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 ...
Golan Levin is an artist and inventor of technologies that push the boundaries of expression in new media, fully exploring the synesthetic potential of time-based art to unleash his audience's imagination.
Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control whatsoever, we are postponing this saturday's salon. All apologies for the inconvenience!
Nick Hallett wrote:
> HARKNESS A/V AUTUMN SALON
> featuring Francois Boue, Brooke Hamre Gillespie, Andy Graydon, Zach
> Layton, and Ben Owen. Resident A/V: Mighty Robot
> Harkness Audiovisual presents its autumn salon, focusing on an
> "installation performance" of Francois Boue's UR-HAUS, recently
> presented at Markus Winter Gallery, Berlin.
> UR-HAUS is an ongoing series whereby simple, strong architectural
> forms and their environs are documented in stillness onto
> motion-filled celluloid to “evoke the myth of the primitive hut.”
> Displayed as film loops and photographs like archeological findings
> for future generations, the imagery undergoes real-time visual
> analysis, innervation, and reprojection by Andy Graydon. Live sound
> interaction by Brooke Hamre Gillespie (guitar, voice, musical books)
> Zach Layton (banjo, electronics), and Ben Owen (amplified objects,
> electronics, laptop).
> FOR MORE INFORMATION:
> Francois Boue: http://www.markuswinter.com/
> Andy Graydon: http://www.andygraydon.net/
> Ben Owen: http://www.benowen.org/
> Zach Layton: http://www.zachlaytonindustries.com/
> Brooke Hamre Gillespie: http://www.seasonalbk.net/theholyexperiment/
> SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
> 8 PM until 11 PM
> SECRET PROJECT ROBOT at MONSTER ISLAND
> 210 KENT AVE at METROPOLITAN (entrance on RIVER)
> please come early for the CABIN COMFORTS HOLIDAY SALE
MONKEY TOWN HOLIDAY PARTY
A Benefit for Monkey Town
in his only New York appearance for 2006,
MY ROBOT FRIEND
the “crackpot genius” of
NO ORDINARY MONKEY DJs
Lightshow by Luke Dubois, Adam Kendall, Ray Sweeten among many others
emceed by NICKLCAT
Monkey Town t-shirts and gift cards will be on sale.
"We want to thank our patrons for your incredible support over the past few months by throwing the kind of party you would only expect from Monkey Town. Earlier this autumn, we were threatened with the real possibility of having to close our doors, but the efforts of the New York artists community have kept us afloat. We are not out of the red yet. With winter’s dawning, we envision a prosperous future at Monkey Town, and want to celebrate it with you."--Monkey Town HQ
MY ROBOT FRIEND
My Robot Friend is the over-the-top project of Howard Robot, whose live performances mesmerize with quirky technopop, computer animations, general "new media" topsy-turveydom, and his legendary costume, an interactive suit of blinking and whirring L.E.D. lights and electroluminescent wire. A musical homage to new wave acts like Devo, his records have charted in Germany, he has been short-listed in Rolling Stone magazine, and his song "We're the Pet Shop Boys" was actually covered by the Pet Shop Boys (and more recently/absurdly, Robbie Williams!). Playing out social stereotypes of robots, My Robot Friend humorously enables his audience to consider how technology interacts with human emotion as evoked in popular song: alienation, angst, and most importantly, love.
The one-woman tour-de-force performance of Jibz Cameron, who takes the most absurd banalities of life and exaggerates them into a side-splitting philosophic rant involving music, video, as well as an aerobics routine or two...
NO ORDINARY MONKEY
Phil South and friends are known for their extraordinary disco speakeasys in the Financial District, sunday tea parties along the East River, and a mindblowing set at PS1's Warm Up last summer.
MONKEY TOWN HOLIDAY PARTY
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
9 pm to 2 am
at EUROPA, Polish-American Discotheque in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
98-104 Meserole Ave. (corner of Manhattan Ave.)
G train to Nassau
Tickets, sliding scale $12-20
featuring Francois Boue, Brooke Hamre Gillespie, Andy Graydon, Zach Layton, and Ben Owen. Resident A/V: Mighty Robot
Harkness Audiovisual presents its autumn salon, focusing on an "installation performance" of Francois Boue's UR-HAUS, recently presented at Markus Winter Gallery, Berlin.
UR-HAUS is an ongoing series whereby simple, strong architectural forms and their environs are documented in stillness onto motion-filled celluloid to “evoke the myth of the primitive hut.” Displayed as film loops and photographs like archeological findings for future generations, the imagery undergoes real-time visual analysis, innervation, and reprojection by Andy Graydon. Live sound interaction by Brooke Hamre Gillespie (guitar, voice, musical books) Zach Layton (banjo, electronics), and Ben Owen (amplified objects, electronics, laptop).
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Francois Boue: http://www.markuswinter.com/
Andy Graydon: http://www.andygraydon.net/
Ben Owen: http://www.benowen.org/
Zach Layton: http://www.zachlaytonindustries.com/
Brooke Hamre Gillespie: http://www.seasonalbk.net/theholyexperiment/
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2
8 PM until 11 PM
SECRET PROJECT ROBOT at MONSTER ISLAND
210 KENT AVE at METROPOLITAN (entrance on RIVER)
please come early for the CABIN COMFORTS HOLIDAY SALE
celebrates its second anniversary with an annual performance of Terry
Riley's In C.
Join hosts Zach Layton and Nick Hallett for DARMSTADT "Classics of the
Avant Garde" as we observe our now-annual tradition of performing In C
along with an "all-star" ensemble of instrumentalists, singers,
electronic sound artists, and visualists. As was proven last year,
this is by no means a "traditional" interpretation of Terry Riley's
seminal 1964 work.
All Star Lineup includes: Luke Dubois, David Linton, Chika, Adam
Kendall, Tristan Perich, O.Blaat, Sawako, Richard Garet, Joshua
Gabriel, Amy Cimini, Amy Kohn, Dafna Naftali, Hans Tammen, David
Linton, Ray Sweeten, Emily Manzo, Danny Tunick, Christine Bard, Ian
Riggs, Claire Chase, Nick Hallett, Brock Monroe, Zach Layton, and some
surprise guests as well.
DARMSTADT: Classics of the Avant Garde presents
2nd annual performance of Terry Riley's In C
November 30th at 8pm
GALAPAGOS ART SPACE
70 n6th street (between kent and wythe)