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ROSEROSEROSE // Nick Von Kleist


ROSEROSEROSE is an interactive sound installation that explores trauma, grief, and memory. The work fully activates through audience interaction, in two ways: preparation and submission. Preparation: guests arrange various provided sculptures on a table. These are read by sensors, where their arrangement composes an aural poem of fragmented recorded memories. Submission: one must kneel inside the piece, and bow their head in order to receive the newly composed aural poem. This resultant poem tells the story of personal loss and the ways in which grief manifests after the loss of the artist’s grandmother. Operating from the intersection of religious, cultural, and sexual rituals, ROSEROSEROSE is one part of a larger poetic series about the fracturing of self-love after tragedy.

Nick Von Kleist’s work explores the potentials of sound and interactive media to expand the poetry’s audience. He is currently a production manager for Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc program. He has worked on various productions including Laurie Anderson’s Habeas Corpus, Marina Abramović’s Goldberg, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, Great Performers, And Mostly Mozart. He was also a member of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. He is a graduate of Eugene Lang College and Parsons of The New School, with degrees in Literature, Fine Arts, and Chinese (Mandarin). nvk has read, published, and performed in New York and the UK.


On View
Friday, January 27

Opening Reception
Friday, January 27

The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St

Gallery Hours
Thursday–Saturday, 1–7pm
Sunday, 1–5pm


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