Stopping off in Oakland on a nationwide tour, Finishing School’s Executive Order Karaoke explores the intersection of satire, performance, and politics. Audience members get a chance to sing popular karaoke tunes, such as “Eye of the Tiger,” “Rainbow Connection,” and “All Along the Watchtower,” but with lyrics drawn from President Barack Obama’s Executive Orders. Finishing School previously produced a version of this event featuring Executive Orders of George W. Bush.
Video Documentation from BMOCA
2016 EOK Nationwide Tour
8/13/16, Evanston Art Center, Chicago, IL
9/9/16, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
10/13/16, Creative Time Summit, Washington DC
10/27/16, Pro Arts, Oakland,CA
11/4/16, Visual Artist Group, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Version (GW Bush Years)
Executive Order Karaoke – The GW Bush Years, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles in 2008
About Finishing School
Established in 2001, Finishing School is a socially engaged artist collective that playfully explores an expansive range of subject and media territories at the many intersections of art, play, power, politics, praxis, participation, and the everyday. The collective has five members who represent a broad range of skills and research interests. Finishing School produces interdisciplinary actions, installations, workshops, design, publications, film, studio art, performance and new media. Current members include: Nadia Afghani, Matt Fisher, Ed Giardina, Jason Plapp, and Jean Robison.
Recent projects include Evasion Yoga, community-engaged drone building, and absurdist counter-surveillance costuming.
They have presented work throughout the United States and internationally in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Thailand, England, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and Italy. US institutions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, New York University, Creative Time, Dedalus Foundation, Queens Museum, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Their work has also been noted in many books, journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Artforum, Art Papers, Art News, Art in America, Coagula, Metropolis, Living as Form (MIT Press), Creative Time Reports, KCET, and Boom (Journal, University of California Press).
Currently, Finishing School maintains a studio in the Glassell Park area of Los Angeles.