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

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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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EVENT

HOW THE WEST MAY SAVE US YET


Dates:
Thu Mar 09, 2006 00:00 - Sun Feb 26, 2006

NEW YORK UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING:
HOW THE WEST MAY SAVE US YET

From Olympia to Los Angeles, musicians and film artists up and down the Pacific coast are getting together to liberate the music video from its status-quo context as self-promotional tool and transform it into a new, confrontational art form, displacing major-label preen with honest, direct address and DIY visual kinesis Despite having next-to-nothing budgets, production values are way high.

Assembled by musician and curator Nick Hallett, the reel is a follow-up to last fall's '23 Reasons to Spare New York,' a syllabus of the Big Apple's new psychedelic wave. This screening will likewise involve its fair share of the heavy, heady visuals (this is the west coast, man!) Just imagine what MTV would look like if it still broadcast subversive, anti-consumerist, revolution-invoking, and seizure-inducing films, soundtracked by bands that actually push the boundaries of sound.

Deerhoof: Wrong Time Capsule, dir. Martha Colburn 3:00
Black Mountain: Druganaut dir. Heather Trawick 4:00
Ariel Pink: Life in LA, dir. Nicolas Amato :30
BARR: Lights Out, dir. Donovan/Vim Crony 3:00
Mae Shi: Chop 2, dir. David Park 1:00
Numbers: Fuck You Garage, dir. Eric Landmark 3:00
Dynasty Handbag: I Can't Wait, dir. Jibz Cameron, Sue Costibile and Indra Dunis 2:45
Tussle: Entre Chien et Loup, dir. Alison Childs 2:00
Crime in Choir: The Hoop, dir. Tim Miller 4:00
Ariel Pink: Bloody Bagonias, dir. Nicolas Amato :30
Eats Tapes: Pteryd, dir. Nate Boyce 3:00
Sexy Midi: Wizards, dir. Kelly Sears 1:15
Push {H}it (Abe's the S Stands for Suppa Glitch Out for all You Sukkas! Mix) from Universal Acid, dir. Marisa Olson and Abe Linkoln 1:30
Phase Chancellor: exerpt from live performance, dir. Phase Chancellor 5:30
Starter Set: In Can Can Descent, dir. Lindsay Beamish 4:00
Matt Reilly (Japanther): Punk House 6:30
Ariel Pink: Loverboy, dir. Nicolas Amato :30
White Rainbow: Full Spectrum Healing Center, dir. Adam Forkner 1:30
Bonus: Tone Trad, dir. Jamie Potter 5:00
Comets on Fire: Beneath the Ice Age, dir. Elise Irving 3:30
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: The Subway Home, dir. David Enos 3:45
Bobby Birdman: Steal Yr Face, dir. Jona Bechtolt 3:30
Ariel Pink: Beverly Kills, dir. Nicolas Amato 2:15
The Gossip: Standing in the Way of Control, dir. Wyld File 4:30

THURSDAY, MARCH 9 at 10:30 pm
ticket price $8.50
Anthology Film Archives at 32 Second Ave @ 2nd Street
(F to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleeker, L to 1st Ave)


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VISUAL ACID VISUAL ACID VISUAL ACID VISUAL ACID VISUAL ACID VISUAL ACID


Dates:
Fri Mar 03, 2006 00:00 - Fri Feb 24, 2006

VISUAL ACID
March 3


EVENT

2/23 MIGHTY ROBOT lightshow with NECKING, IMAGINARY FOLK


Dates:
Thu Feb 23, 2006 00:00 - Tue Feb 14, 2006

HARKNESS A/V is hosting one of MIGHTY ROBOT's incredible lightshows with new music by IMAGINARY FOLK and NECKING at MONKEY TOWN (which was just nominated for a time out award as best new restaurant!). as a HARKNESS event, the focus is on both the visuals and the music coming together to create one immersive experience. please come. details below...

Thursday, February 23
Harkness A/V Presents

Mighty Robot A/V squad presents its legendary lightshow involving frenetic, Brakhage-esque loops and liquid light, to the musical offerings of two Brooklyn bands.

Imaginary Folk will go on around 10:30 pm. Imaginary Folk is a NYC-based improvisation group that has been performing since 2004. The group's name refers to the music played as well as its ensemble members; improvisation is explored as a method of reinventing musical worlds through live performance and a sentimental attachment to recorded music, as well as a way of imagining, improvising, and performing who we are as people. Imaginary Folk seeks to draw all music towards the "public domain", where, facilitated by recording technology, music is dissolved as intellectual property and re-dispersed as an agent for a personalized link to culture and its differences. The group's members collectively have backgrounds in klezmer, chamber music, jazz, and composition.

Necking will go on around 9:30 pm. This Brooklyn ensemble often plays with just two or three members. But for this performance we expect five or six persons making all sorts of racket on all sorts of things, including the occasional instrument.

admission: $8
reservation line: 718.384.1369
audrey@MonkeyTownHQ.com
door time: 8:30pm, with a screening of video feedback piece, "ALLUVIUM" by jamie potter.
full menu will be available
58 N 3rd St (btw. Kent & Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211


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reminder: AUROVILLE tonight at SECRET PROJECT ROBOT (harkness a/v salon)


please drop by secret project robot tonite (jan 12th) for harkness a/v salon, featuring immersive 'new age' media experience, AUROVILLE.

AUROVILLE exists on the southeastern coast of india, an experiment in living based on the teachings of scholar, radical nationalist and integral yoga guru, sri aurobindo, and realized by his spiritual partner, known to the universe simply as "the mother." built around a sacred banyan tree, the township takes its shape as a spiral galaxy. in its nucleus, a giant golden geodesic dome--called the MATRIMANDIR--houses a meditation chamber which holds the world's largest manufactured crystal orb. thousands of people visit AUROVILLE daily to catch a glimpse of this orb. fewer get the chance to meditate in its presence.

AUROVILLE will be performed by seth kirby (electronic drones) and nick hallett (chanting). there will be a mylar installation by I LOVE YOU (seth and the vivacious ana matronic, who plans to plot our stage on the golden mean and will perform a multimedia presentation in powerpoint) and MIGHTY ROBOT will be there as always with their incredible psychedelic projections...

here are the details:

HARKNESS A/V SALON at SECRET PROJECT ROBOT

presents

AUROVILLE
immersive music and visual environment by nick hallett and seth kirby documenting the experiment in human unity and spirituality existing in india since 1968 (first nyc performance, world debut: yale school of art '04).

I LOVE YOU
music and mylar installation by seth kirby and ana matronic, featuring a performance of "open to above," recently performed at the kitchen.

MIGHTY ROBOT A/V SQUAD
resident artists

THURSDAY JANUARY 12
9 PM
SECRET PROJECT ROBOT @ MONSTER ISLAND
210 KENT (corner of metropolitan, entrance on river)

EVENT

HARKNESS A/V SALON presents AUROVILLE and I LOVE YOU


Dates:
Thu Jan 12, 2006 00:00 - Tue Jan 03, 2006

HARKNESS A/V SALON at SECRET PROJECT ROBOT

presents

AUROVILLE
immersive music and visual environment by nick hallett and seth kirby documenting the experiment in human unity and spirituality existing in india since 1968 (first nyc performance, world debut: yale school of art '04).

I LOVE YOU
music and mylar installation by seth kirby and ana matronic, featuring a performance of "open to above," recently performed at the kitchen.

MIGHTY ROBOT A/V SQUAD
resident artists

THURSDAY JANUARY 12
9 PM
SECRET PROJECT ROBOT @ MONSTER ISLAND
210 KENT (corner of metropolitan, entrance on river)

http://www.harknessav.org for poster and more info