MONO NO AWARE VII
+ LASER/WATER INSTALLATION / ALTERNATIVE LIGHT PROJECTION & RUNNING WATER / JULIETTE DUMAS (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
This is an alternative film projector in which the lens and the film are replaced by a drop of water.
a company in China assembled an RGB white light laser module
R + G + B = W for White
white light laser
a drop of water falls through the laser beam and diffracts the light
W = R + G + B : a rainbow is projected on the wall
(Installed Friday & Saturday)
Juliette Dumas was born in Paris in 1987. She graduated from la Villa Arson, Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art, Nice, France, in 2010 (Bachelors of Fine Art) and from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, in 2013 with a Masters of Fine Art. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn New York.
+ INFINITAS VIA / ALTERNATIVE LIGHT PROJECTION & MOTORIZED INSTALLATION / CHARLOTTE BECKET (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
INFINITAS VIA is an organized mass of braces and pulleys spooling dozens of colored elastic bands. The exploded diagram becomes cohesive as a lens bends the light reflected from the structure to create a mirage-like image on the wall. While the structure itself is a closed looping cell, the projected image depicts an illusion of traveling down an endless night road, suggesting a hallucination of escape. The animated projection is essentially a type of self-surveillance or monitoring, the piece collapses the image of a cage and escape. The machine becomes figurative, an analogue mechanism whose only function is to project a looping image of progress or liberation. A discourse between actual and perceived agency emerges, in this instance a hallucination or fantasy of escape satisfies the need.
Charlotte Becket lives and works in New York City where she is also an Assistant Professor at Pace University. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include Valentine Gallery in Ridgewood NY, Crisp Gallery in London, LEAP in Berlin, Taxter and Spengemann in New York City as well as group exhibitions at Gazelli Art House in London, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, and Anna Kustera, NY Studio Gallery, Leslie Heller, Passerby and the Invitational Exhibition Academy of Arts and Letters, among others in New York City. She has been invited to lecture on her work at various galleries and universities and has been the recipient of grants from The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Tony Smith Foundation, and the Verizon Foundation. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, TimeOut London, ArtForum, and Art in America, among others. She was recently included in, 100 Artists, a compendium of interviews with 100 international contemporary artists by Francesca Gavin.
+ SKINNER #3 / DUAL 16MM PROJECTION & FILM LOOP INSTALLATION WITH OPTICAL SOUND / JAE SONG (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
SKINNER #3, is part of a three-part series of entities that come to life when turned on and eventually wear down and die. A single 16mm loop goes through two projectors to create a conversation with the past and the future in the present. They are made from concepts of biology (brain), physics (time space movement), and philosophy (Skinner #3 using Lacan, Heidegger). They are existential experiments, they are portraits of a person’s frustration. The physical person becomes a projection of the thoughts, the thoughts are physical looming over and around looping through the projectors. They are also explorations into the medium. Using the unraveled film to show time in its physical form and sculpting time to create meaning in the present.
(Installed Friday & Saturday)
Jae Song has a degree in philosophy and painting. His work concentrates on semiotics, existentialism, and portraits. His work is an attempt to represent the self and explore questions of one’s reality and express feelings of frustrations in whimsical ways to turn angst into a sense of wonder. He resides in Brooklyn riding motorcycles, making kites and wooden boxes.
+ LIGHT BOX COLLAGES / 35MM, 16MM, & MEDIUM FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY & LIGHT BOX INSTALLATION / MARK STREET (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
This series of LIGHT BOX COLLAGES (Gravity’s Veil and Guilty) are made by gluing transparent images to 16×20 inch boxes that emit light. Images are culled from my original 16mm and 35mm film outtakes, as well as photographs I recorded on the street, old film strips, and hand painted slides bought on the street in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Each piece combines new and old, found and created images juxtaposed in unexpected and inventive ways so that an unfamiliar, yet eerily resonant world is stitched together in each work. These lightboxes reference photographic images, proto-cinematic investigations (zoetropes, sequential slides etc), cultural detritus and the collage aesthetic and become more than the sum of their parts in challenging viewers to participate in a fresh artistic experience.
(Installed Friday & Saturday)
Mark Street graduated from Bard College (B.A, 1986) and the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 1992). He has shown work in the New York Museum of Modern Art Cineprobe series (1991, 1994), at Anthology Film Archives (1993, 2006, 2009), Millennium (1990,1996), and the San Francisco Cinematheque (1986, 1992, 2009). His work has appeared at the Tribeca (5 times), Sundance, Rotterdam, New York, London, San Francisco, New York Underground, Sarajevo, Viennale, Ourense (Spain), Mill Valley, South by Southwest, and other film festivals. He is Associate Professor of Film in the Visual Art Department at Fordham University-Lincoln Center where he teaches film/video production and other courses that engage contemporary artistic practice.
+ CAMERA PAINTINGS / 16MM FILM & LIGHT BOX INSTALLATION / JOEL SCHLEMOWITZ (BROOKLYN, NY)
The CAMERA PAINTINGS (Kaoru and Bushwick & Myrtle) are filmic still images, using the camera lens as paintbrush, moving across the landscape outside the darkened chamber of the machine, to render a mosaic, a whole that is formed from the passing of time, the brief moments of sequential frames of the motion picture.
(Installed Friday & Saturday)
Joel Schlemowitz is an experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He was the recipient of a Puffin Foundation grant in 2013. His work has shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Microscope Gallery and has received awards from the Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Dallas Video Festival.
+ LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION & PRISMATIC EYEWEAR / JODIE MACK (LEBANON, NEW HAMPSHIRE)
A stroboscopic spectacle for the spectacles. This black and white film is designed for viewers to wear prismatic glasses to fill the room with colorful light. The optical sound was created in Photoshop.
Jodie Mack, born in London in 1983, is an experimental animator who received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College. Her films have screened internationally, including at the Images Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Views From the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival. She has presented solo animation programs at the Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Film Forum, and the Northwest Film Forum. She was a featured artist at the 2011 Flaherty Seminar. She is the 2013 recipient of the Marion McMahan Award at the Images Festival.
+ SECOND HERMENEUTIC / 16MM DUAL PROJECTION & VIDEO CAMERA READING LIGHT-AS-SOUND / MIKE MORRIS (DALLAS, TEXAS)
SECOND HERMENEUTIC is the second work in a series that explores the nature of interpretation. In this case, a pair of 16mm projections are overlapped while being captured by an HD video camera. The analog component signal is fed into an audio mixer without any further filtering. All audio in the piece is produced by the camera’s output. The video waveform is manipulated by the film projection to produce a real-time, synaesthetic-cinematic experience using the artifacts of one medium interpreting another as raw material.
Michael A. Morris is an artist and educator working primarily in film, video, and expanded cinematic forms. His recent work has moved toward two not-completely separate points of focus: essayistic works in film and video that mine accumulations of meaning attached to objects, sites, and experiences; and performative works that initiate hybrid situations where an act of interpretation occurs between technologies. Both tendencies question the evolving understanding of cinematic reception. He lives and works in Dallas, Texas.
+ THE TELEPATHY SESSIONS / 16MM DUAL PROJECTION & LIVE SOUND, GUIDED MEDITATION, & HYPNOTIC SUGGESTION / BRITTANY GRAVELY (BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) & KENNETH LINEHAN (PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND) AS MAGICAL APPROACH
Generated from co-meditation, telepathic transference and remote viewing practices, Magical Approach will ceremonially project visually and sonically stages of a cinematic rite of passage created for this particular time and space. The performance will include guided meditation, hypnotic suggestion, spectral techno-mediated visions, cinematic tarot card portraits and color-saturated intimate realms of ritual, ceremony, art and play – where the natural and supernatural tangle. Each audience member will receive a Zener-like card containing a personal divination for this night and the coming days.
Magical Approach is the live cinema practice of Brittany Gravely (Boston, MA) and Kenneth Linehan (Providence, RI). Combining multiple 16mm film projections with live & recorded sound, they make modular films whose parts can be used in the performance of cinematic rituals. A new creation born of telepathic transference, Magical Approach has performed at the RISD Museum in Providence, RI and Magic Lantern Cinema’s “Gatherings” at Le Petit Versailles in New York City.
Artistically, Brittany Gravely has been focusing primarily on 16mm film, but also creates in many media of the second dimension and beyond, including collage and embroidery. She graduated in 2001 with an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and her films include Introduction To Living In A Closed System (2001) and Blood of the Earthworm (2006). More performative expressions involve a PowerPoint presentation American Psyche (2010) and numerous shows with Kenneth Linehan and Jenn Pipp in the collaborative expanded cinema project Architecture of the Sun. A part-time herbalist and palm reader, she is also the publicist for the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, MA.
With a focus on sound and audio media, Kenneth’s recent creative work explores various intermedia spaces through works including high-resolution digital field recordings, 16mm motion picture films, short-run silkscreened images, cut paper and a variety of electronic & electro-acoustic music projects. Having graduated in 2001 with an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Kenneth currently teaches courses on Audio Recording and Sound Design for Film at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
+ TASTEFULLY TAUT AGAINST GERMANIUM SATIN / 16MM MULTI-PROJECTION & LIVE OPTICAL SOUND PERFORMANCE / BRUCE McCLURE (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
Having ceremonial power they vote themselves, town, port, and garrison. A barefaced palpitating pulpit, a spinning society, and fortunately sirens are enthusiastically attached. Lavishing lagan of a lighthouse ladders up the old time turner, earning and gets his wick on a piece of railing. In the heliotropical noontime following a fade, transformed and pending versions revised, a metallurgic re-glow of beaming is at bat swinging at the bared board bombardment screen, tastefully taut against germanium satin tending to tele-frame. Step up to the charge of a light barricade. Down the photo-slope in synchopanck pulses, the autonomic thropic mussles glitter-a-glatter-a-glutt, borne by carrier valves. Spray gun rakes split them in a double focus and the fire spot of a sun gunner traverses an illustration rutilant in sunk and sundered lines. Shlossh! He lifts the life wand and the dumb speak; let us leave theories there and return to here’s here.
Bruce McClure was licensed to practice Architecture in 1992 and worked in small architectural offices for 23 years and is now unemployed. In the early 1990’s stroboscopic light was his entrée into cinematic posturing. He eventually adopted the film projector as a tool to organize light and sound into “projector performances.” He has exhibited twice at the Whitney Biennial, and has been invited to show his work by many festivals, colleges and museums internationally including in Canada, Scotland, Italy, Japan, and Spain.
+ DJ SETS / DJ JAN WOO, VIBES - (AFTER PARTY) & DJ DEGLUXE, DANA GLUCK (INTER-PROGRAM)
Jan Woo is a vibe facilitator based primarily out of Brooklyn, NY. Co-founder of Body Actualized — a D.I.Y. “New-Edge” space — in Bushwick, Vibes Management (events and promotion group), Intuitive Catering (pop-up catering using only the vibemost local ingredients), member of the evolving weird-Pop group formerly known as Splash, as well as co-founder of up-and-coming hypnagogic pop and trance/dance label Z1S Records. DJ Jan Woo knits a seamless tapestry of obscure/not-so-obscure beat-oriented hypnagogic/experimental/psychedelic music, creating a soundtrack for transcendental journeying.
DJ Degluxe (Dana Gluck) has been spinning hip-hop, R&B, Soul and Reggae vibes for five years in NYC, collaborating on parties with Damon Dash, PUMA, Brooklyn Museum, The Bosco, and PopGun among others, and has hosted regular parties at Public Assembly and Coco66. She recently completed a residency at Ace Hotel and is known to capture the energy and feel-good vibe in any room, large or small.
SATURDAY NIGHT PROGRAM
+ TAPE MEASURE FILM / LOOPED 16MM PROJECTION & INSTALLATION WITH OPTICAL SOUND / MARY STARK (MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM)
TAPE MEASURE FILM is a 16mm black and white film loop with optical sound, hand made through a camera-less process in the dark room. The filmstrip functions as a tape measure of 60 inches/152 cm, but becomes a moving image when projected, with the inch marks creating optical sound. Tape Measure Film rejects the durational measurement of the frame line, instead emphasising film as spatial material.
Mary Stark is an artist, filmmaker and photographer based at Rogue Studios in Manchester, UK. She is studying a practice as research PhD investigating how the materiality of film might be further emphasised through exploring the relationship between film and textiles. Her practice is led by hands on exploration of analogue film as a sculptural material. She is interested in the physical photographic nature of film, as a measurement of time and space, and an ephemeral projection of light and sound. With an interdisciplinary background in textiles, the moving image and photography, her work has developed into sculptural objects, photographic prints, installation and performance.
+ RGB FAN / ALTERED LIGHT PROJECTION INSTALLATION / MIKE FLEMING (ALFRED, NEW YORK)
A theater spotlight shines on an industrial fan that has been altered to have three highly reflective fan blades- one red, one green, and one blue. The blades spin so fast that they blur together and produce a hypnotic ring of white light projected on the adjacent wall. The somewhat choppy light is reminiscent of a cinematic frame rate, and induces strange optical phenomena and sensations. Photographing the piece with a high shutter speed produces a frozen rainbow of colors, illustrating what is known as the additive color process, in which red, green, and blue are added together to create a broad array of new colors.
Mike Fleming received his Bachelor of Science degree in Photography in 2003 from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He became extremely active in the Philadelphia arts community- curating and staging events and performances at influential galleries and venues throughout the city, and later working as a photographer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He was also a member of several touring bands, giving Fleming, camera in hand, a unique perspective on the cultural landscape. Transitioning to a multidisciplinary approach, Fleming now focuses on sculpture, installation, and performance works. His work has been shown in Italy, Russia, China, Poland, England, Belgium, Australia, Canada, Malta and the US. He currently resides in Alfred, NY where he is pursuing an MFA in Sculpture at Alfred University.
+ SXO / SUPER 8MM & 35MM SLIDE PROJECTION & LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE / CHRIS BERNTSEN & NICK KLEIN (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
SXO is a two person audio-visual project using analog still and motion picture projections scored to a live soundtrack. The projection collage is an exploration of intimacy and adventure while living in New York City for some of the year and traveling the rest of it. Lovers, friends, landscapes taken from a car or freight train, the images mesh together with the audio as spontaneously as they are experienced.
Chris Berntsen is a Brooklyn-based photographer. His work focuses on close personal relationships within punk, queer and skateboarding communities as well as reflexive documentation of his travels across the United States. Using slide film and motion picture film he creates slideshows and light based installations.
Nick Klein is a Brooklyn-based noise and electronics musician who recently moved from his hometown of Miami, Florida. Currently, Nick performs under his own name as a solo electronics and noise project.
+ 52 DIED / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE READING / ELISEO ORTIZ (MONTERREY, MEXICO)
In August 25, 2011 a criminal gang set a casino in fire in the city of Monterrey, Mexico. Fifty-two people were trapped inside and died; asphyxiated. News was broadcasted intensively for months and a thorough investigation followed. The only evidence presented was the video footage captured by a surveillance camera. Televisa – which is the biggest television network in Mexico – produced a text based on the video (read live in this performance) that aimed to reconstruct the events. Televisa, pretending to act as an official authority, provided a verdict of what “really” happened. The event was quickly dismissed by the media and became less important in a context of everyday violence. In 2013, the site remains the same, the tragedy is still alive, and the burned building is a reminder of the many deaths related to the absurdity of the Mexican drug war and the cynical pretension of burying history underneath the enunciation of legality. 52 DIED is a portrait of the forgotten site where the event happened.
Eliseo Ortiz is a time-based media artist from Monterrey, Mexico. His work has been shown in film festivals and other art venues in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, France and the United States. He produced and curated the International Exhibition of Experimental Video and Film from 2009 to 2011 in Saltillo, Mexico. He is living, producing, and pursuing an MFA at the Department of Media Study in SUNY University at Buffalo.
+ REDISCOVERING GERMAN FUTURISM 1920-1929 / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LECTURE AND LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE / KURT RALSKE, MIRIAM ATKIN & DANIEL CARTER (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
The Futurist movement, established by Marinetti in 1909, advocated a passion for technology and for fascism. Its direct influence was slight, but its twin obsessions defined the cultural life of pre-WWII Europe. The newly rediscovered films of Eugen Schüfftan, created in the 1920s, reveal the lingering Futurist currents in Weimar Germany. Schüfftan, the cinematographer and special effects artist for Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” (1927), developed a complex technique of optical printing. His radically experimental films envision a curious world of machine-time and machine-space.
“REDISCOVERING GERMAN FUTURISM 1920-1929″, a lecture-performance-screening by Kurt Ralske and Miriam Atkin, boldly rewrites history. By presenting new and creative interpretations of the cultural flows of the past, it inquires into our present-day perspectives on technology and power. Schüfftan’s “Der Tod des Faust” (1927) will be accompanied by a live musical score by Daniel Carter (saxophone) and Kurt Ralske (cornet).
Kurt Ralske’s films and installations propose a productive dialogue with long-dormant forces of the past: equal parts critical inquiry and seance. He is Associate Professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the departments of Film, Video, and Sound.
Miriam Atkin is a New York-based poet and critic. She is a PhD candidate in Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center, and teaches at Lehman College in the Bronx.
Daniel Carter is a noted free jazz saxophonist. He has recorded with William Parker, Thurston Moore, Matthew Shipp, and Yo La Tengo, among others.
+ MESHES / SUPER 8MM DUAL PROJECTION & LIVE SOUND WITH DANCE PERFORMANCE / LAURA BARTCZAK, PAIGE FREDLUND, & MARK DEMOLAR (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
MESHES explores the functionality of the Super 8mm camera. Through the use of the film speed, light and a body in motion, mundane actions become surreal. Deepening the exploration of the film equipment as well as the chance relationship of a body moving in space, we are attempting to create an environment that saturates the space with a visceral understanding of the medium.
Laura Bartczak is a dance artist originally from Colorado, now based in Brooklyn. She has been performing and presenting work throughout NYC for the past 4 years through organizations such as AUNTS, Movement Research, BIPAF, Danspase Project, TAB, The Woods Cooperative, and with artists including Lindsey Drury, Hadar Ahuvia, Mark Demolar, Paige Fredlund, and Kaia Gilje, among others. Laura is currently working with Katelyn Hales and loves taking pictures.
Despite current wanderlust, Paige Fredlund lives in Bed-Stuy where she enjoys processes in dance and performance art. She has known and worked alongside Laura Bartczak for eight years. Other collaborators include Kaia Gilje, Lorene Bouboushian, Lindsey Drury, Brian McCorkle and Esther Neff. She is grateful for the Woods Cooperative where she can rent studio space. One day she hopes to write a children’s book.
Mark Demolar is a musician and filmmaker based in Brooklyn.
+ PULL/DRIFT / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE / MARGARET RORISON (BALTIMORE, MARYLAND) & JOSH MILLROD (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
PULL/DRIFT is a live collaboration between filmmaker, Margaret Rorison and musician, Josh Millrod. Rorison has documented a special dance performance choreographed by Clarissa Gregory and performed by The Effervescent Collective on September 8, 2013 in Patapsco State Park, in Baltimore, Maryland. The 16mm footage has been hand edited by Rorison to create a new imaginary narrative. Millrod has created a live soundtrack to accompany the film. This performance is the fourth collaboration between the two artists.
Josh Millrod is an electro-acoustic trumpet player and composer from Brooklyn, NY. Josh is a member of Grasshopper and Hex Breaker Quartet and has releases on NNA, Digitalis and SicSic. Over the past decade, Josh has performed throughout North America, Europe and North Africa.
Margaret Rorison combines language, photography, film and sound to create installations, projections & performances. She often discovers her ideas through extensive walks amid rural and urban landscapes. Rorison’s work has been screened at various festivals and venues in North America and Europe. She is the co-founder and curator for a roaming experimental film series, Sight Unseen. She also is a member of The Red Room Collective.
+ ZEPHYR / 16MM MULTI-PROJECTION & LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE / SYLVAIN CHAUSSÉE & ADRIAN COOK (TORONTO, CANADA)
ZEPHYR is a Toronto-based performance art duo consisting of filmmaker Sylvain Chaussée and composer Adrian Cook. Through this collaboration they have been exploring the relationship between their mediums. Sound and image, rhythm and movement, colour and tone, cause and effect, are all combined seamlessly within the live performance. Chaussée’s imagery is created through extensive manipulation of 16mm film, involving processing, printing, and projecting. Through composition and ample improvisation, Cook builds sonic atmospheres by carefully layering loops consisting of varying harmonic and rhythmic patterns. Initially a dialogue is created between the two mediums, in which repetition becomes a crucial element contributing to the alteration of the senses. Loops provide the basis for their performances, upon which they develop a synchronous relationship between building and deconstructing the cinematic experience.
Sylvain Chaussée is a filmmaker and photographer born in France and based in Toronto, Canada. He studied film at Concordia University with experimental filmmakers Richard Kerr and Francois Miron. Chaussée’s work focuses on the materiality of his medium, which is realized through extensive processing and printing techniques. As a film technician at Niagara Custom Lab he strives for an alternative approach towards filmmaking. In performance, loops provide the basis for his imagery, through which the repetition of movement, colour, and texture are integral to the experience of the work. Chaussée is inspired by the physical nature of film, which permits limitless opportunities for manipulation and transformation.
Adrian Gordon Cook is a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist based in Toronto, Canada. He studied music at York University, where he focused on composition, electronic media and music history. Largely inspired by early minimalist composers, such as La Monte Young, Steve Reich and Philip Glass, Cook’s work takes shape within large temporal boundaries, utilizing drones, repetition, prolonged chordal movements and static harmony. In live performance Cook layers series of loops which are manipulated in various ways, sculpting larger sonic atmospheres from seemingly simple musical ideas.
+ DJ SETS / SAL PRINCIPATO, LIQUID LIQUID - (AFTER PARTY) & ALEX MALLIS, DJ STEWEY DECIMAL (INTER-PROGRAM)
Sal Principato is the vocalist for Liquid Liquid, the New York City post-punk, post-disco band, originally active from 1980 to 1983. Since reforming in 2008, the band has played a select number of shows including opening for the LCD Soundsystem farewell show at Madison Square Garden. Sal produces remixes and often tours as a DJ.
Brooklyn-based filmmaker, Alex Mallis, has screened work at IFF Boston, Hot Docs, DOCNYC, and the New Orleans Film Festival. His short SPOILS, a documentary about dumpster diving, won the audience award at the 2013 Northside Film Festival. Saturday night, he will spin vinyl as DJ Stewey Decimal. Do you like red, sparkly shoes? Of course you do. Stewey Decimal is the yellow brick road of deejays.