No Age—consisting of guitarist Randy Randall and drummer and vocalist Dean Spunt—brings their cacophonic sound to MFA with the second edition of Score for the Day Before. The program combines a live, improvised concert with a road movie filmed the previous day during the duo’s drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Reflecting the group’s do-it-yourself ethos, No Age records the concert to cassette tape and create a series of limited-edition duplicate cassettes to be distributed to attendees immediately following the show.
Score for the Day Before is one of three events that examine the concept of performance as edition, curated by visual artist Jonn Herschend for What is an edition, anyway?. Encompassing literary, musical, and comedic practice, the events acknowledge performance’s implicit conundrum between poles of repetitive and unique actions. Original, limited-edition posters, designed by Herschend and THE THING Quarterly co-founder Will Rogan, are released at each event and installed in the gallery on the day of the performance.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
No Age is an American punk band from Los Angeles consisting of Randy Randall on guitar and Dean Spunt on drums and vocals. They dance around the dualities of their cacophonic sound in two-step, lock and repeat, specializing in experimental sounds as popular music and born of D.I.Y culture and a penchant for loud and soft tones that leave a physical impact. Active since 2006, No Age has released five full length L.P.s and enough singles, E.P.s, compilation tracks, remixes, and demos to fill a compact two-door rental car on labels such as Sub Pop. Fat Cat, and Drag City. Their celebrated, improvisatory performances have been featured at such prestigious institutions as MoMA, MoCA, The Tate Modern, Food Fight, Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club, and Queen of Sheeba Ethiopian Restaurant. noagela.org
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Jonn Herschend (b. 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and conceptual publisher. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; SITE Santa Fe; the Telluride Film Festival; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is a winner of the Fleishhacker Eureka Fellowship, three Golden Gate Awards from the SFFILM Festival, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Art Award. He is co-founder and co-editor, along with Will Rogan, of the experimental publication THE THING Quarterly. Herschend received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. He currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.