Wednesday, Jan 9
MARY LUCIER (I AM SITTING IN A ROOM, SLIDE PROJECTOR, STOPWATCHES)
LUKE STEWART (BASS, ELECTRONICS) / MIRIAM PARKER (DANCE) / PATRICK CAIN (VIDEO)
BOB BELLERUE (AMPLIFIED AND ACOUSTIC PERCUSSION, FEEDBACK)
Mary Lucier will perform the original slide version of her Polaroid Image Series, begun in 1969 as a collaboration with Alvin Lucier, based on his composition I am sitting in a room. By means of similar copying process, an original black and white Polaroid photograph was reproduced through a Polaroid copier numerous times, each subsequent photograph becoming itself a copy of the one before it. Slight errors in alignment, accumulation of dust, and the simple interaction of light and optics produced an ever-changing landscape in which the original image was completely transformed. The resulting image series is projected as slides, simultaneously with the original 23-minute audio work. In honor of its 50th anniversary, the work will be shown in the same manner as its premiere at the Guggenheim in 1970.
Luke Stewart, Miriam Parker and Patrick Cain will present Live is the Medium, an audiovisual performance that amplifies the moment of improvisation through the interaction of the performers with speakers and projectors. Stewart plays the acoustic bass through an amplifier to engage with sonic feedback, while Cain uses camera and projector feedback in a parallel visual process. Parker creates another visual statement with movement, connecting the body with the higher concept of abstraction. By changing his position in relation to the speaker, Stewart can shape the feedback that the amplifier produces, thus creating a dialog between performer and speaker. Similarly, with Parker and Stewart in the middle of the visual feedback apparatus, Cain's video offers the audience a perspective on improvisation that shifts in real time.
Bob Bellerue's Piano Scramble is an improvised work for piano soundboard, percussion, and electronics. Rooted in the multi-level feedback systems at play in his long-running Damned Piano project, Scramble mixes in an armful of metal bowls, cymbals, cans and other objects as resonators and percussive elements, to create a site-specific sonic array that harnesses the gallery's acoustics with a wide dynamic range.
Mary Lucier began working in video in the 1970s, after first exploring sculpture, performance and photography. Early works, such as Dawn Burn (1975) and Bird's Eye(1978), are empirical records of the optical effects of light on the camera's eye. Aiming a laser directly at the camera or pointing a lens at the sun, she burned the vidicon tube in real time, inscribing it with calligraphic abstractions of light. In addition to installations, she has also produced video dance works with choreographer Elizabeth Streb, exploring relationships of the human figure, sculptural movement, and landscape. Among her many awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Grant, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Lucier has had solo exhibitions at The Carnegie Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, LACMA, Dallas Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, and MoMA.
Luke Stewart's ensembles include experimental jazz trio Heart of the Ghost, Low Ways Quartet, and experimental rock duo Blacks' Myths. As a solo artist, his interests are in compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore real-time harmonic and melodic possibilities. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, and many other venues. Luke also performs in Ancestral Duo, Irreversible Entanglements featuring Moor Mother, James Brandon Lewis Trio, Heroes are Gang Leaders, and other notable collaborations. He has been featured at numerous festivals, including the Vision Festival, Ende Tymes Festival, Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, and High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music.
Miriam Parker uses sound, paint, light, movement, video projection and sculpture/installation to create media- and performance-based works. Parker's practice, in both performance and film, emerges from her understanding of the body in relationship to objects and space. Conceptually, Parker focuses on the permeability of identity and our capacity to adorn ourselves with ideas as a way of identification. Her work has been greatly influenced by her connection to free jazz tradition, and her study of Buddhism, phenomenology, and kinesthetic empathy. Miriam has been developing work as a solo artist, and in collaboration with visual artist Jo Wood-Brown under the working name of InnerCity Projects. She currently works as a performer in collaboration with Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks.
Patrick Cain is a multimedia artist working at the fringes of low-tech interventions and constructions. Visual interests include webcam microscopic inspections of textures and auto focus failures, as well as rudimentary feedback exercises. Sonically, Cain is one half of experimental band Model Home (with Nappy Nappa) which works with ancient and misused electronics including home built synthesizers and modified tape machines, as well as vocal performance.
Bob Bellerue is a noise composer, experimental musician, and creative technician. His electronic sound work is focused on resonant feedback systems, using amplified instruments/ objects/ spaces/ circuits in combination with electronics and Supercollider programming. Bob's work has been presented at The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Cafe Oto, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Roulette, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and many other venues and festivals. His discography includes dozens of releases on various labels, including his own Anarchymoon Recordings and Sleepy Hollow Editions. He curates and produces the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation (currently in its 8th edition).