The Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with The Hinge, is pleased to announce the launch on April 24 of Professor Diablo’s True Revue at the Durham club Casbah. The collaborative performance series will feature writers, musicians, visual artists, and others who make extensive use of documentary fieldwork and research in the creation of their art.
Professor Diablo’s True Revue
Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.
Durham, North Carolina
NOTE: Patrons of Casbah, a private club, need to be members or a guest of a member; a lifetime membership is three dollars. For more details, click here.
The theme for the first show, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” will feature a writer (Donovan Hohn) whose first book is a story about rubber ducks, plastic, and the mysteries of the ocean; a Guggenheim Fellow and media artist (Marina Zurkow) whose latest work in animation and manga explores the agency of petrochemicals and plastics; and a songwriter (Django Haskins) of exceeding plasticity and range. Future performances of Professor Diablo’s True Revue will explore themes such as love, war, and food and will feature all new artists, writers, and musicians.
“We want to expand the audience’s idea of what a ‘documentary’ work can be,” says CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell. “And we’re going to do this with artists whose work relies on the immersive research and fieldwork that we champion here, who will create something that’s more than a reading, more than an opening, more than a night of music—a performance that’s unique and unexpected, and yet seems harmonious and inevitable when it’s done.
“We hope that we’re beginning something that will have real longevity and become a valued and complementary addition to the growing literary and arts scenes here in Durham and in the Triangle,” Murrell says. “It’s going to be fun.”
Click here for a recent Duke Chronicle story about the new series.
Artists for the first performance of Professor Diablo’s True Revue:
Donovan Hohn is the features editor at GQ and a former senior editor at Harper’s Magazine, is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, a 2010 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, Hopwood Awards in essay and poetry, and a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Journalism Fellowship. Moby-Duck is his first book, named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2011.
Marina Zurkow, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, makes media works that reconfigure our notions about humans and their relationships to animals, plants, and the weather via animated videos, multi-screen computer pieces, installations, prints, and participatory public art projects. Her work has been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Seoul Media City Biennial, and many other venues. Zurkow is on the faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program.
Django Haskins makes mongrel American music described by the Triangle’s Independent Weekly as “an intersection of Randy Newman’s gruff flamboyance, Nick Cave’s gothic élan, and Leonard Cohen’s pithy wisdom.” The Durham-based songwriter—who tours both solo and with his band, The Old Ceremony—has recorded nine albums, receiving rave reviews in Pitchfork, Billboard, CMJ, and his mother’s letters.
Duncan Murrell (“Professor Diablo”) is the Writer in Residence at the Center for Documentary Studies. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and The Normal School, and also writes for Men’s Journal. As an editor at Algonquin Books, Murrell acquired and edited several national bestsellers. He has also worked as a newspaper writer in Alabama, Washington D.C., and North Carolina.