Paul Pfeiffer: Red Green Blue Opening Reception

August 31, 2023

Join us in celebrating Paul Pfeiffer's Red Green Blue, an immersive video installation featuring the UGA Redcoat Marching Band. Members of the band will perform at 8pm.

New York-based artist, Paul Pfeiffer lived in Athens and taught at the University of Georgia from 2016 to 2019. His courses at the Lamar Dodd School of Art focused on media, spectacle, and the stadium as a broadcast studio. Pfeiffer first collaborated with the Redcoat Marching Band in 2019 in conjunction with the prestigious performance festival, Performa. A key element in Pfeiffer’s ambitious project, fifty Redcoat members—who normally perform during the breaks in play at UGA’s Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Bulldogs football team—performed live at the Apollo Theater, recreating a two-and-a-half-hour musical score from a typical college football game, using both front and back of house of the theatre as their performance space. Simultaneously, the rest of the 400 strong band performed the exact same musical score inside the empty Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, which was live streamed into the Apollo, contrasting the architectures of stadium and theater. As Pfeiffer explained:  
"Sanford Stadium was a central object of study during my time at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. It was the focus of an extended classroom experiment in which a group of students, faculty, staff, and myself explored the stadium in its capacity as a massive broadcast studio and home to one of America’s most popular mass rituals. In this context, I was particularly drawn to the UGA Redcoat Band and its role as the live soundtrack and musical generator of crowd affect during the games."

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