A multimedia art show entitled Kurt and dedicated to the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, was performed last night (December 6) at the Art Basel event in Miami.
The piece by artist Adarsha Benjamin was performed at the Gusman Center for the Arts and was accompanied by a soundtrack ‘inspired’ by Cobain and performed live by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band.
Rolling Stone reports that the show included a spoken word reading of the lyrics to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ as well as modern dance interpretation of the same song’s music video, choreographed by Ryan Heffington.
Moore spoke to the audience for around 20 minutes before performing, explaining that his 1995 solo song ‘Psychic Hearts’ was inspired by Cobain. He said it was “inspired by interactions I had with the community around him and his scene in the Pacific Northwest, and friends I had within that.”
Moore performed the song and then embarked on a 20 minute free jazz improvisation whilst poems were read.