Nate Harrison - Can I Get An Amen? (Version 1)

April 16, 2005 6:00 pm to May 20, 2005

Installation detail
Can I Get An Amen? is an audio installation consisting of a spoken word recording and copyright documents, recounting a critical/historical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drum beat in the history of recorded music- the Amen Break. The story of its use is set in relation to current issues involving copyright control of contemporary culture production. The work seeks to expose a paradox in the techno-utopian concept of ‘information wanting to be free’ and its agency for social reform, where in information increasingly easily and quickly disseminated across cultural netowrks also leads to a further limitation and rules of its use.


Nate Harrison is an interdisciplinary artist working with electronic media. He has worked on projects and exhibited for The American Museum of Natural History, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, BIAS Sound Collective, Taiwan, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, PBS, Showtime and various independent film projects. Nate is also co-director of the experimental curatorial space ESL Projects. Nate earned his B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at California Institute of the Arts.

Exhibited at TELIC in collaboration with The Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute for the Arts.