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White Song

2017

concert performance, installation

White Song
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White Song - Among Others / Race Abstraction

Concert performance, object installation, photo series

Concept, textbook, installation: Hajnal Németh

Version 1 arranged and performed by: István Dankó (vocals), Mark Richards (guitar)

Version 2 arranged and performed by: Christian Bringzen (guitar), Peter D'Elia (vocals, guitar)

"Concerning the topic of the project: the verses on the four photos are taken from Roy Harper's song “I Hate The White Man”. It was released in 1970. In this song Harper explains why he hates the “White Man” in very significant poems that mention all destructive actions of white men against other races in this world. I found this song very strong and beautiful since Harper is a musician who strongly criticizes Western societies while being a British white man himself. Harper raises a very ambivalent question while he seems to be caught in his origins. From this song I abstracted single parts from the refrain and changed the colour to red, yellow and black: "For I hate the red, man, in its evergreen excuse and I hate the white, man, in its doctrinaire refuse, for I hate the yellow, and its plastic excuse and I hate the black, man, it turned itself loose.” Since I introduced a comma after the colour, I changed the meaning of the sentence: “I hate the black, man!” simply means I hate the black colour referring to the man who I talk to. The abstraction of the meaning – in fact, of the entire song – lead to the subtitle “Race Abstraction” in my work."

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Abstract from the interview by Helene Romakin, to read the complete article click here:

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White Song – Among Others

Installation, Trafó Gallery, Budapest, 2017

White Song – Among Others / Race Abstraction

Textbook installation, transcript from the lyrics – Roy Harper: I Hate The White Man (1970), music stand, white folder, color projection, 2017

White Song – Versions Of Hate ( No.1)

Sheet music installation, composition, an adaptation by Albert Orgon – Roy Harper: I Hate The White Man (1970), music stand, black folder, color projection, 2017

Inverted Heroes

Photo panel, modified LP cover, modified reproduction of the album Nico – Live Heroes (1986), two pieces of 50x50 cm, giclée print, 2016

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White Song – Among Others

Concert performance, CHB - Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, 2017

Version 2 arranged and performed by: Christian Bringzen (guitar), Peter D'Elia (vocals, guitar)

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White Song - Among Others / Race Abstraction

Photo panel, 4 pieces of 60x90 cm, giclée print, 2016

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Photo: Hajnal Németh, Miklós Surányi, Borbála Szalai