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Walter Benjamin Opera: Port Bou by Elliott Sharp

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Performance: December 7, 2016 | 8pm

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The opera PORT BOU by Elliott Sharp presents the last moments in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin at Port-Bou in 1940 as he was fleeing Nazi-occupied France. The work features the astounding Nicholas Isherwood, bass/baritone, the virtuosi Jenny Lin, piano, and William Schimmel, accordion, as well as Sharp’s recorded electroacoustic sound files and the video sets and settings of Janene Higgins.

In his spoken introduction to the Berlin performance of PORT BOU, Volker Schlörndorf, director of The Tin Drum stated:  “Anybody’s agony, the night before closing the door on the world, is hard to transcribe in musical notes, I thought, even more so a philosopher’s Angst. Yet, it can be done, and his voice, this particular voice, roaming a hotel room in exile, is proof of it. A metaphysical achievement.”

The Final Moments in Benjamin’s Life

What might we surmise about the internal state of a man deciding that life is no longer livable, especially when that man is Walter Benjamin in 1940 in the border town of Port Bou, attempting escape? As the Second World War was increasing in magnitude it was not uncommon for Jewish writers, artists, and professionals to carry the means of suicide with them, believing it to be preferable to internment and torture at the hands of the Nazis. This was a time of desperation and götterdämmerung was in the air, whether global or personal.

Benjamin was unafraid to delve into the myriad philosophies and modes of living presented to him but never would fully give himself to any of them. Whether it was domestic tranquility, mysteries of the Kabbala, political Zionism, the erotic, pure Communism, or academic abstraction, all offered seductions and enticements but never enough for a complete commitment. Benjamin was solipsistic and sybaritic, sufficiently fulfilled by his solitary obsessions and interests to remain an autonomous free-agent. His strengths were of the esthetic, the cerebral, not those of a man who might suffer and fight for his ideals.

While attempting to reach Lisbon and from there, ship’s passage to America, Benjamin attained a realization that the obstacles to his salvation were insurmountable. Then and there, he chose to submit by the obvious means at hand to remove himself from conflicts both internal and external. We might see this as an act of exhaustion, not a willful exit but a collapse of will, the loss of inner reserve.

In PORT BOU, Sharp attempts to manifest this state, all taking place in the last few minutes of real-time for Benjamin. As composer and author, he acts as an antenna for the imagined emanations of Benjamin’s distress and translate them to the frequencies of music and drama. Benjamin was heroic in his thoughts but PORT BOU does not attempt to make a hero of the man. He is yet another innocent casualty of a great tragedy, one in which he might never have imagined himself a protagonist.


ELLIOTT SHARP is a central figure in the avant-garde music scene in New York City for over thirty years, Elliott Sharp leads the projects Orchestra Carbon, SysOrk, Tectonics and Terraplane, and has pioneered the application of fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition. Winner of the 2015 Berlin Prize in Music and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, Sharp has has been featured in the Darmstadt and Donaueschingen festivals, New Music Stockholm, Au Printemps-Paris, Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale, and the Venice Biennale. His Storm of the Eye, composed for Hilary Hahn, appeared on her Grammy-winning album In 27 Pieces. His opera Port Bou premiered in NYC in 2014 and in Berlin in 2015. Sharp’s range of collaborators have included Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Ensemble Modern; Debbie Harry; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; RadioSinfonie Frankfurt; jazz greats Jack Dejohnette and Sonny Sharrock; JACK Quartet; turntable innovator Christian Marclay; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jahjouka, Morocco. His work is the subject of the documentary Doing The Don’t and he has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”. Installations include Foliage, Fluvial, Chromatine, and Tag. His Cryptid Fragments was included in the Bitstreams show at the Whitney Museum. 

JANENE HIGGINS is a graphic designer and video artist based in NYC. Her short videos have been presented in festivals and galleries internationally. In the realm of video performance, she has collaborated with many of New York’s preeminent composers and improvisors of New Music. Her work as a graphic artist and designer of motion graphics has been featured in major magazines, CD covers, and the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue.

NICHOLAS ISHERWOOD is a US-born bass singer, who specialises in contemporary and baroque music. Notable roles include “Lucifer” in the world premieres of Stockhausen’s Montag, Dienstag, and Freitag from Licht at La Scala and the Leipzig Opera, and in Donnerstag aus Licht at Covent Garden. Isherwood has worked with Joel Cohen, William Christie, Peter Eötvös, Paul McCreesh, Nicholas McGegan, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky as well as composers Sylvano Bussotti, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, Olivier Messiaen, Giacinto Scelsi, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Iannis Xenakis in venues such as La Scala, Covent Garden, the Théatre des Champs Elysées, Salzburg Festival, Concertgebouw, Berlin Staatsoper, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tanglewood).  His operatic roles include: “Antinoo” in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria with Boston Baroque; “Claudio” in Händel’s Agrippina with Nicholas McGegan; “Satiro” in Rossi’s Orfeo and “Pan” in Marais’ Alcione with Les Arts Florissants; “Joas” in Porpora’s Il Gedeone with Martin Haselböck; “Frère Léon” in Saint François d’Assise in the last composer supervised production; “Der Tod” in the two productions of Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and 2e2m, “Roméo” in Dusapin’s Roméo et Juliette at the Avignon Festival; “Lear” in Hosokawa’s Vision of Lear for the Munich Biennale; “Il Testimone” in Bussotti’s Tieste at the Rome Opera, and “Micromégas” in Mefano’s Micromégas. Recent performances include works by Sylvano Bussotti at the Stockholm New Music Festival in 2008.

JENNY LIN was born in Taiwan and raised in Austria and the USA. She began her piano studies at the age of 4. She received an Artist Diploma from Peabody Conservatory and also holds a bachelor’s degree in German Literature from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked with Richard Goode and Blanca Uribe in New York, and with Leon Fleisher, Dimitri Bashkirov and Andreas Staier at the Fondazione Internazionale per il Pianoforte in Cadenabbia, Italy. Jenny Lin’s concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, MoMA, Whitney Museum, National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery, and to festivals worldwide including the Chopin Festival in Austria, Ars Musica Festivals in Belgium, Shanghai New Music Festival, Divonne Festival in France, Schleswig-Holstein, Potsdam and Husum Festivals in Germany, Millennium Festival in Spain, and Festival Archipel in Switzerland.

WILLIAM SCHIMMEL, accordion, is one of the principal architects in the resurgence of the accordion, the revival of the Tango in America and the philosphy of Musical Reality (composition with pre-existing music). He has performed with most major symphony orchestras in the United States as well as virtually every chamber and new music group in New York. He is the founder of the Tango Project and worked with John Cale, Sting and Tom Waits, who made the legendary statement: “Bill Schimmel doesn’t play the accordion, he is an accordion”.

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EAR TO THE EARTH – GET TOGETHER #4 | CROSSING BRIDGES

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 Ear to the Earth presents

Get Together #4 | Crossing bridges

 

…from one idea to the next

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5TH | 8PM

This is a party and presentations. We’ll drink, talk, look, celebrate and listen to sound and all kinds of artists who will share their works with us.

  Joseph Bertolozzi | Tower Music

Lorin Roser | Architura
Aviva Rahmani | The Blued Trees Symphony
David Rothenberg | My Big Night Out

 

 

 

Psychlotron*

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PSYCHLOTRON*

PERFORMANCES

Tomchess & Daniel Carter | Thomas Albrecht

Houston Bower | Storyboard P

Saturday, October 1

8 – 11:30 pm

“Where passive imprints and involuntary social conditioning can be dissolved; where human elements can be freed and accelerated to higher states of intensity and recorded”.

A term borrowed from Timothy Leary which he borrowed from quantum particle physics. In a partial collider the final area of contact has a spiral of magnets called a cyclotron. In this case, the experiment is the performing arts and we- the attendees are the particles colliding together. One never knows exactly what will happen.
John Bonafede has made and produced performance events in NYC for 20 years including his Psychlotron* series. Happenings at art galleries and alternative art spaces in Manhattan, Brooklyn and overseas make each event unique.

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Having known and played music with each other in multiple settings over the last 18 years, American free jazz saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player Daniel Carter and NYC based Multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Tomchess, here playing Oud, Neyand Morsing, bring their deep love and extensive experience with the art of improvised musics wherever they play. Here in a quartet setting filled out by Percussionist Dan Kurfirst and Upright bassist Zachary Swanson, the musical journey is certain to be unique and highly engaging.

NYC based Multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Tomchess has played and recorded with some of the heaviest players in the improvisational scene (Dewey Redman, Butch Morris, Pharoah Sanders, Drew Gress, Ronald Shannon Jackson), as well as Morrocan Sintarist Hassan Hakmoun. Having deeply studied the Near Eastern, and North African traditions his sound encompasses the tonal palette, rhythms, and forms of these traditional musics while never losing sight of his American roots and the importance and freedom of improvising. He has performed in Africa, Canada, Holland, India and Italy. He has performed at Lincoln Center, The David Rubinstein Atrium, The Turkish Embassy, The Pakastani Embassy, the Asian Society, The Natural History Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, The Himalayan Museum of Art and The United Nations among countless other venues in NYC and the United States. He has performed on NPR and PBS. He has played on Grammy Nominated recordings. He has been awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and The Maryland Council For The Arts. He was nominated for an 2012 Independent Music Award.

Daniel Carter is an American free jazz saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s. Daniel is a prolific performer and has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, The Negatones, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Soul-Junk, Anne Waldman, Cooper-Moore, Matthew Shipp and scientist/musician Matthew Putman among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups Test, Other Dimensions In Music, odon and Ghost Moth.

Thomas Albrecht’s performance projects have explored ritual and language in public spaces, galleries, and museums, prodding cultural beliefs and individual doubts. Current interests involve duration and elements of Absurdist Theatre, laying bare contingency in human constructions and slippage between truth and fiction. Albrecht has performed throughout the United States and internationally, notably at Grace Exhibition Space (New York), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago), Panoply Performance Laboratory (New York), Dimanche Rouge Paris, and during festivals such as the Brooklyn International Performing Arts Festival, Month of Performance Art Berlin, and Performatorio IV in the Dominican Republic. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University where he served as the Menil Scholar in residence, and his MFA from the University of Washington. He serves as Assistant Dean in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and Associate Professor in the Art Department, at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Houston Bowery (aka Alexcalibur) is a tectonic force of nature. At once both flamboyant and understated, he brings a physicality to his musical performances with a certainty that is undeniable. Whether with a music band or solo, the surreal lyrics are given wings with a baritone range turning in an aerial dogfight.

26 years old, Storyboard P is a new state-of-the-art model of performance art. Dubbed the Basquiat of street dance by The New Yorker, he’s elevating the genre and conversation while creating a new lexicon along the way.

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The programs of WhiteBox are made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

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WhiteBoxLab>>Critical Thursdays

The Art Markets Are Present Carla Gannis, Brian L. Frye,Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky & Tim Schneider Thursday, August 25 | 7 pm Special presentation discussing the intersection between art, technology, and business.  Followed by a panel discussion with the artists and… Continue reading

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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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In-between Program Series: 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 market trends and political landscape.

Act I | 6pm
Untitled (How to sell a digital painting) conceived by Giovanna Olmos

Act II | 7pm
Per Square Inch is a staged art auction that artist Johan Wahlstrom imagined. For this performance he collaborates with artist Marina Markovic and actress Katie Apicella.

Act III | 8:30pm

Special performance by Li Guangming. Inspired by nature and Daoist thought Li Guangming will do a performance and the audience will be invited to bid per square foot.

Special thanks to Barbara and Ed Jr. from Stonewallfarms.net | Jeffersonville NY

Conceived by Lara Pan

Wednesday, June 1 | 7pm

Sonic Sea

A Film by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Imaginary Forces (IF), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs.

Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the story of Ken Balcomb, a former US Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery involving a mass stranding of whales in the Bahamas—and changed forever the way we understand our impact on the ocean. In the darkness of the sea, whales depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, raise their young and defend against predators. But over the last century, human activity has transformed the oceanʼs delicate acoustic habitat, challenging the ability of whales and other marine life to prosper, and ultimately to survive. Sonic Sea offers solutions and hope for a quieter ocean, and underscores that the oceanʼs destiny is inextricably bound with our own. Sonic Sea is narrated by Rachel McAdams and features the musician, human rights and environmental activist, Sting, in addition to the renowned ocean experts Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Paul Spong, Dr. Christopher Clark and Jean-Michel Cousteau. The film was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces in association the with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Diamond Docs. Sonic Sea was directed and produced by Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfeld, written by Mark Monroe (The Cove, Racing Extinction) and scored by the Grammy-winning composer Heitor Pereira (Minions, Itʼs Complicated).

 

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An Evening with Archie Shepp

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Join New York Art Lovers March 29th in
celebration of Archie Shepp
before him being honored with an NEA
(National Endowment for the Arts’ Jazz Master’s award)
in Washington DC on April 2nd.

Evening starts at 7:30PM
with guided tour of the exhibition with
Archie Sheep, Nile Rodgers and Jean Pierre Muller

Dinner at 8PM
A culinary performance by Jon Tsoi
+ a signed limited edition serigraph by
Jean-Pierre Muller and Archie Shepp

Beer provided by Paulaner
Wines provided by Martin C. Liu, President of the Board

Live Jazz performance to follow dinner by Archie Shepp,
Amina Claudine Myers, Tom McClung, and special guests.

Location: WhiteBox @ 329 Broome St (Between Bowery & Chrystie)

Limited Dinner Seating
RSVP
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$250 dinner, drinks + Ltd Ed print

Link to buy dinner tickets 

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Link to donate for performance event @ 10pm – Suggested Donation $25 Students, $50 General Public, $100 w/ Signed Unlimited Print

Press on Masha Alyokhina introducing Balkans Women’s Museum in Montenegro @ WBX winter benefit event hosted by Artnet

Artnet Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina on Her Plans for a Women’s Museum Independent Pussy Riot to open ‘women’s­only’ museum Агентство ФрансПресс Les Pussy Riot veulent créer un musée 100% féminin Rolling Stone Pussy Riot Plan to Open ‘Women­Only’ Museum in… Continue reading

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RECYCLING RELIGION

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RECYCLING RELIGION
December 13 – January 17, 2016

 

Opening reception / Meet the artists.
Join for a conversation with Masha Alyokhina.
Sunday Dec. 13, 5-8 pm

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Punk Prayer by Pussy Riot

 

Press on Recycling Religion 

 

Artnet News, Pussy Riot’s, Maria Alyokhina on Her Plans for a Women’s Museum, by Cait Munro

 

Press Release

 

Recycling Religion examines the role of religion in Russia and Eastern Europe since the collapse of the Soviet empire. Paradoxically in the modern age, the once repressed and dormant Orthodox Church has evolved in the past quarter century to become an intrinsic and powerful extension of the State, commanding broad influence over life beyond its purely spiritual role.

 

From art and entertainment to dress code, and numerous other aspects of personal behavior, this essentially anachronistic religion insinuates its moralizing, oppressive influence and rancid style into life at large.

 

In the case of art, the Church goes to extreme lengths to impose and control popular taste, to the inevitable disgust of a new generation of artists—a stellar and representative group of which is represented in this exhibition—who dare to employ Orthodox imagery and symbolism to undermine the established religious canon and the dystopia it fosters in harness with state power.

 

To such artists, the Church is but a hollow vessel that sustains itself only with elaborate stage sets and costumes, outdated ritual, and severe moralizing. However, it is their contention that while the regurgitated apparatus of the official Church represents a moribund ideology, it serves also as a foil by which art can transcend tradition and discover the new-within-the-old.

 

This subterfuge is depicted vividly, and in fact compassionately, in this exhibition, in which, through installation, performance, video, and graphic art, the conservative and radical poles of post-Soviet society are shown to in fact interact. As one allegedly spiritual force engages in tearing the world apart while pretending to mend it, another, more pragmatic, biological force appeals to the need to rebuild society out of the ruins of Orthodoxy, thus recycling religion, rather than eradicating it entirely.

 

Marat Guelman / Juan Puntes.

 

Recycling Religion Artists

 

Pussy Riot, Oleg Kulik, Dmitri Gutov, Iija Soskic,
Jelena Tomasevic, Recycle Group, Alexander Kosolapov, Duke Riley + Mac Premo, Federico Solmi, Robert Priseman, ANVIL Collective, Electroboutique,
Vladimir Kozin, Pavel Brat, Arsen Savadov

 

 

Press contact : press@whiteboxny.org

 

Recycling Religion  is supported in part by Dukley European Art Community, Martin C. Liu and WhiteBox board members

 

 

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

 

Special thanks to Postmasters Gallery, Richard Taittinger Gallery, and Magnan Metz Gallery
Special thanks to media sponsor artnet
                    Martin C. Liu and Associates

 

Winter Benefit – Honoring Pussy Riot

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Winter Benefit

 

Honoring Pussy Riot

 

With the WhiteBox / Martin C. Liu
Arts & Humanity Award

 

Punk Prayer by Pussy Riot

 

Wednesday December 16, 2015

 

@ 8pm

 

Cocktail reception, dinner & art raffle

 

Conversation with Masha Alyokhina / Pussy Riot
and special guests

 

Eleanor Heartney

 

Carolee Schneemann

 

Martha Wilson

 

Dread Scott

 

Marjorie Martay

 

 Press on Pussy Riot:

 

The Daily Beast, Why Pussy Riot Won’t Stop Fighting, by Anthony Haden-Guest

 

 Artnet News, Pussy Riot’s, Maria Alyokhina on Her Plans for a Women’s Museum, by Cait Munro

 

Location: Artnet Headquarters 233 Broadway NY NY 10007

Contribution Information:

Link to support WhiteBox at $300

Link to support WhiteBox as an artist at $100

Wine:

Meursault Les Meix Chavaux – 2013

Chateau Meyney Prieur de Meyney – 2005

Dinner catered by Plataforma

Introduction by Marat Guelman and Masha Alyokhina on new Balkans Women’s Museum

 

Donations include a chance to win an original artwork by:

Mary Mattingly

 Duke Riley / Mac Premo

Eduardo Gil

 

Link to exhibition with Pussy Riot press release
Press contact : press@whiteboxny.org

 

Recycling Religion  is supported in part by Dukley European Art Community, Martin C. Liu Associates and WhiteBox board members

 

 

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

 

Special thanks to Postmasters Gallery, Richard Taittinger Gallery, and Magnan Metz Gallery
Special thanks to media sponsor artnet
                   Martin C. Liu and Associates

 

Satellite Art Fair – Miami FL – WhiteBox and Dukley European Art Community

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WhiteBox presents in collaboration with Dukley European Art Community

 

 
Recycling Religion
@
Satellite Art Fair
Miami  – Dec. 1st-6th
The Deauville Parking Garage
6625 Indian Creek Drive | Miami Beach, FL

 

 

PREVIEW AND OPENING
Tuesday, December 1 | 4:00pm to 10:00pm

 

GENERAL HOURS
Wednesday, December 2 | 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Thursday, December 3 | 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday, December 4 | 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, December 5 | 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday, December 6 | 12:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Recycling Religion Artists

 

Vladimir Kozin, Pavel Brat, Pussy Riot, Oleg Kulik, Dmitri Gutov, Iija Soskic,
Jelena Tomasevic, Recycle Group, Alexander Kosolapov, Duke Riley + Mac Premo, Federico Solmi, Robert Priseman, ANVIL Collective, Electroboutique, Arsen Savadov

 

Curated by Marat Guelman and Juan Puntes

 

 

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Complimentary Art Fair Shuttle Service

 

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Press contact : press@whiteboxny.org

 

Recycling Religion  is supported in part by Dukely European Art Community and WhiteBox board members
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
Special thanks to Postmasters Gallery, Richard Taittinger Gallery, and Magnan Metz Gallery
Special thanks to media sponsor artnet

 

                   

 

Special Guest Performance – ISAAC ADEN – NIETZSCHE’S HORSE

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Special Guest Performance

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 of Turin. What happened remains unknown, but an often-repeated tale from shortly after his death states that Nietzsche witnessed the flogging of a horse at the other end of the Piazza Carlo Alberto, ran to the horse, threw his arms up around its neck to protect it, and then collapsed to the ground.”[1]

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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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Live performance – Jon Tsoi – Slicing Space

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WhiteBox presents

JON TSOI

Slicing Space

Recent Performative Paintings
 

Nov. 15th – Dec. 9thOpening reception
Sunday Nov. 15TH | 6-8PM
Curated by Kevin Alexander

Press contact : press@whiteboxny.org

 

JON TSOI : BLINDFOLDED is made possible in part by anonymous supporters and WhiteBox board members

 

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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Ilija Šoškić : WBX at PERFORMA15 Maximum Energy – Minimum Time

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WhiteBox at PERFORMA15 presents

Ilija Šoškić: INTERSECTIONS – Milk and Silk

(Homage to Mayakovsky and related actions)

FINAL PERFORMANCE

Maximum Energy – Minimum Time

Saturday, Nov. 21, 6pm-9pm

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Ilija Šoškić draws excerpts from past works–Conversation, Controversy, Arm-wrestling and Maximum Energy – Minimum Time–to be performed anew, reinterpreting those seminal actions within the context of the present.

The performance Maximum Energy – Minimum Time adapts its costuming commemorate the suicide of Vladimir Mayakovsky, a Russian Soviet poet. Dressed in a Red Army uniform, Šoškić performed Mayakovsky’s death, where he fashioned himself a soldier. Šoškić does not mourn Mayakovsky, nor does he create a martyr’s sage out of his “soldier’s death”. For him, Mayakovsky is here a vital figure, a true militant poet.

Image credit: Ilija Šoškić, Maximum Energy – Minimum Time, 1975; courtesy of the artist and White Box.

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WhiteBoxLab>>Sound Lounge

Chartwell

WhiteBoxLab>>Sound Lounge presents

Another Realm
Quintet of the Americas with guests: Chartwell Dutiro, TIMBILA, Susan Jolles

Thursday, September 17th 2015 | 7:30pm
Donation ticketed seating $10 @ the door

Release – August 20th 2015
New York City – WhiteBoxLab>>Sound Lounge is pleased to present Chartwell Dutiro, Timbila Susan Jolles and Quintet of the Americas. WhiteBox hosts a special night of musical collaboration featuring Zimbabwean mbira sounds, Afrodelic Xylo-pop, harp and Western Woodwinds. WhiteBoxLab aims to create a laboratory approach to expose artists working in temporal mediums such as performance, sound art, and literary arts, while providing a platform for audiences to experience distinguished artists’ practices, often times within the realm of ongoing visual art exhibitions in the WhiteBox gallery spaces.

CHARTWELL DUTIRO – Zimbabwean mbira master
Chartwell Dutiro is one of Zimbabwe’s foremost mbira players. He has played the sacred instrument of the Shona people in traditional settings since childhood. He and his brother would often play mbira all night, calling the ancestral spirits for guidance, as has been done in Zimbabwe for many centuries. He toured the world from 1986-1994 with the legendary Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. Since 1993, Chartwell has lived in the UK, pursuing both traditional and modern Zimbabwean music, and building bridges through his music.

TIMBILA – Afrodelic Xylo-pop
TIMBILA [tim-BEE-lah] reinvents some of the most beautiful music traditions of southern Africa, with an East Village edge. The surreal buzzing beauty of TIMBILA “blazing ecstatic African rock with an East Village edge” and hypnotic dream melodies of mbira soar with stinging guitar riffs and celestial vocals in grooves that are deeply funky, fierce and danceable. No other band sounds like TIMBILA. The band started in 1997 with Nora Balaban, Banning Eyre and Dirck Westervelt in Harare, Zimbabwe. Balaban, a veteran of CBGB’s punk and San Francisco’s “worldbeat” scene in the 1980s plays mbira (Shona thumb piano) and timbila (Chopi xylophone). Eyre, a writer and producer for public radio’s Afropop Worldwide, plays guitar, and Westervelt banjo and bass. Louisa Bradshaw, vocalist, has contributed to the band over eight years. Newer members Bill Ruyle, percussionist, and Rima Fand, violin, add extrodianary beats and rich vocal harmonies to the group.

SUSAN JOLLES – Harp
Susan Jolles is Harp faculty at Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music. Jolles is a member of the American Composers Orchestra, Musica Viva (New York), the Little Orchestra Society, and is associate harpist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Past affiliations include the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, The Group for Contemporary Music, The New York Chamber Symphony, and the Juilliard Ensemble. She also appears regularly with the Encores Orchestra and North/South Consonance. Jolles has been associated with contemporary music and collaborated with artists that span all musical styles, from Klezmer with Giora Feidman, jazz with Kenny Garrett, cabaret with Barbara Cook, to classical with Humbert Lucarelli and Laurel Zucker.

QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS – Folk and contemporary western woodwind
The Quintet has been recognized as leading interpreters of folk and contemporary wind quintet music of North and South America. Quintet of the Americas is one of the Western Hemisphere’s finest chamber ensembles. The Washington Post has called their performances, “Musical dialogue at the highest level” and Japan’s In Tune Magazine has written about them, “Their virtuosity, balances, articulation and intonation mark them as one of the world’s top wind quintets. I have never heard finer playing.” The Quintet develops inter-cultural appreciation and understanding by performing contemporary, classical and folk-derived music from the diverse cultural traditions of the Americas

Link to Chartwell Dutiro https://chartwellusa.wordpress.com
Link to TIMBILA http://www.sonicbids.com/band/timbila/
Link to Quintet of the Americas http://www.quintet.org/

 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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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 Benefit and Art Auction: Buy Tickets/Preview and Bid

  WhiteBox Benefit Art Auction & WhiteBox and Richard J. Massey Foundation Arts and Humanities Award Honoring Karen Finley   Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 | 6:30-9pm   Your ticket purchase(s) will also be credited to your auction bidding and part… Continue reading

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“The Last Party” The Influence of New York’s Club Culture: Mid 70s – Early 90s

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The Last Party

THE INFLUENCE OF NEW YORK’S CLUB CULTURE: MID 70s – EARLY 90s
A multi-disciplinary show curated by Anthony Haden-Guest

 June 17August 23 | Opening Reception June 17 | 7-11pm

Press

RTHK’s Radio 3, On The Last Party and Karen Finley, by Tracy Quan
Baxter St. Camera Club of New york, Summer Seeing: 10 Must-See Photos in AugustSummer Seeing: 10 Must-See Photos in August, by Patricia Silva
The New York Times, ‘The Last Party’ Celebrates New York Club Culture, by Ken Johnson
Blouin Art Info, Q&A: Anthony Haden-Guest on “The Last Party” and New York Club Culture by Noelle Bodick
ArtNet, David Ebony’s Top Ten New York Gallery Shows for June, by David Ebony
ArtNet, Savor New York’s Club Culture Mingling With Art In “The Last Party” at White Box

The Last Party celebrates the creative ferment that exploded in New York’s club culture in the mid 70s, following Watergate and the Vietnam War. It became a phenomenon whose influence spanned three decades and crossed continents until it waned in the early 90s.

The Last Party is a survey exhibition of fine art, graffiti and street art, photography, video, fashion, and memorabilia that is profiled in Anthony Haden-Guest’s 1997 book, The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco and The Culture of the Night. This exhibition will run throughout the summer at WhiteBox. Offsite musical performances and capsule exhibitions will be hosted at ACME and VS Gallery (dates to be announced).

Participating artist include:
Michael Alig
Ida Appelbroog
Gary Azon
Roberta Bayley
Harry Benson
John Cale
Neke Carson
Mike Cockrill
Damen Corrado
Bob Colacello
William Coupon
Jessica Craig-Martin
Ford Crull
Karen Finley
Ron Galella
David Gamble
Cristos Gianakos
David Godlis
Bobby Grossman
Bob Gruen
Michael Holman
Gregory Homs
Curt Hoppe
Henry Jones
Daffyd Jones
Laura Kaplan
Hubert Kretzschmar
Layla  Love
Stephan Lupino
Alfredo Martinez
Taylor Mead
Marc H. Miller and Bettie Ringma
Glenn O’Brien
Toby Old
Tina Paul
Anton Perich
Adrian Piper
Rick Prol
Marcia Resnick
Walter Robinson
Mick Rock
Walter Steding
Linda Troeller
Arthur Weinstein
Wolfgang Wesener
Phil Weaver
Melissa Wolf
Christina Yuin
Phase 2
Music By:

Alexander Dexter-Jones and Harper

Contact: press@whiteboxny.com


 

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Special thanks:

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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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Look and Listen Festival at Whitebox Art Center

 “This annual series, chock-full of edgy new music, builds on the longtime New York tradition of presenting contemporary concerts in art galleries. ” –  The New Yorker Saturday, May 2, Fred Sherry hosts the Daedalus Quartet, William Schimmel and Talujon,… Continue reading

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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.

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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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Saturday, May 2 | 8pm

Fred Sherry hosts the Daedalus Quartet, William Schimmel and Talujon, prerforming works by Luke Carlson, Daniel Fawcett (2015 L&L composers competition winner), William Schimmel, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Anna Weesner.

Sunday, May 3 | 7pm

Terrance McKight hosts Miranda Cuckson, the Tyshawn Sorey Trio, and Jeffery Zeigler with Jason Treuting, performing works by Paola Prestini, Shulamit Ran, Kaija Saariaho, Tyshwan Sorey, Jason Treuting (2015 L&L commission), and Iannis Xenakis.

For tickets contact Look and Listen Festival

 

 

Oracle

Friday, May 8 | 7:30pm

In this concert, members of New Vintage Baroque wade into the ambiguous territory of anonymous, misattributed, and spurious works. Accompanying them on this journey will be the composing-singing-bards of Oracle Hysterical, writing companion pieces to the Passionate Pilgrim, an anonymous anthology of 20 poems once attributed to one “W. Shakespeare.” Featuring new works by Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Elliot Cole, and Majel Connery.

For tickets contact New Vintage Baroque

 

 

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Armory Arts Week – PSYCHLOTRON*

March 7 | 6-11pm Whitebox Art Center and curator Lara Pan are introducing a multi disciplinary performance platform, PSYCHLOTRON* conceived by artist John Bonafede. Based in NYC, Psychlotron* is an interdisciplinary art and performance event, the name comes from the… Continue reading

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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

WHITE VOX – The Resonance of Space

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WhiteboxLab > SoundLounge presents

WHITE VOX – The Resonance of Space
Multi-media sound and visual performance featuring NYU Steinhardt woodwind players

Saturday February 21st 2015 |  5:30pm to 7:30pm

This workshop and performance directed by NYU Faculty/Oboist, Matt Sullivan and painter, Ken Cro-Ken, will begin at sunset (5:34 PM EST) and end at “Astro Twilight Set” 7:06 PM.

NYU Steinhardt woodwind players will explore the sound of the unique urban-industrial architecture of Whitebox Art Center-street level space-utilizing the recorded sonic resonance of the planets in our solar system using as foil, a free improvisation to the works of Bach, Varese and other composers.

Following, there will be refreshments and a discussion and experimentation among participants and audience.

The Station

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The Station
A two hour live immersive installation of sound, light, movement and sculpture.

December 9th | 7pm

So Young An | Li Cata | Carly Czach | Carlye Eckert | Mandie Erickson | Michael Getmon Robert Duteil | Susan Hayes | Phillip Kim | Thea Little | Rebecca Medina | India Menuez Ross Menuez | Jeremy Pheiffer  | Courtney Surmanek | Seth Tillet | Bill Toles

New York City – Whitebox Art Center is pleased to present an on-going collaborative InnerCity Projects by Jo Wood-Brown and Miriam Parker.  This multi-media installation explores how we form our world through images. The viewer becomes immersed in an interactive painting, integrating reality through the lens of the imagination. The soundscape, as well as the movement of the performers, draw from improvisation to create a unique environment based on each individual inhabiting the space.

InnerCity Projects is a creative team that brings together installation, dance, video, sculpture and painting. Jo Wood-Brown and Miriam Parker began working together in 2007 with the interest in creating hybrids between visual art and dance as a way of fusing many different ways of seeing.

The Station is a live installation that epitomizes the interdisciplinary innovation of both Parker and Wood-Brown. The work distills, morphs and changes as it travels through many media and disciplines. The audience is invited to migrate through the exhibition along set pathways of cement bricks, giving the audience a performative, participatory role.

Each viewer’s experience is shaped further by encounters with performance, image, structure, sound and light.

Created by Jo Wood-Brown & Miriam Parker. Dramaturgy by Michael Getman.

For information please visit: www.innercityprojects.net
Link to InnerCity Projects Facebook
Link to InnerCity Projects vimeo

 InnerCity Projects is supported by Mifal Hapais and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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CRAWL

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CRAWL

Program starts December 6th, 2014 | 5:30

Performances | 6:30pm
Featuring performance “Infinity Rises” by Christine Jaeger
Dance artists Lydia Zimmer and E | N | Z | A (Enza DePalma)
After party event | Black Tree Restaurant

New York City – A performance series from the People Movers Contemporary Dance introducing a new, multi-disciplinary approach to arts presentation in NYC.Taking place in distinct venues in various neighborhoods across the city, each production features two emerging choreographers as well as a third artistic act. CRAWL events demonstrate the skill, creativity, and diversity of the emerging generation of artistic work in New York City.  Each CRAWL includes an after party event, giving our audiences and artists a chance to meet each other, discuss the work, and build relationships around their communal experience.

The People Movers is a contemporary dance company that creates and performs original works by creative director Kate Ladenheim, (14-15 Leimay Fellow at CAVE). The People Movers’ work is known for exploring the abstract and inherently performative qualities of the world through complex, athletic movement, steeped in contemporary relevance. Ladenheim founded The People Movers in January 2012 as a platform to explore her choreographic goals and ideas; however, the group’s programming has expanded to incorporate arts advocacy and presentation. The People Movers have performed in premier venues across the northeast, and have enjoyed residencies through The Field’s Subsidized Block Rehearsal Space Rental Program, White Wave Dance, and with The Ballet and Dance Center in Syracuse, New York. The PeopleMovers have also been commissioned by the Juventas New Music Ensemble.

Whitebox Art Center Crawl

For more information visit: Ticket information or  http://www.jointhecrawl.com/

For more information on The People Movers Contemporary Dance

People Movers Contemporary Dance Contact: kate@peoplemoversdance.com

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

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CAVELLINI 1914 – 2014 A SURVEY, EVENTS, AND MAIL ART SHOW

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Whitebox Art Center
presents

CAVELLINI 1914 – 2014 A SURVEY, EVENTS AND MAIL ART SHOW

Exhibition on view November 1 – 30, 2014
Tuesday through Saturday | 11am to 6pm

Opening, Performances, and Poetry Readings
Honoring GAC. (Guglielmo Achille Cavellini)
Saturday, November 15 | 6 to 10pm

A survey exhibition of Cavellini’s artworks alongside a Mail-Art show exploring the themes of GAC / Cavellini, Ego and Self-Historification. Culled from Archives + Contemporary

Mail Art. Curated by Mark Bloch.

Link to Press Release

Performances by
Mark Bloch
William Evertson from Easthampton, Connecticut
Britta Wheeler as Belinda Powell
Pasha Radetzki from the Republic of Belarus
Giovanni and Renatta Strada from Ravenna, Italy
Jon Tsoi, Father of Blindfold Performance Art Medicine

Poetry by
Steve Dalachinsky | Bonny Finberg | Allan Graubard | Ron Kolm | Valery Oisteanu | Yuko Otomo | Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

Music by
Antonello Parisi (piano rhodes) with Michael Gam (bass) and Julieta Eugenio (tenor sax)

Video by
Guglielmo Achille Cavellini | Richard Kostelanetz
Galeazzo Nardini and the Italian Museum | Jennifer Weigel | and others

Cavellini Festival-Parallel Events

From Self-Historification to Selfies: A  GAC fest in New York City-
A celebration of the centenary 1914-2014 of Guglielmo Achille Cavellini
November 14 to 16 2014

Friday, November 14 | 5:30 – 7:30PM
Museum of Modern Art
Analog Network: Mail Art, 1960-1999
An exhibition charting the course of the vast underground international DIY (do it yourself) art by mail movement 1960-1999.

Saturday, November 15 | 12 – 2PM
Richard L. Feigen and Company
“Ray Johnson’s Art World” exhibition on view Nov. 7, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015.

Saturday, November 15 | 3 – 5PM
LYNCH THAM Gallery
GUGLIELMO ACHILLE CAVELLINI / Centennial Exhibition
Works by Cavellini, music and performances

Sunday, November 16 | 9:30AM – 12PM
Katz Deli
New York Correspondence Brunch Meeting
in honor of Cavellini and Ray Johnson, Buster Cleveland, John Evans
and our other late New York mail artists.

Link to Mark Bloch

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

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Launch Party : Mobile Issue #3

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Celebrate the launch of Mobile Album International’s 3rd issue:
Performance, body, fiction, created by Montagne Froide / Cold Mountain (France). Special guests and reception at Whitebox Art Center.

Michel Collet | Bartolome Ferrando | Serge Gavronsky
John Giorno | Bob Holman | Richard Kostelanetz
Nicola L. | Arnaud Ladelle-Rojoux
Patrice Lerochereuil | Larry Litt
Jonas Mekas | Willam S. Niederkorn
Valentine Verhaeghe | Christian Xatrec

Link to www.mobile-album-international.com

Network : The documentation for this issue has been realized in partnership with the research center -Le Corps de l’artiste, Body & Art- the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts of Besançon, France, the Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, The Black Kit, Europäisches Performance Institut / ASA-European, Cologne, Germany. /M.A.I. is part of Seize Mille, a contemporary art network in Franche-Comté, France. This edition contributes to the publishing of Alternante, Parcours Fourier, created by the Centre d’Art Mobile.

Montagne Froide / Cold Mountain is supported by DRAC Franche-Comté, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Region of Franche-Comté, the General Council of Haute-Saône, the French Institute, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

R. B. Schlather: Opera: Alcina

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WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge
presents

R. B. SCHLATHER: OPERA: ALCINA George Frideric Handel, 1735

Open rehearsals | September 6-17th
Free and open to the public daily except for Thursdays | 11am-6pm

General Rehearsal | September 19th | 7pm
Performances | September 20th & 21st | 7pm
Talk back after performance on September 21st

SUGGESTED DONATION TICKETING FOR RESERVATIONS TO GENERAL REHEARSAL 9/19 AND FINAL PERFORMANCES 9/20-9/21

PRODUCTION TEAM

Music Director | Geoffrey McDonald
Stage Director | R. B. Schlather
Costume | Terese Wadden
Scenography | Paul Tate DePoo
Lighting Design | JAX Messenger
Hair and Makeup Design | Dave Bova
Titles | Steven Jude Tietjen
Stage Manager | Audrey Chait
Interactive Media Design | Igor Molochevski
Assistant Director | Emily Cuk

CAST
Alcina | Katharina Hagopian
Ruggiero | Jamie Van Eyck
Morgana | Anne- Carolyn Bird
Bradamante | Eve Gigliotti
Oronte | Samuel Levine
Melisso | David Adam Moore

ORCHESTRA
Harpsichord | Elliot Figg
Oboe | Ellen Hindson
Violin | Johanna Novom
Oboe | Kristin Olson
Cello | Katie Rietman
Viola | Elizabeth Weinfield
Bass | Wen Yang
Violin | Jude Ziliak

Press

New York Times, A Sorceress Stirs Up a Sense of Adventurousness by Zachary Woolfe

Huffington Post, The Rumors of Opera’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Pt. 2) by Jennifer Rivera

Frankfurter Allfemeine Blog, Im weißen Zauberschuhkarton steckt die Zukunft der Oper by Patrick Bahners

Parterre Box, About Last Night by John Yohalem

IMBY (In My Backyard), Hudson’s Schlather Directs Handel’s “Alcina” in New York by John Issacs

IMBY (In My Backyard), Open house: Opera at Whitebox > SoundLounge by Whitebox Art Center

Press Release

New York City – Whitebox Art Center is pleased to present the work of opera director R. B. Schlather as part of WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge, a series of unconventional works. For two weeks, Whitebox’s main exhibition space will be a laboratory for the rehearsal and performance of an operatic score, culminating in two performances of George Frideric Handel’s Alcina, an 18th century baroque opera. This theatric installation uses the opera seria, or “serious opera”, Alcina (1735) as source material. The libretto, L’Isola d’Alcina (1728) is by Riccardo Broschi, based off of Ludovico Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando Furioso. Alcina is a story of love and illusion that premiered during Handel’s remarkable hit season at the Covent Garden Theatre in London in 1735, and is regarded as one of his most inventive and melodic musical scores.

WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge and R. B. Schlather respond to the changing landscape of operatic performance in New York City and around the world by staging this work in an untraditional opera venue. As a laboratory, WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge is delighted to open all musical and staging rehearsals, September 6 – 17, prior to the General Rehearsal on September 19th at 7pm and the final productions on September 20th and 21st at 7pm, with a Talkback after the performance on the 21st moderated by Joseph Cermatori. This program will be free and open to the public daily, except for Thursdays, from 11am to 6pm. For the final performances, the opera will be enacted live with an orchestra, in Italian, utilizing new technologies with projected English subtitles.

The opera is set on the island of the enchantress Alcina, and explores themes of identity, illusion, and transformation. This island exists as a beautiful landscape in the middle of the ocean, where Alcina culls her powers to create a paradise, only to lure and seduce the knights that wash up on her shore, one of whom is the heroic Ruggiero. Alcina’s magic causes Ruggiero to fall under her spell and, in doing so, he forsakes his duty as a knight and forgets his fiancée, Bradamante. The opera develops as Bradamante disguises herself as a male warrior her brother “Ricciardo” and sets out on a mission to recover her love.

Accompanied by Alcina’s guardian, Melisso, the two are shipwrecked on Alcina’s island by fate. Imminent danger awaits Ruggiero, as Alcina possesses the power to transform her foes and lovers of whom she tires into rocks, trees, and wild beasts. The already heavily dramatized plot is further complicated by the integration of different characters who all, in their own right, act on emotions of love and jealousy. In portraying Alcina’s thickened plot, Schlather’s production brings to life a story of enchantment, folding into it classic operatic moments of romance, betrayal, violence, unrequited love, and magic.

R. B. Schlather is an opera director based in Manhattan, NY. Schlather’s recent credits include Werther for Opera Company Brooklyn, Treemonisha for New York City Opera, and Some Call Refuge at Vaudeville Park. Additionally, Schlather has directed The Arianna Project for lauded early music group Musica Nuova, a concert with Nico Muhly and Gotham Chamber Opera at the multimedia art cabaret (le) Poisson Rouge . He is also accredited for I. Were., a pastiche created with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and dramaturge Joe Cermatori for the Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. He regularly assists Christopher Alden, most recently at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera, English National Opera salon and sanctuary concert, New York City Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company. He has assisted Kevin Newbury at Bard Summerscape and Central City Opera. In the near future, Schlather will be directing opera productions at Tanglewood Music Festival and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

R. B. Schlather’s production is part of Whitebox’s new program, WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge, which aims to create sustained and in-depth exposure for artists working in temporal mediums such as performance, sound art, and literary arts, while providing a platform for audiences to experience artist practices.

Synopsis: The sorceress Alcina lives on an island in the ocean, and enchants the knights that arrive on her shores. When tired of her lovers she transforms them into rocks, trees and wild beasts. The heroic knight Ruggiero has fallen under her spell, and forgotten his fiancée, Bradamante. Bradamante, in male disguise as her brother “Ricciardo,” has set out with her guardian, Melisso, to recover Ruggiero, and the two are shipwrecked on Alcinaʼs island by fate. There they encounter Alcinaʼs flighty sorceress sister, Morgana, who instantly falls in love with “Ricciardo.” They discover Ruggiero in Alcinaʼs embrace, with no memory of his betrothal. He angrily rebukes “Ricciardo” as competing for Alcinaʼs affections. Alcinaʼs general, Oronte, in love with Morgana and stung by her sudden infatuation with “Riccairdo”, arrives to challenge “him” to a duel. This dramatic scenario of identities and transformations plays out until the source of Alcinaʼs magic power is broken, and all, including Alcinaʼs transfigured lovers, are returned to human shape and sanity.

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This opera is made possible by Felicia Blum, Allen R. & Judy Brick Freedman, Stephanie French and Charles Klein, Sherwin M. Goldman, Nancy Henriksson, Graham and Susan McDonald, Roy Niederhoffer, Nowick Taylor Trust, The Alfred & Jane Ross Foundation and Karen R. Schlather

Press Contact: press@whiteboxny.org

Twitter: @davidadammoore @slevinesinger

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

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Now You See : New Chinese Video Art From the Collection of Michael I. Jacobs

Whitebox Art Center presents Now You See New Chinese Video Art from the Collection of Dr. Michael I. Jacobs Opening reception Wednesday May 28th | 6-8pm Exhibition on view May 25th – June 19th 2014 Link to event Link to Press… Continue reading

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Dada on Tour

Presented by Zurich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity in partnership with with Dada 100 Zurich 2016, Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, and Whitebox Art Center Dada on Tour On view May 18th through 22nd 2014 Opening celebration Sunday May… Continue reading

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Piotr Skiba’s New York Premiere Performance

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On view June 20th through 22nd 2014
Opening reception June 20th | 6-8pm

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New York City – Piotr Skiba’s New York premiere performance — HONKY — features a series of video installations that make use of elements of the ready-made & the found, combined with sequential performance footage to produce a single, if contextually fragmented, narrative focused on individual displacement. In a series of episodic self-portraiture — as if unpacking the Russian dolls of invented characters — Skiba offers a glimpse of his self-made mythology on the one hand, while on the other he opens a discussion on alterity, and the intense erosion of tolerance affecting the homogenous society of Poland.

The artist, penetrating the fluid boundary between himself and the Other, multiplies the motif of the mask. White mask vs. Black mask. Negative space, the relevant shapes; the “real” subject of conversation is oftentimes created by a deliberate reversal of the figure and ground. A Honky-Polack drowning in the incomprehensible soundscape of New York illuminates the desolation of the anonymous hobo-preacher, whose black silhouette seemed so arbitrarily pinned onto the whiteboard of Skiba’s hometown as to become his shamanic alter ego. Skiba projects persistent feelings of displacement — by setting things in a configuration and an environment where they in their turn displace and alienate, and thereby acquire a new aspect, an unfamiliar affect despite being familiar objects and ordinary people.

The key to the curatorial perspective may lie in the sculpture of Black Homer: an oversized plush “bath slipper” sprayed with matte paint which transforms one of the most influential characters in the history of TV — Homer Simpson — into a powerful totemic presence. Flattened by a black finish, the already dull features of this American suburban stereotype take on a painfully amorphous yet threatening expression. Power found, or power redeemed by blackness on a flip of this particular coin feeding a fascination of a young Polack with hip-hop, or rap culture.

The viewer is thrown into a disturbing carnival of schizophrenia when confronted by either the hoodie of the imaginary black figure from Skiba’s performance, a white high-end latex mask reminiscent of bank robberies, or the impenetrability of a foreign language described by Canetti as an ‘acoustic mask’. By a series of transpositions performed on the artist’s own face, body, or individual limbs used as fragmented images isolated from their original context, Skiba produces the associations of exclusion, loss, and finally, impending madness.

Special thanks to MAK Gallery. For more information on MAK Gallery visit http://www.makgallery.com/ Like MAK Gallery on Facebook

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Dada Pop-Up: The Absurdities of Our Times

Whitebox Art Center and Zurich Meets New York

Presented by Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity
in partnership with Whitebox Art Center

Dada Pop-Up: The Absurdities of Our Times

On view May 19th through 22nd 2014
Opening reception May 19th | 6-8 p.m.

Dada Pop-Up Exhibition: The Absurdities of our Times
Dada Pop-Up is an exhibition featuring uncensored, spontaneous performances and exchanges as they would have taken place at Cabaret Voltaire (Zürich) almost one hundred years ago, when artists and otherwise curious people let their minds run free to see what would happen. Featured artists will present short vignettes rekindling a time when art was created in a fun and communal spirit.

Curated by Swiss artist Clarina Bezzola
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Anthony Haden Guest “The Further Chronicles of Now”

Whitebox Art Center at Cutlog Art Center

Whitebox Art Center presents
At Cutlog Contemporary Art Fair

Anthony Haden Guest
“The Further Chronicles of Now”

Vernissage – May 7th 2014 | 5pm – 10pm
The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Education Center – May 8th – 11th
107 Suffolk Street New York NY 10002 – Booth B1

Readings by Anthony Haden-Guest from “The Further Chronicles of Now”:

Wednesday, May 7 | 6:30 pm (Vernissage) in Video Gallery, 1st floor
Thursday, May 8 | 4:00 pm in Video Gallery, 1st floor
Friday, May 9 | 8:30 pm in Video Gallery, 1st floor
Saturday, May 10 | 4:00 pm in Video Gallery, 1st floor
Sunday, May 11 | 2:00-6:00 pm in Video Gallery, 1st floor

New York City – Whitebox Art Center presents Anthony Haden-Guest’s readings, drawings, animations, and site-specific interventions at cutlog.  For each day of the fair, Haden-Guest will read his darkly comic rhymes, some being about the art world, while his cartoons roll by on screen. His drawings depict caricatures of artists and quotes in the series So They Say, the most foolish lines in rock history, titled Rock and Roll Hall of Shame, and each hour of a day in New York in 24 Hours. On the last day of the art fair, Sunday May 11th, Whitebox Art Center and Haden-Guest will stage an impromptu full-day program of readings and performances.

Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer, reporter, and artist. He lives and works in London and New York and has published in leading magazines in Britain and America, most recently in Esquire and GQ (UK). His series of drawings 24 Hours will be published in Dujour Magazine later this year.

Press Contact: press@whiteboxny.org

Liberation Art

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ArtPalestine International and Whitebox Art Center present

Liberation Art

Readings and Performance Thursday April 10th | 6:30-9pm

 

6:30 pm Samia Halaby signs her books.

7pm Samia Halaby reads Samia Halaby, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation by Maymanah Farhat published by Booth Clibborn Editions. She also reads select excerpts from Art of Palestine, A detailed study of Palestinian art during the second half of the twentieth century

7:45pm Special guest performance artist Elias Wakeem: video screening Borderline Drag Show and drag show lip-sync to Fairouz’s Can You See How Big the Sea Is?

8pm Alison Weir reads Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. was Used to Create Israel

Samia Halaby: Five Decades of Painting and Innovation offers an unprecedented look at one of the world’s leading abstract painters. Spanning over five decades of the Palestinian artist’s illustrious career, from her early student days in the 1960s to her most recent series in 2013, the book contains nearly 450 colour reproductions, presenting her expansive oeuvre through paintings, prints, and drawings. These images are accompanied by an in-depth essay by art historian Maymanah Farhat in addition to the personal reflections of the artist on her theories of abstraction and the many inspirations and approaches that were involved in creating some of her most recognized works.

Samia A. Halaby is a Palestinian artist and scholar who lives and works in New York. Born in Jerusalem in 1936 during the British Mandate, today she is recognized as one of the Arab world’s leading contemporary painters. Halaby has also been active in American academia, teaching art at the university level for seventeen years, a decade of which was spent as an associate professor at the renowned Yale School of Art (1972–82) as the first woman ever to hold the position of associate professor. In addition to participating in leftist political organizing for various causes, she has long been an advocate of pro-Palestinian struggles.

Elias Wakeem also known as Madam Tayoush is an emerging queer arab Palestinian artist living and working in New York City. Through performance she examines the reaction of the audience to her personal story of the place she grew up in with its geographical, historical and political situations. Madam Tayoush created over the past few years a series of monthly radical queer drag ball parties in Jerusalem called “Jerusalem is Burning”.

Alison Weir’s new book Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. was Used to Create Israel.  Alison Weir is a journalist, author and president of the “Council for the National Interest” as well as executive director of “If Americans Knew” a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Americans with information on topics of importance that are misreported or under-reported in the American media.

See more about her book at Amazon

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How Green Was My Valley – Artist talk

Whitebox Art Center

Center for Palestine Studies, Alwan for the Arts, ArtPalestine International and Whitebox Art Center present

How Green Was My Valley – Artist talk
Due to technical difficulties, the talk has been moved from Alwan For The Arts to Whitebox Art Center

Friday April 4th | 7:30pm
Joseph Audeh, Samira Badran & Mary Tuma | Moderated by Dr. Raouf J. Halaby

Free and open to the public
- Doors open at 6:30pm

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Link to Dr. Raouf J. Halaby’s article on Counter Punch

Joseph Audeh
(b. 1989, Sarasota, Florida)

Joseph Audeh currently lives and works in New York. His work engages architecture, environmental change, and technology. His various projects imagine solutions to meet future energy needs by combining old forms of environmental knowledge with breakthroughs in emerging technology. Audeh was selected as a Berkeley Design Fellow (2011), a finalist for the Frieze Writer’s Prize (2012), and a traveling artist for the River Has Two Banks at Makan Art Space, Amman (2012). He recently completed an artist residency at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2013).

Samira Badran
(b. 1954, Libya)

Samira Badran was born to Palestinian parents in Tripoli, Libya and currently lives and works in Barcelona. Her father, Islamic artist Jamal Badran influenced her practice, which uses a wide range of mediums including painting, collage, photography, and installation. She has exhibited at the Sharjah Biennial, Al Hoash—the Palestinian Art Court in Jerusalem, The UNESCO Palace in Paris, The Modern Art Gallery in Baghdad, the Jordanian National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, the Washington Museum of Women in the Arts, Musèe du Luxembourg, Paris, Centro Internazionale Multimedia, Italy, Gemeetemuseum den Haag, Foreign Ministry of Berlin, Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem and Espai Agora, Barcelona.

Mary Tuma
(b. 1961, Oakland)

Mary Tuma was born in California in 1961 to a native Californian mother of Irish descent and a Palestinian father. She currently lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina. She began sewing and crocheting with her mother at an early age. Her love of these processes led her to begin her formal study of art as an apprentice at Beautiful Arts Hall in Kerdassa, Egypt, where she learned to weave tapestries. Tuma’s work has been shown, nationally and internationally, in such venues as the Crocker Art Museum, The Maruki Gallery in Hiroshima, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Al-Kahf Gallery in Bethlehem, The Cheongju International Craft Biennial, the Station Museum in Houston and Contemporary Projects in Kuwait City. Her work has appeared in Contemporary Practices, Art in America, Dar Al-Hayat, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Counterpunch, NYArts, Mother Jones,The San Francisco Chronicle and The Jordan Star, among others.

Moderator – Raouf J. Halaby
(b. 1945, Jerusalem)

Raouf J. Halaby is a native of Jerusalem, Palestine. In 1959 he moved from Upper Bakaa to Beirut, Lebanon and graduated with honors from the National Protestant Secondary School in 1964. He was awarded a Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Ouachita Baptist University, and his Ed.D. in the College Teaching of English from Texas A&M University in 1973. He studied Art History in Rome, Italy.

Since 1973, he has been teaching at his alma mater and is in his 41st year as a Professor of English and Art. Halaby has served on national, regional and local boards, as a consultant for University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research center. He is a widely-published author, a regular contributor to CounterPunch, a photographer, and an award-winning sculptor, whose works have been exhibited nationally. He is a peace activist dedicated to the cause of Palestine and her dispossessed people.

Thank you to the co-sponsors of the Artist Talk

Center for Palestine Studies, Alwan for the Arts, ArtPalestine International

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How Green Was My Valley – Opening Celebration

Whitebox Art Center

ArtPalestine International and Whitebox Art Center present

How Green Was My Valley

On view April 3rd – 27th 2014
Opening celebration Thursday April 3rd | 6-8 pm
Readings and Performance Thursday April 10th | 5-7:30pm

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Mohamed Abusal | Tarek Al Ghoussein | Mohammed Al Hawajri | Joseph Audeh
Samira Badran | Taysir Batniji | Rana Bishara | Haitham Ennasr | Tanya Habjouqa
Wafa Hourani | Jeffar Khaldi | Mohammed Musallam | Larissa Sansour
Amer Shomali | Mary Tuma

The Armory Show 2014: Armory Arts Week LOWER EAST SIDE DAY

Whitebox Art Center

Whitebox Art Center Hosts
The Armory Show 2014: Armory Arts Week LOWER EAST SIDE DAY
Sunday, March 9th | 11am to 6pm
RSVP to press@whiteboxny.org
Link to The Armory Arts Week

TIME::CODE
Video Art from the Present to the Past into the Future
On view February 23rd to March 28th 2014

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Oreet Ashery | Dara Birnbaum | Alina and Jeff Bliumis | Robert Boyd
Hans Breder | Tania Candiani | Stefano Cagol | Gordon Cheung | Jaime Davidovich
Braco Dimitrijevic | Adolfo Doring | Dieter Froese | Gary Hill | Ferrán Martín
Mary Mattingly | Jonas Mekas | Yucef Merhi | Igor Molochevski | Iván Navarro
Damian Ontiveros | Dennis Oppenheim | Jean-Gabriel Périot | Larissa Sansour
Arleen Schloss | Carolee Schneemann | Kiki Seror | Michael Snow | S&P Stanikas
Javier Téllez | The Blue Noses | Wojtek Ulrich | Roi Vaara | Helena von Karkkainen
Ai Weiwei | Sislej Xhafa

TIME:CODE is an exhibition of video art selected from Whitebox Art Center’s archive. The title and curatorial framework metaphorically weave technical nomenclature for video and film synchronization and the experimental film directed by Mike Figgis. The former is addressed in the historical arc of the exhibition consisting of important works by early video pioneers, including Michael Snow, Jonas Mekas, Carolee Schneemann, Gary Hill, Dieter Froese, Dara Birnbaum, Dennis Oppenheim and Jaime Davidovich, shown alongside a succeeding generation of video artists including Ai Weiwei, Gordon Cheung, Sislej Xhafa and others who have engaged the medium as innovatively as their predecessors.

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Whitebox Art Center presents

TIME::CODE
Video Art from the Present to the Past into the Future

On view February 23rd to March 28th 2014
Opening Sunday February 23rd | 12-6pm

Link to exhibition and press release

Oreet Ashery | Dara Birnbaum | Alina and Jeff Bliumis | Robert Boyd
Hans Breder | Tania Candiani | Stefano Cagol | Gordon Cheung | Jaime Davidovich
Braco Dimitrijevic | Adolfo Doring | Dieter Froese | Gary Hill | Ferrán Martín
Mary Mattingly | Jonas Mekas | Yucef Merhi | Igor Molochevski | Iván Navarro
Damian Ontiveros | Dennis Oppenheim | Jean-Gabriel Périot | Larissa Sansour
Arleen Schloss | Carolee Schneemann | Kiki Seror | Michael Snow | S&P Stanikas
Javier Téllez | The Blue Noses | Wojtek Ulrich | Roi Vaara | Helena von Karkkainen
Ai Weiwei | Sislej Xhafa

CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES

Whitebox Art Center at PERFORMA13 presents: Christopher Knowles In collaboration with Watermill Center The Sundance Kid is Beautiful Nov. 23 and 24 | Each Day 7:30 pm Link to event Link to Photo Album

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Limited seating available, first come first served.

 

The Sundance Kid is Beautiful by Christopher Knowles

 

featuring Christopher Knowles
directed by Noah Khoshbin
produced by Andrew Gilchrist
dramaturgy by Lauren DiGiulio
designed by Eugene Tsai
lighting design by John Torres
sound design by Bryce Kretschmann
set construction by Stephen Crawford

costume design by Kevin Santos

Christopher Knowles’s incredibly diverse practice, which includes writing, painting, sculpture, and performance, exhibits a fascination with the aural and visual elements of language. Born in Brooklyn in 1959, Knowles first became widely known in the theatrical community as an early collaborator of Robert Wilson. While still a young teenager, Knowles provided the libretto for Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s 1976 genre-changing opera Einstein on the Beach.

First exhibited as a solo artist in 1974, Knowles has continued to cultivate a prolific practice that explores themes surrounding communication and sign systems. Knowles’s works employ meticulous geometrical abstractions of text and pattern, and are broadly influential as both objects and performance-art constructions. His work has been exhibited in many solo and group showings internationally, and his poetry has been published in a variety of magazines and journals, including The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and Interview Magazine. His two and three-dimensional works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and numerous other international institutions and private collections. His large typing Untitled (Christopher Knowles, Puevfgbcure Xabjyrf) was featured in MoMA’s 2012 exhibition Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language. Knowles is represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

The Sundance Kid is Beautiful with Christopher Knowles features the artist performing a selection of rarely-shown works, including The Sundance Kid is Beautiful and texts from Einstein on the Beach in a multimedia environment that incorporates recent poetry and sculpture.

The performance combines elements of a theatrical vocabulary with Knowles’s delicately patterned texts to create a scenography that extends the structured logic observed throughout his two and three-dimensional practice into a performative domain.

This very special event, which makes its New York premiere after opening at the Louvre Museum as part of Living Rooms, is made possible by the support of American Friends of the Louvre and Gavin Brown’s enterprise. It is staged by Noah Khoshbin and produced by Andrew Gilchrist, with dramaturgy by Lauren DiGiulio, design by Eugene Tsai, lighting design by John Torres, sound design by Bryce Kretschmann, costume design by Kevin Santos and set construction by Stephen Crawford.

Developed at The Watermill Center. Commissioned by the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, in association with The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Change Performing Arts and Dissident Industries, made possible in part from a generous grant from WorldStage, with further support from the American Friends of the Louvre.

Press contact: Andrew Gilchrist at aggilchrist@gmail.com

Dieter Meier – YELLO Video Performances

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Whitebox Art Center at PERFORMA13
presents

Dieter Meier
YELLO Video Performances
Nov.3-21 | Daily 11-6pm

Dieter Meier in conversation with Anthony Haden-Guest

and ‘Tarock N.B.’ (2013) performed by Nin Brudermann
Nov. 21 | 6pm

Closing reception Nov.21 | 6-8pm

New York City – Since the 1960s Dieter Meier is an active film director, performance artist, conceptual artist and musician. Dieter Meier became known to the broader public as part of the influential Electro Pop duo YELLO, partnering with Boris Blank to produce eighteen albums. YELLO‘s 1985 single ‘Oh Yeah’ is featured on sound tracks to popular films and TV shows such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Secret to My Suce$s, South Park and The Simpsons. YELLO music videos shown during the 1980s emphatically defined early video performance genre on MTV and other dedicated programming.

“As an experimental filmmaker, I used the camera like a brush, creating moving frescoes. The drama was film as film. Using the same technique, 16mm films became animated stage designs, projected on high reflection scotch screens, in front of which YELLO performed.” Dieter Meier 2003

Out of the creation of these experimental films the first ‘music videos’ emerged. “I started to produce these little films for fun, because the music of Boris Blank was incredibly inspiring” says Dieter Meier. “We had quite a few of these YELLO films ready, and when MTV started to broadcast them, this new format was called music video.” As YELLO did not play live, these videos were the only format with which the band could present itself to an audience.

Dieter Meier with his YELLO video performances not only contributed to the stylistic development of video and film, but also created an ‘image’ culture in new media which made his experimental visuals accessible to a broad audience.

YELLO VIDEO PERFORMANCES, curated by Harald Falckenberg and Tony Guerrero, is a selection of music video performances produced from 1981 to 2009.

Dieter Meier in conversation with Anthony Haden-Guest at the closing reception Nov. 21st 6-8pm.

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Whitebox Art Center at PERFORMA13

Whitebox Art Center at PERFORMA13 presents: Unconscious Media, Dieter Meier and Christopher Knowles Unconscious Media (Hans Breder) “Experiments in Intermedial Activism” Live Web Teleconference/ Performance Nov. 2 | 3-5pm Link to event Dieter Meier YELLO Video Performances Exhibition on view Nov. 3 –… Continue reading

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UNCONSCIOUS MEDIA (Hans Breder) “Experiments in Intermedial Activism”

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New York City, Whitebox Art Center presents: Unconscious Media — an experiment in Intermedial Activism; Saturday November 2, from 3 to 5 pm.

Unconscious Media is Intermedia epitomized in performance, video, audience participation, and mobile media feeds. They coalesce in a spectacular philosophical inquest using smartphones, tablets, Google Hangouts and Tweeter to probe cross-pollination between quantum mechanics, the nature of mind, and art-making. This trans-continental web conference — with several feeds coming in from different countries — is a pathbreaking juxtaposition of artists and thinkers whose work are exemplary hybrids of art, technology, philosophy and pure science.

Featuring among others: Hans Breder, early pioneer of media art and founder of the Intermedia and Video Art program at The University of Iowa in 1968; Igor Molochevski, (New York) artist focused on technology integration, physical computing and generative programing; Dr. Gregory L. Matloff, professor of astronomy at CUNY and expert in interstellar propulsion; Raul Marroquin, (Amsterdam) whose work comprises early time-based experiments in video and television; Herman Rapaport, art philosopher and writer; Caridad Botella, (Bogotá) specializing in mobile phone-made cinema; Ellen K. Levy, artist and teacher at SVA completing a PhD for artists involved with science and technology at the Zurich Node of the Planetary Collegium.

Organized by Carlos Cuellar, writer and curator focused on media art, performance, social theory and metaphysics.

The event will be broadcast simultaneously via GOA and Youtube. Google + event notifications will be sent early this week. URL for the Youtube simulcast will be Tweeted and posted on Facebook minutes before broadcast.

PERFORMERS/PANELISTS

Hans Breder, artist and founder of the Intermedia program in 1968 at the University of Iowa. Ellen K. Levy, PhD, artist and Special Advisor on the Arts and Sciences of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Raul Marroquin, artist and pioneer in Video Art and Media Web Conferencing. Herman Rapaport, PhD, philosopher of art, Reynolds Professor of English at Wake Forest University. Igor Molochevski, media artist and manager of Digital Technology at Pratt Institute. Caridad Botella, the Artistic Co-Director of SKLN gallery Bogota. Yolanda Duarte, performance artist, SKLN gallery Bogota. Carlos Cuellar Brown, performance artist, writer, and co-director of Unconscious Media.

Biographies listed below press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Whitebox Art Center presents a Web Conference Panel Performance: UNCONSCIOUS MEDIA (Experiments in Intermedial Activism)

New York City – The explosive proliferation of digital media has opened new discussions in the understanding of human perception.

Whitebox Art Center stages this fall a unique experiment in intermedial activism when it hosts the web-conference: Unconscious Media. This web-conference initiated by Hans Breder will bring together a diverse group of experts, artists and performers to explore the wider perspective of digital media and quantum activism. Hans Breder has said: “Digital technology allows me to excavate new worlds of microcosmic event horizons. I aim for a dematerialization of content by entering into the microstructure of sound and imagery.”

Unconscious Media will be broadcast live on the world wide web and include four simultaneous city feeds (New York, Amsterdam, Bogota, Copenhagen) on a giant multi-screen on all three venues with: live interactive performances, digital art, discussion segments, audience participation and live social media feeds.

“Digital media has become a major force in society with great potential to play an active role in shaping art and society” contends Juan Puntes, Founding Director of Whitebox Art Center. “For the most part, the transformative dialogues of these intermedial body extensions, happen irrationally in the unconscious.” The artist can become a subliminal activist deploying technological appendages that interface and change our perceptions into surreal domains. “This is a paradigmatic change that disrupts conversations regarding the nature of reality and consciousness,” explained Carlos Cuellar Brown co-director for this web-conference event.

Unconscious Media will feature artists Hans Breder and Raul Marroquin (Pioneer in Video Art and Media Web Conferencing) as well as experts in art and philosophy such as Reynolds Professor of English at Wake Forest University, Herman Rapaport. A remarkable architect (tbc) has been invited as honorable panel member to share his knowledge on human perception and phenomenological space. Special appearances include: Ellen K. Levy, Special Advisor on the Arts and Sciences IDSVA. Caridad Botella, Artistic Director of SKLN gallery Bogota, featuring performance artist Yolanda Duarte, and in studio at the Whitebox performance artist and writer Carlos Cuellar Brown.

Finally audience and attendees will enjoy participation on live cams or by messaging chat board.

To find out more about the Unconscious Media Web Conference, visit www.whiteboxny.org     or write to us at admin@whiteboxny.org

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PERFORMERS/PANELISTS BIOGRAPHY

Hans Breder was born in Germany in 1935 and moved to NYC in 1964. His first exhibition in NY consisted of constructivist-aligned objects showcased at the Richard Feigen Gallery in 1967.

Breder created the first “Intermedia and Video Art Program” at the University of Iowa in 1968. This year, the Iowa program is included in the traveling exhibition Anti-Academy.

Breder’s time-based work has been included in several Whitney Biennials (1987, 1989, 1991).  In 2013, he has enjoyed a major retrospective of his media work at Ostwall Museum, Dortmund, Germany. His most recent moving images are presently shown at Whitebox Art Center.

His new paintings and recent video installations are grounded in an exploration of the neuro-opthalmology of image perception — continuing Breder’s 40-year interest in that medium. Working with a neuro-opthalmologist and a scientific imaging specialist, Breder utilizes the interactions of the retina’s color sensitive photoreceptor cone cells (S, M, and L) by converting the cells’ differing spectral sensitivities into RGB print values. The result is paintings whose vibrating color space, where image and afterimage interact, recall the utopian optical constructivism of painters like Wojciech Fangor, as well as the meticulously photoshopped, if blithely neutered, color field photography of younger artists like Cory Arcangel.

Dr. Gregory L. Matloff is emeritus associate and adjunct associate professor of physics at New York City College of Technology (CUNY), having also coordinated the astronomy program at that institution. Dr. Matloff has consulted for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; he is a Fellow of the British interplanetary Society, and a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. His pioneering research in solar-sail technology has been utilized by NASA in plans for extra-solar probes and in consideration of technologies to divert Earth-threatening asteroids.

Igor Molochevski is a new media artist, film-maker, and photographer. His work — defined by the destructuralization of visual and conceptual paradigms — is based on the integration of mixed media and technology.  Molochevski’s workflow includes live coding, interactive and generative programing, kinetic sculptures, sound design, and digital imaging.

Raul Marroquin was born Bogotá, Colombia in 1948. As an early pioneer of video art starting in 1968 published Fandangos, an artist magazine; followed by other initiatives like the Kremlin Mole published in Amsterdam during the 1980s. After a series of experiments with national television stations in several European countries, he began to explore the possibilities of cable television in Amsterdam and in 1990 co-authored Time Based Art Television. He currently lectures and conducts workshops at various institutions such as the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, among others.

Yolanda Duarte is an artist based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work explores the relationship between nature and technology as it pertains to experiences of the human body through the use of experimental interfaces, software and apps created for mass media.

Caridad Botella is an art historian, film scholar, art and film writer, organizer, freelance lecturer on film theory, and cell phone made cinema based in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied at the University of Amsterdam, there acquiring a Master’s Degree in Film Studies and completing her Master’s thesis in Mobile-Phone Cinema. She’s written on the subject for several publications such as: CINEMASCOPE Independent Film Journal, Off Beat Cinema, and Artpulse.

Ellen K. Levy, a New York-based artist with special expertise in the interface between art and science. Levy has had numerous group and solo exhibitions in the US and abroad at venues such as: the National Academy of Sciences (1985), the 2nd Moscow Biennale in Petroliana (cur. E. Sorokina, 2007), the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Weather Report: Art & Climate Change (cur. L. Lippard, 2007), and Michael Steinberg Fine Art in New York City (2009). She will be teaching a seminar on art and neuroscience this coming spring at The New School.

Herman Rapaport is Professor of English at Wake Forest University. He is a critical theorist who has written on art, television, literature, music, performance, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. Among his books are Heidegger and Derrida, The Theory Mess, and The Literary Theory Toolkit.

Carlos Cuellar Brown was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is a time-based artist in New York City. He is an essayist who has written on media art, performance, social theory and metaphysics. Currently, he is a columnist for Second Sight Magazine and the Fullinsight blog page out of the Netherlands. His essay on Intermedia and Consciousness: Intermedial Being will be published this fall in (A Journal of Performance and Art) PAJ 106 issue.

Performa13

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Whitebox Art Center at PERFORMA13 presents:

Unconscious Media (Hans Breder), Dieter Meier and Christopher Knowles

Unconscious Media (Hans Breder)
“Experiments in Intermedial Activism”
Live Web Teleconference/ Performance
Nov. 2 | 3-5pm

Link to event

Dieter Meier
YELLO Video Performances
Nov. 3 – 21 | Daily 11-6pm

Dieter Meier in conversation with Anthony Haden-Guest

and Tarock N.B. performed by Nin Brudermann
Nov. 21 | 6pm

Link to event

Christopher Knowles
In collaboration with Watermill Center
The Sundance Kid is Beautiful
Nov. 23 and 24 | Each Day 7:30 pm

Link to event

 

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Unveiled | Music – Performance – Readings

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Whitebox Art Center will host a multi-media event generated in collaboration with KafLab. Unveiled will combine music, performance, technology and readings. This response to cultural and political complexities in the Middle East— will take place on the closing of Beyond the Cloth: The Kafiye Project.

Music

Starting with acoustic and traditional Arab musical forms of the oud (Hadi Eldebek) and acoustic guitar (Plus Aziz) juxtaposing with an exploration of improvised drawing and experimental sound (Kevork Mourad) raw interaction of words and music hip hop/spoken word/postmodernist African American youth culture (organized and led by Chris Carr).

Performance

Ferrán Martín’s performative use of fire and wood — highlighting destruction as a process inherent to civilization— is an experience of transformation in time informed by rituals native to the Western Mediterranean Basin.

Rosalinda González’s musical performance of an original composition — for electric violin, mattress needles and cymbals— is inspired by female protesters in Egypt. The two-channel video projection ties into iconoclastic suppression of Christianity in the region.

Pasha Radetzki’s HUEWOMANITY in conjunction with the U.N. MOM Committee and its Digitala sub-committee explores the possibility of progress in contemporary children’s rights today — particularly in Syria.

Interactive installation by Igor Molochevski and Ella Averbukh — The Silent Prayer of Magnetic Field, for which Ella will create — in real-time— a canvas of yarn embedded with magnetic components following geometric patterns related to the Kafiye. A real-time analysis of the magnetic field generated by her movements will create musical composition.

Readings

Music and performances will be punctuated with live readings by Anthony Hayden-Guest’s referent to his days covering for the British Press the Civil War in Lebanon in relation to today’s situation. Erum Naqvi will introduce the event while providing a framework extrapolated from her writings on globalization and contemporary aesthetics.

Beyond the Cloth : “The Kafiye Project”

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WHITE BOX presents in collaboration with KAFLAB

 

Beyond the Cloth :

“The Kafiye Project”

 

An exhibition curated by Hala A. Malak

Sept. 6 – Sept. 29, 2013

Opening reception Sept. 8th  | 6 – 8pm

White Box Projects (lower level)

 

The Kafiye Project Event Dates

Sept. 6: VIP Opening + Meet the Artists+ Cake book launch 5.30-8pm

Sept. 29: Closing and Pop up store + Performances 3-7pm

 

Kaflab Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/kaflabfoundation

https://twitter.com/kaflab

www.kaflab.org

The DownTown Ensemble

DownTown Ensemble

“In so many words…”

“This intrepid group of conceptualists cuts no aesthetic corners.” (The Village Voice)

On Wednesday, June 26, at 8pm, the DownTown Ensemble will perform a program emphasizing music featuring the spoken word. In this vein, the poet/musician George Quasha will present a specially created, new piece Axial Transmission, part of his series of Axial Music. Other new word/music works will be premieres by Daniel Goode, Co-Director of the DownTown Ensemble, and Ensemble member, Alex Waterman. Featured performer/reciter will be longtime Columbia County resident, Bill Hellermann. Also on the program will be a new composition by Leyna Marika Papach and a trio by the renowned composer, Jon Gibson.

Featured instrumental performers will be downtown stalwarts Alex Waterman and Daniel Goode, as well as guest artists Leyna Marike Papach and Charles Stein.

George Quasha, artist and poet, explores a principle (axiality/liminality/configuration) in language, sculpture, drawing, video, sound, installation and performance. Most recent of his 17 books are Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance (2006, foreword Carter Ratcliff); An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works and Writings (2009, with Charles Stein and foreword by Lynne Cooke); Verbal Paradise (2011, preverbs) and Scorned Beauty Comes Up From Behind (2011, preverbs). A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow in video art, his art is: Speaking Portraits recorded over 1,000 artists/poets/composers in 11 countries, which is available online at www.quasha.com. He often performs with Gary Hill, Charles Stein, David Arner and John Beaulieu.

Axial Transmission (approx. 10 min.) is a work of “axial music,” which follows a principle of spontaneous composition without reference to precedent or previous patterns. The music is guided instead by a radical following of actual sounds and languages generated. The emerging sound event is presumed to have an intelligent life independent of the musicians and hence may produce an altered state of listening. In addition to sound and language events, the performance has visual components and sometimes includes video or live axial drawing. In this performance poet/artist/musician Charles Stein contributes vocal-axial-abstract language in dialogue with George Quasha’s axial percussion.

Jon Gibson is a composer, multi-wind instrumentalist and visual artist who has been active in new music since the 1960’s. His output includes music for solo instruments, various ensembles, dance, music theater, film and opera. His music has been performed worldwide by his own groups and others, including the S.E.M. Ensemble, DownTown Ensemble, TILT Brass and Ne(x)tworks. He has performed and collaborated with a host of musicians, choreographers and artists, including Merce Cunningham, Nancy Topf, Nina Winthrop, Lucinda Childs, Harold Budd, Thomas Buckner, David Behrman, Petr Kotik, Alvin Curran, Terri Hanlon, and JoAnne Akalaitis. Gibson was involved in the early work of Steve Reich, Terry Riley, LaMonte Young and Philip Glass, and has been a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble since its beginnings. His work Chorales for Relative Calm has been extracted from a larger work, entitled Relative Calm (1981) that was commissioned by the Lucinda Childs Dance Co. as a part of an evening-length work of four pieces.  “Chorales” consists of a series of short, repeated stop-and-go pieces that is reminiscent of the chorale form (hence the title) in three-part harmony, for any combination of pitched instrument.

Daniel Goode, is Co-founder/Director of the DownTown Ensemble, formed in 1983. In 2004 he initiated the Flexible Orchestra, a rethinking of the symphony orchestra. In its 10th season, he has composed six works for the Flexible Orchestra in various orchestrations. A new CD on New World Records will have his work for the orchestra, Annbling. His innovative music for solo clarinet includes Circular Thoughts (Theodore Presser Co.) and Clarinet Songs on the XI label. His music has been in national and international festivals including New Music America and Bang on a Can, Sounds Like Now. His works are available at Frog Peak Music, www.frogpeak.org. His web site is www.danielsgoode.com

Goode’s new work Interpolating is the latest in a series of texts he has composed for Bill Hellermann to recite, with music accompaniment by the DownTown Ensemble. The text narrates the sometimes fantastical events in the life of the Ensemble. Most prominent is a “guerrilla” performance in the ground floor bar of the Trump Soho in the very neighborhood that gave rise to the group, some thirty years ago when Soho was the experimental laboratory of many groups in the arts. The music chosen to go with Bill Hellermann’s narration is taken from the last thirty years of the DownTown Ensemble’s repertoire.

Leyna Marika Papach, when writing wait game, imagined animating the air around an unsolved crime – the charged air moving, talking and waiting for relief. She is a composer, artist and violinist from Japan and the United States. Her work ranges from chamber music to musical theater pieces where text, dance, music and video work together to tell a story. Her work has been performed in Western and Eastern Europe as well as in Japan and the US. As a violinist and improviser, she performs her own work as well as interpretive work with bands and composers (Geraldine Fibbers, JG Thirwell/Monerexia and many others), occasionally performing as an accompanist of Ragas (North-Indian traditional music). She is currently working on a dance-theater piece as a long-term resident artist at the HERE Arts Center, NY. Ms. Papach studied violin at the Prague Academy of Music and has a Masters in Theater from Dasarts, Amsterdam.

Alex Waterman has worked with musicians such as Robert Ashley, Helmut Lachenmann, Marina Rosenfeld, Anthony Coleman, Elliott Sharp, Ned Rothenberg, Gerry Hemingway, Chris Mann, and Alison Knowles. He is publishing a book about the composer Robert Ashley (coming out this summer). Alex participated in the Armory for the 2008 Whitney Biennial writing a new work based upon Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener. He is currently producing and directing an all-new Spanish language version of Robert Ashley’s classic television opera, Perfect Lives. Waterman teaches at the MFA program at Bard College and will be teaching at the Banff Centre for the Arts in August this year. His writings have been published by Dot Dot Dot, Paregon, FoArm, BOMB and Artforum.

This performance of Beacons of Ancestorship will consist of selections from the first 63 landscapes of the film script. The final script will have closer to one thousand. The script is based on the original 128-page poem by John Barton Wolgamot, in which each page is a landscape composed of the names of writers, artists and librarians. Beacons is a highly subjective rendering of the poem into a film script that brings to life the memory theater that Wolgamot created in which every name in the poem contains all the others. Waterman’s piece has existed in several forms: installation, publication and radio-play. In the present iteration Bill Hellermann narrates a live radio piece with live Foley and musical accompaniment by the Ensemble.

Bill Hellermann, well known as a composer guitarist in the downtown scene in the 70’s through the 90’s, has in the last ten years increasingly appeared as a reciter/narrator of texts in experimental music works. Among his many awards is a Prix de Rome from The American Academy in Rome. As a curator at PS 1, the Clock Tower and the Alternative Museum, he launched some of the first exhibitions of sound sculpture and audio art, and in the process bringing into usage the term “Soundart”.

The DownTown Ensemble was founded in 1983 by its Co-directors, Daniel Goode and William Hellermann, as a response to a perceived need for repertoire customarily under-represented in today’s new music world. “This intrepid group of conceptualists cuts no aesthetic corners” (The Village Voice). The Ensemble has made its reputation performing a number of different types of experimental music, such as: traditionally notated and graphic music scores; sound/text music; ritual/intermedia pieces; performance art and Fluxus; improvisation in a number of traditions; large ensemble scores for variable (unspecified) instrumentation; and interactive computer music. The group regularly features composers performing and directing their music often written expressly for the Ensemble. There have been over 150 such collaborations since the group’s inception. www.soundart.org/dte.html

This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency and private contributors.

E IL TOPO

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E IL TOPO PERFORMANCE
28 APRIL 2012 @ WHITE BOX


New York City – April 28, 2012 – In only four years (1992-1996) E IL TOPO has recorded, through the contribution of artists such as Art Club 2000, Massimo Bartolini, Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Mark Dion, Dominique Gonzales Foerster, among others, the spirit and attitude of a generation of artists which, at that time, was about to achieve definitive international recognition both by the critique and the public, anticipating in this sense the experience of relational art, which in recent times we have learned to recognize in very different and complex ways.

These artists had proposed inedited projects that were mixed, overlapped, sometimes hidden, but always showing a completely innovative practice for the moment in which they were being developed.
The 4th issue, conceived during the installation of Aperto 93 at the Venice Biennale, consisted of 105 portraits of the artists and curators who took part of it; but the names were exchanged, deconstructing the meaning of personality in art history. After sixteen years, E IL TOPO originally created by Gabriele Di Matteo, Franco Silvestro and Vedova Mazzei, has decided to leave its lethargy and to get going again to create new issues.
In 2012, the 12th issue, against the archaeological tendencies that led to the research of ultimate sense in sad fossils, E IL TOPO decided, de motu propio, to summon personalities of the art world who passed away during the lapse of time in which the magazine vanished.
Introduced by a series of performances, readings and secret activities, the new publication, a fragile and living organism itself, is being presented in prestigious institutions such as Careof, Milan, on March 27th, in Berlin at Supportico Lopez Gallery on June 21st, and at White Box, New York on April 30th, where the performance by Art Club 2000 and Martin Gimenez, directed by Gabriele Di Matteo, will be centered on the figure of the late American artist Sibyl Cohen.
Participating artists are alma mater Gabriele Di Matteo, Art Club 2000, Martín Giménez, Franco Silvestro, Francesco Fossati and Francesco Locatelli.
The launch of this new issue, a true séance, will bring to ephemeral existence those in the portraits that are no more, blurring with sharp images the concept of life.

DISPLACEMENT

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Roberta Lima: Displacement
Curated by Lara Pan
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

A one-night performance with a lecture by Professor Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein

White Box presents Displacement, the New York debut performance and installation by Brazlian artist Roberta Lima, followed by a lecture by Professor Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein. The artistic approach of Roberta Lima explores fundamental aspects related to performing arts movement, space, body, past experiences, and emotional associations. Her experience as an architect distinguishes her artistic expression among new forms of performance art.
The public at her performances goes through the process of testing the temporal effects of architectural articulation where the artist explicitly uses her body as a tool in the service of architecture. This experience encourages the audience to function together to debate the language of performance. Her performance that took place in 2008 in the city of Krems called 6teen Stitches, where she manifests her critique of historically as well as socially defined female stereotypes, is the construction and deconstruction of femininity. The question of how a live-performance creates and influences social relations and space plays an important part in this. After the live-performance, the video loops continue to exist in the form of an installation in the festival venue. This and other earlier performances of Roberta Lima reexamined feminism through architecture, illustrating and honoring circus freak-show performances from the past, where the perfect concentration and a domination of body and space were major elements.
“Displacement” has many interesting components. Roberta Lima marries elements from “The Burial” (Foundation),”The Fall” (Rupture, partial exposure) and “The Excavation” (search explore). In doing so, Lima is exploring with boundaries of feminism again particularly when considered in light of Dolores Hayden’s perspective on the architecture of gender. According to Hayden, the predominant architecture is for two-earner families, which Lima represents in “The Burial” (Foundation). The single parent family (Hayden), Lima represents as The Fall (partial exposure). Hayden terms architecture for the single people what Lima represents as “The Excavation” (search for and exploration of the self). She is suggesting architecture of bold communications.
“Displacement” contains the spy camera in the concrete block. The spy camera is an omnipresent component in Lima’s performance. It is replacement for what we call “Plan” in architecture.

“If the plan is clear you can see where to go” In her recent projects, Lima attached the spy camera to her body and connected it to visual mediums through cables. The cables limited her movements, yet they linked her body to the space. The spy camera enables this connection by mapping and registering the traces left by her actions. For the performance at White Box, Lima “displaces” the spy camera by installing the camera on another surface: inside the concrete cube. If at the start her body is still connected to it (when she carries, holds the cube), during the fall, the spy camera will travel the various plans of the space and will gradually take a distance to Lima’s body.
The performances of Roberta Lima can create a healthy controversy. The idea of the process is present in the different stages of her work. Space, time, and body have been put in a fragile situation. She is creating a conceptual meeting of the architectural implications in the critical social and gender issues of our era.
—Lara Pan

FILM NOIR MACHINE

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“Oan Kim: One Second Diary

October 22 – November 5, 2011

Concert and Video Performance
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm @ WHITE BOX

In participation of Performa ’11, the most important performance biennial in NY, White Box will present ‘Film Noir Machine’ a concert and video performance by Oan Kim. It is a 30-minute audio-visual concert performance featuring original music and video by the artist.
The viewer will be immersed in a unique and vibrant experience for the senses, through a vivid collage of colorized old movies, accompanied with music that uniquely combines sixties jazz a la Miles Davis with the raw energy and attitude of rock music.
Through this presentation, the artist seeks to create a loose but palpable narrative exacerbating senses and emotions of fear, anger, ecstasy, and melancholy. Through the confusion of a bad dream unfolds an intense contemplation of memories and time.

WHERE IS AI WEI WEI?

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Where is Ai Weiwei?

Special Exhibition/Film Screening/Performances and Benefit Art Sale – June 7th 2011

6PM Performances
7PM Symposium-moderated by Jerome A. Cohen
8PM Benefit Art Sale

Link to video : Alfredo Jaar

Link to video : Carol Bogart

Where is Ai Weiwei?
Symposium moderated by Jerome A. Cohen (Human Rights lawyer as well as adviser to the US government, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International). This symposium included a broad demographic of influential and informed panelists: Chilean-born artist, architect and filmmaker, Alfredo Jaar; art critic and author (recently wrote article on Ai Weiwei in a summer issue of Art in America), Eleanor Heartney; Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Carroll Bogert; journalist for The Wall Street Journal and personal acquaintance of Ai Weiwei, Melik Kaylan; Russian artist of collective “Komar and Melamid,” Alexander Melamid; and Chinese art specialist, author and professor Joan L. Cohen.

BIOLOGICAL MODELS

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Lecture/Demonstration and Q&A with Elliot Sharp

Composer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Elliott Sharp will speak about the use of natural forms and processes in his formal compositions. He will focus on such works as Tessalation Row, SyndaKit, and Occam’s Razor and play examples of each as well as performing an improvisation on guitar based on Fibonacci numbers.

Elliott Sharp is a 2010 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York
Foundation for the Arts (NYFA.) This presentation is co-sponsored by the
Artists & Audiences Exchange, a NYFA public program, funded with
leadership support from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA).
website: http://www.elliottsharp.com
Tour diaries and other writings: http://www.repple.se/datacide/writings.html

FRENCH CONNECTION + ELLIOT SHARP TECTONICS

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The French Connection + Elliott Sharp’s Tectonics + White Box

June 24th, 2010, 8:00 PM @ WHITE BOX

A freeform meeting between two French musicians and two New York musicians spanning the spectrum between improvised and composed, noisy and tranquil, loud and soft, formal and irrational, acoustic and electronic.

In addition, Sharp will perform music from his new solo Tectonics CD “Abstraction Distraction” on the French label Autres Cordes. This is the latest installment of his continuing exploration of jungle, dub step, free jazz, and psychedelica in his Tectonics series which began in 1992 with the eponymous Tectonics and continued with Field & Stream and Errata.
Elliott Sharp is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer and central figure in the avant-garde music scene in New York City for over thirty years. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction. His collaborators have included Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Radio-Symphony of Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry, computer artist Perry Hoberman; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Sonny Sharrock, Oliver Lake, and Billy Hart; turntable innovator Christian Marclay; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jahjouka from Morocco. Sharp¹s work was featured in the 2008 New Music Stockholm festival with the premiere of ³Sidebands² and at the Hessischer Rundfunk Klangbiennale in May 2007 with the premiere of his orchestral work ³On Corlear¹s Hook². He is now woorking on a commissioned opera for the Bavarian Opera in Munich. The documentary film about Sharp¹s work by Bert Shapiro, ³Doing The Don¹t², has just been released on DVD and screened at international film festivals.

Franck Vigroux works in the fields of electronic music, new media, composition and improvisation. He leads many bands and projects such as Push the triangle, Supersonic Riverside Blues. He has played or recorded with musicians such as Bruno Chevillon, Elliott Sharp, Marc Ducret, Ben Miller, Helene Breschand, Joey Baron, Michel Blanc, Stephane Payen,Andrea Parkins, Matthew Bourne, Edward Perraud, writer Kenji Siratori, video artists Scorpene Horrible, Philippe Fontes, Mariano Equizzi. In 2009 he won the prize Villa Medicis Hors les Murs for an artist residency in New York. Franck Vigroux is also the founder of d¹Autres Cordes a record label dedicated to aventurous music. He has played in hundreds of festivals and clubs in Europe and Asia, as a guitarist or turntablist and conducted improvisers orchestras worldwide ( Nagoya, Barcelona, Leeds,etcŠ), he has been commissioned by Ars Nova ensemble instrumental and Radio France . He also presents audiovisual installations such as Recolte and O. Recent works for theater ³septembres² by philippe malone, music for films ³the nishiazabu affair² by mariano equizzi, ³dust² 30mn, directed by franck vigroux in 2007, ³recolte² video suite, 2009, by franck vigroux.

Zeena Parkins Multi-instrumentalist, composer, improvisor, well-known as a pioneer of the electric harp she describes her harp as a ³sound machine of limitless capacity². Zeena¹s unique vision is one that seeks to both meld and highlight opposites. She has broken musical boundaries to create a highly personal and stunning body of work. Or, to quote the WDC Period ³Music that makes you hike up your britches and howl like a coyote².

Helene Breschand was born in Paris and became very fascinated by the harp at an early age. She discovered in the 1970’s the full spectrum of contemporary music from serial to free-jazz and new technologies and joined the Conservatory of Paris to study harp with Brigitte Sylvestre who opened her mind to a different approach of the instrument. Shefocussed ona represention for the hinge between written music and improvisation. She performs extensively as a soloist and in the worlds of improvisation, musical theater and the plastic arts and works with composers Luciano Berio, Emmanuel Nunes, Yoshihisa Taira. Among her groups, there is the Trio Hélène Breschand with Sylvain Kassap and Didier Petit; the duet “sombre” with guitarist Jean-François Pauvros and the group LABORINTUS. Her solo CD “Le goût du sel” has received widespread acclaim.
http://www.myspace.com/helenebreschand – http://www.helenebreschand.fr/

Made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FAJE, Chamber Music of America, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, SACEM, and CulturesFrance.

DEFRAGMENTED

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Defragmented: a concert of emergent systems
Featuring Marko Timlin and thenumber46 (Suzanne Thorpe + Philip White) + special guest Gill Arno
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
8:00pm

Defragmented: a concert of emergent systems, features Finnish-based composer/sound artist Marko Timlin alongside thenumber46, the collaborative effort of electro-acoustic flutist Suzanne Thorpe and electronic musician Philip White. Both Timlin and thenumber46 employ improvisation and non-linear analog systems to create music in which a delicate balance exists between the human and machine. A music at once intuitive and mechanical. Explosive and subdued. Violent and meditative. For the NYC show, Gill Arno will present a piece made of sequences shot in the foggy/snowy Italian plains where he spent his adolescence, with a live soundtrack drawn from more recent abstractions. With this work he will engage psychological and technological devices used to construct an ever-dissolving, continuously redefined sense of self.

Bios:

Marko Timlin is a Helsinki-based sound artist, composer, musician and inventor of virtual and analogue instruments. He has developed an intuitive interaction with electronic media, creating his own unconventional sound adventures in an improvisational context challenging to both the ear and the mind. Maintaining a delicate balance between order and chaos, his music happens in real-time, often surprising the artist as well as audience. His performances are effectively a dialog between man and machine.

Timlin founded the Berlin-based group tritop with Antye and Jotka of Laub, with whom he released 2 CDs and a Vinyl-maxi on INFRACOM records. His collaborations include Merja Nieminen, Kristina Frei (Zeit_Raum), Klaus Janek, Pink Twins and Petri Kuljuntausta (Helsinki Invasion), NewImproMasters, Laub, Tarwater, Rope, Foo Fanick and the 17 Hippies. He has toured extensively throughout Europe with his “Sensor-Sound-Machine” instrument. http://www.timlin.de/

thenumber46 push and coax feedback systems, physically and psychologically, into ultimate audible terrains, extracting sonic extremes from their instruments and themselves. Consisting of Suzanne Thorpe on flute and electronics and Philip White on electronic feedback, the duo improvise on the precipice of unpredictable sounds, exploiting the volatile and explosive in their music. They have toured throughout the U.S., performing at galleries and venues including the Fractal Mind Gaze Hut, Oakland, CA; OK Mountain, Austin, TX; Redux Contemporary Art Studios, Charleston, SC; Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY; The Stone, NYC; and the Pyramid Atlantic, MD. Their recording, bleach and ammonia, was recorded at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, Oakland, CA, and recently released in limited-edition cassette format on Tape Drift. http://thenumber46.com/

Suzanne Thorpe is a composer, improviser, educator and curator. She has performed with Chris Brown, David Dove, Annette Krebs, Maggie Nicols, Bhob Rainey, Pauline Oliveros, Gino Robair, Zeena Parkins, Ulrich Krieger and more at places such as Issue Project Room (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Diapason (NYC), the Activating the Medium Festival (SF), the No Idea Festival (Austin), etc. In another life, she is a founding member of Mercury Rev, with whom she worked from 1989 � 2001, a member of The Wounded Knees and can be heard from time-to-time mucking it up with J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., all three of whom she played with at 2009’s All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Nightmare Before Christmas in England. http://www.suzannethorpe.com

Philip White�s performances center on a non-linear feedback system, which consists of a mixer and several homemade circuits. In addition to his work with analog and digital electronics, White has written extensively for chamber ensembles and created a large body of inter-media pieces that explore meaning in information transmission. His works have been exhibited in galleries across the US and Germany. In addition his solo performances he currently works with Suzanne Thorpe (thenumber46), Chuck Johnson (with chuck johnson with philip white) and Ryan Talman. Recent and upcoming performances/exhibitions include Bent Festival 2010, New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, Diapason (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Sonic Circuits (DC), Redux New Media Festival (Charleston, SC) and Galerie Neurotitan (Berlin). Philip was recently awarded a Meet the Composer Creative Connections grant. http://www.prwhite.net/

Gill Arno was born in Italy and lives in Brooklyn, NY. His work explores areas where sound and image overlap, and is often constructed with found objects and found sound. He is known for his project mpld in which he utilizes two modified slide projectors to create performances where static images become pulsating and fade continuously into one another. The projector’s mechanical sounds are tapped and manipulated to reveal their musical potential. Other activities include performances with the New York Phonographers and in various other collaborative and improvised settings. He publishes books, recordings and other multiples via his own imprint, Unframed Recordings, and runs Fotofono, a small studio in Brooklyn where sometimes public events are held.