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WhiteBoxLab>>SoundLounge : Binibon by Elliott Sharp

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WhiteBoxLab >> SoundLounge presents

Binibon

October 11 – 16, 2016

Composed and Directed by Elliott Sharp

Text by Jack Womack

Projection design by Janene Higgins
Featuring Jedadiah Schultz, Ryan Quinn, Julie Brown, Jack Womack

Open rehearsals | October 11th – 13rd | 11am-6pm

Theatric performance | October 14th & 15th | 8pm

Matinee performance & Panel | October 16th | 3pm

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New York City – WhiteBox is pleased to present the work of composer and opera creator Elliott Sharp and writer Jack Womack as part of WhiteBoxLab>>SoundLounge. For one week, WhiteBox’s main exhibition space will act as a laboratory hosting the work of Elliott Sharp, culminating in three theatrical performances of Binibon, an Opera portraying an off-beat, milestone tale transpiring in a distinctly Downtown New York City cultural moment. Binibon premiered at the iconic venue The Kitchen in May 2009.

WhiteBox and Elliott Sharp are jointly responding to and coloring a pervasive, dual changing landscape in NYC, namely the opera scene—stagnant— and real estate gentrification—enlarging. Staging this work in an untraditional, street-bound, enduring alternative art venue allows for the hosting of an intricate, essential panel discussion on the affinities and aspects of divergence between what the multifarious Bohemian East Village neighborhood art-scene represented culturally, and what today’s acutely ‘professionalized’ art district Lower East Side stands for. Discussions will be open to the general art audiences as well as to the local, variegated LES/Chinatown communities.

As a laboratory, WhiteBoxLab>>SoundLounge is delighted to open all musical and staging rehearsals free and open to the public, from October 9 th to the 13 th , preceding the final performances on October 14 th and 15 th at 7pm, and Matinee Sunday, October 16 th at 3pm. A talk with Elliott Sharp and special guests, moderated by Juan Puntes will be held after the performance on the 16 th .

Binibon is a work of both, musical theater, literature and alternative history based on the 1981 murder of Richard Adan by author Jack Henry Abbott. Richard was a waiter and the night manager at the Binibon, a cafe and 24-hour hangout on 2 nd Avenue at East 5th Street in the East Village, a nexus for artists, musicians, neighborhood characters and bohemians true and faux. Abbott was a talented writer, as well as an imprisoned killer who became the protégé of famed author Norman Mailer (Mailer sponsored his release into a halfway house on 3rd Street.) The killing was an important cusp-point in the history of the neighborhood, its culture, its daily life, its real estate, and its future. Elliot Sharp’s music draws upon his own compositional and performance innovations that he developed during the time of these events with ties to punk, No Wave, noise, dance, industrial and exotic sounds. Jack Womack is famed for his “Dryco Series” of novels portraying a post-Apocalypse NYC.

Elliott Sharp 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. Installation include Foliage, Fluvial, Chromatine, and Tag. His Cryptid Fragments was included in the Bitstreams show at the Whitney Museum.

Jack Womack is an American playwright and author of fiction and speculative fiction. He moved to New York City in 1977 where he lives with his wife and daughter. His oeuvre consists of Random Acts of Senseless Violence (1993), Heathern (1990), Ambient (1987), Terraplane (1988), Elvissey (1993, Going, Going, Gone (2000), Let’s Put the Future Behind Us (1996), Lying to Children (2004) “Womack’s fiction may be determinedly non-cyber, but, with its commitment to using Science Fiction as a vehicle for social critique, it definitely has a punky edge.” – William Gibson

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

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Carla Gannis, Brian L. Frye, Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky & Tim Schneider | The Art Markets Are Present

The Art Markets Are Present

Carla Gannis, Brian L. Frye,Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky & Tim Schneider

Thursday, August 25 | 7 pm

"Autoeroticomplete" is the title 2015, animated gif by Carla Gannis

“Autoeroticomplete” is the title
2015, animated gif by Carla Gannis

Special presentation discussing the intersection between art, technology, and business.  Followed by a panel discussion with the artists and writers.

Moderated by Lara Pan

Free Admission

About the Participants

Carla Gannis
www.carlagannis.com
@carlagannis

Carla GannisCarla Gannis identifies as a visual storyteller. With the use of 21st Century representational technologies she narrates through a “digital looking glass” where reflections on power, sexuality, marginalization, and agency emerge. She is fascinated by digital semiotics and the situation of identity in the blurring contexts of physical and virtual.


Gannis has also participated on numerous panels regarding intersections in art and technology including “Let’s Get Digital” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and “Cogency in the Imaginarium” at Cooper Union and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2015 her speculative fiction was included in DEVOURING THE GREEN:: fear of a human planet: a cyborg / eco poetry anthology, published by Jaded Ibis Press.

Since 2003, Gannis’ work has appeared in over 20 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibitions include “A Subject Self-Defined” at TRANSFER Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and “The Garden of Emoji Delights” both at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT and at The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY. Features on her work have appeared in The Creators Project, The Huffington Post, Wired, Buzzfeed, FastCo, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Art Critical, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ARTnews,  and The LA Times, among others.


Brian Frye
http://ournixon.com/
@brianlfrye
Brian FryeBrian L. Frye is a filmmaker, writer, and professor of law. His films explore relationships between history, society, and cinema through archival and amateur images. In 2013, he produced the documentary Our Nixon, which was broadcast by CNN and opened theatrically nationwide.

Brian L. Frye is also Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He joined the faculty of the College of Law in 2012. He teaches classes in civil procedure, intellectual property, copyright, and nonprofit organizations, as well as a seminar on law and popular culture.

Brian’s films have been shown by The Whitney Museum, New York Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, New York Underground Film Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Warhol Museum, Media City and Images Festival. His films are in the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum. His writing on film has appeared in October, The New Republic, Film Comment and The Village Voice. A Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky, his legal scholarship concerns interactions between the law and the arts, focusing on issues relating to nonprofit organizations and intellectual property. Brian is a Creative Capital grantee and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012.

Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky
www.shiftingplanes.org/
@dima_strakovsky

Dmitry "Dima" Strakovsky Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky was born in St.Petersburg, Russia in 1976. He has lived in the United States since 1988. Dima completed his MFA degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art and Technology and stayed in Chicago for several years producing art and working for various companies in the toy invention industry. He has been able to parlay this experience into a series of classes that deal with electro-mechanical fabrication and software development in the arts.

Dima’s work spans diverse media and conceptual interests. Collaborative performances, media installations, drawing and sculptural works are just some of the examples of different modalities that define his output. His work has been included in a variety of exhibitions and events at venues such as Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Moscow Biennale, Mediations Biennale (Poznan) and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.

Tim Schneider
www.thegray-market.com/about/
Tim Schneider
Tim Schneider is a an LA based freelance writer who primarily focuses on the intersection of art, tech, and business. He founded the blog The Gray Market in 2013. The Gray Market seeks to help fine artists, art dealers, and arts professionals build sustainable careers in an industry where economics are seldom discussed, best practices have yet to be developed, and technology is (finally) creating change.

Previously, he spent seven years in the Los Angeles gallery sector, primarily overseeing prominent private and corporate collections, as well as project-managing site-specific installations by leading blue-chip artists. While he continues writing, Schneider now also consults on diverse projects for dealers, artists, collectors, and startups, as well as providing expert testimony in legal matters on the inner workings of the art market. His first book, The Great Reframing: How Technology Will––and Won’t––Change Contemporary Art Sales Forever, will be completed later this year.

 

Conceived by Lara Pan

Contact: press@whiteboxny.org

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Sarah Singh + Rey Parla | The Creative Process in Art & Filmmaking

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WhiteBoxLab>> Critical Thursdays

Sarah Singh + Rey Parla

The Creative Process in Art & Filmmaking

Special presentation introducing their singular practices
Followed by panel discussion moderated by Lara Pan

About the Artists

Sarah Singh
A filmmaker, artist, award-winning documentarian and photographer, Sarah Singh was born    into the RScreen Shot 2016-08-16 at 5.21.49 PMoyal family of Patiala, Punjab in India. As a  young child, her family moved to the US and it was not  until her early 20s that she was able to psychologically  connect with India, but once it happened, she was    totally ‘seduced by it’. Her latest artistic expression, A  Million Rivers saw a world premiere at the Victoria and  Albert Museum, London, and has since screened at    the Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany and as a private    preview at the Löwen palais, Berlin to much acclaim    and applause.

I consider myself primarily an architect of images, and writing poetry is an intrinsic part of this architectural filmmaking process because it helps me distill the conceptual framework.

For Whitebox Lab, she will discuss her practice and show select parts of A Million Rivers, her surrealist work of film art which stars legendary actors Om Puri and Lillete Dubey. A Million Rivers will have its North American premiere November 2016 in New York City.

Sarah’s next film will star some of the world’s most interesting actors and is set in Germany. It will challenge both an American film genre and an American art aesthetic that has been dominated by men.

 

Rey Parlá
Rey Parlá is a Cuban American visual artist working in photography, painting and filmmaking. Parlá firReyst received recognition for his “motion-paintings” at the 12th Annual Miami International Film Festival. Parlá’s time based media works are short Super 8 film documentaries he then hand-painted, edited, and collaged after shooting his brother José Parlá and friends while they created mural painting projects in Miami. Early exposure to Hip Hop culture and its environment drew him to photography and filmmaking. Parlá references artists such as Georges Méliès, Man Ray, Len Lye, Stan Brakhage, Tony Conrad, and László Moholy-Nagy and many others who often time radically contradicted the current view that photography or filmmaking must only depict the natural world.

I am the camera. My hands the mechanical levers, my eyes the prism and lens, my energy processes “negative capability” through painting, scratching, and drawing while using line and light to deconstruct and re-construct the mysteries of the visual image as I create self-portraits on this celluloid material of emulsions.”

Parlá has received Honorable Mentions and Special Event Presentations for his films : Rumba Abstracta, Sporadic Germination, and The Revolution of Super 8 Universe: A Self-Portrait at several film festivals like: The Anti Film Festival, The Alliance Cinema, Milan International Film Festival, Flower Film Festival, The Central Florida Film & Video Festival, The Independent Feature Project, El Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte Roma (MUCA Roma), The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, and The Cuban Alternative Film Festival in Little Habana. Parlá is currently preparing for an upcoming show at *happylucky no.1* gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

Conceived by Lara Pan

Contact: press@whiteboxny.org

Presented by WhiteBox
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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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Sergio Krakowski : Exclusive Performance for WhiteboxLab | Aug 11 @ 9:30 PM

Sergio

WhiteBoxLab>>SoundLounge
Critical Thursdays

Sergio Krakowski
Exclusive Performance for WhiteboxLab

Thursday, August 11 | 9:30 pm

Followed by conversation with Sergio Krakowski & Lara Pan

About the artist:
Born on December 18th 1979, Sergio dedicated his whole life to the Pandeiro, also known as the Brazilian Tambourine. A complete “hand drum kit”, this instrument has always been considered a symbol of Brazilian Music and Culture. Crossing whatever national and cultural barrier, Sergio made this instrument a possible tool in various musical genres, from the Choro, the fundament of Brazilian Music, to Jazz, Contemporary and Electronic Music.

In his twenty year career, Sergio Krakowski has shared the stage with artists such as Maria Bethânia, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lionel Loueke, Donny McCaslin, Anat Cohen, David Binney, Edmar Castañeda, Cyro Baptista, Gregoire Maret, Tigran Hamasyan, Dan Weiss, Miles Okazaki, John Escreet, Nate Wood, Lenine, Chico César, David Linx, Chano Domínguez, Maria João, Mario Laginha, Nelson Veras, Yamandú Costa and Hamilton de Holanda.

In June 2013, Sergio moved to New York and got involved in many musical projects, recorded on the album “Anacapa” by David Binney, joined Edmar Castañeda’s World Music Ensemble, created a duo project with Cyro Baptista that played at the legendary experimental music headquarter, The Stone, and joined the Choro Aventuroso, Anat Cohen’s Brazilian music band that performed in NYC’s most prestigious venues such as the Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 54 Below, and outside the US, at the Umbria Winter Jazz Festival.  He also performed as part of the exhibition Ernesto Neto: el cuerpo que me lleva at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.


 

The artist will discuss his art practice and most recent album, “Pássaros: The Foundation of the Island” released by Ruweh Records on June 2nd at National Sawdust.

Link to artist’s website: http://www.skrako.com/

Conceived by Lara Pan

Contact: press@whiteboxny.org

Presented by WhiteBox
@WhiteBoxny
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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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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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Outsider Art Film Screening & Rare Works on View S.S.S. (Sava Sekulic Self-Taught) Thursday, Aug 4 @ 7pm

Sava Sekulić, The Pig with the Four Heads, 1960
WhiteBoxLab>>Critical Thursdays 

 Outsider Art Film Screening & Rare Works on View

S.S.S. (Sava Sekulic Self-Taught)
Thursday, August 4 | 7pm
Free Admission

 

About the Film


Sava Sekulić (1902-1989), a poet and a painter, was a unique phenomenon in Serbian modern art having been part of the ‘marginal’ group L´Art Brut. Illiterate until the age of 30, he taught himself how to read and write, signing his works “CCC” (SSS in Cyrillic) standing  for Sava Sekulić Samouk, “Samouk” meaning Self-Taught. This film was recorded in Belgrade and Jagodina (Svetozarevo, Ex-Yugoslavia) in 1973, remaining the only existing documentary on his life and work.

 

About the Artist

After being rejected and mistreated in his poverty-stricken hometown of Bilisani in Croatia, the 17-year old Sava Sekulić set out for a new life.  Barefooted, he marched from place to place, working at various odd jobs across Croatia, the Lika region, Slavonia and Syrmia, and eventually found himself in Belgrade where he lived for the rest of his life. He took any job he got offered – farm laborer, lumberman, bricklayer, and factory worker – and struggled just to barely survive. In 1924, he married his first wife who passed away shortly after their only child’s death. Deeply affected by yet another tragic loss, Sava Sekulić started painting and writing poetry in 1932. Having been an illiterate until the age of 30, he taught himself how to read and write and signed his works “CCC” meaning “SSS” in the Cyrillic alphabet and standing for Sava Sekulić Samuk, “Samuk” meaning self-taught.

 

About the Director


Slobodan D. Pesic was born in 1956 in Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He is a director and writer, known for The Harms Case (1987), Heart of a Dog and Recycle This Movie.

Pesic also co-wrote (with Annie Gottlieb) a book: “The Cube” (HarperCollins SF, 1995), which has been translated into 6 languages. The Cube is an imagination game—and more—that holds a secret you are dared not to reveal. Last seen making the rounds in the coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, the Cube is rumored to be of ancient Sufi origin, but no one really knows for certain. This mystery game just seems to reappear when and where it is needed. Now it is here! Inside these pages, the game is revealed along with intriguing stories of others who have played the Cube—including such celebrities as Gloria Steinem, Willem Dafoe, Erica Jong, and Judy Collins.

 

Conceived by Lara Pan

 

 

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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

 

 

Lit Lounge Sundays Salon > Stand Up Philosophy

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WhiteboxLab>Lit Lounge

presents

Stand Up Philosophy – Dejan Lukic

Step Not Beyond / Philosophical Therapeutics for the Lucid

A series of spring workshops on Hallucination
Sunday, March 29 | 3-5 pm
Sundays, April 12 & 26 | 3-5 pm

Donate to WhiteboxLab>Lit Lounge

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

On Hallucination

Is it fair to say that superior works of art, literature, philosophy, film, etc., are some kinds of (precise and revelatory) hallucination? To what extent can we address reality itself as hallucinatory? On the other hand, what are the implications of sober hallucination, one that results neither from intoxication nor from any disorder? The Latin root of the term is hallucinari, meaning “gone astray in thought.” Hence, is it not ethically and aesthetically necessary to produce (in this world, our world, gone astray) a work that is equally out of bounds, wandering according to its own impulses? How else can reinvigorated sensations, ideas, and worlds emerge (if not during twilight and dawn)?

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