Performa Presents

Jesper Just and FOS

in the shadow/ of a spectacle/ is the view of the crowd
Run time: Approx 1hr
Run time: Approx 1hr
Run time: Approx 1hr

225 Liberty St.
New York, NY 10286

West side of the highway.
Allow time to get into the building.

Check in at mezzanine.
Performance on 43rd Floor.

$30, $25

For Performa's 10th anniversary, artists Jesper Just and FOS present an installation and performance addressing notions of spectatorship and its dual nature: in the shadow/ of a spectacle/ is the view of the crowd.

Staged within the top floors of the 225 Liberty Building adjacent to One World Trade Center, the performance acknowledges the social significance of its surroundings and the cultural narratives that transform simple objects and events into radicalized, powerful, and symbolic representations beyond their original significance. Just and FOS confront the idea of spectacle, exploring the spaces where reality gives way to representation.

Using architectural and performative elements, the piece unfolds a multilayered spectacle where crowd dynamics and psychology are closely considered, among the overlapping tension and opposition of presentation and representation.

Based on the structure of a symphony, the piece is divided into four movements—each one independent, yet relating to the others in a synthesized whole like an orchestra. A soundscape emerges during the spectacle, with the debut of an innovative instrument—equal parts invention and musical object—on which is performed a piece composed especially for its creation. Audio-visual elements and a live vocal performance as well contribute to the sonically lush landscape. From these four movements, the spectacle and its dynamics are deconstructed, gradually dismantled and rearranged, to create a new view within its pre-existing structure; a new spectacle within the negative space of the original.



Vocalist Sahra Motalebi
Bass Player Lesley Hann
Electroacoustic Engineer & Sound Artist Samuel Charles Mindlin
Crowd Adam Swart, Crowd on Demand

Produced for Performa by Esa Nickle and Julia Simpson
Installation Design Jeremy Johnston
Technical Direction Raul Zbengheci
Technical Instillation Joe Diamond

Musical Consultant Ikue Mori
Video Projection Design Jason Tschantré
Sound Engineer Gus Callaghan
Video Technician Julie Nymann
Artist Assistant Sabrina Tamar
Production Assistants Sozita Goudouna, Yi-Chen, Naiyi Wang, Xica Aires
Installation Crew Nazar Bezanyuk, Mike O’Rourke, Taylor Sakarett, Glen Einbinder, Marc Grubstein
Fabric Installation Annesofie Sandal, Haine Mathiasen, Marie Plum, Destiny Brundidge
Costume Design Cecilie Jørck
Drone Engineering Aerobo
Aerobo Coordinator Brian Streem
Drone Technical Director Suresh Kumar
Drone Engineer Phil Salisbury
Drone Pilot Mike Ferguson
Aerial Cinematographer Jeff Brink
Drone Organ Fabrication Maria Dall Christensen, David Waelder, Jimmy Diresta
Film Producer Julia Simpson
Cinematographer Kasper Tuxen
Post Supervisor John Alberico
Film Production Coordinator Marie Larsen
Film Production Assistance Oscar Guinn, George Machado, Artem Ivanov, Sandy Lin
Assistant Camera Nicholas Kuhn
DIT Daisuke Yoshida
Zoom Operator Anthony Jacques

Image credit: Jesper Just and FOS, in the shadow/ of a spectacle/ is the view of the crowd, 2015. A Performa Commission. Photo by Paula Court


Financial Support
Performa Commissioning Fund, James Cohan, New York, Danish Arts Foundation, The Danish Consulate General, Esther Kim Varet and Joseph Varet, Various Small Fires, Galerie Perrotin, Judi Roaman and Carla Chammas, Frederieke Taylor, and Galleri Nicolai Wallner.

In-Kind Support
Space in the Raw - Arts Brookfield, and Kvadrat. 

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