"All Right!" Included in Tongue Tide at Flux Factory


  • Flux Factory 39-31 29th Street Long Island City, NY, 11101 United States

All Right!, a collaboration with Ernie Kim, is a Karaoke booth that only plays one song: Adriano Celentano's 1972 Italian pop hit, "Prisencolinensinainciusol." The song, which (according to Wikipedia,) sounds like English spoken with an American accent to Italians, is actually complete nonsense except for the phrase "All right" which occurs a few times within the lyrics.

Wikipedia claims that "Celentano's intention with the song was to explore communication barriers." On NPR in 2012, Celentano explained, "I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate. And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn't mean anything."

All Right!, created especially for Tongue Tide, celebrates and amplifies the slightly sexy/campy ridiculousness of Celentano's particular brand of gibberish. It, like all Karaoke, is best experienced while slightly inebriated. An opening reception occurs on July 6, 2017, and other events occur weekly throughout the month-long exhibition.