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 ...
The Kitchen presents A lab is a lab is a lab
The Kitchen presents an evening of live-cinema featuring unique collaborations between sound and image makers. Utilizing unusual instruments and sound sources including the theremin, brainwave monitors, oscilloscopes, contact microphones, anamorphic lenses, and the magic lantern, participating artists Maria Chavez, Angie Eng, Bradley Eros, Andy Graydon, Sarah Ibrahim, Zach Layton, Anthony Ptak, Joel Schlemowitz, Lary Seven, Ray Sweeten, and Keiko Uenishi will explore the subversions and rediscoveries connecting science, mystery, and desire. Organized by artist and curator Bradley Eros and Assistant Curator at The Kitchen Matthew Lyons, this event will take place at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) on Thursday, May 24 at 8pm. Tickets are $5.
Bradley Eros is an artist working in myriad media: experimental film & video, collage, photography, performance, sound, text, expanded cinema & installation. Eros is also a maverick curator, designer, researcher, and investigator whose concepts include ephemeral cinema, mediamystics, subterranean science, erotic psyche, poetic accidents, and cinema povera. Eros has exhibited at 2004 Whitney Biennial and The American Century at The Whitney, The New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, MoMA, Pacific Film Archives, Warhol Museum, Exit Art, Orchard Gallery, Issue Project Room, Diapason, Arsenal in Berlin, Lightcone in Paris, and Image Forum in Tokyo. He frequently works with the New York Filmmakers' Cooperative and Anthology Film Archives and directs the Roberta Beck Mercurial Cinema.
Media Programs at The Kitchen are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
after a lengthy hiatus, the salon series returns this tuesday night with special out-of-town (san francisco!) guest ALISON CHILDS. A filmmaker and graphic designer familiar to new yorkers for her collaboration with bay area disco-dub band TUSSLE, alison's aesthetic embraces hyper-chromatic, geometric forms projected in multi-dimensional fashion, suggesting kinetic topographies that interact with space and the viewer in participatory fashion.
DARMSTADT "CLASSICS OF THE AVANT-GARDE" PRESENTS
AN EVENING WITH RADIO WONDERLAND AND LUKE DUBOIS
8 pm at GALAPAGOS ART SPACE, 70 N6th St, BKLN
http://galapagosartspace.com/ for more info
Armed with soft- and hard-wares of their own invention, electronic composers Joshua Fried (aka Radio Wonderland) and Luke Dubois recycle the detritus of our mass-market culture into wild expressions of new media music.
Armed with an 1980s-era boom box and an array of bizarro MIDI controllers (fashioned out of a steering wheel and old shoes), the antenna of Radio Wonderland receives messages from FM radio, transforms them in real time and rebroadcasts into rhythm-heavy improvisations. Feet have been known
Luke DuBois uses original software to deconstruct the greatest hits of modern culture—Oscar-winning films and Billboard Number One hits—into mind bending a/v abstractions.
Nick Hallett and Zach Layton fill in the blanks with music fit for academic curricula by Terry Riley, Boris Blacher, Luciano Berio, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Yoko Ono, and Arthur Russell.
The Kitchen presents The Joshua Light Show with music by Delia Gonzalez and
New York, NY, March 6, 2007 - The Kitchen is pleased to present a rare appearance by mixed-media artist Joshua White and his legendary Joshua Light Show, in collaboration with music and visual art duo Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom. Including selections from their debut album, The Days of Mars (DFA), Russom and Gonzalez perform meditative electronic compositions on analog synthesizers in a distinct style referencing the minimalist traditions of both experimental and disco genres. Simultaneously, White leads a team of video artists, including 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. The performance, which is curated by Nick Hallett, will take place at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) on Wednesday, April 4 at 8pm. Tickets are $10.
About The Artists
Joshua White lives and works in New York. He studied theater at Carnegie Mellon University and film at University of Southern California. He is well known for developing the lightshow at Fillmore East, appearing with artists such as Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Yayoi Kusama, and Country Joe and the Fish, among many others. During this time, he also created special effects for the film Midnight Cowboy. In the 1970s, White focused on a career in television, including directing Laurie Anderson’s celebrated video for “O Superman.” More recent productions 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 light show with comic artist and designer, Gary Panter. His artwork has recently shown at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tate Liverpool, Kunsthalle Schim Frankfurt, and the Kunsthalle Wien. The Center for Visual Music recently released a DVD of his “liquid loops”. He has work in upcoming shows at Whitney Museum of American Art and the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas.
Delia Gonzalez (b. 1972, Miami) and Gavin Russom (b. 1974, Providence, R.I.) have worked together in a variety of media, such as fine art, music, performance, and video since the mid-1990s. They began building analog synthesizers in 2000, both for their original music compositions and to implement sonic components into their mixed-media sculptures. In 2004, New York-based record label DFA released a 12” of their song, “El Monte.” A full-length album, The Days of Mars, followed in 2005. As fine artists, the duo is represented by Daniel Reich gallery. They have had solo exhibitions at Peres Projects in Los Angeles, Galleria Fonti in Naples, Italy and at Daniel Reich Gallery, New York. Their sculpture and video work was featured in the Music is a Better Noise show at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center last year. www.deliaandgavin.com.
Bec Stupak is a video artist and founding member of Honeygun Labs, a multimedia project working within the genres of music video, installation, and live VJing. Collaborations with fine-art collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus have been exhibited internationally, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and Tate Liverpool. In 2006, Deitch Projects, presented her first solo show, “Radical Earth Magic Flower,” a reworking of Jack Smith’s film Flaming Creatures. Her relationship to The Kitchen goes back to 2005, when she created an installation for their annual benefit and exhibited at The High Line Block Party. Bec also hula-hoops with the troupe Groovehoops. www.honeygunlabs.com.
Curator Nick Hallett has programmed for The Kitchen, New York Underground Film Festival, Ocularis, Monkey Town, Aurora Picture Show, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA festival, Scope Hamptons, Artists Television Access, Pacific Film Archive, MassArt Film Society, and All Tomorrow’s Parties rock festival, in addition to his regular series in New York: Harkness A/V (time-based media salon), Darmstadt (contemporary music), and Maison Du Chic (multimedia "cabaret"). Hallett's creative projects range from composing music for film and theater to installation and performance. He originated the band PLANTAINS, which from 2000 until 2003 operated as a live multimedia act, incorporating electronic music and video.
Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The New York State Music Fund, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
ABOUT THE KITCHEN
The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists’ talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.
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Darmstadt presents Mikael Karlsson
DJ sets by Nick Hallett and Zach Layton
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Galapagos Art Space
70 N 6th Street
L to Bedford
Clarinet (and electronic effects) Joshua Rubin
Violin, Chern Hwei Fung
Viola, Maiya Papach
Voice, Rob Stephenson
Distorted piano, Mikael Karlsson
SCHWEET* (solo arrangement by Josh)
Clarinet, Joshua Rubin
IN CASE OF BRAHMS
Piano, Emily Manzo
Samples, Broken instruments, Mikael Karlsson, Rob Stephenson
Cello, Jason Wingate
*) composed with Rob Stephenson
Sound Engineer: Tobias Wagner
All audience members will receive a free cd with all the above tracks.
Mikael was born in Sweden in 1975, and moved to New York in 2000 after abandoning a halting career in liquor retail in Stockholm. In New York he pursued his true passion and tormentor - music.
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 and received the faculty’s finest award, the Karol Rathaus Memorial Award, for display of superior musicianship in the fields of composition, music theory and performance that year.
He has studied composition with Dr. Edward Smaldone (2001-2002), Bruce Saylor (2002-2005) and Jeff Nichols (2004). His music is in high demand from performers in New York, the rest of the US, Sweden and increasingly throughout the world, and he enjoys composing only upon commissions. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center 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.
Mikael is the personal representative of celebrated composer Tobias Picker and was recently awarded an Extraordinary Talent Visa for the US.
Mikael is the recipient of the Verdandi Cultural Achievement award (1996), The Aaron Copland School of Music Award to and Outstanding Student (twice - 2001, 2002), The Gabriel Fontrier Award in Composition (three times - 2001, 2002 and 2004), The Anna Whitlock Culture Award (2002), The Karol Rathaus Memorial Award (the Faculty's finest award at the Aaron Copland School of Music) in Composition (2003, 2005) and the Mark Kyrkostas Award in Composition (2003). In 2003, he was selected to become a member of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa.
In 2005 he received the Jack Barham Creativity Prize.
Mikael is a professor of music theory, sight-singing and dictation at the Aaron Copland School of Music (CUNY) in New York. Privately, he teaches piano, composition, music theory, analysis and ear training. He is the creative director and a producer at Siblings Music, where he directs a group of 12 composers.
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 performers. PMW are currently looking for more composers in a pop vein. www.pleasemusicworks.com.
The cd “dog” - written collaboratively with composer Rob Stephenson - was released on October 2, 2006 and has since been featured on a multitude of radio shows for experimental music in the US and Europe. www.dog-cd.com
In the summer of 2007, a cd named Excommunities, with Mikael’s recent concert works will be released.
For more information about Mikael, please visit his website at www.mikaelkarlsson.info.
In 2006, Mikael was interviewed by Jim Gladstone for usedwigs.com. His piece Nasty Fucker was published in Butt Magazine earlier that year.