Hans Tammen & Dark Circuits Orchestra - CROSSING THE LAGRANGIAN POINT

Crossing the Lagrangian Point” is a large multi-movement piece written by faculty member Hans Tammen for 10 light & sound performers, a spatialist, and a conductor. A large collection of lightbulbs, LED structures and fluorescent lights fight and clash with bizarre visuals projected onto objects, fabrics, ceilings and walls. Sounds are generated with ear-scorching intensity directly from the visuals or from a mad combination of audio and video synth modules, while the “spatialist” throws them around in an 8-channel sound system like a violently moving fluid. It is a controlled chaos of loud, visceral blast of colors, flashes and polyrhythmic machinations.

Participating artists include Michael Vorfield, ChiKa, Benton C Bainbridge, James Yuxi Cao, MSHR (Birch Cooper & Brenna Murphy), Dafna Naphtali, Eric Drasin, Jonas Bers, Matthew Ostrowski, Daniel Neumann (spatialist) and Hans Tammen (concept, composing, conducting).

The performance will be taking place on Thursday, November 30th at 8pm at the Knockdown Center in Brookyln. Tickets are $10. NHLK, a duo from Switzerland that explores the boundaries where music and language overlap, will be opening for them at 7pm.

To purchase tickets or find out more about the performance, please click here.

Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Orchestra uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, performed by an ensemble of contemporary electronic instrument practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, and more. The concept has been presented with various ensembles in Mexico, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, in the US and even online. 

Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Orchestra uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, performed by an ensemble of contemporary electronic instrument practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, and more. The concept has been presented with various ensembles in Mexico, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, in the US and even online. 

Here's an excerpt from the 2014 SUGARCUBE  performance by Hans Tammen's Dark Circuits Orchestra with Andrea Parkins, Miguel Frasconi, Dafna Naphtali, Matthew Ostrowski, Phillip White, Shoko Nagai, Joshua Fried, Chuck Bettis, Matthew Aidekman, Michael Schumacher and special guest David Watson (bagpipe)!

Maureen Drennan featured in Newest York

Alum Maureen Drennan latest work on the Rust Belt featured in Newest York, a not-for-profit publisher & arts organization supporting and showcasing local artists whose work engages with New York City.

(Excerpt from Newest York Magazine)

"People tell me I am a good listener. I listen to the shy, the lonely, the deeply religious, the old dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers, the suspicious, the young, the hopeful, the hard workers, the hard drinkers, the drug addicts, the sex workers. A new person presents a fresh opportunity to tell their story again with different embellishments, new twist endings, and heroic narrators.

During my wanderings around old industrial and manufacturing areas in Brooklyn I met and listened to a multitude of New Yorkers. These areas along the water are surprisingly quiet and tranquil. The high grass in abandoned lots is verdant and lush, and flowers and trees poke out through every possible crevice. In the summer the air is heavy with the buzzing of insects and bird calls. The clang and hum of machinery and beeping of trucks in the distance blend with the natural sounds and add to the almost pastoral feel of these out-of-the-way spaces."

To continue reading and learn more about Maureen Drennan and her work in the Rust Belt, please click here.

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Fall Salon 2017 Recap

Now that the dust has settled we wanted to recap the events of Salon and thank everyone who participated, from the students to the distinguished alumni and faculty who contributed to the Charity Print Sale.

This fall's event was a major success. With an estimated 350+ guests in attendance over the 3 hours that were filled with performances, film screenings, video installations, photographic work, food and lots of conversation on art and life.

So take a look below and get a glimpse at what's transpired, and what are talented student body is up to. If you missed this event, don't worry there will be another one in the spring which promises to be one not to miss.

 
Design by Johnnie Chatman

Design by Johnnie Chatman

 

I. The Preparation

Jaizi Abedania setting up her work for her first Salon

Jaizi Abedania setting up her work for her first Salon

Thesis student, Zack Boozer placing some finishing touches on his display.

Thesis student, Zack Boozer placing some finishing touches on his display.

Hanwen Zhang and Nina Cochran discussing last minute placement.

Hanwen Zhang and Nina Cochran discussing last minute placement.

Wen Han Chang and Brett Henrikson cutting some posters for the print sale.

Wen Han Chang and Brett Henrikson cutting some posters for the print sale.

Zhazha Zheng and Yi Chen setting up their interactive video installation.

Zhazha Zheng and Yi Chen setting up their interactive video installation.

Returning student Di Wu setting up her mixed media works. 

Returning student Di Wu setting up her mixed media works. 

Can't have a salon without snacks. 

Can't have a salon without snacks. 

 

II. The Payoff

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Guest enjoying returning student Carla Carvalho's installation based on her time in Brazil.

Guest enjoying returning student Carla Carvalho's installation based on her time in Brazil.

Guests playing with Jing Lin's bubble machine. 

Guests playing with Jing Lin's bubble machine. 

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A glimpse at the film screening. 

A glimpse at the film screening. 

Guests glancing over the work in the print sale. 

Guests glancing over the work in the print sale. 

Inside thesis student Dodo Zhang's glamourous pink tent "recruitment" event. 

Inside thesis student Dodo Zhang's glamourous pink tent "recruitment" event. 

Guests viewing thesis student Youwon Jeong's work Heart Street. 

Guests viewing thesis student Youwon Jeong's work Heart Street. 

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New student Angie Nam discussing her work. 

New student Angie Nam discussing her work. 

New student Petros Lales in front of his image, Time Traveler.

New student Petros Lales in front of his image, Time Traveler.

New student, Yi Hsuan Lai beside her work.

New student, Yi Hsuan Lai beside her work.

Performance by thesis student Taole Zhu. 

Performance by thesis student Taole Zhu. 

Installation by new student Kyle Henderson. 

Installation by new student Kyle Henderson. 

Photos courtesy of Chris Janaro, Petros Lales and Youwon Jeong. 

Photos courtesy of Chris Janaro, Petros Lales and Youwon Jeong. 

The department extends its gratitude and thanks to everyone who made this event such a success and we hope to see you again in the spring!

Performance with Barbara Kalina at XIX International Chopin & Friends Festival

Excerpt from program guide: "Visual artist and graduate of the program, Barbara Kalina, bassist, composer and educator, Pawel Knapik, and a group of composers/vocalists, the Asaran Earth Trio, get together in an event that combines multi channel projections of moving and still imagery, the sound of double bass and voices of traditions from around the world taken in new directions.

In her art practice, Barbara Kalina creates a social commentary and deals with the human condition. Her installations oftentimes combine photography, video, text, ephemera and sound. She blends into her art, the elements that are significant in her life; nature and music. The artist creates parallels between the everyday life of people with that of the natural environment. By incorporating sound in her work, Kalina wants to draw the viewer's attention to the various levels behind the moving and flat images and unravel layers of emotions that are possible only on deeper reflection. The carefully selected musical collaboration of the deep and rich sounds of Knapik's double bass and collective sound of vocalists from different parts of the globe, will guide in amplifying the emotional impact to the narrative created and the message the visual artist intends to convey. This, giving the evening an interesting experience of sight and sound."

To continue reading about the performance please click here.

The performance will take place during the XIX International Chopin & Friends Festival on Friday November 10th at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.

For more details and to learn more about the other performances, please click here.

Christina Arza at Foley Gallery

"Women & Flowers" a series by New York-based photographer and alumni, Christina Arza will be showcased in a pop exhibition at Foley Gallery in NYC. Showcased in conjuction with artist Brian Batt project GREENHOUSE, Arza's photographs draw inspiration from classical painting and photography portraiture. The images, shot on medium format, capture women with a flower of their choice in an intimate environment.

The opening reception for GREENHOUSE is Wednesday, November 8 from 6-9PM. The exhibition will be up through November 19th in the Lower East Side.

For more information, please click here.

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Susannah Ray, A Further Shore, at The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is proud to present an exhibition of new photographs by graduate of the program Susannah Ray, selections from her series A Further Shore that were captured specifically in the Bronx. Inspired by the boundless humanism in Walt Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” A Further Shore reveals the waterways and shorelines of New York City as spaces of escape, revelation and transcendence. Like Whitman's poetry, the photographs plumb a communal human connection to the water, one that exists as potently now as it did in his century.

The exhibition debuts this Wednesday November 8th and will run through April 8th, 2018 at The Bronx Museum of Art.

For more information, please click here.

Rachel Shuman's film One October at The Rubin

Filmed in October 2008 on the eve of Obama’s historic election and an unprecedented economic crisis, this lyrical portrait of New York City follows WFMU radio reporter Clay Pigeon as he takes to the streets to talk to fellow New Yorkers about their lives, their dreams, and their relationship with the city. These revealing interviews are woven between vivid scenes of New York’s eccentric byways, which together reveal a city—and a nation—at a crossroads.

The film first premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

This screening of the film at the Rubin Museum on Wednesday November 8th, 2017 at 7pm will be accompanied by a live score, composed by Paul Brill, and followed by a talk back with Brill, director Rachel Shuman and radio reporter Clay Pigeon.

For tickets, please click here.

Additionally, the film will be screening Saturday Nov. 11th at 2017 Fairhope Film Festival for those in the Alabama area.

Image courtesy of Rachel Shuman. 

Image courtesy of Rachel Shuman. 

Rachel Shuman (director, editor, producer) is a documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked in New York City for twenty years. Her directorial debut, Negotiations. premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. She Directed Art, Architecture, and Innovation: Celebrating the Guggenheim Museum, which aired on PBS and is now on view at the museum. Her editing credits include various independent documentaries and nonfiction television, and she is proud to be a board member of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship. Originally from Boston, Rachel received a BFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2004.

Les Helmers Solo Exhibition Absolute Gap

Skoto gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition (by class of 2002 alum) Les Helmers and the Absolute Gap. His art embraces a dualistic approach of an inclusiveness that is “both/and” versus the divisive perspective of “either/or.” Helmers has visually expressed the Gap in various forms as the thing that is natural within us. He believes that there is no conceptual self within oneself. The subject of this show is how Helmers arrived at his position.

The reception is on Thursday, October 26, 6-8pm, and the artist will be present.

For more information, please click here.

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Helmers was born in Holland in 1958, and grew up in a multi-cultural environment. He lived in Holland, Canada, United States and West Africa before he turned twelve, and became fluent in three languages. Even though Helmers spoke these multiple languages he believed that there had to be some unifying concept within the self that could be expressed. In 1979, the 21-year-old Helmers traveled around Mexico and the United States taking pictures with an old Nikon F determined to get to the bottom of what constitutes a self. By 1981 his travels led him to New York City where he attended the School of Visual Arts. He fell in love with the melting pot of ideas that encompasses the city; it is around this time Helmers started photographing the images that are part of his book “Portrait of Myself as a Young New Yorker.” In 1983, he photographed the diptych image of his hand with another image of a copper arm that was part of a sculpture in Central Park. This photograph was the pivotal moment that Helmers realized that his Truth withdrew into the Abyss. An avid reader of Sartre and other continental philosophers, Helmers believed that there could be no bedrock of the soul.

Mary Patierno's North American Premiere of Nothing Without Us

Nothing Without Us is the first documentary to tell the story of how HIV+ women on two continents turned a devastating diagnosis into a fight for survival — and a movement to end a global epidemic. Since the early 90s, AIDS has largely been painted as affecting mainly white, gay males. Rich with stories, facts, and moments of hope, “Nothing Without Us” brings light to those who this narrative passes over. The film was directed by Harriet Hirshorn and edited by our very own Mary Patierno, who jointly produced the piece.

Fri Nov 10, 2017, 10:30 AM || IFC Center Sat Nov 11, 2017, 9:15 PM || IFC Center

For tickets, please click here.

Current Student Johnnie Chatman featured in Francis Ford Coppola's magazine Zoetrope

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Fall guest designer and photographer Richard Misrach has curated a selection of images from  Johnnie Chatman's upcoming thesis project, "I Forgot Where We Were..." into the upcoming Fall 2017 issue of Zoetrope magazine. The feature will showcase a series of his self portraits, where he uses constructs and idioms of the West and western landscape photography as allegorical elements to conduct a dialogue about black identity as it reconfigures itself against media, historical, and transglobal narratives.

Be sure to check out the Notes on Design section to read more on why Richard Misrach chose to include this work in the upcoming issue.



 

Images courtesy of Johnnie Chatman. 

Images courtesy of Johnnie Chatman. 

For those in the San Francisco area, alongside fellow contributing artist Wesaam Al-Badry,  Johnnie Chatman will be participating in a dialogue with Richard Misrach at the release party on Wednesday Nov. 1st. The gathering will being hosted at Cafe Zoetrope in North Beach from 6-8 pm. It will be a delightful evening of literature and art, and of course plenty of food and wine.

For more details on the event and to rsvp, please click here. 

 

Image Courtesy of Zoetrope. 

Image Courtesy of Zoetrope. 

Zoetrope: All-Story is an American literary magazine that was launched in 1997 by Francis Ford Coppola and Adrienne Brodeur. All-Story intends to publish new short-fiction. Zoetrope: All-Story recently received the National Magazine Award for Fiction, the highest honor due an American periodical, for Anthony Marra's story "The Grozny Tourist Bureau.". With each issue a guest artist is chosen to construct the quarterly’s issues art directions. Past designers have included Agnes Varda, David Bowie, Gus Van Saint, Helmut Newton, Olafur Eliasson, Mickalene Thomas, Ryan McGinness, Martin Parr, John Baldessari and a plethora of creatives across mediums.  

To purchase your copy and find out more about the upcoming issue, please click here.