed three times:
October 23, 2004 | 9th Annual La Paz y La Guerra [Peace and War] Festival | Madrid
October 29, 2004 | The Tank | New York City
July 19, 2005 | Pirineos Sur World Music and Arts Festival | Pyrenees Mountains | Spain
Key components of the project include:
The Second Coming
poem by William Butler Yeats
performed by Meghan Trainor
The Pledge to Resist
by Saul Williams
by Sharif Ezzat
“What Barry Says”
by Simon Robson
by [sic] and Shepard Fairey
Satellite Control and Csoda Pok
911: State of Emergence
by [sic], Billy Blaze and DJ Spooky
Letter to the President
by the Barnstormers
by Sharif Ezzat
Yolanda from La Fabrica de Ideas, Saul Williams, Paul Miller, Sharif Ezzat, David Ellis, Kiku Yamaguchi, Meghan Trainor, Simon Robson, Gauri Khindaria, Happy Corp, D-Fuse, Tamas Banovich, The Tank