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In-Between program: Let the Bidding Begin & Sonic Sea

WhiteBox presents In-between program series Let the Bidding Begin & Sonic Sea   Tuesday, May 31 | 6 – 9pm Let the Bidding Begin   Giovanna Olmos | Johan Wahlstrom | Li Guangming Three act performance inspired from the current art… Continue reading

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WhiteBoxLab >> SoundLounge : Operatic Series : Mysterium Novum

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WhiteBoxLab >> SoundLounge : Operatic Series presents

in collaboration with The Nouveau Classical Project

Mysterium Novum

 

Live Performances (Click here for tickets; free for kids under 18):
June 25th at 8pm
June 26th at 6pm & 8pm

Open House Installation (free admission):
On June 26 from 12pm-5pm, the visual installation portion of Mysterium Novum will be free and open to the public and feature recorded music (no live musicians)

WhiteBox
329 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002

The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) presents Mysterium Novum, an immersive art installation and concert experience inspired by synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon where stimulation of one sense involuntarily triggers another.  Synesthetic artists often find their condition to be a natural source of inspiration in their work, such as composer Alexander Scriabin, who related colors to music and believed his synesthesia heightened his intake and creation of art.  Mysterium Novum is a new interpretation of Scriabin’s Mysterium, an unrealized production that was designed to simulate the synesthetic experience.

Mysterium Novum features a forest of lush ribbons by the synesthetic artist Anne Patterson (2013 Artist-in-Residence at Grace Cathedral) embedded with 10 instrumentalists performing a new piece with electronics by Paul Haas (“Visionary”-Time Out New York), scents and costumes by Atelier de Geste (Art and Olfaction Award nominee), and lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (MET Museum, BAM, St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Kitchen).  Audience members can freely roam around this forest and touch reactive flowers created by Joel Mellin (Head of Technology at Sudden Industries).

Installation Anne Patterson
Music Paul Haas (World Premiere), performed by The Nouveau Classical Project
Scents and Costumes Atelier de Geste
Interactive Technology Joel Mellin
Lighting Design Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew

The Nouveau Classical Project
Marina Kifferstein, violin
Frederique Gnaman, violin
Hannah Levinson, viola
Jillian Bloom, cello
Shawn Lovato, bass
Laura Cocks, flute
Stuart Breczinski, oboe
Isabel Kim, clarinet
Mara Mayer, clarinet
Sugar Vendil, piano

ARTIST BIOS

The Nouveau Classical Project is a contemporary classical music ensemble and production hub where music intersects with fashion and art.  Led by Artistic Director and Pianist Sugar Vendil, we create compelling concerts through dynamic collaborations.  Our roots in working with fashion designers evolved into commissioning a variety of artists in our continual exploration of imaginative ways to present and experience new music.

NCP has performed at exciting venues such as (le) poisson rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Korea Gallery, Symphony Space, The Center for Fiction, and Issue Project Room as part of MATA’s Interval series.  Fashion collaborations include CFDA winner Pamela Love, Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones, Kempner Collection, Ecco Domani winner Novis, Tanya Taylor, and more.  Our projects are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and other generous foundations and individual donors. nouveauclassical.org

Anne Patterson, has created incredibly varied works; from technologically advanced performances such as Mercury Soul at New World Symphony, to productions of Cabaret at Arena Stage, to large scale installations. Her theatrical and symphonic partnerships have included major venues across the United States: Avery Fisher Hall, Arena Stage, The Wilma Theater, The Kennedy Center, Alliance Theater, and prestigious symphonies throughout the country (San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago). Anne’s music–inspired installation, Graced With Light, created as the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco was extremely popular and featured nearly 20 miles of multi-colored  ribbons cascading from the church’s vaulted ceiling arches. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures at Dillon Gallery, Denise Bibro, and Wallspace in New York City; The Shaw Room and Gallery 112 in Atlanta, GA; and the Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence, RI. BA Architecture, Yale University; MFA Set and Costume Design, Slade School of Art, London UK.

According to The New York TimesPaul Haas (www.paulhaas.com) “is surely on the brink of a noteworthy career.” Time Out New York calls him a “visionary.” The world premiere of his 80-minute concert event ARCO took place on the opening night of the Park Avenue Armory’s Tune-In Music Festival, ranked by New York’s WQXR as The Top New Music Event of 2011. Haas is the founder and Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed Sympho, a groundbreaking ensemble that creates live orchestral experiences for the 21st century by placing classical music in new contexts (www.symphoconcerts.org). In October 2013, Haas was commissioned by San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral to create a 70-minute musical installation, which was presented in collaboration with artist Anne Patterson’s stunning visual textures. And after his first installation (2012) in the Oliver Ranch Foundation’s Tower (a monolithic eight-story, 80-foot tall sculpture and performance venue designed by Ann Hamilton in California’s wine country that has hosted concerts by such artistic luminaries as Meredith Monk and the Kronos Quartet), Haas has been singled out as the only artist ever to be re-commissioned by the ORF, creating yet another immersive, site-specific concert experience at the Tower in September 2014.

Beau Rhee (Atelier de Geste) is a Designer, Artist, and Choreographer. Her work stems from choreographic ideas that are expressed in gestural, colorist and geometric themes. Objects and garments, scents, and wearable art pieces are often created for her performances. These pieces are the origin for Atelier de Geste, her design studio & brand. Rhee’s first scent and design work was shown at her MFA thesis exhibition at the Haute école d’art et de design de Genève (University of Art & Design Geneva) in Foundation Kugler in 2012, and have since been exhibited as works of art alongside her performances at Hammer Museum LA, Baryshnikov Art Center, Musée d’art et d’histoire, and la Maison Blanche de le Corbusier among others. Her work has been featured in British Vogue, Coolhunting, Elle, and the Art & Olfaction Awards. Rhee completed her BA at Barnard College, Columbia University in Art History & Dance in 2007. She currently lives and works in NYC. www.atelierdegeste.com

Joel Mellin is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist whose exploratory career has taken him from NASA space science engineering to studying with the musicians in the remote villages of Bali, Indonesia.  He is a visual artist/composer/musician/sound artist/instrument builder. His work has been performed in the US at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The Smithsonian Institute (DC), the Princeton Festival (NJ), the Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Hartwick College, Adelphi University, and the Gershwin Hotel (NY). Internationally, his work has been featured in the Dublin Fringe and Dance Festivals and with the indie-pop-friendly London-based music label Where It’s At Is Where You Are. In 2009, Oakland-based Kolourmeim Press published a limited edition book and companion CD entitled, Compositions For Computer: Volume 1. He is currently the Head of Technology at the NYC-based digital agency Sudden Industries (www.suddenindustries.com). Find out more information about Joel and his various projects at www.joelmellin.com.

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew is a NYC based lighting designer in opera, theater, dance, and installation.  Her work was described as “…contains the vibrant richness of a Caravaggio painted in neon.” Her designs have been seen in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Rose Theater Jazz at Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), HERE Arts Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, La Mama ETC, The Kitchen, ArtsEmerson, Manhattan School of Music, Joyce SOHO, Bard Music Festival, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, and internationally at Havana, Prague, Lima, Graz and Edinburgh. Recent: Tan Dun’s Water Passion and Lang Lang In Concert at MET Museum, Sam Falls’September Spring, Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande at the Waterfront Barge Museum, the premiere of Stephan Weisman’s Scarlet Ibis and Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint with Prototype, HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale with Alan Gilbert and Doug Fitch, Schubert’s Fierrabras with Leon Botstein, Gotham Opera’s Orientale, Jonathan Dawe’s Cosi Faran Tutti, Aaron Siegel’s Brother Brother, and Don Quijote de la Mancha: Romances y Musicias with Jordi Savall. Recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program. www.jeanetteyew.com

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On View Now | 585,000 m2 – History of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest A Mixed Media Exhibition

WhiteBox Presents In association with The Balassi Institute- Hungarian Cultural Center 585,000 m2 History of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest A Mixed Media Exhibition April 7-21, 2016 Wednesday through Sunday 11am – 6pm Participating Artists Zsuzsi Flóhr, Zsófia Szemző, Márton Szirmai,… Continue reading

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585,000 m2 – History of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest A Mixed Media Exhibition

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WhiteBox Presents
In association with The Balassi Institute- Hungarian Cultural Center

585,000 m2
History of the Jewish Quarter of Budapest
A Mixed Media Exhibition

April 7-21, 2016

OPENING – Thursday, April 7 | 6-8pm

Participating Artists
Zsuzsi Flóhr, Zsófia Szemző, Márton Szirmai, Dániel Halász, István Illés, Levente Csordás in collaboration with Miklós Mendrei and Benjamin Kalászi, Balázs Varjú Tóth, Mátyás Csiszár along with Csaba Kalotás (music) and Éva Szombat (photo).

 

585,000 m2 examines the symbolic spaces and the inscriptions of history -from the pre-World War 2 period to the present-found in the Jewish Quarter in the 7th district of Budapest, through visual art statements. The title is a reference to the massive surface area of the Quarter, a dense urban neighborhood overflowing with signifiers.

The curators invited nine young Hungarian artists to reflect upon particular buildings and discover the stories behind them, in their own artistic tone, using mostly visual media to mediate between past and present, history and art, artist and society. The conceptual installations and mixed media works operate as visual manifestos to alert the audience to both the history-defying existence of the Quarter itself, where Jews and non-Jews now once more converge, and the revival of cultural, religious, and social life rooted in the history of cohabitation before and after the Shoah.

The diversity of the Quarter is mirrored by the variegated techniques of the participating artists. Coming from different fields of contemporary arts, the most important intersection of the contributors is the Quarter itself, the space that beyond a geographical location operates as an irreducible excess. This excess contains the survival and revival of those marked for death but also the unquantifiable violence unleashed on the area and its inhabitants during World War 2, as well as, more recently, of the co-existence of traditional and experimental cultural life. Through the past decade the Quarter transformed itself and became the place that it is today, forming the identity of another generation of young Hungarians, among them the artists who now propose their statements, drawing on both cultural and personal memory.

Mixing archival and present-day frames with individual video installations, the exhibition invites the audience to step into the Quarter, to experience its bustling religious and cultural life and the artists’ transformative vision of this life. The video installations focus on individual buildings, their functions today, and on how the stories that can be told about them give rise to a vision of the Quarter. They also document, without looking away, the radical interventions to which it was subjected by the perpetrators of the Shoah, leaving an indelible mark on private and public spaces alike. Each installation provides a unique and idiosyncratic portrait of the spaces, showing the effects of time and how the present faces, accepts, and adopts the past.

Curated by:
Andrea Ausztrics, Historian and Media Artist
Zita Mara Vadász, Curator, Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center, New York

Contact:
press@whiteboxny
Presented by Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center and WhiteBox, in association with Tom Lantos Institute, the Consulate General of Hungary in New York, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, the Hungarian National Tourist Office in New York.

The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the Arts

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Today – Armory Arts Week LES Sunday 11am to 8pm

                    MUTED SITUATION #2: MUTED LION DANCE BY SAMSON YOUNG FOR WHITEBOX Curated by Lara Pan Opening reception SUNDAY MARCH 6th | 12-8PM Performance by Samson Young | 2pm Live transmission… Continue reading

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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.

 

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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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GUEST PERFORMANCES – Isaac Aden & Jon Tsoi

Special Performance Event November 15th   5:30 ISAAC ADEN NIETZSCHE’S HORSE      WITH ROB SHIPIRO AS FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE “On 3 January 1889, Nietzsche suffered a mental collapse. Two policemen approached him after he caused a public disturbance in the streets… Continue reading

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The New York Times – Art Review

A lively, messy scrapbook of a show, “The Last Party” surveys, as per its subtitle, the “Influence of New York’s Club Culture: Mid-70s to Early ’90s.” Presenting photographs, videos, paintings and a re-creation of the Mars Bar, the famous dive… Continue reading

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Intimate Transgressions

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WhiteBox and CAPA (Center for Asia Pacific Affairs) present

Intimate Transgressions

On view September 3rd through October 4th 2015
Preview – meet the artists | September 3rd | 6-8pm
Opening Reception – meet the curators + performances | September 9th | 6-8pm

Panel Discussion – The Act of Doing, hosted by Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art – Brooklyn Museum Thursday, October 1st | 7-9pm

Introduction by Marjorie Martay founder of Art W and council member of the Elizabeth A . Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Co-moderated by Fion Gunn and Anita Glesta.
Panelists: Eleanor Heartney / Luisa Valenzuela / Shirin Neshat

Andi Arnovitz | A.N.V.I.L. Art Collective | Niamh Cunningham | Regina José Galindo | Anita Glesta | Fion Gunn | Jusuf Hadžifejzović | Nermine Hammam | Šejla Kamerić | Teresa Margolles Elahe MassumiSusana Pilar Delahante Matienzo | Chen Mei-Tsen | Chen Qingqing | Atsuko Nakamura | Gail Ritchie | Yoshiko Shimada | Xin Song | Michael Lisle-Taylor Jelena TomasevicMa Yanling | Gao Yuan

Press

Sinovision English Channel, Intimate Transgressions: Investigating Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War

Women’s Voices for Change, Art and Awareness: the Making of ‘Intimate Transgressions’ – Part 1, by Suzanne Russell

Women’s Voices for Change, Art and Awareness: the Making of ‘Intimate Transgressions’ – Part 2, by Suzanne Russell

Release – August 28th 2015
New York City – Intimate Transgressions is a multimedia exhibition of twenty-two artists from around the world responding to the challenging theme of sexual violence as a tactic of terror. The exhibition is presented by WhiteBox and CAPA. The artworks on display react to the transnational issue of violence against women during times of conflict from both a historical and contemporary perspective. As a starting point for Intimate Transgressions, the disturbing situation of the ‘Comfort Women’ during and after WWII is also the project’s central highlight. This open-ended investigation includes performance, installations, and a series of concurrent talks and workshops. The premiere at WhiteBox opens the Intimate Transgressions word tour followed by Beijing on October 25 th , 2015.

The exhibition was conceived by international artist curator Fion Gunn in association with Juan Puntes, WhiteBox Artistic Director. Commenting on the need for such an exhibition, Fion Gunn said:

The opening of Intimate Transgressions on September 3rd, 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of Japan signing the armistice with the allied forces during World War II. Researching this historic period and uncovering the disturbing plight of the so called ‘Comfort Women’ made me realize that sexual violence against women during periods of war continues to this day and it is an outrage which is not being eradicated. With Intimate Transgressions, the issue has been raised and dialogue initiated as part of a movement to protect women from such crimes”

The artists involved in the exhibition come from as far afield as China, Egypt, Cuba, Mexico, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The work is diverse and covers a range of media and styles from drawing and print to installation and video. The cohesion of the exhibition is its desire to initiate a dialogue about conflict and violence against women from a global and shared oppositional stance

Curated by Fion Gunn and Juan Puntes

Contact : press@whiteboxny.org

Educational Film Links on Comfort Women:

Arirang Special “Comfort Women” One Last Cry by Taeyeol Park

‘Comfort Women’  by KRON TV reportage

‘An Uncomfortable Truth’  an fiction film by Jan Ruff O’Herne

Comfort Woman-Wian Bu by James Bang

About “Comfort Women”:

These women principally from Korea, China, the Philippines, Taiwan and other countries occupied by the Japanese, were abducted, forced into sexual slavery and treated with such extreme brutality, that most did not survive the war. Following the end of hostilities their plight was side-lined, no one was held accountable for their sufferings and their story was wiped from Japanese history books by those in power. While the exhibition investigates individual and collective accountability, it is not intended as a documentary of horrors. Rather it will speak of loss and resilience, of sorrow and our shared humanity.

Intimate Transgressions is supported by CAPA (Center for Asia Pacific Affairs), the Irish Consulate in New York and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

 The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council for the arts.

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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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