MONO NO AWARE X
++ LIGHTSPACE STUDIOS – 1115 FLUSHING AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY ++
FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAM
+ THE CIRCLE, THE TRIANGLE, THE RECTANGLE AND THE CROSSING / 16MM SEXTUPLE-PROJECTION & INSTALLATION / ANTONIO CASTLES (BOGOTA, COLOMBIA) & LUCAS MAIA (SAO PAOLO, BRASIL)
"The Circle, the Triangle, the Rectangle and the Crossing" is an attempt to decompose the stereoscopic image into its essential parts, in an analogue way, without its aura of being spearhead technology. Six projectors in a triangular structure create one single image in a screen in front of them: A crossing of roads. After having filmed the movement with two cameras situated one next to the other —simulating the distance between the eyes as in a human face —, each of these films is separated into three channels —red, green and blue, or RGB—. The films of each camera are polarized in a certain way, so that they can only be seen through one of the lenses of the 3D glasses, i.e., through the left eye one can only see the three projectors that carry the film of the left camera and vice versa. The result is an image that is composed without concern for synchronization: Each projector runs at a specific frequency even though the standard is 24fps, which implies that there will alway be a delay between them. The perfect image will eventually be achieved when all six projectors synchronize in the circular time that the loop creates, only to fall out of synch immediately after that.
(Installed Friday & Saturday)
Organizers: Antonio Castles graduated in Fine Arts in 2013 and in History in 2015 from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. His art thesis, "Against the Machine", was presented in the Art Fair of Bogotá in 2014, in the section of unrepresented young artists called Artecámara. In 2015 he took part in the residence "El buen vivir - das gute Leben", organized by the Goethe Institut in La paz, Bolivia. That same year he also participated in the exhibition "Cero Normal", at the gallery Instituto de Visión, in Bogotá, with his project called "Across the Length and Breadth". He lives in Berlin and studies at the University of the Arts in the class of experimental film.
Lucas Maia, born in 1984 in São Paulo, is a visual artist based in Berlin. He graduated in economics at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and afterwards attended several courses about cinematography at Centro de Formación Profesional del SICA in Buenos Aires. He is currently studying in the University of Arts Berlin in the class of experimental film. Since 2011 he is member from the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.
+ ◀︎S1/S7► / 35MM INSTALLATION / OLYA ZARAPINA (MONTREAL, CANADA)
◀︎S1/S7► A photo-filmic installation documenting the route along Berlin’s raised SBahn track. The photo-film is created through continuous in-camera superimposition of still photos taken along the S1 and S7 train routes which cross through the middle of the city in opposite directions. The project is a reflection on city experience, from a perspective which follows a common, daily commute, but simultaneously is detached from the nuances of the politics on the ground. The photo-film is projected using two GDR-era filmstrip projectors, motorized to advance 35mm film horizontally. The projectors are unique not only in their horizontal film-feed, but also in their lack of a shutter and therefore a constant stream of light. The on-screen movement is not an optical illusion: the projected image directly corresponds to the visible movement of film through the gate, which in turn reflects the drifting view of the passing Berlin cityscape.
(Installed Friday & Saturday)
Organizer: Olya Zarapina was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, moving to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she completed her Bachelors in Visual Communications Design, at University of Alberta. She currently lives and works in Montreal, where in 2015 she received Masters in Visual and Media Arts (Maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiques) from Université du Québec à Montréal. Olya Zarapina’s work is situated in expanded photography and is influenced by her interests in urbanism, architecture, creative geography and experimental cinema. This interdisciplinarity allows her to explore the influence of time, memory, and nostalgia on the perception of our immediate surroundings, particularly our neighbourhoods and cities. Resulting in a site specific practice, which the artist has carried out throughout North America and Europe.
+ THEM APPLES / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION (LOOPED), OPTICAL SOUND & INSTALLATION / ADAM R LEVINE (MONTAGUE, MA)
Using the parallel temporal forms of the three-minute pop song and the 16mm camera roll, THEM APPLES runs The Beatles' "Back In The U.S.S.R." through iTunes Visualizer to create an optical sound experiment in which synaesthesia and pop cultural memory are turned back on themselves.
(Installed Friday & Saturday)
Organizer: Adam R. Levine is a film and video artist originally from London, England. His work has screened internationally at festivals and galleries including the Vienna International Film Festival, Festival des Cinémas Différents et Éxperimentaux de Paris, Antimatter Film Festival, the Iowa City International Film Festival, Artists' Television Access and TIE-The International Cinema Exposition. He received a BA in Film and English from the University of East Anglia and an MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art, Film and Media Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
+ BADTRANSFER(ENCE) / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE SOUND PERFORMANCE / THOMAS DEXTER (CHICAGO, IL)
BADTRANSFER(ENCE) performs a material and discursive negotiation between analog film and digital projection in the manner of a crude, fragile, and absurd, "telecine" system. Rather than an end in-and-of-itself, here "film" operates as a sort of catalyzing gesture deployed in a thoroughly medium-contaminated signal chain. Along the way, 16mm film loops are animated live and then destroyed, flicker patterns are created between asynchronous optical shutters, objects are fashioned into "expanded" screens, and an evolving palette of tonal and textural sounds are extracted from disparate nodes within this process.
Organizer: Thomas Dexter is an multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago and New York. Dexter’s solo and collaborative projects, spanning video works, experimental film, performance, and sound installation, have been exhibited, screened, and performed at venues internationally, including the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum NYC, Issue Project Room, Microscope Gallery, Experimental Intermedia, PS1/MOMA, Roulette, The New York Museum of Art and Design, Sight and Sound Festival, The Lesley Heller Workspace, The Invisible Dog, and ESP TV among others. Dexter studied Psychology at Bennington College and is currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dexter works as a “professional” filmmaker and sometimes assistant to experimental filmmaker and media artist Ernie Gehr.
+ PLANE WAVE / 16MM DUAL-PROJECTION PERFORMANCE / DANIEL ROBERT KELLY (INCLINE VILLAGE, NV)
Plane Wave is an analog interactive. The film itself is a series of lenses that attempt to focus the working of the projector on to the exhibition screen. Each exhibition’s visuals are dependent on the lens/lamp/screen arrangement. A love letter exposing the refractive nature of light bending around the edges of metal, bone through tiny celluloid windows.
Organizer: Daniel Robert Kelly is a cross-discipline conceptual artist. He is active in multiple mediums, ranging from automated personas who roam the social spaces of the Internet to interactivity embedded in analog exploits of traditionally projected celluloid. His work often uses traditional animation, digital videography and photography encased in sculptural artifacts and installation.
+ ZONE FOUR / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE SOUND PERFORMANCE / NOE KIDDER (BROOKLYN, NY) & MARK GALLAY (BROOKLYN, NY)
Zone Four began as a creative response to the astonishing science fiction writing of Doris Lessing, primarily her novel “Canopus in Argos: Archives.” Lessing was partly inspired by the design of the Alhambra and its architecture helped to organize one section of her novel. This idea inspired me to travel to Spain and shoot a film inside the Islamic palace. The tourists around me became a part of the film, and I was greatly moved by the importance of water throughout the entire site. I have been contemplating reproductive issues for some time, and some of my concern comes through in this film, but in a broken and enigmatic way. It is my hope that the viewer responds to the suggestion that my images and sounds create, and starts to question our basic need to survive and our exploitation of resources and human beings.
Organizer: Noe Kidder was born in 1974 in Syracuse, NY. Mark Gallay was born in 1972, in New York, NY.
+ FRENTE A FRENTE / 16MM DOUBLE-PROJECTION & RECORDED SOUND / CAITLIN DIAZ (LOS ANGELES, CA)
As humans, we constantly build barriers around our vulnerable selves, creating layers of trapped moments and emotions. Frente a Frente is a dual projection piece that aims to dismantle these layers through isolation, time and repetition.
Organizer: Caitlin Díaz is an artist and filmmaker from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, creating films on Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm. Combining digital, analog and direct filmmaking techniques, her films explore the human psyche and the processes that surround individual experience.
+ SE BUSCA (MISSING) / 16MM DUAL PROJECTION & LIVE PERFORMANCE / ANNALISA D. QUAGLIATA (MEXICO CITY, MEXICO)
A performance that illustrates a harrowing truth: the overwhelming numbers of missing women in Mexico. Inspired by the thousands of “missing person” posters that are created to find them, the performance focuses on the action of pasting sheets of paper on a wall. Words that describe what might have happened to them are verbalized. The film projected is composed of fifty images of disappeared women, all of them re-photographed from their “missing person” notice. Their images get lost and desensitized in media, this piece tries to recover their emotional weight so the viewer can feel the scale of this social tragedy.
Organizer: Annalisa D. Quagliata (b. Veracruz, Mexico 1990) is an artist and filmmaker whose films and installations focus on the human body and portraiture. In her work the body is explored as a mirror that reflects different states of being; spanning from the intimate and psychic to the social and political. She is a graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she majored in Film/Video and Studio for Interrelated Media. Annalisa currently resides and works in Mexico City.
+ METAMORPHOSIS #1: MEDUSA'S CHILDREN: HOW SHE SPLIT AND GOT TWO BODIES AND A FORKED TONGUE IN A RHODE ISLAND DESERT / 16MM SINGLE PROJECTION & AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION / ATHENA WASHBURN, (PROVIDENCE, RI) & ELI NEUMAN-HAMMOND (PROVIDENCE, RI)
FIRST Those Eyes, a touch a swell of stomach hers like the ocean isn’t blood and two children THEN thin hair on the pillow then all wrists on wrinkled vast sheet alone with her body and that clear fire knocked down so the red sea won’t come back through these eyes turned snakes if you can’t unpoison time poison yourself with that fake fire for YEARS all that red turned to two babies walking around with tight shirts who watch her sleep on the bed herself two new bodies she gave birth to the pain two new bodies who will give birth to her pain AND THEN LATER memory spills out their legs like water from hot eyes while they ask her head her wrists her light hair that sleeping image with forked tongues they don’t own one trapped into herself on the floor of her bedroom one staring very still at strange hands in the kitchen just HOW CAN WE BEGIN TO SOW LOVE FROM THIS OLD PAIN
Organizers: Athena O Washburn is a poet and artist living on the watery edge of Rhode Island. she has 4 sisters, 2 brothers, and a mother with small claws with whom she co-creates everything she makes. Eli’s a north east atlantic making music. b. bc 1996 and 1995, respectfully.
+ THISQUIETARMY X PHILIPPE LEONARD / 16MM DUAL-PROJECTION (LOOPED) & LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE / THISQUIETARMY (MONTREAL, CANADA) & PHILIPPE LEONARD (MONTREAL, CANADA)
Organizers: thisquietarmy is a Montreal-based project active since 2005. Revolving around improvised guitar drone and by combining textural & structural elements of ambient/noise, electronic/shoegaze, post-punk/krautrock, black/doom metal, thisquietarmy creates an impressive wide range of dynamic soundscapes which oscillates between dreamy hypnotic minimalism and immersive face-melting heaviness, as presented in its prolific discography comprising of over 30 releases on more than 20 different labels worldwide.Philippe Leonard lives and works in Montreal. His artistic practice focuses on still and moving images, through film, photography, performance and installations. His theoretical and aesthetic reflections focus on the complex temporality of still and moving images, the spectral dimension of physical spaces, and expanded documentary practices. Distributed by Light Cone and CFMDC, his work has been showcased in notable international contexts, such as the 16th WRO Media Biennale (Poland), Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands), Anthology Film Archive (New York), Galerie Michel Journiac (Paris), Cineteca di Bologna (Italy), Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montreal), EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival (Seoul), European Media Arts Festival (Germany), O 'Gallery (Milan), Museo Nitsch (Naples), Struts Gallery (New Brunswick), Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France), Galerie Les Territoires (Montréal), etc.
+ FRIDAY DJ SETS / FOREST JUZIUK (INTER-PROGRAM) & STEWEY DECMIL (AFTER PARTY)
SATURDAY NIGHT PROGRAM
+ EVEN SILENCE IS CAUSE OF STORM / MULTI-PROJECTION PERFORMANCE WITH LIVE SOUND / ADRIANA VILA GUEVARA (BARCELONA, SPAIN), LUIS MACIAS (BARCELONA, SPAIN) & ALFREDO COSTA MONTEIRO (BARCELONA, SPAIN)
“The storm exhales through us and the bare branches (each and every one), so that we can borrow its pure and permanent virtue. We wonder if the cities have heard the simplicity of its story, despite its loneliness. However, they have not been purged in the flow out the night stream. Now they crawl away. Perishable, late and far, the earth does not argue. It has no arguments. In discord, hopefully, we discover its answer, as refugees in the illusory trap of illusion.
For now, they say, the storm has passed. But we do not believe it“
Even Silence is cause of storm is a film performance by Luis Macías & Adriana Vila Guevara. A display of analog projection devices with 35mm slides, 16mm film (made with hand processing, photochemical experiments, and optical printing frame by frame) combined with sound created by Alfredo Costa Monteiro, from field recordings and electro-acoustic devices in a single performance of visual and sound experimentation.
An exorbitant perceptual experience on the relation with nature: hypnotic subtle and violent.
Organizers: Adriana Vila and Luis Macías are a duo of artists exploring film and its devices. Their expanded cinema performances using argentic/analog devises involve a high degree of improvisation, using structural composition and formal explorations, involving elements as light intensity, sonic vibrations, instability and phantasmagoria. They have been performing together since 2010, collaborating with experimental musicians, showing their work in alternative spaces and renowned festivals and art centers in the U.S, Europe and Latin America.
Alfredo Costa Monteiro is a Portuguese artist who develops multiple activities. From installative work to poetic practice and sound creation. Most of his works have in common an interest for unstable processes. He has collaborated with numerous artists and has an extensive discography in European, American and Japanese labels.
+ MOM'S TIGER LILIES / SUPER 8MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE PERFORMANCE / KELLIE BRONIKOWSKI (MILWAUKEE, WI)
6CO2 + 6H2O ------> C6H12O6 + 6O2 (Sugar, Light, Energy, Life)
Organizer: Kellie Bronikowski is a moving imagery artist that received her BFA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her work often focuses on autobiographical and diaristic filmmaking.
+ RED WING, BLACK BIRD / 16 MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE SOUND PERFORMANCE / ERIKA JANE BARRETT (ROCKAWAY BEACH, NY)
In this short, the camera wielding girl climbs to the top of a landfill between housing projects and skyline. Fields of flowers, a shaky hand; birds with red wings take-off and land. The score was improvised by the filmmaker with electric guitar and recorded directly onto reel-to-reel tape. This is her first and only film to date.
Organizer: ERIKA JANE (EJ) BARRETT, 23, is an American poet, filmmaker, musician, archivist, and anthropologist who lives by the water. She practices magic and sorcery as a functional and intuitive art, as learned by way of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, among others. So far in her career, her work has encompassed magic, birds, angels, and anarchy. After receiving a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University, she began her archival work in the studio of a deceased relative, the recluse painter, Roger Keith Barrett. When she is not at work, EJ enjoys surfing and keeping a garden. At the conclusion of MONO X, you may see a series of her still images on view at the Galerie Métanoïa in Paris, from December 19 to January 7.
+ CHANGE 变 / 16 MM DUAL-ANIMATION & LIVE SOUND PERFORMANCE / LILY JUE SHENG (BROOKLYN, NY) & MICHAEL SIDNAM (BROOKLYN, NY)
'Change' is a 16mm text animation that deconstructs and manipulates Chinese language in its representation of morphology, Taoist principles, and celestial cycles of time. The title refers to the I Ching, the Book of Changes, and 变 (traditional: 變), the Chinese word for 'change', in its translation that implies 'transformation'. The film structure surveys Chinese seal script, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, repeating 64 variations of 8 cosmic colors - red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white. Each string of characters correspond to a revolution of time in lunisolar and astronomical denominations. The allegorical usage of radicals and colors convey a universal interconnectivity, articulating meanings outside the confines of literacy, acting instead as a cryptogram, machine/mind symbiosis, series of rituals, and play of metronomic afterimages.
Organizers: Lily Jue Sheng makes moving images with film, video, and multi-projection performance. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and is based in NYC. Her work has exhibited all over the US and internationally. She is a 2016 recipient of the Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant and was recently the artist-in-residence at LIFT - Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.
Michael Sidnam is a Sound Designer and Engineer based in NYC.
+ SPECTRUM STATES / 16 MM DUAL-PROJECTION & LIVE SOUND PERFORMANCE) JOSHUA CHURCHILL (SAN FRANCISCO, CA), PAUL CLIPSON (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) & JOHN DAVIS (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)
Organizers: Joshua Churchill is a San Francisco-based cross-disciplinary artist whose immersive site-specific sound and light work takes the form of both installation and performance, often blurring the line between the two. In performance, Churchill utilizes guitar, various wind and percussive instruments, field recordings, and a myriad of electronics to create waves of resonant drones and pulsing feedback that rise and fall like a dark tide. Churchill currently performs and records under the moniker Plumes, under his own name in collaboration with film and video makers, and as a member of experimental black metal/noise outfit Sutekh Hexen. Joshua Churchill has performed and exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad. https://vimeo.com/joshuachurchill
Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His Super 8 and 16mm films aim to bring to light visual preoccupations that reveal themselves while working in a stream of consciousness manner, combining densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments, in a process that encourages unplanned-for results, responding to and conversing with the temporal qualities of musical composition and live performance. His work has screened around the world in festivals and at sound and film events such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival, and the Cinémathèque Française. http://www.withinmirrors.org/
John Davis: Expanding the relationship between moving image and sound with live performance and studio-based projects, John's work elicits sensory response through familiar and unexpected uses of traditional media. Through live performance and collaboration with other media artists, John alternates as both musician and filmmaker. Improvisation generally defines these exchanges, allowing spontaneity and chance over formal rehearsal to guide the work. John's work has been featured at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Cinematheque, The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Transmediale in Berlin, Impakt in the Netherlands and Videoex in Zurich. http://www.noiseforlight.com/index.html
+ HIGHVIEW / 16MM QUADRUPLE-PROJECTION & LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE / SIMON LIU (BROOKLYN, NY), WARREN NG (BROOKLYN, NY) & BEN HOZIE (BROOKLYN, NY)
Up on the North Point a torrential downpour of instants tease their way into our sight, but never fully form. Shutter-induced memories reduced to speckles, dissipating into fog. Here, my initial disappointments in a material defect morph into opportunity - satisfying an itch to melt instances together, to see any number of places as one.
I want to go home. These images were meant to show us what goes where - but I can't make out the path. Maybe we should them all out on the floor and try to put the pieces back together. In another five days, we'll need to leave.
Organizers: Simon Liu lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Hong Kong and raised in both Hong Kong and Stoke-On-Trent, England, he moved to New York in 2006 and received a degree in Film Production from New York University. His work has been exhibited and distributed at festivals and institutions internationally including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, CROSSROADS, Mono No Aware IX, EXiS, Microscope Gallery, WNDX, Paris Festival of Different & Experimental Cinemas, the British Film Institute and the Rio De Janeiro Film Festival. He has given lectures and performed as a visiting artist at universities such as the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Beijing Film Academy and the New School.
Warren Ng is a San Francisco-born, Brooklyn-based experimental guitarist who draws from minimalism, drone, free-form improvisation, and noise. He has performed and recorded solo and collaboratively under the names This Invitation, Somnambulists, and A Blanket of Snow. His releases include: This Invitation's "The Skin of Light" (2004) and "Sunless / Ellipses, Lapses, and Collapses" (2010) ; and Somnambulists' "At Day Break the First Greyness to Emerge" (2010) and "The Invisible Score" (2010). He also appeared on the compilation "Music for Plants" (2005) and participated in Rhys Chatham's "A Crimson Grail (for 200 Guitars)" at Lincoln Center in 2009.
Ben Hozie is a 28 year old DIY filmmaker and leader of the art rock unit Bodega. He has directed two feature films: ‘Annunciation’ (2014, 16mm) and ‘The Lion’s Den’ (2017, HDV).
+ SATURDAY DJ SETS / LLOYD CARGO (INTER-PROGRAM) & SAL P. (AFTER PARTY)
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