In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere

June 25 -August 7, 2015

In the Glow of a Breathing Sphere is a site-specific LED installation conceived and built by the interactive design studio B-Reel, accompanied by a program of sound and spoken-word performances by various artists, focusing on relationships among living organisms, technology and the environment. 

THOMAS ANKERSMIT

Organized by Maria Chavez

Sunday, June 28

Thomas Ankersmit (1979, Leiden, Netherlands) is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam. Since 2006 his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer.

 

Acoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, infrasonic vibration, otoacoustic emissions, and highly directional projections of sound have been an important part of his work since the early 2000's.His electronic music is also characterized by a deliberate misuse of the equipment, using feedback and disruptions in the signal to create dense but finely detailed swarms of sound.

 

Recent projects include a radio piece based on the acoustics of abandoned radar domes with Valerio Tricoli, recording sessions with Kevin Drumm at GRM in Paris and with Tricoli at ZKM in Karlsruhe, a new Phill Niblock composition for Serge modular synthesizer and all-analogue quadraphonic music for the historical Serge and Buchla synthesizers at EMS in Stockholm.

His music is released on Touch, PAN and Ash International. 

 

This project is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL

www.thomasankersmit.net

KONRAD SPRENGER

Organized by Maria Chavez

Sunday, June 28

Konrad Sprenger explores rhythmic patterns based on the Euclidean algorithm, to evoke a kind of cognitive insecurity through metrical dissonance. Sprenger approaches the strings of the guitar as frequency generators, tuned and set into motion by various electronically controlled mechanical actions. The music relates to the insistent rhythms of Minimalism, Krautrock and Techno, and their shared focus on transcendence through propulsive, full-spectrum sound. Konrad Sprenger is the pseudonym of Joerg Hiller, a composer, music producer and artist based in Berlin. He was born in 1977 in Lahr, Germany. Hiller runs the Choose record label, for which he has produced recordings by artists Ellen Fullman, Arnold Dreyblatt, Robert Ashley and Terry Fox among others. Since 2000 Hiller regularly performs and works together with minimal music composer Arnold Dreyblatt and composer/ instrument builder Ellen Fullman, the bands Ethnostress and Ei and collaborates with the art collective Honey-Suckle Company. His recent focus has been on live performance with a computer-controlled multi-channel electric guitar. 

His music and installation work have been presented at Hamburger

Bahnhof, Berghain, Gallery Giti Nourbakhsch, Podewil, Schaubühne, Pavillon der Volksbühne, Berlin; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart;Kunsthalle Basel; MoMA PS1, New York; Cubitt Gallery, London; Sonar, Barcelona among others.

konradsprenger.com/

SANDY GORDON AND COLIN FISHER

Organized by Maria Chavez

Sunday, June 28

Sandy Gordon is a musician and improvisor living in New York and frequenting Chicago. A drummer and percussionist, she often merges, mutates, and swaps her drum kit with a rotating patchwork of small percussion, homemade field recordings, electronics, and found objects. 

Her activation of this palette is tactile and textural, launching investigations of action and gesture, agitating magnitude from minutiae. She has collaborated extensively with fellow adventurers in sound, sight, and other modalities. Current projects include explorations with Anastasia Clarke, and as a member of the collective group Causings.

www.sandygordon.net

 

Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Colin Fisher is an active voice in the Improvised, Rock, Folk, Experimental and Creative Music Community in North America. He has been most active with Not the Wind Not the Flag, Bernice, Many Arms, I Have Eaten The City, Bad Breath, HAHA, Body Help, and his solo project Elfin Choirs. Colin has appeared and collaborated with: Anthony Braxton, Caribou, Jah Youssouf, Rhys Chattam, William Parker, Dominic Duval, Sabir Mateen, Joe Mcphee, Maury Coles, David Daniels, Chris Kelsey, Paul Hession, and many others.

 

"Fisher's approach to the tenor saxophone is highly harmolodic, creating fleeting tapestries of sound that run the whole scale of the instrument's capabilities and layering shimmering building blocks of melody. Despite the intensity of his flights, there is a resolute warmness to Fisher’s tone and pitch-perfect precision to his placing of notes that speaks to a mastery of his instrument, but it’s one he’s willing to recklessly abandon in bursts of perfectly timed fire-breathing fury."   ---Tombed Vision Records. Colin-Fisher/

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STEPHEN VITIELLO

Thursday, July 2

One year after their two person exhibition at the gallery Sense Objects, Vitiello and Beeferman return for a night of projections and field recordings.

 

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. His sound installations have been presented internationally and are in the collections of museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Past exhibitions include  MASS MoCA, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 Biennial of Sydney, the Cartier Foundation, Paris and in public spaces including on the High Line in NYC. Vitiello has collaborated with such artists and musicians as Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler, Pauline Oliveros, Julie Mehretu, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. His work is the subject of a 27- minute documentary produced by Australian TV. Vitiello has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts, Creative Capital funding in the category of Emerging Fields, and an Alpert/Ucross Award for Music. Originally from New York, Vitiello is now based in Richmond, VA where he is an Associate Professor in the department of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. www.stephenvitiello.com

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LEA BEEFERMAN

Thursday, July 2

Leah Beeferman’s performance-screening EMPTY SPACE, brings information, abstraction, quantum physics, northern landscapes, video projection and sound into a speculative and factual attempt to understand what a true description of pure, scientific “empty space” could be. The event has three parts: a series of video projections, a text slideshow, and a sound piece.  A theory in contemporary physics states that true “empty space” is not actually empty, but is, in fact, dense, turbulent, and endlessly active. Actual empty space, however, cannot be accessed, experienced or tested. Any conception of it relies upon pure mathematics or upon something unrelated: elements taken from the “real” world; or things observed, in one way or another.

 

Leah Beeferman is a Brooklyn-based artist working with digital drawing and sound. Her visual work integrates digital drawing practices with photographic material, laser-etching, or specific software. Her sound work combines field recordings and digitally-created sound to create invisible, abstract narratives. Beeferman received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has participated in residencies including LMCC's Workspace Residency in Manhattan, the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, The Arctic Circle, and Kökarkultur, Finland. She has exhibited widely, both in New York and abroad. www.leahbeeferman.com

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BRIAN CHASE

Wednesday, July 8

Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn.  His diverse range of work/play includes that with rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the community of the New York improvised/experimental music scene, and Drums & Drones, an electro-acoustic project focusing on the application of just intonation to drums and percussion.  The debut Drums & Drones album was released in February of 2013 on the Pogus label and features videos by artists Ursula Scherrer and Erik Zajaceskowski.  Presentations of Drums & Drones have taken place at the LOOP Festival (Barcelona), X Avant Festival (Toronto), Phill Niblock's Experimental Intermedia, David Linton's DistENDed Cinema, Studio 10 (Brooklyn), and The Broad Art Museum (Michigan), amongst many more.  Brian's recorded works also include those with Jeremiah Cymerman, Alan Licht, Thollem McDonas, Karlie Bruce, and The Seconds, as well as several with Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  In addition to the drums, Brian is a regular practitioner of Ashtanga yoga.  www.chasebrian.com

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LEILA BORDREUIL

Wednesday, July 8

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn based cellist, composer and sound artist. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound. leilabordreuil.com

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NEIL HARBISSON & MOON RIBAS

(Cyborg Foundation)

Wednesday, July 8

Moon Ribas is a Catalan contemporary choreographer based in New York, she's the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborgism as an artistic and social movement. Moon graduated in Choreography at Dartington College of Arts (England), and studied at Theatreschool of Amsterdam SNDO (School for New Dance Development). Since 2007 she has explored the permanent use of cybernetics attached to her body that focus on extending her perception of movement. Her current sensory extension is the seismic sense, a chip permanently installed on her arm allows her to perceive real-time earthquakes from all around the world, as small as 1 in the Richter Scale, through skin vibrations. Moon uses her new sense on stage in "Waiting for Earthquakes", a piece where she stands waiting for an earthquake to take place, whenever she feels one she moves according to the intensity of the earthquake. If there are no earthquakes during the performance, there is no dance.

 

This performance of Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas is supported by Hyphen Hub. 

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ANTENES

Wednesday, July 15

Antenes operates a laboratory of self-made analog sequencers and synth modulesbuilt and manipulated in the name of rhythmic, sonic, and spatial exploration. Inspired by the Buchla 100 modular system and featured in the modular documentary "I Dream of Wires," Antenes' signal path transforms synthesizers into sequences that burst with percussive energy, bouncing sound through sound like so many fuzzy AM radio stations during a late night drive.

 

A Brooklyn resident by way of Chicago, Antenes' eclectic vinyl sets dive into acid-laced techno, shimmering electro and beyond, with an ear for odd percussions and syncopations. Her solo production debut, The Track of a Storm EP on L.I.E.S. reveals three tracks of otherworldly techno replete with "lazer shot synthwork" and "ghostly noise layers." She also performs experimental music and installations infused with field recordings, radio static and messages between wires as Meridian7. antenes.net/

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DANIEL NEUMANN

Wednesday, July 15

Free Field / Pressure Field / Diffuse Field

 

This new live set by Daniel Neumann is made for bigger sound systems using test tones and field recordings as the sonic material. Neumann understands speakers in a space as his instrument, with the speaker being the string and the space the resonant body. With the reduced vocabulary of this improvised set he aims to fathom the dynamic and tonal range of these systems to create physical and psycho-acoustic effects. The title is derived from measurement microphone characteristics, but here these technological terms are poetically expanded into a broader field of meanings and experiential understandings. For Neumann this set is also an expression of how his professional sound engineering work is informing his artistic practice.

Daniel Neumann is a Brooklyn-based sound artist, organizer and audio engineer, originally from Germany. He holds a master's degree in media art from the Academy of Visual Art Leipzig and also studied electronic music composition under Emanuele Casale in Catania, Italy. In his artistic practice he is using conceptual and often collaborative strategies to explore sound, sound material and its modulation through space, situation and media. 

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MV CARBON

Thursday, July 16

M.V. Carbon is a Brooklyn based composer and sound artist who is recognized for her non-traditional approach to music. She plays stringed instruments through electronics, and uses tape machines, vocals, electronic processes, analog synthesis, frequency, tone and imagery to induce physical commotion. Her current work references magic, interchangeability, and  telekinesis.

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SETH CLUETT

Thursday, July 16

Performing from the center of the breathing sphere, Seth Cluett will perform a sound work where controlled breathing is used to vocally produce long pure wave sine tones. Accompanied by electronically produced sine tones whose frequencies are derived from room acoustics measurements, the vocal sine tones create a companion activation of acoustic space that operates both within and against the breath induced changes of the light of the sphere.

The work of the American artist and composer Seth Cluett explores everyday actions at extreme magnification, examines minutae by amplifying impossible tasks, and explores the working of memory in forms that rethink the role of the senses in an increasingly technologized society.  Creating work ranging from photography and drawing to installation, concert music, and critical writing, his "subtle...seductive, immersive" (Artforum) sound work has been characterized as "rigorously focused and full of detail" (e/i) and "dramatic, powerful, and at one with nature" (The Wire).  The recipient of grants from Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund and Meet the Composer, his work has been presented in thirteen countries on five continents at venues such as MoMA/PS1, The Kitchen, GRM, and STEIM and is documented on Line, Sedimental, Notice, and Winds Measure recordings. Cluett is an Assistant Professor of Music and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken where he teaches courses in electronic music and experimental sound practices. www.onelonelypixel.org

HOPE GINSBURG & JOSHUA QUARLES

Tuesday, July 21

Hope Ginsburg's and Joshua Quarles' "Breathing on Land: Duet for Scuba and Saxophone" is a new piece in which a live score comprising “mediated breathing”, wind instruments and field recordings is produced to accompany projected video of recent “Land Dives”, which take place in a series of disjunctive landscapes. 

Hope Ginsburg makes project-based work that pivots around the production of live events and the images, objects and physical spaces that they generate. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as MoMA PS1, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Wexner Center for the Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art and SculptureCenter. Ginsburg’s pedagogical project Sponge (2006–present) has been the focus of solo exhibitions in Richmond, VA and New York, NY and her Sponge HQ, sited at Virginia Commonwealth University will celebrate its fifth anniversary this August. In 2014, at a Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, she began a new body of work entitled “Breathing on Land”, which takes meditating on land with scuba as a starting point to refocus attention on our bodies, their contexts and implicitly the health of our atmosphere. Hope Ginsburg is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.  www.hopeginsburg.com

Joshua Quarles is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and sound engineer based in Richmond, Virginia. He has played cello, bass, guitar, and clarinet in a diverse mix of Richmond bands, including Jonathan Vassar and the Speckled Bird, The Low Branches, Homemade Knives, and Positive No. He composes acoustic and electronic music, which spans the intimate, lush and cinematic. Joshua brings a decade of experience to sound engineering having recorded, mixed, produced and mastered projects for Jonathan Vassar, Dogs on Main St., The Low Branches, Paul Watson, and Anousheh. He has also mastered releases by The Snowy Owls, Hoax Hunters, and Big No. During this time he has collaborated with many other artists on projects comprising songwriting, arranging, scoring and producing. www.joshuaquarles.com

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VALENTINA AK

Tuesday, July 21

Valentina AK was born in Rostov-on-Don, the capital of the Don Cossack region of Russia, in a family of musicians. After completing her education at choreographic and music schools, she performed as a soloist with the world-famous Don Cossacks Song and Dance Ensemble for 5 years.

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PHILLIP STEARNS

Wednesday, July 22

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Phillip Stearns's work examines the premise that technologies, machines and tools are manifestations of both conscious and unconscious desires. As such, encoded within are our dreams and fears, cultural values, perceptual biases, and ideological bearing to the world. Through performance, time-based media work, and installations, electronics and electronic media are deconstructed and re-presented as sources for primary experience. Phillip received his MFA in music composition and integrated media from the California Institute of Arts in 2007 and his BS in music technology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005. His work has been exhibited internationally at electronics arts festivals, museums, and galleries including: Turku Biennial 2013, WRO Biennale 2013, Transmediale 2013, Denver Art Museum (2013), The Photographer’s Gallery London (2012), The Camera Club of New York (2012), Eyebeam (2012, 2007), Harvestworks (2010, 2012); Gli.tc/H 2112; Festival De Arte Digital 2010; FILE 2009; NIME 2009; Filmer La Musique 2009; FONLAD 2009; Torrance Art Museum (2008, 2007); Optica Film Festival & (2011 2008). phillipstearns.wordpress.com

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BYRON WESTBROOK

Wednesday, July 22

Byron Westbrook is an artist and musician based in Brooklyn NY. His electronic sound interventions play with dynamics of perception of space, presented as multi-channel audio performances or as installation work using video or lighting. He has shown work at ICA London, Cafe OTO (London), Clocktower Gallery, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Diapason Gallery, Eyebeam (NYC), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Instants Chavirés (Paris), The LAB (San Francisco), International House (Philadelphia), VIVO (Vancouver), O’ (Milan), LOOP Festival (Barcelona), among others. He has an MFA from Bard College and has been an artist in residence at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Clocktower Gallery, Wassaic Project and Diapason Gallery. He has releases on Sedimental, Los Discos Enfantasmes, Three:Four Records and will have an LP out in 2015 on Root Strata.

www.byronwestbrook.com

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MATANA ROBERTS

Thursday, July 23

Internationally documented, Chicago-born. Matana (m(a)-ta-Nah\) Roberts, a musician, main instrument: alto saxophone; works in many performance/sound mediums including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. She aims to expose the mystical roots and the intuitive spirit raising traditions of American creative expression in her music. Her innovative work has forged new conceptual approaches to considering narrativity, history, and political expression within improvisatory structures. Past member of the BRC: Black Rock Coalition and the AACM: Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Holds two degrees in music performance. Based in New York city. www.matanaroberts.com/

MARIA CHAVEZ

Thursday, July 23

Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chávez is mainly known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist & DJ based in NYC.Influenced in contemporary art, her work expands outside of the sound world, straddling different disciplines of interest. In 2012, Chavez wrote and illustrated Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable, a how-to manual for those interested in learning the abstract turntablism techniques that she developed with the turntable during performance. 

 

An endorsed Moog artist, Maria recently signed with Software Recordings, a record label founded by Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin) and is due to release her first full length LP in a decade, some time in early 2016. Chavez has DJ'd for MoMA, MoMA PS1, fashion house Bimba y Lola and more.

 

Currently she is a research fellow for the Sound Arts department at Goldsmith’s University of London until 2017. She was recently awarded the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble commission 2015 where she presented a new sound piece, NY Sonic Scores 2015, at the Brooklyn Museum and Morgan Library in May. She was an artist in residence at INKONST Arts in Malmö, Sweden, curator in residence with Cafe OTO, OTO Projects & Electra Productions in London, UK.In 2015, Maria has been in residencies for Klangraum Residency, Austria, EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden and the Kitchen in NYC where she presented a large scale multi-channel sound installation, Sound Bleed @ the Kitchen.

 

This fall Maria will participate in the upcoming festivals: Blow Out (Oslo), Equinox Festival (Florence), LUFF Festival in (Lausanne, Switzerland) & present her abstract turntablism workshop for the Espai Contemporary Museum in Castelló, Spain among other events in Europe.

STEVE ROGGENBUCK

Tuesday, July 28

Steve Roggenbuck is a poet and video artist whose work explores the new forms that literature and humor can take on the internet. His work has been covered by the New York Times, Gawker, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Fader, and The New Yorker. His videos were included in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial. He has published six collections of writing, and he is the founder of Boost House, a small press and co-op house currently located in Tucson, Arizona. steveroggenbuck.com/

RICHARD GARET

Thursday, July 30

Richard Garet is a multimedia artist living and working in NY. His work focuses on modified environments, installations, sound art, audiovisual screenings, and sound and audiovisual performance. Garet constructs intimate situations that draw attention to the processes of perception, which activate sensorial, physical, and psychological phenomena that reflect on the nature and experience of time. www.richardgaret.com

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BONNIE JONES

Thursday, July 30

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. www.bonniejones.wordpress.com

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