For its concert premiere at Galapagos Art Space’s new DUMBO location, Darmstadt “Classics of the Avant Garde” concert series is pleased to present an evening of visual music by composer and video artist, Ray Sweeten
September 24, 2008
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
$10 admission (suggested)
Hosts Zach Layton and Nick Hallett DJ “rigorous” experimental music by Cage, Cacciapaglia, and Cardew et al before and after the concert.
A former Galapagos Resident Artist (and bartender!), Sweeten’s work is looted from lotions of the historic and the psychosomatic. His primary instrument is an oscilloscope, used to create sound-generated imagery as early as 1950 by animator Ben Laposky, and evoking the abstractions of computer art pioneer John Whitney. Combining analog and digital techniques, Sweeten creates in the intersection between sound and vision, and between the early roots of the visual music medium and its mesmerizing future.
In ‘93 Ray Sweeten entered the TIMARA program at Oberlin Conservatory. In ‘98 he acquired a residency at Fabrica, spa., Italy. He produced works for Robert Wilson, MTV Japan and Italy, UNESCO and performed throughout Europe with Benetton-funded social experiment “FabricaMusica”. He has been artist-in-residence at Harvestworks and E.T.C. and has released work on Suction Records, Kinetic Media, Btbmo, Ghostly International, TSHDT and Collette. Since relocating to New York in 2000, Sweeten has performed and screened work at The Kitchen, PS1, NY Underground Film Festival, NY Independent Film Festival, CinemaTexas, Liverpool Biennial, Aurora Picture Show, Lux2008 Spain and The san Francisco Electronic Music Festival. Sweeten has also taught electronic music for teens and young people at Community Musicworks (RI), Vibe Songmakers (NY), The Guggenheim Museum (NY) and is currently an Interface Developer and Information Architect at Market Maker Interactive.