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 ...
Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 PM, Galapagos Art Space
Gunung Sari, from the ancient Javanese for "Mountain Essence," is the
Brooklyn-based performance ensemble of Nick Lesley, Stanley Ruiz, and
Michael Dotolo. While taking inspiration from Gamelan and other
percussion-based folk musics of Southeast Asia (such as Kulintang),
their instrumentation is anything but traditional. Circuit-bent
electronics, homemade analog synthesizers, remnants of wood and metal
are their main tools, in addition to the laptop, which is used both
for image and sound processing.
Modeling their performances after the ritual forms played by Balinese
"Sekaha" ensembles, from which their name is derived, the band has
situated themselves in between New York's improvisational noise and
artified new media communities. Past shows include the annual Bent
festival, La Superette at Eyebeam, free103point9's "Noise!" festival
at the Ontological Hysteric Theater, Issue Project Room, Monkey Town,
in addition to rock venues in Brooklyn and beyond.
"As a band, we are interested in the similarities and differences
regarding the physicality of manipulated circuits and more traditional
instruments such as percussion, and using these opposing means in
interplay of the intentional and interference. Gunung Sari is
interested in topics like collaborative performance, multimedia
events, spatial treatment of sound, and the raw power of
Their CD "That Wanderest Unseen" is available at Neck and Tongue music.
For more information and band history: http://www.gunungsari.blogspot.com
Hosts Nick Hallett and Zach Layton DJ "classics of the avant-garde"
before and after the live set: Bülent Arel, Robert Ashley, Meredith
Monk, Harry Partch, Toru Takemitsu etc.
DARMSTADT "CLASSSICS OF THE AVANT GARDE" presents
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 pm
Galapagos Art Space
70 N 6th Street (between Wythe and Kent), Brooklyn
L to Bedford
DARMSTADT "CLASSICS OF THE AVANT GARDE" PRESENTS
Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1974. She studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Kevin Volans in Dublin and graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago, with a doctoral degree in composition in June 2002. Her chief teachers at Northwestern were Amnon Wolman and Michael Pisaro. In 2003-2004 Jennifer was a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; during 2004-2005 she lived in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. From 2006 to 2008 she is the composer-in-residence in South Dublin County for In Context 3. In 2007 she was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York.
Jennifer’s work has been performed throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada by ensembles such as Alter Ego, ensemble récherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Apartment House, ensemble Intégrales, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Schlagquartett Köln, CrashEnsemble, ensemble ascolta, Champ d’Action, ensemble laboratorium, ensemble surplus, the Rilke Ensemble, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, Bozzini Quartet, Callino Quartet, Ensemble 2000, Concorde, Kaleidoscop, Black Hair, Continuum, Ensemble Musica Nova, ensemble chronophonie, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Quintet, the Hebrides Ensemble, Psappha, and Q-02 among others. She has received commissions from organizations including Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Sudwest Rundfunk (SWR), the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Maerzmusik, Musik der Jahrhundert, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Dresdener Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik, Wien Modern, the Dresden Semper Oper, ZKM (Karslruhe), the Irish Chamber Orchestra, CrashEnsemble, the Project Arts Centre and the National Concert Hall, Ireland, as well as commission awards from the New Music Scheme of the Arts Council of Ireland and the Scottish Arts Council. In 2003-04 Jennifer was composer-in-residence at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork. In 2000 Jennifer won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, and received first prize in the SCI/ASCAP 2002 Commission Competition. In July 2002 she returned to Darmstadt to lecture in composition at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. Her work been in a room and a room and a room and a room was shortlisted for the 2003 Gaudeamus Foundation composition prize; moving in/love songs/city front garden with old men was shortlisted for the 2002 Gaudeamus Foundation composition prize.
In addition to her activities as a composer, Jennifer frequently performs as a vocalist, specialising in extended techniques. Many of her recent compositions were commissioned for her voice in conjunction with other instruments, and her works have been performed by her and others at festivals such as RTÉ Living Music (Dublin), Kilkenny Arts Festival (Kilkenny), Båstad Kammarmusik Festival (Sweden), Ultraschall (Berlin), Ars Musica (Brussels), Steirischer Herbst, Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Donaueschinger Musiktagen, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Late Music Festival (York), Hamburger Klangwerktage, Gaida (Lithuania), BMIC Cutting Edge, Composer’s Choice (Dublin), SoundField (Chicago) the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Stockholm New Music, BELEF (Belgrade), Traiettorie (Parma), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), SPOR (Denmark), Frau Musica Nova (Cologne), Performa (New York) and Music at the Anthology (New York). Jennifer is also active as an improviser, performing regularly with musicians in Europe and the U.S.
Recent projects of note include Physics for the Girl in the Street, a music theatre work commissioned by the Maerzmusik Festival, Berlin, performed by Jennifer Walshe and the Schlagquartett Köln in Berlin, Wiesbaden and Cologne; My Extensive Relationship with Mr. Stephen Patrick M., a piece for ensemble commissioned by Wien Modern, performed by Jennifer Walshe and Apartment House in the Sammlung Essl, Austria; and Grove of Drift, a sound installation commissioned by the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, exhibited in the Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, and the Project Arts Centre. Upcoming performances include solo performances at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Ultrasound Festival, Tel Aviv, and a performance of the chamber opera for Barbie dolls XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!! in the Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Rome.
Darmstadt "classics of the avant garde" is the Brooklyn-based contemporary music series led by Zach Layton and Nick Hallett. Featuring New York's leading experimental composers, performers and video artists, Darmstadt was recently mentioned in the New York Times' article "The year in new music 2007".
ISSUE PROJECT ROOM
The (OA) Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Join hosts Zach Layton and Nick Hallett for DARMSTADT "Classics of the Avant Garde" as we observe our now-annual tradition of performing InC along with an "all-star" ensemble of instrumentalists, singers, electronic sound artists, and visualists.
"As we saw last year, this is by no means a "traditional" interpretation of Terry Riley's 1964 work. It is always an incredible experience, we hope you can join us! This year's concert proves to be especially poignant, considering this will be the last darmstadt event at the Williamsburg Galapagos location...the club will be moving to Dumbo shortly afterwards."
All Star Lineup includes: Luke Dubois, David Linton, Tristan Perich, Ha Yang Kim, Joshua Goldberg, Alex Waterman, Peter Hess, Amy Cimini, Hans Tammen, Christine Bard, Nick Hallett, Zach Layton, Josh Rubin, Jon Gibson, Du Yun, adsf;, Angela Babin, David Della Costa, Matthew Ostrowski, Chris McIntyre, Dafna Naftali, and several more special guests TBA
Darmstadt is the Brooklyn-based contemporary music series led by Zach Layton and Nick Hallett. Held at the Galapagos Arts Space, featuring New York's leading experimental composers, performers and video artists
70 North 6th Street
between Kent and Wythe
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
thursday, nov 29, 8pm, $5.00
NYC's first and foremost "multimedia cabaret" celebrates its 5th YEAR ANNIVERSARY with a stand-up gala at Williamsburg's GLASSLANDS GALLERY on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 at 10pm. From its inception at long-lost fez, MAISON DU CHIC has accumulated an enviable roster of art-damaged alumni including Scissor Sisters, Hidden Cameras, The Blow, Cory Arcangel, Tracy and the Plastics, Julie Muz, Chromeo, and mucho mas. Post-Young-British-Artist Nicklcat razzles and dazzles as the evening's emcee…
For this installment…
frantic disco panic
new age anxiety
MAISON DU CHIC
w/ SERVICES, MARTHA COLBURN, SHANA MOULTON
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 at 10pm
289 KENT AVE (btwn S1 and S2)
L to BEDFORD