Nick Hallett
Since 2005
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Oneohtrix Point Never and Nate Boyce's Performance at MoMA PopRally


Photos by Kristy Leibowitz/elkstudios

This past weekend, MoMA presented a collaboration between electronic musician Daniel Lopatin—who records under the moniker Oneohtrix Point Never—and video artist Nate Boyce, as part of its PopRally series of art parties. While not an overly serious gathering, Boyce and Lopatin delivered an hour of strobing, structuralist-minded imagery over relentless digital throbbing. Each of the work’s sections was based upon a specific object in the MoMA’s sculpture collection and the overarching title, Reliquary House, suggested a congratulatory pat on the back for the museum. PopRally events are more often than not thematically connected to what’s concurrently on MoMA’s walls, while in this case the institution’s history was the tie-in.

The video screen displayed 3-D renderings of modernist forms by Isamo Noguchi, David Smith, Jacob Epstein, and Anthony Caro, which gyrated in “impossible” landscapes evoking the Panopticon look of the music video to Nine Inch Nail’s “Down In It.” To clarify their intention, Lopatin began each movement with details of the image being projected—dates, dimensions, curatorial texts—dictated by robotic voices a la Siri and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Within the foreboding visual environment, these came off as provocations of a sort, which gave way to beds of digital glitches and rollicking bass oscillations, positing a bleak underbelly to the neutrality of the subject material. Boyce and Lopatin, who often communicate a sense of humor about the austerity of contemporary tools and approaches in their work, perplexed the droll audience, who perhaps expected Lopatin to perform the angelic synthesizer music indicative of his latest record, Replica. Boyce and Lopatin stood ground side-by-side, facing their laptops, but more often were caught gazing up at the video screen.

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HARKNESS A/V at MONKEY TOWN features Bradley Eros, Ray Sweeten, Zach Layton and Chika


Dates:
Fri Jan 27, 2006 00:00 - Wed Dec 28, 2005

Friday, January 27
MONKEY TOWN
58 N 3rd St
(btw. Kent & Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
www.monkeytownhq.com for reservations and info

Harkness A/V selects an evening of multisensory performance featuring work by Bradley Eros, Ray Sweeten and the duo of Zach Layton and Chika,

This event finishes off Monkey Town's amazing "VIDEO WEEK" featuring rhiz's "laptops vs. craptops" and works of cory arcangel (hosted by EAI)

These artists combine electronic sounds and projections from a variety of 'alternative cinema' sources to create an immersive media environment, maximizing Monkey Town's quadravisual screening system. For those out there who miss the 'chill-out room' era, this event should be for you...

Ray Sweeten will present, specifically for Monkey Town, a piece for four oscilloscopes. An oscilloscope is an analog instrument that graphs the flow of electrical impulse on an x and y axis. Though its main applications are in scientific research, Ray uses the 'scope to visualize
compositions of sweeping electronic sound, creating sculptural Lissajous patterns and tesselations that seem to journey into the beyond. Ray has presented his oscillographic work at The Kitchen, Ocularis, PS122, and the Roberta Beck Memorial Cinema.

Bradley Eros uses the medium of cinema to evoke primal, biological forms:
fire, water, undulations of microscopic life, and the systems of the human body. His experiments with color liquid projection and the decomposition of celluloid have led him to a unique aesthetic of ethereal and sensual beauty, which are most often accompanied by haunting sound collages (also Bradley's doing). He is the founder of the Robert (now Roberta) Beck Memorial Cinema, hosted by Participant Gallery and was featured in the Whitney Museum's 2004 Biennial.

Zach Layton and Chika will perform their celebrated "alpha wave" collaboration. Zach generates a variety of sine waves at barely audible, "fundamental" frequencies. When combined, these sounds create 'acoustic beats,' rhythmic pulses that exist in the spaces between cycles of differing acoustic waveforms. Zach's organic rhythms are harnessed to modulate the geometric visuals of digital video artist Chika, whose kinetic patterns of concentric circles and DNA-like forms evoke the pioneering computer animations of James Whitney. Their collaboration has been performed at "Becoming" events for Roberta Beck Memorial Cinema and Millennium Film Workshop, and (of course) at Harkness A/V Salon.

Curator and musician Nick Hallett is the founder of Harkness A/V, a collaborative multimedia project to promote the germination of ideas among audiovisual artists, culminating in a regular "salon" at Secret Project Robot. for more info: email nick at nick@maisonduchic.com

door times: 7:30pm and 10pm (two separate seatings)
admission: $8
reservations are recommended


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december DARMSTADT "classics of the avant garde" listening party


Dates:
Wed Dec 28, 2005 00:00 - Tue Dec 27, 2005

Darmstadt is back for the December installment and we're hoping you can
join us. This month will feature some amazing new works by Luke DuBois
and Lian Amaris Sifuentes (current indiscretion) as well as a special
performance of Brainwave music featuring host Zach Layton and the incredible genius
that is Heather Dewey-Hagborg (with major support from Mr. Toshikawa
Ozawa). This music will actually be produced by a homemade EEG machine
that will read our brainwaves and auralize the EEG data into a harmonic
soundfield. Perfect music for the holidays!!!

The music of Current Indiscretion is a love affair between the spoken
word and the machine. Their frenetic sound is charged and unsettled as
their imagistic language explores the fetishes, illusions, and
transactions of obsession. Current Indiscretion are Lian Amaris Sifuentes,
performance artist, and R. Luke DuBois, composer.

As always, Zach will be joined on the turntables by mister Nick Hallett,
spinning the finest John Cage, Morton Feldman, Robert Ashley, Meredith
Monk, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie and all your
favorite composers of holiday musik.

see you there!

DARMSTADT @ Galapagos wed. 12/28, 8pm
classics of the avant garde
70 n. 6th street
between kent and whythe
williamsburg brooklyn, ny, 11211

free!

for more info:
www.zachlaytonindustries.com


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harkness a/v welcomes bradley eros and ray sweeten


Dates:
Mon Nov 28, 2005 00:00 - Sun Nov 27, 2005

harkness a/v salon
welcomes bradley eros and ray sweeten in a new collaboration
mighty robot resident a/v squad

monday night
november 28
9 pm
project robot
corner of metropolitan and kent, entrance on river
wmsbg, bkln
event is free, refreshments will be served...


EVENT

23 Reasons to Spare New York


Dates:
Sat Nov 19, 2005 00:00 - Wed Oct 26, 2005

November 18 & 19
23 Reasons To Spare New York:
Music Videos from the Art Rock Scene

Admission: $7
Showtimes: 7:30pm and 10pm, Friday and Saturday

Nick Hallett (of Plantains and Maison du Chic) brings together an exciting survey of recent NYC art rock videos. The re-identification of psychedelia as a form of cultural resistance in music and art is the evening's focus, along with an exploration of independent media, including documentary, video mash-up, computer animation, and "commercial" music video. For this MONKEYTOWN screening, we will also play new videos by AGAINST NATURE, GRIZZLY BEAR, and more...

1 The Biggest Night in Music, dir. Kent Lambert, 2004, 2 min
2 Liars: There's Always Room on the Broom, dir. Cody Critcheloe, 2004, 3 min
3 Foetus: Blessed Evening, dir. Karen O, 2005, 4 min
4 Black Dice: Smiling Off, dir. Danny Perez, 2005, 4 min
5 Kim Gordon (from Studio...Shareholders), dir. Tony Oursler, 2005, 1 min
6 Ex Models: That's Funny, I Don't Feel Like a Shithead, dir. Mighty Robot, 2005, 4 min
7 Out Hud: It's For You, dir. The Wilderness, 2005, 4 min
8 Mixel Pixel: Telltale Drum Machine, dir. Noah Lyon/Retard Riot, 2005, 2 min
9 My Robot Friend with Bingo Gazingo: Kenny G., dir. My Robot Friend, 2005, 5 min
10 Fat Bobby of Oneida (from Up With People), dir. Ethan Holda/Plutino Films, 2005, 1 min
11 Jason Forrest: Steppin' Off, dir. Jon Watts/Waverly Films, 2004, 4 min
12 Ted Leo, dir. Pancake Mountain, 2005, 1 min
13 Vaz with Katie Eastburn: Swishy Swashy (from LaundrOdyssey), dir. Dana Edell/Starter Set, 2005, 2 min
14 Disbelief Street: Unabated Fever, dir. Andrew Deutsch, 2005, 3 min
15 Guitar Solo, dir. Tom Moody, 2004, 1 minute
16 The Mitgang Audio: Soldato (soundtrack to The Sea Calls Us Home), dir. Annie Simpson/Seth Kirby, 2005, 2 min
17 Antony and the Johnsons: Hope There's Someone, dir. Glen Fogel, 2005, 5 min
18 Heavy Metal Baghdad, dir. Big Noise Films, 2005, 2 min
19 Roentgen: Cat Loop, dir. Devin Flynn, 2005, 4 min
20 Animal Collective: Infant Dressing Table (soundtrack to Magic Number), dir. Andrew Kuo, 2004, 8 min
21 Regina Spektor: The Flowers (from The Survival Guide to Soviet Kitsch), dir. Adria Petty, 2004, 2 min
22 Devendra Banhart: A Ribbon, dir. Laura Faggioni/Michel Gondry, 2004, 3 min
23 Japanther: i-10 (from Punkcast #400), dir. Joly MacFie, 2004, 5 min

program is subject to change at any moment due to circumstances beyond anyone's control at all


EVENT

23 Reasons to Spare New York


Dates:
Fri Nov 18, 2005 00:00 - Wed Oct 26, 2005

November 18 & 19
23 Reasons To Spare New York:
Music Videos from the Art Rock Scene

Admission: $7
Showtimes: 7:30pm and 10pm, Friday and Saturday

Nick Hallett (of Plantains and Maison du Chic) brings together an exciting survey of recent NYC art rock videos. The re-identification of psychedelia as a form of cultural resistance in music and art is the evening's focus, along with an exploration of independent media, including documentary, video mash-up, computer animation, and "commercial" music video. For this MONKEYTOWN screening, we will also play new videos by AGAINST NATURE, GRIZZLY BEAR, and more...

1 The Biggest Night in Music, dir. Kent Lambert, 2004, 2 min
2 Liars: There's Always Room on the Broom, dir. Cody Critcheloe, 2004, 3 min
3 Foetus: Blessed Evening, dir. Karen O, 2005, 4 min
4 Black Dice: Smiling Off, dir. Danny Perez, 2005, 4 min
5 Kim Gordon (from Studio...Shareholders), dir. Tony Oursler, 2005, 1 min
6 Ex Models: That's Funny, I Don't Feel Like a Shithead, dir. Mighty Robot, 2005, 4 min
7 Out Hud: It's For You, dir. The Wilderness, 2005, 4 min
8 Mixel Pixel: Telltale Drum Machine, dir. Noah Lyon/Retard Riot, 2005, 2 min
9 My Robot Friend with Bingo Gazingo: Kenny G., dir. My Robot Friend, 2005, 5 min
10 Fat Bobby of Oneida (from Up With People), dir. Ethan Holda/Plutino Films, 2005, 1 min
11 Jason Forrest: Steppin' Off, dir. Jon Watts/Waverly Films, 2004, 4 min
12 Ted Leo, dir. Pancake Mountain, 2005, 1 min
13 Vaz with Katie Eastburn: Swishy Swashy (from LaundrOdyssey), dir. Dana Edell/Starter Set, 2005, 2 min
14 Disbelief Street: Unabated Fever, dir. Andrew Deutsch, 2005, 3 min
15 Guitar Solo, dir. Tom Moody, 2004, 1 minute
16 The Mitgang Audio: Soldato (soundtrack to The Sea Calls Us Home), dir. Annie Simpson/Seth Kirby, 2005, 2 min
17 Antony and the Johnsons: Hope There's Someone, dir. Glen Fogel, 2005, 5 min
18 Heavy Metal Baghdad, dir. Big Noise Films, 2005, 2 min
19 Roentgen: Cat Loop, dir. Devin Flynn, 2005, 4 min
20 Animal Collective: Infant Dressing Table (soundtrack to Magic Number), dir. Andrew Kuo, 2004, 8 min
21 Regina Spektor: The Flowers (from The Survival Guide to Soviet Kitsch), dir. Adria Petty, 2004, 2 min
22 Devendra Banhart: A Ribbon, dir. Laura Faggioni/Michel Gondry, 2004, 3 min
23 Japanther: i-10 (from Punkcast #400), dir. Joly MacFie, 2004, 5 min

program is subject to change at any moment due to circumstances beyond anyone's control at all