Nick Hallett
Since 2005
Works in New York, New York United States of America


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.

Lopatin’s other recent art project, a zine ...


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Mon Oct 24, 2005 00:00 - Fri Oct 21, 2005

audiovisual salon

featuring ryan sovereign of mazing vids and will bec. i saw them at the tussle show last summer, where their rhythmic drones and pulsing electronics obliterated any need for a dj to ever play between bands at a rock show again...

multi-talented filmmaker and artist, obsessed with "interplantetary craft." more information at

guerilla sound installation from new, boundary-blurring group. more information at

plus CASA DE SCARY haunted house exhibit up at project robot. frights courtesy of kayrock, glasshouse, saviour scraps, live with animals, mighty robot, dollhaus and much more...

9 PM until around midnight
kool aid drinks
project robot at monster island
metropolitan and kent (entrance on river)

plus less than two weeks until...TRANSPARENT PROCESSES at THE KITCHEN. lovid, gibson+recoder, ray sweeten, and i love you will penetrate yer mind on wednesday, november 9. for more info.

and...just announced...'23 REASONS' art rock video jukebox gets another screening at MONKEYTOWN in williamsburg. let yer friends know...november 18th and 19th they can eat fennel salad with ex models and persian lamb chops with antony and the johnsons.


Transparent Processes at The Kitchen

Wed Nov 09, 2005 00:00 - Mon Sep 19, 2005

Transparent Processes

November 9 (Wed) 8pm $8

Curated by Nick Hallett

This evening of live visual music, expanded cinema, and nouveau psychedelia features work in which sound and image stem from the same source. Performers include Ray Sweeten and the collaborative groups LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus), I Love You (Seth Kirby and Ana Matronic) and the duo of Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder. Avoiding digital technology, these artists create synesthetic lightshow environments by means of antique equipment, consumer electronics, and home-made instruments in ways that make evident the relationship between process and result.

Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Media and film programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

for more information, contact Nick Hallett at



Mon Sep 26, 2005 00:00 - Thu Sep 15, 2005

join us for this new mixed media installation/improvisation event

resident a/v squad Mighty Robot
alphawave beats by Zach Layton, imaging by Chika

Monday, Sept. 26 at 8PM
project robot space at monster island
corner of Metropolitan and Kent, entrance on River

refreshments will be served


23 Reasons to Spare New York: Music Videos from the Art Rock Scene

Sun Oct 02, 2005 00:00 - Thu Sep 15, 2005

Ocularis at Galapagos Art Space
70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Contact Thomas Beard for further information :: 646.420.0359


23 Reasons to Spare New York: Music Videos from the Art Rock Scene
Sunday, October 2 at 7 PM
Ticket Price $6

Ocularis is excited to present an overview of the NYC art rock community and
its connections to contemporary video art and underground cinema on October

"23 Reasons to Spare New York: Music Videos from the Art Rock Scene,"
curated by Nick Hallett (of Plantains and Maison du Chic) features the
franticly experimental sound of the city, as realized by such bands as
Antony and the Johnsons, Black Dice, Ex-Models, Foetus, Japanther, Jason
Forrest, Liars, Mitgang Audio, Mixel Pixel, My Robot Friend, Oneida, Regina
Spektor, Ted Leo, and Vaz (to name just a few).

The identification of psychedelic themes by video artists will be the
evening's focus, with stroboscopic, DayGlo imagery re-imagined through
digital means by such filmmakers as Cody Critcheloe, Danny Perez, Devin
Flynn, Disbelief Street, English Kills, Glen Fogel, Karen O, Mighty Robot,
Noah Lyon, Pancake Mountain, Punkcast, Starter Set, and Waverly Films
(again, just a sample here). Plus, we will throw in some alternative
responses to new music by filmmakers like Kent Lambert and Tom Moody.

A broad variety of countercultural media are included, including
documentary, video mash-up, computer animation, and "promotional" music
videos which deconstruct the consumerist models of their top-of-the-pops

Please join us.

About Ocularis

Ocularis is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for
the exhibition of independent, experimental and documentary film/video and
new media, as well as international and repertory cinema. Ocularis was
established in 1996 as a rooftop film series catering to local audiences in
North Brooklyn. Since then, Ocularis has evolved into a weekly cinema, a
producer of collaborative film/video work and a summer open-air screening

Ocularis screens weekly at
Galapagos Art and Performance Space.
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
tel/fax: 718.388.8713


Thomas Beard
Program Director
at Galapagos Art Space
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


MDC at KNITTING FACTORY this tuesday

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE: MDC at the knitting factory for HOWL! festival...

Okay, I'm completely excited to announce that MAISON DU CHIC emerges once again, this time for the HOWL! Festival on the mainstage at Knitting Factory. We're thrilled to have been asked to share in this celebration of NYC counter-culture, we're pulling out all the stops. Bands, electronics, visuals, and the future and past of multimedia performance converge on the stage for tonight's show. And just so you know, Nicklcat is co-presenting this event with NYC-newcomer, Earl Dax, whose "third tuesdays" have been capturing the collective imagination of the downtown scene. Yes, folks, this evening's lineup is a confluence of two impeccable (or at least impeccably strange!) tastes. Our menu includes...

Performance art pioneer Nao Bustamante is best known for her work, "Indigurrito," in which she strapped a burrito to her loins and invited white men to take a bite and absolve themselves of 500 years of guilt. Nao brought in the 90s with her quirky and intricately executed performances dealing with gender and ethnicity, including an infamous appearance on the Joan Rivers show as a "stunt exhibitionist." Her Aughties style finds her vivid as ever, performing with MDC co-conspirators, the ever-inspiring feminist art revolution, LTTR. "By making serious fun of everyone, she pushes people to stop defending their personal territory of indignity and let go through laughter and irreverence" - San Francisco Weekly

The Petit Prince of Avant-Electo, Phiiliip came onto the scene a few years ago when indiepop's badboy genius Momus released his bizarre debut disc, Pet Cancer--a chaotic amalgam of folky fragments, broken beats, and Phiiliip's husky-toned voice. Since then, his name has become synonymous with both the electro and underground art scenes: International DJ Gigolo, Berliniamsburg, K48, and (most recently) Deitch Projects have championed his efforts. "A real wierdo"- Vice Magazine

Daisy Spurs are the latest creative project of Bill Coleman, legendary New York DJ and producer well-known and well-respected for having discovered the band Deee-Lite. Like an small army of Vogue-era ballroom boys, his Spurs take to the stage with fierce attitudes, in-your-face punky-funk beats, revved-up, sexed-out lyrics, and a stage show that I've seen make burlesque starlet Dirty Martini's jaw drop to the floor..."The Daisy Spurs are like the uber-sexy downtown version of OutKast on steroids. I would book the crunkadelic stage show any chance I could." - Larry Tee!!!

War Slut combine shit-blistering noise rock with outrageous theatrics a la Richard Foreman (whose Ontological-Hysteric the band just played). The band features the leggy Elizabeth Purrleader on saxophone, James Hoff on guitar, Black Moustache/Miracle of 86 drummer Mike Skinner, and Plexifilm scion Gary Hustwit on hand-built electronics. Comparisons have been made to Harry Pussy, Merzbow, and the Swans, but most likely you will compare them to death.

John Moran is best known to the experimental performance community for his post-minimalist opera, The Manson Family, championed by Philip Glass, and recorded by such luminaries as Iggy Pop and Terre Roche. His subsequent theater works (on subjects ranging from Jack Benny to "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari") have been produced at Lincoln Center, the Kitchen, and LaMaMa. Along with his muse, the chanteuse Saori, John will perform excerpts from his celebrated works, incorporating atmospheric electronics, speech-sample loops, and haunting texts.

We have the incredible DJs LAMBCHOP and DIRTY LARRY providing the tunes
Visuals by legendary MIGHTY ROBOT
and, quite possibly, a death-defying special surprise act!!!!

Please please please spread the word...we've put this amazing lineup together at the last minute, so we really need yer help letting others know to come to the party!!!!!! it's going to be a ton of fun, and if you have been missing your "retrofuturist cabaret," then this will be a welcome moment for you!!!!!!

here are the details:

8:00 PM - midnite
70 Leonard Street NYC
$8 in advance/$10 at door


xxxooo nciklcat