Adam Pendleton, ‘Band’ (2009), videostill.
‘Band’ by Adam Pendleton is a hybrid performance, rock show, installation and film screening that refashions the form and content of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1968 film ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. The Rolling Stones, then poised on the cusp of superstardom, are recast with post-punk, indie rock band Deerhoof, exploring the cultural shifts between Godard’s era and our own. Using the structure and techniques of avant-garde film as a means to explore ideas about contemporary experimental practice, language and the (re)making of history, ‘Band’ acts as a meditation on the present, read backwards through the canonical traces of history.
Adam Pendleton lives in New York. His multi-disciplinary art shifts the meaning of cultural forms, language and images, and has been widely exhibited internationally. He has participated in recent biennials and exhibitions including The Generational: Younger than Jesus (New Museum, New York); Performa 07; Manifesta 7; Object, the Undeniable Success of Operations (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam); Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago); and Manifesto Marathon (Serpentine Gallery, London).