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JEAN PIERRE MULLER 7×7 : COLORBOX & A RED SHOW IN A

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7×7 with ROBERT WYATT | ARCHIE SHEPP | NILE RODGERS | TERRY RILEY | SEAN O’HAGAN | MULATU ASTATKE | KASSIN
EXHIBITION – FEBRUARY 29th TO M ARCH 29th 2016
OPENING RECEPTION – SUNDAY MARCH 6th | 4-8PM
Music Performance @ WhiteBox | Archie Shepp March 29th
Live transmission | Archie Shepp MARCH 6th

Press

Night Flight, “Colorbox” and “A Red Show in A”: Jean Pierre Muller’s “7×7″ art project continues at WhiteBox on NYC’s Lower East Side By Bryan
Le Soir, Rendre Hommage à un Islam Tolérant, by Philippe Manche (March 15, 2016)
The Armory Arts Show, JEAN PIERRE MULLER 7X7 : COLORBOX & A RED SHOW IN A

ColorBox and A Red Show in A are the latest works to emerge from Jean Pierre Muller’s innovative 7×7 project. 7×7 is an inter-disciplinary collaboration between Belgian artist Muller and seven musical luminaries from a variety of contemporary genres; Nile Rodgers, Robert Wyatt, Mulatu Astatke, Archie Shepp, Sean O’Hagan, Kassin and Terry Riley. 7×7 is based on the simple principle that the seven colors of the rainbow correspond to the seven notes of the scale, the seven days of the week (and deities and planets associated with those days) and the seven chakras. Seven sound altarpieces have been created, in an edition of seven, each housing an original music by one of the seven composers. A is Red is Monday, Day of the Moon and of Diana (Robert Wyatt), B is Orange is Tuesday, Day of Mars (Archie Shepp), and so on.

In the summer of 2012, Muller created a full site-specific set for 7×7 at Edinburgh’s Summerhall: 7x7th Street. As its name suggests, this was actually a real street with billboards, signs, small houses, …

A year later, Jean Pierre Muller and Nile Rodgers created An Indigo Night in F at the same venue, an amazing show combining music, live painting and theatre. This acclaimed event was inspired by their collaboration on the 7×7-F-Indigo sound altarpiece.

For WhiteBox, Jean Pierre Muller will present two original shows related to 7×7: ColorBox on the main level and A Red show in A on the lower level.

ColorBox

Isaac Newton divided his color wheel in seven parts: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. White is in the central part of the diagram, because all colors of light mixed together produce white. 7×7  at WhiteBox makes complete sense.

How can we embrace diversity in a world torn by the conflict between standardization and obsession for identity? Muller wishes to pen the color box and celebrate the full spectrum of our lives in their many contradictions. Rather than taking the stance of the artist as a moralist, he embarks us on a journey through the seas of complexity and the skies of hybridity.

Sometimes taking a sound panoramic view on things – drawing lessons from past history, digging into the origins of words, the meaning of symbols – sometimes zooming into our most intimate obsessions, Muller utters a multi-layered cry for life, plural yet deeply personal.

As much a painter as a printmaker, Jean Pierre Muller also uses light, sound and interactivity to make us feel the beat of the world, the rhythm of life. The elements that Jean Pierre uses in his art reflect processes of urban evolution and the way people become connected to each other through common experiences and references. Like streets grown organically over time, these elements interact through juxtaposition and ever increasing layers of complexity and history. They also tell many intertwined stories, much like the intertwined stories of people in a street, who may not know each other but are linked through commonality of space and time.

A Red Show in A

Jean Pierre, together with Robert Wyatt, one of music’s greatest shamans, has expanded and deepened the rich material used for their 7×7-Red-A sound altarpiece. It is a nostalgic salute to Al-Andalusia, when Spain was under Moorish rule and religions coexisted peacefully (at least, this is the way one can dream of it today, when everything concurs to convince us we’re at war with the others). The most powerful symbol of this period is the Alhambra palace in Granada. This golden age ended in 1492 with the Alhambra Decree and the expulsion of all the Jews from Spain. Al-Hamra  means the Red one, in Arabic…

For WhiteBox, the artist has built his own Alhambra, a red temple to house the 7×7-Red-A sound altarpiece, with meaningful columns and whispering walls (with voices by Robert Wyatt, but also Terry Riley, Archie Shepp and Nile Rodgers). Muller has adapted Kazimir Malevich’s emblematic paintings of the Black Square, the Black Circle and the Black Cross into a Red Star of David, a Red Crescent and a Red Cross. These are powerful symbols to initiate a new reflection on hybridity, coexistence, expulsion… and the power of symbols.

Following on from the success of 7x7th Street  and An Indigo Night in F  with Nile Rodgers, Spectrum  and A Red Show in A represent the next stage in a truly international project of ever-growing artistic ambition and cultural resonance.

 

www.7x7project.com

www.jpmuller.be

Jean Pierre Muller is a Belgian Neo-pop artist who makes vibrant assemblages using high and low forms and techniques. In his work, photography, drawing, silk-screen and painting come together and gestural and mechanical interventions meet. His collaborations with musicians offer an interactivity to his paintings, giving his audience new participatory ways of entering his world. Jean Pierre is committed to both his art practice and his role as head of the Printmaking Department at La Cambre, one of Belgium’s leading schools of art and design. His work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Saragossa, the Hanover World Fair, the Royal Festival Hall and, latterly, Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

Robert Wyatt was a founding member of the Soft Machine, who along with Pink Floyd helped to transform the late sixties psychedelic scene in the UK into something more lasting. In his long and distinguished solo career, he has been mixing simple and effective keyboard melody lines with poignant lyrics, often filled with personal and political references. He’s simply the most beautiful voice in English music (5 to 6 octaves of range, each octave is of a totally different character), and the long list of his collaborators includes Jimi Hendrix, Mike Oldfield, Brian Eno, Björk, David Gilmour or Paul Weller.

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Whitebox Art Center at SELECT Fair

May 13th -17th, 2015 General Hours May 14 & 15 |  2 -10pm May 16th | 12-10pm May 17th | 12-6pm Whitebox Art Center is pleased to present at SELECT Fair, Arial Allusions by Andriy Bazyuta featured on the rooftop with “You… Continue reading

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ANTHROPOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE

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Whitebox Art Center
presents

ANTHROPOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE

Francesco Jodice | Carolina Sandretto | Corinna von der Groeben

On view May 12 – June 14
Opening celebration May 17th |  4-8pm

Curated by Laura Cherubini

Link to press release

Whitebox at SELECT Fair NY

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Whitebox Art Center at SELECT Fair NY
May 13th -17th, 2015

General Hours
May 14 & 15 |  2 -10pm
May 16th | 12-10pm
May 17th | 12-6pm

Whitebox Art Center is pleased to present at SELECT Fair, Arial Allusions by Andriy Bazyuta featured on the rooftop with “You Are Here” Festival (aka The Maze ) and Ex of IN exhibition by Steven Holl in booth 206.

Arial Allusions | Andriy Bazyuta

Arial Allusions is an interactive, multilayered 3D dual projection work engaging visitors-as-participants through the use of ‘Kinect’ 3D sensors akin to a dendrological ideation. Beaming the moving audience from high up figure by figure will propel, in real time, the illusion of an amended architectural space where human sounds get converted into analogous geometrical images using as foil the ‘maze’ construct provided by Now You See Collective. Likewise, classic New York City rooftop elements such as the water tower, gazebos, retaining low walls, and the tar floor will become screening fields.

Figures entering the rooftop, upon coming in contact with sensors, will become active participants, their body shapes surrounded by an unlimited number of projected geometrical moving visual patterns caused by their transposed innate sounds. These sounds will be gleaned, processed, and visually mapped into constant oscillating images thrown upon various architectures surrounding the audience. The larger the crowd and the louder the sound propelled, the shakier the projected vibrating images will become, reaching a super saturated point turning into a sea of electrifying, rambling and shattering images.

Projections will be sourced from two asymmetrical perspective points. The one situated high up on the water tower will track and trap shifting bodies from above enclosing their figures into a single, vertiginously colored micro-environment which upon being approached by another body, the second low lying projector will, in synchronicity, linearly surround both images from its binary position in a dramatic overlap.

Ex of IN  | Steven Holl
Text of Yehuda Saffran.

Link to Steven Holl Architects

When geometry is no longer Euclidian we are thrown into a limitless world of the imagination. Conjugating cubic forms with spheres increases the infinite possibility to see some such configurations as a plastic reality. But a rational process does not guaranty the right ratio. Provided we are able to think, at the same time, that what we are seeing are not geometry but something else. These are some of the considerations we are obliged to entertain as we are engaged in the nature of the challenge posed to us in these experiments. These grouping and re-grouping of similar patterns is not a simple operation as it may appear. We are obliged to take the greatest care in employing harmonic ratios not only in a single form, but also in the relation of one form to each other, and it is this demand for the right ratio which could be in the centre of our conception of architecture, ultimately: “Una cosa mentale”.

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Whitebox Art Center in collaboration with PAJ

PAJ 109 – Performance and Architecture Launch | March 1st  2pm – 4pm PAJ 109’s design portfolios were organized by landscape architect Cathryn Dwyre, who teaches at Pratt, and architect Chris Perry, head of graduate studies and director of the Geofutures… Continue reading

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PAJ 109 – Performance and Architecture

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Whitebox Art Center
in collaboration with PAJ

PAJ 109 – Performance and Architecture

PAJ 109’s design portfolios were organized by landscape architect Cathryn Dwyre, who teaches at Pratt, and architect Chris Perry, head of graduate studies and director of the Geofutures program at Rensselaer’s School of Architecture. They will speak about landscape and performance in the context of new directions in architecture and design practices. ­

Seth and Ariane Harrison of the design firm Harrison Atelier and ANAcycle architect Lydia Kallipoliti will also give presentations on their architectural projects in the greater New York City area.

The new PAJ 109 showcases ten architecture and design portfolios on installations, robotics,ecological projects, immersive environments and interview with Bernard Tschumi.

The event will be introduced by PAJ editor Bonnie Marranca

Link to introduction, “Expanded Fields: Architecture/Landscape/Performance” by Special issue editors and architects Cathryn Dwyre and Chris Perry

Link to PAJ Archive

LitLounge Sundays Salon > Stand Up Philosophy

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presents
 

Stand Up Philosophy – Dejan Lukic
Step Not Beyond / Philosophical Therapeutics for the Lucid

An open and free workshop series focusing on themes central to art and culture (desire, sensation, power). These enlightening lectures will teach you how to look at art with more confidence and an expanded vocabulary. They will speak about the role seduction plays in choosing what we like. A veritable “scholastic-oracular” presentation that is scholarly and enigmatic, rigorous and rarefied, where key terms in aesthetics are defined in a fluid and luminous language. The goal is to take essential experiences which became occluded in contemporary practice as purely practical matters that can be plugged into our lives to better inform our tastes. Inspiration is drawn from art, philosophy, architecture, and anthropology. The mediator, Dejan Lukic holds a Phd in anthropology from Columbia University and has lectured at numerous universities. For more details visit: www.stepnotbeyond.com

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On Desire

Thursdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30 |  7pm – 9 pm

There is a “thrust” which determines our strongest feelings of being alive. With it, a simple but difficult question arises: what is desire? An impulse that drives us toward what we lack or a force that constantly derails us and throws us off track? What are its economies, politics, and aesthetics? Can this “hunger,” as a set of inclinations, be trained? And if life itself is a constant outpouring why do we create boundaries for ourselves?

On Sensation

Sundays, November 16 & 30 | 3pm – 5 pm

Art produces sensation and in this respect connects us to what we call “life.” But more importantly, what are the unforeseen sensations, why do they matter, how do they intervene within our daily life, how do they make it extraordinary? How do individual authors construct impersonal sensations (through what vulnerabilities)? And finally, what kind of perception, awareness, and furor does every new sensation open?

On Power and Secrecy

Sundays, December 14 & 28 | 3pm – 5 pm

Power: the capacity to act, an energetic principle. The most basic principle that denotes an ability to affect and to be affected by something or someone. One writer says that secrecy is at the core of power. But how do we define power? How many different types and experiences of power are there (being overpowered, empowered, in resistance, in domination, etc.)? How does secrecy harness its own power? Public or private: which contains a more vigorous degree of empowerment? And which is healthier: the crude power of the institution (megapower) or the ephemeral power of the fugitive (micropower)?

 

The programs of Whitebox Art Center are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Potlatch

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Potlatch is inspired, above all, by Art and Architecture as a Gift. It is supported by and part of Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.

Whitebox Art Center presents a journal launch

POTLATCH Issue #3

Friday Feburary 14th | 7-9 pm

Link to Potlatch Issues 1 and 2

Link to view catalogue

 

A Journal of the Potlatch Lab at GSAPP, Columbia

Potlatch Beauty 

Yehuda Emmanuel Safran Walter Pichler: The Hermetic Oeuvre / Lebbeus
Walter Pichler Drawings for a Non-Realized Exhibition
Rodrigo Pérez de Arce The Apparatus in the Field (or the Field as Apparatus): Play and the Public Domain / Aftertaste
Dejan Lukic The Gift of Scale
Daniel Sherer Adorno’s Reception of Loos: Modern Architecture, Aesthetic Theory, and  the Critique of Ornament
Amunt Architekten Schreber:A Miner’s House Renovation
Alejandra Prieto Black Tears
César Barros Suspended Artifacts
Alfredo Thiermann Artifact Nº 1
Lars Graugaard Palpitations
Alex Harsley &Dawoud Bey Philip Johnson in Moma’s Garden
Lebbeus Woods The Storm /  La Chute

 

Featured Image : “The Storm” Lebbeus Woods, drawing, 2001. Image courtesy Aleksandra Wagner.