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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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DARMSTADT PRESENTS KYKLOS ENSEMBLE OCTOBER 25 at GALAPAGOS


Dates:
Thu Oct 25, 2007 00:00 - Mon Oct 15, 2007

Darmstadt “Classics of the Avant Garde” series at Galapagos is proud to present the Kyklos ensemble, formerly known as Kinski, and their new rendition of Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, or Zodiac, a 12-movement work (one for each star sign), originally performed in 1975 on fabricated music boxes. Kyklos’s pan-timbral interpretation integrates live video by Tyler Kinney. Also on the program are works by Ligeti and Messiaen. Come early and stay late for “non-rigorous” DJ sets by Nick Hallett

About Kyklos
Kyklos is a sextet of guitar, vibes/percussion, electric bass, clarinet, sax and accordion. The group performs improvisations, originals by composers in the group, some commissions, and arrangements of composers such as Stockhausen, Ligeti, and Messiaen, also integrating video, dance, and visual art from time to time. They have performed recently at Philadelphia’s Kimmel center and the f(x) music marathon in Miami.

Taylor Levine, guitar
Joe Bergen, percussion
Josh Lopes, bass
Sam Ryder, sax
Mariel Berger, accordion
Sara Phillips, clarinet

Tyler Kinney, video projections

http://www.myspace.com/kyklosmusic

About Darmstadt
Darmstadt is the Brooklyn-Based monthly 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. Darmstadt has been reviewed several times in the New York Times and was recently mentioned in Musical America. Just shy of its 3-year anniversary, the outfit plans to present its annual rendition of Terry Riley’s “In C” next month.

DARMSTADT “CLASSSICS OF THE AVANT GARDE” presents
KYKLOS ENSEMBLE
Peforming works of Stockhausen, Ligeti, Messiaen, and more
Thursday, October 25, 8:00 pm
Galapagos Artspace
70 N 6th Street (between Wythe and Kent), Brooklyn
L to Bedford
$5 admission


EVENT

DARRIN MARTIN @ MONKEY TOWN


Dates:
Wed Sep 12, 2007 00:00 - Thu Aug 23, 2007

REPEAT AND ECHO
WED SEP 12
8:00
FREE
Darrin Martin presents his videography of cosmic consciousness and mortal flesh

Over the past 15 years, bi-coastal video artist Darrin Martin has created a collection of works which considers the connections between electronic media and the human body, exposing the narrative and confessional potential of such acts as watching, listening, and touch.

For Monkey Town, he presents his enhancement trilogy on hearing degradation--1/2 Right, a rarely screened three-channel version of Monograph in Stereo, and the East Coast premiere of his latest film, Other Turbans. The program also consists of past favorites Aviatrixs [sic] and The Knocking along with some other surprises: a multi-channel remix of work from the Ceilings Without Walls series, an adult visit to the childhood of promises that is Free to Be…You and Me, and a "home movie" performance by Andrew Shipin recapitulated in the work Dial Tone.

www.darrinmartin.com

FREE
($10 food/drink minimum)
8:00 PM
58 N 3rd Street (btwn wythe and kent)
Brooklyn


EVENT

"CONVERSATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC" with NICK HALLETT and MIKAEL KARLSSON


Dates:
Thu Jul 19, 2007 00:00 - Thu Jul 12, 2007

HOT! Festival at Dixon Place presents
NICK HALLETT and MIKAEL KARLSSON
“conversations in contemporary music”

An evening of original electroacoustic compositions by composer Mikael Karlsson and his collaborator Rob Stephenson, alongside vocalist Nick Hallett’s interpretation of Meredith Monk’s 1972 song cycle for voice and glass, Our Lady of Late. Projections completed at the Experimental Television Center by Brock Monroe add a touch of synesthesia. The works will be woven together to create a fluid journey between expressions of old/new, original/interpreted, poetic/prelinguistic, visual/sonic, and organic/mediated. Contributions from percussionist Sara Marcus and cellist Jason Wingate complete the bill.

Nick Hallett
Nick Hallett is a musician and avid curator working in the intersections of sound, moving image, and live performance. His projects encompass performing various genres of new music--from opera to cabaret to pop, composing for film and theater, developing audiovisual installations, DJing, writing, and filmmaking. He originated the band PLANTAINS, which from 2000 until 2003 operated as a live multimedia act, incorporating electronic music and video, playing on bills with Le Tigre, and Scissor Sisters. Their posthumous cover of "I Feel Love" (commissioned by Matt Wolf for the soundtrack of his 2004 film of the same name) recently appeared in compilations from Colette and They Shoot Homos Don't They. He has performed his original songs at many an Earl Dax-produced event, including Weimar New York and Off The Cuff (with Ann Magnuson). He made his New York opera debut at The Kitchen in Susie Ibarra and Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Shangri-La” and continues to interpret works by other contemporary composers.

As a curator, he has developed multimedia events for The Kitchen, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Ocularis, Monkey Town, Aurora Picture Show and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA festival, along with film programs for New York Underground Film Festival, Artists Television Access, Pacific Film Archive, MassArt Film Society, Chicago Filmmakers and All Tomorrow Parties rock festival. He regularly hosts the series Darmstadt (contemporary music, with Zach Layton), Harkness A/V (time-based media salon), and Maison Du Chic (multimedia "cabaret") in various venues around New York City.

http://www.harknessav.org
http://www.maisonduchic.com

Mikael Karlsson
Mikael was born in Sweden in 1975, and moved to New York in 2000 after abandoning a stalled career in liquor retail. Mikael holds a masters degree in composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music and graduated Summa Cum Laude with departmental honors in June of 2005.He has received numerous awards for his compositions and his music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Galapagos Art Space, LeFrak Concert Hall and many other lovely venues in New York.
His music is on the soundtrack of films by acclaimed experimental filmmakers Barbara Hammer (History Lessons, 2001 - an Official Sundance Selection that year) and Christopher Young (Orpheus and Eurydice 2001 - released by Please Records as a separate soundtrack cd). He is currently working on three major soundtracks for 2 films and the next installment of the xbox game Battlefield - Bad Company, for Electronic Arts together with Tobias Wagner and Roman Vinuesa. Mikael is the personal representative of celebrated composer Tobias Picker and was recently awarded an Extraordinary Talent Visa for the US. He teaches at the Aaron Copland School of Music NYC.

In 2003, he co-founded film scoring collective Please MusicWorks LLC, which has grown to include 5 composers and more than 100 of New York’s best classical performers. www.pleasemusicworks.com. In 2006, he released the cd “dog” with Rob Stephenson, and he is currently finishing recordings for his next cd, “Privacy”, which will be released in the fall of 2007. Another project, "Versioner", will involve a re-thinking of all his pieces for new instruments and will also include remixes by a varied slew of musicians. The project will run hand in hand with a visual part provided by photographer Niklas Alexandersson, and will mean a batch of new "versions" every three months. "Versioner" starts on October 1, 2007.

About Our Lady of Late
Our Lady of Late is a cycle of 18 songs for voice and glass, completed in 1972 by interdisciplinary composer, Meredith Monk. It is a haunting work in which the singer accompanies herself by running a finger along the periphery of a water-filled goblet. As the instrument drones, the voice creates landscapes, invents languages, demonstrates psychoacoustic phenomena, and unearths raw consciousness.

This performance is generously enabled by a Presentation Funds grant from the Experimental Television Center, which is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

HOT! Festival at Dixon Place presents
Nick Hallett and Mikael Karlsson
Thursday, July 19 at 8pm
Dixon Place, 258 Bowery below Houston, 2nd Floor
TIX: $10

http://hot.dixonplace.org/


EVENT

MONKEY TOWN SEMIENNIAL


Dates:
Sat Jun 16, 2007 00:00 - Fri Jun 08, 2007

MONKEY TOWN SEMIENNIAL
Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16
Admission: $5
Viewing Times: 7:30 and 10pm
reservations are recommended
MONKEY TOWN
58 N 3rd (btwn wythe and kent), WMSBG
718.384.1369
http://www.monkeytownhq.com

Monkey Town, Williamsburg's singular video eatery, offers a
twice-yearly video art program - called our 'semiennial' - of the high
water marks, the standouts, the stuff we've seen that really made an
impression: the immersive video equivalent of "come hang out at my
place and listen to some records."

The curatorial criteria are no more complicated than this is the best
new stuff we've seen. We continue to be turned on to great work and
we're just itching to pass it along.

Featured artists include:
Open Arms
Josh Atlas
Lew Baldwin
Michael Bell-Smith and Aa
Josephin Bottger
John Michael Boling
Wesley Heiss
Daniel Joseph
Ellen Lake
Mary Magsamen and Stephen Hillerbrand
Jillian McDonald
Zachariah Rockhill
Kelly Sears
Skye Thorstenson and Xiu Xiu
Ryan Trecartin
Kent Lambert
Ray Sweeten
Marisa Olson

Curated by Montgomery Knott, Nick Hallett, and Sam Zimmerman
with Christopher Borkowski, Shoshana Brand, Don Carroll, and Andrea Grover

Special thanks to:
Perpetual Art Machine http://www.perpetualartmachine.com
Venturous Vanguard Video Festival http://www.shoshanabrand.org/video/vvv.html
Jack The Pelican Presents http://www.jackthepelicanpresents.com/
Aurora Picture Show http://www.aurorapictureshow.org
New York Underground Film Festival http://nyuff.org


EVENT

MONKEY TOWN SEMIENNIAL


Dates:
Fri Jun 15, 2007 00:00 - Fri Jun 08, 2007

MONKEY TOWN SEMIENNIAL
Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16
Admission: $5
Viewing Times: 7:30 and 10pm
reservations are recommended
MONKEY TOWN
58 N 3rd (btwn wythe and kent), WMSBG
718.384.1369
http://www.monkeytownhq.com

Monkey Town, Williamsburg's singular video eatery, offers a
twice-yearly video art program - called our 'semiennial' - of the high
water marks, the standouts, the stuff we've seen that really made an
impression: the immersive video equivalent of "come hang out at my
place and listen to some records."

The curatorial criteria are no more complicated than this is the best
new stuff we've seen. We continue to be turned on to great work and
we're just itching to pass it along.

Featured artists include:
Open Arms
Josh Atlas
Lew Baldwin
Michael Bell-Smith and Aa
Josephin Bottger
John Michael Boling
Wesley Heiss
Daniel Joseph
Ellen Lake
Mary Magsamen and Stephen Hillerbrand
Jillian McDonald
Zachariah Rockhill
Kelly Sears
Skye Thorstenson and Xiu Xiu
Ryan Trecartin
Kent Lambert
Ray Sweeten
Marisa Olson

Curated by Montgomery Knott, Nick Hallett, and Sam Zimmerman
with Christopher Borkowski, Shoshana Brand, Don Carroll, and Andrea Grover

Special thanks to:
Perpetual Art Machine http://www.perpetualartmachine.com
Venturous Vanguard Video Festival http://www.shoshanabrand.org/video/vvv.html
Jack The Pelican Presents http://www.jackthepelicanpresents.com/
Aurora Picture Show http://www.aurorapictureshow.org
New York Underground Film Festival http://nyuff.org