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Ceremonial Techne Multimedia Exhibition Opens October 19 in Bobst Gallery

by NYU Libraries Communications on 2021-10-08T16:12:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

Ceremonial Techne

Opens Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Bobst Library, Mamdouha Bobst Gallery
“Our elders say that ceremonies are the way we ‘remember to remember.’” — Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

Ceremonial practice and rituals play a vital role in our lives: compulsive hand washing during the pandemic, a hushed prayer, vows of matrimony. All involve a participatory element that both consumes the mind and frees it. Ceremonial Techne is NYU Libraries’ inaugural artist-in-residence exhibition, created by xtine burrough and Sabrina Starnaman in collaboration with burrough’s media arts studio, LabSynthE. The exhibition asks the viewer for complete immersion in a world of ceremony and invites participation in the ritual of art.


Exhibition Opening: Live Tarot Reading!

Tuesday, October 19, 5 PM - 7 PM ET
Bobst Library, Mamdouha Bobst Gallery

Join us for the opening of Ceremonial Techne, which includes performance art, audio, video, an interactive audio quilt, and visual art, including Hindsight is 2020: Tarot Cards for Working Women in a Global Pandemic, a newly imagined deck of laser-etched copper tarot cards developed by artists xtine burrough and Allison Jauregi during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join them for a group tarot reading on opening night! 

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A Participatory Audio Quilt Recording Session & Guided Tour 

Wednesday, October 20, 10 AM - 11:30 AM ET
Bobst Library, Mamdouha Bobst Gallery

An Imagined Genealogy of Michel Foucault by Leticia Ferreira with Alyssa Yates for LabSynthE, is a 12-by-12-foot quilt that endeavors to honor Michel Foucault’s wide-ranging scholarship and put his work in conversation with those who wish to make visible people who have died from HIV/AIDS. Participants are invited to record their voices on sound playback devices, voicing the names of people loved and lost to HIV/AIDS who are not memorialized in the AIDS Quilt. The devices will be sewn into the centerpiece of the quilt after this event, allowing future visitors to hear the spoken names.

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Two seated people sharing a shawl, backs to camera.

Live Performance Art & Guided Tour 

Wednesday, October 20, 12 PM ET
Bobst Library, Mamdouha Bobst Gallery 

Syntonic Refuge is a participatory artwork requiring two individuals to explore the science of self-regulatory nervous system responses and the care of community. Two volunteers will don an electronically enhanced knitted shawl, which monitors the participants’ heartbeats. As the strangers sit in silence, their heartbeats will begin to slow and sync through the experience of togetherness. Witness the wonder of closeness and the science of comfort during this intimate performance art piece. 

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Public Vows

Saturday, October 23, 11 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Bobst Library, Mamdouha Bobst Gallery 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, many weddings were either canceled, put off, or radically re-imagined to protect the health of the public. In spite of the hardships still preventing some of us from engaging in the honored tradition of wedding oneself to another, Public Vows celebrates the return of ceremonial rituals, including weddings and public vows of commitment. Making space in Bobst Library amid this exhibition for couples of all kinds to participate in public ceremony, collaborators xtine burrough and Sabrina Starnaman elevate ritual to a work of public engagement art and community care. 

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Attendance note: Events are open to current NYU students, faculty, and staff. An NYU ID and Daily Screener is required for event admittance. Due to Covid restrictions, capacity for each event will be capped at 250.

Accessibility: NYU Libraries is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests can be submitted by emailing

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