Sam Zimmerman
Since 2007
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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BIO
Sam is a multimedia producer and was one of the owners of Monkey Town (http://www.monkeytownhq.com), where he curated video art programs. Since 2003 he has been a frequent collaborator with Genesis P-Orridge and with partner Jeanne Angel creates projections for Psychic TV and Thee Majesty. In 2011, Sam collaborated with Jason Van Anden to create the Android app "I'm Getting Arrested."

Since 1995, Sam has developed CD-rom games, radio programs, and produced over 100 websites for clients ranging from Fruit of the Loom and First USA, to Smith Barney and Sotheby's International Realty. From 2004 to 2009 he was a producer and Creative Director for Plum TV.

Prior to his work in new media, Sam was preoccupied with music and performance. In the early 90's, Sam lived in San Diego and was a member of Crash Worship. After moving to New York, Sam formed Action Daddy, which performed between 1996 and 2003, originally as pomprock spectacle, and in later incarnations featuring video sampling and junkyard midi gear.

Sam's video artwork includes: community movie-making projects "Bacchanale" (2006), "Mago" (2007) and Vena Virago's "Honey Bunny" (2008) @ Monkey Town NYC, production for Claude Wampler's PERFORMANCE (career ender) @ the Kitchen (NYC 2006), museum installation with Genesis P-Orridge @ Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin 2004) and Centre Pompidou (Paris 2009), audio design for assume vivid astro focus @ Deitch Projects (NYC 2003), and music videos for Pink&Brown and the Rolling Stones.

"Bacchanale" has screened in the 2007 New York Underground Film Festival, the 2007 Mission Creek Film Festival (San Francisco), the 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival, the 2008 Pornfilmfestival Berlin, the 2009 Rated X Festival (Amsterdam) and Symposion Pornonom (Vienna 2009).
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EVENT

Monkey Town Presents: CUBE CONSIDERED


Dates:
Sun Jun 07, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jun 02, 2009

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Monkey Town's 4-screen theater space has a distinctive sense of space - a wide open square floor bounded by immersive projections, with the ceiling discretely presiding above.

This cubic configuration provides the creative direction for this program, a diverse collection of video works with the cube as the predominant motif and subject. Creative approaches will span installation, performance, narrative and animation.

This program is conceived as an experiment, examining cubes from within a cube, exploring imaginary architecture and discovering imagination responding to this most minimal and bare symbol. The results will be found at the screening - we're excited to see how it unfolds.

Artists

Jeanne Angel
Lew Baldwin
Alon Caspi
Miska Draskoczy
Leili Gueranfar
Allan D. Hasty & Robert Pirretti
Steffen Kasperavicius
Nika Offenbac & Devan Simunovich
Zachariah Rockhill
Jeremy Slater & Tamara Yadao
Nadine Spinoza
Nanda van Dijk & Sander Kamermans

Screenings

Saturday, June 6, 2009 7:30 and 10:00
Sunday, June 7, 2009 7:30

$5 door

Reservations recommended: 718.384.1369 or monkeytownhq@gmail.com

Special thanks to Nadine Spinoza, whose mirror cube sculpture inspired this program.


EVENT

Monkey Town Presents: CUBE CONSIDERED


Dates:
Sat Jun 06, 2009 00:00 - Tue Jun 02, 2009

image

Monkey Town's 4-screen theater space has a distinctive sense of space - a wide open square floor bounded by immersive projections, with the ceiling discretely presiding above.

This cubic configuration provides the creative direction for this program, a diverse collection of video works with the cube as the predominant motif and subject. Creative approaches will span installation, performance, narrative and animation.

This program is conceived as an experiment, examining cubes from within a cube, exploring imaginary architecture and discovering imagination responding to this most minimal and bare symbol. The results will be found at the screening - we're excited to see how it unfolds.

Artists

Jeanne Angel
Lew Baldwin
Alon Caspi
Miska Draskoczy
Leili Gueranfar
Allan D. Hasty & Robert Pirretti
Steffen Kasperavicius
Nika Offenbac & Devan Simunovich
Zachariah Rockhill
Jeremy Slater & Tamara Yadao
Nadine Spinoza
Nanda van Dijk & Sander Kamermans

Screenings

Saturday, June 6, 2009 7:30 and 10:00
Sunday, June 7, 2009 7:30

$5 door

Reservations recommended: 718.384.1369 or monkeytownhq@gmail.com

Special thanks to Nadine Spinoza, whose mirror cube sculpture inspired this program.


EVENT

Monkey Town Presents: Silent Films + Unique Instruments Festival


Dates:
Sat Apr 12, 2008 00:00 - Fri Mar 21, 2008

Jay Wasco
performs
Phantom of the Opera (1925)


7:30 and 10:00
$8

One of the best-known of all silent era films, The Phantom of the Opera has a reputation as one of the quintessential horror films. Makeup innovator and character actor Lon Chaney climbs above the campy direction to deliver an indelible master performance that sustains the film to this day.

For this unique screening, Chaney is joined in a dramatic duet by composer and multi-instrumentalist Jay Wasco. A true one-man-orchestra, Jay will be performing (simultaneously) on his original instruments "The Swiss Army Bass","The Egotar" and "The Fractal Harp".

Jay on playing the Swiss Army Bass:

"It's a bass guitar with a midi keyboard mounted on it...This instrument has a weight equivalent to that of a small motorcycle, and as you might imagine, requires years of time and patience to "master". The challenge of playing an instrument like this is obvious. What isn't is its use as a compositional and improvisational tool as a means to create big balls of music, unrestricted by predetermined chord changes or rhythmic elements... in real time. The coordination between the two elements - bass & keyboard outweigh the physical technical limitations one might expect."

On developing the Egotar:

"I set out to figure out how to play pedal steel guitar with one hand while playing bass with the other...I figured that this could done fairly simply by mounting a slide on a carriage over the strings and reversing the action of the whole instrument. This would allow me to rest my palm on the carriage and fret and pick with the use of just one hand. The original rig was really clunky but I did manage to toss it on the back of a cart and go play in the subway...I did the best for the Brooklyn-bound passengers at the Lafayette/Broadway stop. It's a relatively quiet station with low central ceilings (cozy almost). I would sit and play this improvisational, heroin-ated, down-home country, Indian, Chinese sounding shit. I tried to keep it as relaxing as possible for the crowd heading home in the late evening and I guess they appreciated it because I always went home with a lot more money than I left with. It was cool getting getting paid to learn how to play this thing...only in New York."

And on inventing the Fractal Harp:

"This is the best idea I've ever had - other than marrying my wife - sure beats drinking pine cleaner."

for more information, music and video, visit
http://jaysmuseum.com
http://www.myspace.com/jaywasco

Curated by Sam Zimmerman
http://www.actiondaddy.com


EVENT

Monkey Town Presents: Silent Films + Unique Instruments Festival


Dates:
Fri Apr 11, 2008 00:00 - Fri Mar 21, 2008

League of Musical Urban Robots
perform
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)


7:30 and 10:00
$10

Man with a Movie Camera is a visionary silent documentary by Russian director Dziga Vertov. The film presents a gestalt portrait of life in Odessa in 1929: day breaks, the citizens file into factories, machines machinate, and the wheel of life spins, with all stops detailed and deconstructed by the omnipresent cameraman.

Vertov deploys a stunning range of cinematic inventions: double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, animations. (At one point he whips out a split screen tracking shot with opposite Dutch angles - money!)

This film - which investigates the ecology of humans and industrial machines - is appropriately accompanied by League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, and ensemble of artists and technologists who create robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments which integrate robotic technology. LEMUR's philosophy is to build robots that are new types of musical instruments, as opposed to animatronic robots that play existing instruments.

For this screening, six composers have created original scores for LEMUR:
Zemi17
Leif Krinkle
Luke DuBois
Zach Layton
DJ Olive
Jim Coleman

for more information, music and video, visit
http://www.lemurbots.org

Curated by Sam Zimmerman
http://www.actiondaddy.com


EVENT

Monkey Town Presents: Silent Films + Unique Instruments Festival


Dates:
Thu Apr 10, 2008 00:00 - Fri Mar 21, 2008

Bradford Reed (pencilina) and Jane Scarpantoni (cello)
perform
2000 Leagues Under The Sea (1916)


7:30 and 10:00
$8

The prototype of the special effects spectacular, 2000 Leagues Under The Sea is a groundbreaking production of location photography, massive sets, exotic costumes, sailing ships, and a full-size navigable submarine Nautilus. The extensive underwater photography and model animation must have amazed audiences in 1916.

Navigating us through this screening is Bradford Reed, performing on the pencilina, an original instrument of his own design and construction. The pencilina is an electric ten stringed collision of the hammer dulcimer, slide guitar, koto and fretless bass that is struck with sticks, plucked and bowed, producing an incredibly wide sonic palette:

"The instrument, as you may guess, is completely idiosyncratic - and yet within its idiosyncrasy lies a world of possibilities. Bradford’s phrase is “I haven’t hit a wall with it yet” - meaning that in all the years he’s been playing, he hasn’t exhausted any facet of its potential. “It's been my primary focus for a long time, and I’m still learning gnd trying to improve on it. I’ve grown to really like what the pencilina can do.”
Bradford currently uses a pair of shortened timbale sticks to strike the strings. But yes - when he first began to play the instrument, he used a pair of pencils as his strikers."
- Bart Hopkin, Orbitones, Spoon Harps and Bellowphones, Ellipsis Arts, 1998

For this performance Bradford is joined by cellist Jane Scarpantoni, an institution in the New York music scene.

for more information, music and video, visit
http://www.pencilina.com/
http://www.myspace.com/bradfordreed

Curated by Sam Zimmerman
http://www.actiondaddy.com