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Visual AIDS is proud to present Memory Palace with Danspace Project as part of their Platform 2016: Lost and Found. The event will take place on November 15 from 6–10PM at Danspace Project at St Marks Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th St. New York, NYC, in partnership with Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA), and St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. Below, participating performer / Visual AIDS Artist+ Member John Kelly shares a video and rousing lyrics from "TO A FRIEND DYING," one of the songs he will perform featuring music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Mark Campbell. Further details for the event are also included. We hope to see November 15!

Memory Palace is a vigil and community gathering at St. Mark’s Church open for all to remember the loved ones they’ve lost to AIDS and consider the ongoing impact of HIV/AIDS on the dance, music and visual art communities. In a spirit of lively remembrance, the evening will feature readings, performances, music, and more.

6-7PM: Open Mic: You are welcome to share a short poem, thought, remembrance or song. Open mic slots will be 2 minutes long. To sign up for the Open mic, please arrive to Danspace Project between 5:15pm-5:45pm. We will take names starting at 5:15pm until the list is full.

7-8PM: Memory Palace readings by Platform 2016: Lost and Found catalogue contributors Arthur Aviles, Dan Fishback, Denise Hurlin, Eiko Otake, iele paloumpis, Nicky Paraiso, Muna Tseng and Jeff Weinstein

8-10PM: Musical responses by DonChristian, Sadaf, Richard Kennedy, John Kelly and Hi Tiger

Historically, the Memory Palace is a technique of memory recall often used by ancient Greek poets. By committing a location to memory, a poet could take an imaginary “walk” through this location, thereby recalling people, faces, events, and other memorial phenomena. The evening will include opportunities for audience members to contribute their own memories to a scroll that will become its own Memory Palace.

Visual AIDS will also project their RADIANT PRESENCE Day With(out) Art 2015 project, a digital slideshow with images from the Visual AIDS' Artist+ Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV/AIDS.

TO A FRIEND from John Kelly Performance on Vimeo.

TO A FRIEND DYING

Lyrics by Mark Campbell

Music by Richard Peslee

From John Kelly’s AKIN: TRUE BUT DOUR (1992)

You go on ahead

I’ll be with you soon

No one is exempt

None of us immune

It may take a while

What’s a year or two

You go on ahead

I’ll catch up with you

Eleven years and counting

And there’s no relief in sight

Eleven years and counting

Close your eyes and say good night

What it will be like

We’ve no way to know

Still my hand’s in yours

And I won’t let go

I’m as scared as you

But we know we’ll find

Something better than

What we leave behind

Eleven years and counting

With so many deaths untolled

Eleven years and counting

We’re too young to be so old

For there’s kindness there

And no use for shame

And no time at all for assigning blame

No one tends the walls

They’ve so quickly built

On one side innocence

On the other guilt

Eleven years and counting

All of us are innocent

Eleven years and counting

We are all innocent

Eleven years and counting

And there’s no relief in sight

Eleven years and counting

Close your eyes and say goodnight

You go on ahead

I’ll be with you soon

No one is exempt

None of us immune

It may take a while

What’s a year or two

You go on ahead

I’ll catch up with you

John Kelly