Sing's Millenium Mart Performances

Sing’s Millennium Mart
Curated by Seung-Min Lee

December 13 – February 1, 2014/2015

Call them corner stores, bodegas, delis, or organic food marts and they seem innocuous in their everyday nooks but these neighborhood markets are palimpsests of cultural battles and values. The winners of these merchant wars have always been those who could predict the desires of their customers and orchestrate them into a form of theatre.  

How do the origin stories of eBay and Amazon, differ from the ancient markets like the agora and the souk? Once, paths of traders kept crossing each other at spots in the sand. People gathered in those intersections swapping smokes and spices, and some hung around for the action. It has always been the itchy discontent wanderers who loiter in the agora with their desires for self-improvement, seeking that certain perfect thing they convince themselves they need.

Nowadays, food sells itself, each package wrapped and labeled with its provenance and pedigree. Kale chips and coconut water beam their promise to enlighten us from the shelf. We reciprocate with demands that our food be smarter and closer to the land then we are; we fear dumb food as we fear the poverty and death that creeps in from subaltern spaces.  

Agoraphobia. The market can trigger dread and anxiety as it promises sustenance. With its dizzying array of choices, it realizes and answers our desires for transformation before we do and tells us to follow. So the spotlight is on you the would-be buyer. When your corner store starts to stock food you don’t understand and can’t afford—it’s your expiration date you should be worried about.

Sing's Millennium Mart is the corner deli of the future. Lee invites several artist collaborators to create their ideal market place. With Simone Frazier she will grow a 24/7, self-sustaining tossed salad garden and indoor greenscape. Jonathan Butt and Lee design generative, nurturing retail fixtures and with Ted Mineo, cast prototypes for the staple goods of tomorrow. In addition, Mores McWreath creates masks to keep your favorite old junk foods ever-green.

A series of performances in the installation will highlight the mixed and competing emotions the corner deli arouses. Artists participating include: Daniel Bozhkov, Allison Brainard, Nicholas Buffon, Sean J Patrick Carney, Kiran Chandra, Ana Fabrega, Danyel Ferrari, Sameer Kapoor, Devin Kenny, Dominika Ksel, Jaeeun Lee, Mores McWreath, Irvin Morazan, Sahra Motalebi, Clifford Owens, Andre Springer, and Jennifer Sullivan. Full schedule of performances TBA as well as additional performers.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

  • Dec 19, 7 PM Date Night

    *Allison Brainard, Sean J P Carney, Ana Fabrega, Joe Kay *Devin Kenny *hosted by Kim Jong Un
  • Jan 10, 6-8 PM Cruelty Free

    *Sophia Peer *Sahra Motalebi *Jennifer Sullivan and Sameer Kapoor *Nicholas Buffon
  • Jan 24, 6-9 PM I Know No Violinists

    *Mores McWreath *Jaeeun Lee *Daniel Bozhkov *Clifford Owens
  • Jan 31, 5-7 PM Look Who's Coming For Dinner

    *Kiran Chandra *Amanda Pohan *Dominika Ksel *Andre Springer *Danyel Ferrari and Patrick McElnea