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Open today! Experience a century of immersive cinema and art in Dreamlands. Featuring installations, drawing, sculpture, performance, painting, and new media, the exhibition surveys the work of artists who have pushed the material and conceptual boundaries of cinema. Dreamlands is the most technologically complex project mounted in the Whitney’s new building to date, and fills the 18,000-square-foot fifth-floor galleries, as well as includes a film series in the theater. 

[Hito Steyerl (b. 1966), Factory of the Sun, 2015. High-definition video, color, sound; 22:56 min., looped; with environment, dimensions variable. Installation view: Invisible Adversaries, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 2016. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Marieluise Hessel Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Photograph by Sarah Wilmer]

Lafawndah is an Iranian-Egyptian singer and producer. Currently based in New York, she draws on her eclectic experiences to create a unique, futuristic take on global electronica. She recorded her debut self-titled EP, which features contributions from Portuguese producer Garagem Banda, in the Guadeloupe studio of zouk veteran Jean Clauda Bichara. In a nod to Grace Jones, the result is what she calls “island life music”—a sensual synthesis of industrial and drone, with tropical flourishes and an ‘80s-inspired sheen.

Lafawndah will perform with Nick Weiss at Step and Repeat. Weiss is a co-producer of her forthcoming full-length album, and a member of club duo Teengirl Fantasy. “U Touch Me,” taken from the band’s Thermal EP, was presented as a music video on MOCAtv in 2014. 

The performance will be accompanied by visuals created in collaboration with artist collective Yemenwed. Yemenwed  was founded in 2006 in New York City and has exhibited internationally at venues including MOMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Tate Modern, MOCA, Palais de Tokyo, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art TBA:10, Performa 09 and the Hessel Museum of Art.