Playlist for an Exhibition- Part 3: Hansel & Gretel

The Brooklyn Museum kindly invited me to walk with them around the latest exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory, Hansel & Gretel. The show is a collaboration between Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, and Ai Weiwei, and is curated by Tom Eccles and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Here is the playlist, and at the bottom of this post is the track list and a brief about the show. I'm sure you'll find the theme: 

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1. Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs - Little Red Riding Hood

2. Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears

3. The Police - Every Breath You Take

4. Danzig - Stalker Song

5. Morrissey - The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get

6. Jay Reatard - I'm Watching You

7. Pere Ubu - Non-Alignment Pact

8. The Smashing Pumpkins - Lily (My One and Only)

9. Hall & Oates - Private Eye

10. The Jam - Girl on the Phone

11. Piebald - The Stalker

12. Lead Belly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night

13. Eminem - Stan


In the catalog for the exhibition Hansel & Gretel is listed as, "a powerful lens for examining surveillance as one of the defining social phenomena of our time." There are lots of drones and you are basically photographed everywhere you walk - the above photo (in my opinion) tells you a lot about the show's aesthetic.

I'm too fried right now to properly draft any type of review, but I did want to note that there were all types of people visiting the show - not just the Oliver People's wearing ilk. Normally this type of spectacle (as in, the use of probably thousands of dollars worth of surveillance equipment usually reserved for the military and UHNWI) would annoy me. But, the fancy tech (drones, etc.) attracted a bigger, more diverse (read: not 100% art world) audience, which I thought was great. Everyone can relate to feeling the constant invasiveness of technology and everyone wants to see what the not-so-distant future may look like. And, I love architects collaborating with artists because I love interdisciplinary collaboration of any kind. 

So there. 

Lily Fierman