JOSHUA LIGHT SHOW residency at ISSUE PROJECT ROOM, Brooklyn with Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, and Marina Rosenfeld

  • Location:
    New York

Wednesday, May 28 ALL-STAR EXPERIMENTAL IMPROVISATION Ikue Mori (electronics), Zeena Parkins (electric harp), Lee Ranaldo (electric guitar) and Marina Rosenfeld (electronics), 8pm

ISSUE Project Room is thrilled to host pioneering multimedia artist Joshua White and his legendary Joshua Light Show for a week of unique audiovisual collaborations. The residency will involve White’s iconic projections alongside an incredible roster of musicians, with a different musical genre represented on each night of the residency. The Joshua Light Show involves a team of video and light artists, led by White and his senior collaborator, Bec Stupak (Honeygun Labs) to improvise live synesthetic visuals behind a giant rear projection screen, involving the “liquid light” techniques he developed at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960s. In addition, each performance of the light show will feature contributions from a different live-cinema artist, including Seth Kirby, Zach Layton, and Mighty Robot A/V Squad. The residency is curated and produced in collaboration with Nick Hallett and concludes a month of programming at IPR devoted to the Ecstatic Moment.

$20 General-admission floor seating (available at the door before each concert)
$30 Reserved chair seating can be arranged by email:
All performances begin at 8pm

ISSUE Project Room at the (oa) can factory 232 Third Street at 3rd Ave, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215 F, G to Carroll; F, M, R to 9th Street-4th Ave (718) 330-0313 (venue)

Joshua White is a New York based multimedia artist and television director. He studied theater at Carnegie Mellon University and film at University of Southern California. He is well known for developing the lightshow at the rock venue Fillmore East, appearing with artists such as Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Yayoi Kusama, and Led Zeppelin, among many others. During this time, he also created special effects for the film Midnight Cowboy. After the lightshow’s performance at Woodstock in 1969, White shifted to television. His directing credits include Seinfeld, The Max Headroom Show, Club MTV and Inside The Actors Studio. In the 1990s, White returned to creating fine art installations in collaboration with Michael Smith, and in 2004 developed a new lightshow with comic artist and designer, Gary Panter. His first show since 1969 billed as “Joshua Light Show” was performed in April 2007 at The Kitchen, which he followed up with a headlining performance at the annual Netmage live media festival in Bologna. His artwork has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Tate Liverpool, Kunsthalle Schim Frankfurt, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, and the Kunsthalle Wien. The Center for Visual Music recently released a DVD of his “liquid loops.” He will perform alongside German electronic musician Manuel Göttsching for the US premiere of E2-E4 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival this summer.

Ikue Mori moved to New York from her native city of Tokyo in 1977 and became drummer/co-founder/co-composer of the seminal punk/no-wave band DNA with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. Mori has since developed a unique and innovative technique of combining modified drum machines and triggered samplers. She continues to be recognized and awarded for her cutting-edge electronic music that includes works with musicians: Bill Frisell, Christian Marclay, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Derek Bailey, Zeena Parkins, Anthony Coleman, Kato Hideki, Sylvie Courvoisier, Susie Ibarra, Kim Gordon and Aki Onda, to name a few.

Zeena Parkins was born in Detroit, MI and is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improvisor, well-known as a pioneer of the electric harp, who has extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of digital and analog processing. She was a member of three experimental rock bands: No Safety, News from Babel and Fred Frith's review band, Keep the Dog. In addition to her solo recordings, she has recorded or performed with Björk, John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Ikue Mori, Butch Morris, Tin Hat Trio, Jim O'Rourke, Fred Frith, Lee Ranaldo, Nels Cline, Pauline Oliveros, and others. She has also worked with choreographers including Neil Greenberg, Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh, Jennifer Lacey, and video artist Janene Higgins.
Lee Ranaldo is a member of the group Sonic Youth, and has released seven additional solo recordings. He has performed his original compositions with Bang on a Can and at No Fun Festival. His audiovisual collaboration with filmmaker Leah Singer, "Drift," was released on Plexifilm in 2006. His Text of Light project, improvising soundtracks to the filmography of Stan Brakhage with Alan Licht, Christian Marclay, Tim Barnes among others released a 3-disc recording called "Metal Box" on UK label Dirter Productions the same year. He is an original member of the band the Flucts, with drummer and electronic musician David Linton.

Marina Rosenfeld is an artist, composer and turntablist based in New York City. Her work has explored the social and situational contexts of music-making and digital/analogue culture in a variety of formats, including performance, installation, composition, photography and video. Her music includes large, multi-player performances involving custom playing techniques, graphic scores, visual elements, costumes and improvisation by both musicians and non-musicians; electro-acoustic sound installations for multiple speakers; and solo and ensemble compositions involving acoustic instruments, turntables and electronics. Rosenfeld exclusively plays her own custom acetate records or 'dub plates' and is a frequent performer in the improvised music scene of New York and Europe. She has been on the faculty of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College since 2003.

ISSUE Project Room's Joshua Light Show Residency is made possible through Presentation Funds from the Experimental Television Center. The Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.