La Superette Saturday and LoVid performance

this saturday Dec. 9 is La Superette, where you can get wonderful artist made items and gifts. in addition to the merch there's a great free and open to the public performance program I curated (thanks to ETC for support) and workshops through this year's La Superette partner, Eyebeam's Holiday Hackshop. all details are below in this message and on line at where you can also browse the catalog to think of gift ideas. also, thursday night Dec. 7, LoVid will perform at Diapason with Bill Etra. details for that event, Optosonic Tea, are included below the La Superette announcement.

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SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th - 12:00 TO 10:00 PM EYEBEAM - 540 WEST 21st STREET - NEW YORK, NY 10011

This year LA SUPERETTE comes to Chelsea, where artists will showcase original, handmade gifts (ranging from $1-$100) including recycled accessories, multifunctional stuffed animals, artist publications, funky house wares, and homemade clothes, with a special focus on "hacks," the custom configuration of pre-existing hardware or software. LA SUPERETTE is an annual art market where professional and amateur artists and craftsmen present and sell their creations to a wide range of visitors. LA SUPERETTE is a collaborative project seeking to enhance the dialog between artists and their audience, placing art in the middle of daily life. This year LA SUPERETTE joins EYEBEAM in conjunction with HOLIDAY HACKSHOP '06, a DIY tech-workshop featuring activities from circuit-bending to laser-cutting in a festive atmosphere.

LA SUPERETTE is conceived and organized as a place for artists to meet and collaborate on a specific project. A catalog zine is published, which distributes contact information of all participating artists, a web catalog is hosted at WWW.LASUPERETTE.ORG, and a video catalog is produced and screened at the event. LA SUPERETTE 2005 included more than 100 artists and attracted thousands of visitors and shoppers.

DIY merchandise has been a part of the music world for years through micro labels and zine culture. Today's proliferation of interdisciplinary artists and multi-media collectives is concomitant with an increase of visual artists producing merchandise and multiples. Many of these artists act as cultural hackers, re-appropriating history, media, science, and other elements of contemporary life for their work. They share a growing need to reconnect and to distribute, so they make t-shirts that look like their paintings or web sites, join a knitting circle in Brooklyn to rediscover craft, or paint elaborate packaging for their self-recorded albums. With an emphasis on the handmade, homemade, and loved, these pursuits help modulate a digitally reproducible society and give an alternative to mainstream standards.

LA SUPERETTE 2006 will feature an installation by Jake Borndal and Kate Scherer and in addition to the sale there will be live video, music and puppet performances, organized by Kyle Lapidus, by a range of artists utilizing unique moving image techniques and a low-tech hacking methodology. Employing everything from hacked tape decks and custom light synthesizers to modified walkie talkies and biofeedback microcontrollers, performances include 1/3 v. 2 [c.h.i.a.k.i (Chiaki Watanabe) with Phillip Schulze + Sylvia Mincewicz], Gunung Sari (Stanley Ruiz + Nick Lesley), NoteNdo (Jeff Donaldson) with Taigaa!, Jason Zeh, Daniel Vatsky, Chris Jordan, Ben Fino-Radin & Caroline Charuk, Zach Layton, Neg-Fi, Eiliyas, Daniel Vatsky & DJ Rhizome.

In the spirit of this year's event, many of the artists use unique moving image techniques and low-tech hacking methodology. Stick around all day, and you will witness everything from hacked tape decks and custom light synthesizers to modified walkie talkies and biofeedback microcontrollers. *Special thanks to Kyle Lapidus for his curatorial and organizational prowess.

LA SUPERETTE 2006 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE ** 12:30pm ** Daniel Vatsky & DJ Rhizome ** ** ** 1:30pm ** NoteNdo with Taigaa! ** ** 2:30pm ** 1/3 v. 2 (c.h.i.a.k.i. Watanabe/Schulze/Mincewicz) ** ** 3:30pm ** Chris Jordan ** ** 4:30pm ** Ben Fino-Radin & Caroline Charuk ** ** ** 5:30pm ** Zach Layton ** ** 6:30pm ** Gunung Sari ** ** 7:30pm ** Jason Zeh ** 8:30pm ** Eiliyas ** ** 9:15pm ** Neg-Fi **

LA SUPERETTE was founded in 1998 in Paris, France by Tali Hinkis, Marie Daubert and Tracy Rolling while in school at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 2001, Hinkis, a multidisciplinary artist, moved to New York City and began producing the event here. In New York, LA SUPERETTE continues to successfully distribute the work of many artists from Europe and North America to a wide audience.

At HOLIDAY HACKSOP 2006, just in time for holiday gift-giving season, EYEBEAM will be transformed into Santa's tech-workshop with a day full of artist-led fabrication sessions followed by a holiday party at the end of the day. At their little North Pole in Chelsea, participants create their own fun, affordable, custom DIY gifts including Solar Powered Noisemakers, LED Ornaments, laser cut stencils, and personalized holiday songs and portraits.

EYEBEAM engages cultural dialogue at the intersection of the arts and sciences. Its goal is to forge an understanding of the relatedness of these practices, which are becoming increasingly significant engines of cultural production.




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Diapason, gallery for sound and intermedia presents...

Thursday December 7th 8:30pm

OptoSonic Tea @ Diapason

Live sets by: - Bill Etra (live visuals) with James Herring (music) - LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) visuals and music on handmade audio/video synthesizers

Invited artist: - Anton Marini

Suggested donation: $ 7

OptoSonic Tea is a new regular series of meetings dedicated to the convergence of live visuals with live sound which focuses on the visual component. These presentation-and-discussion meetings aim to explore different forms of live visuals (live video, live film, live slide projection and their variations and combinations) and the different ways they can come into interaction with live audio. Each evening features two different live visual artists or groups of artists who each perform a set with the live sound artists of their choice. The presentations are followed by an informal discussion about the artists' practices over a cup of green tea. A third artist, from previous generations of visualists or related fields, is invited specifically to participate in this discussion so as to create a dialogue between current and past practices and provide different perspectives on the present and the future.

Organized by Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer

About the artists:

Bill Etra

Bill Etra is the co-inventor (with Steve Rutt) of the Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer (early seventies) and a Live Video pioneer. Bill is a founding member of The Kitchen. Recent projects include work on "The New Machine", an advanced digital video synthesizer that gives the artist "total plasticity of image" in real time. Mr. Etra has held several patents, some include developments for 3-D television and text-based (versus time-code based) editing of video. Visit for more details.

James Herring (Planet Sounds)

Creating percussive soundscapes and musical compositions primarily using custom built Kalimbas (African Thumb Piano), mixed with computer based digital synthesized processing.


LoVid is Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus. Using homemade electronic devices and DIY sculptural instruments, LoVid overwhelms the senses with new media in their performances, videos, objects, and installations. LoVid has toured the US and Europe extensively performing, exhibiting, and lecturing at The Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, The Butler Institute of American Art , Evolution Festival, FACT, The Kitchen, Chicago Art Institute, Kansas City Art Institute, University of Wisconsin, Futuresonic Festival, Upgrade OK, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY Underground Film Festival, The Happy Lion, and Institute of Contemporary Art London among many others. LoVid is currently artist in residence at Stevens Institute of Technology, has been artist in residence at Eyebeam, Harvestworks, iEAR, and Alfred University, has received grants and awards from Experimental TV Center, NYSCA, and Greenwall Foundation, and is a free103Point9 transmission artist. In February 2007 LoVid will be exhibiting a new installation at the Neuberger Museum of Art.

Anton Marini

Anton Marini (Aka Vade) is a New York based video engineer and new media programmer specializing in video and 3D systems for post production, visual effects and realtime systems. His work explores both designing software environments and systems for realtime performance as well as aesthetics for abstract visual communication. Anton Marini is a frequent collaborator at Share (, and has participated in events such as Anyware, Share Montreal, Eyewash, Rake, Share @ The Kitchen, as well as leading several workshops in new media programming environments.

Diapason 1026 6th Avenue, 2S New York NY 10018 (212) 719-4393

Avenue of the Americas between 38th and 39th Streets, two blocks south of Bryant Park. Subways: 1, 2, 3, 9, B, D, F, Q, N, R, W to Times Square/42nd Street