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Das Racist & Leslie Dick @ The Whitney Museum (pics)

by Chris La Putt

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Das Racist took part in the second to last performance piece curated by contemporary California artist Martin Kersels at the Whitney Museum on Friday. Martin originally created an “imaginary” stage to be used for the Whitney’s Biennial as a sculpture and place to hold performances. On Friday, CalArts professor Leslie Dick gave a lecture on her interpretation of an essay by famed psychoanalyst Jacque Lacan, Mirror Stage. She says the Mirror Stage is Lacan’s conclusion that “knowledge is always detoured through wishful thinking and mistaken identity.” In her talk, she admitted that she discovered Das Racist through her 18-year old daughter. She figured that the band and their song entitled “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” was the perfect example for her lecture on how knowledge could be often misconstrued and twisted to what the people want. Scott Plagenhoef from Pitchfork painfully described how some people feel upon hearing the band’s hipster summer anthem:

“Reactions within our staff have ranged from “I’d like to punch these guys in the face” and “this was sent here to destroy my interest in music” to “Harold and Kumar existentialism” (this wasn’t me) and “a critique of commercialism/lack of a leisure culture” (um, this was). At its heart though, “Combination”– especially this superior Wallpaper. remix– is just a funny, stupid, silly, brainy, knowing song all at once.”

If that was still a bit wordy for you, MTV Iggy dumbs down it down to a comic on how to explain Das Racist to your mom.

DJ Spooky performed at the event later. Pictures from the Das Racist part below…

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