MONO NO AWARE VI
++ LIGHTSPACE STUDIOS – 1115 FLUSHING AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY ++
FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAM
+ IV PHASES / 16 MM MULTI-PROJECTION INSTALLATION & FILM LOOPS WITH TWO-WAY MIRROR & OPTICAL SOUND ENVIRONMENT / ROBERT HOWSARE (KANSAS CITY, KANSAS)
IV PHASES explores chance operations and interventions upon film through the use of multiple projectors and film loops. The hand-printed imagery references the structure and systems of the celluloid frame. When played through optical sound projectors, the printed mark on the 16mm film creates it’s own soundtrack, determined by the pattern and opacity of the ink. Conceptually, IV Phases presents the seemingly infinite possibilities that exist from a finite system, as film loops of varying lengths are continually falling in and out of sync creating continuously shifting imagery. When viewed from the back, the two- way mirror acts as a screen for the layered projection, while simultaneously becoming a projector/reflector that deconstructs the layers upon the opposite wall. The apparatus is now implicated in it’s own projection creating a volleying between material and process. The projection allows an opportunity for further possibilities of chance operation through audience interaction.
Robert Howsare works with nontraditional matrices and processes to explore the anomalies that occur within systems. He received his BFA in 2008 from the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated with an MFA from Ohio University this past spring. Robert Howsare is a 2012-2013 Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio Resident.
+ SELECTED SCENES WOVEN FROM STAR WARS IV A NEW HOPE AND STAR WARS V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK / SUPER 8 MM FILM WITH PROJECTED LIGHT & BACK LIT INSTALLATION / MARY STARK (MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM)
‘SELECTED SCENES’ is a hanging tapestry hand-made from Super 8mm celluloid film and lit by un-spooled projectors. Mary has come to understand the tactile objects she creates as ‘edits’ and sees a reel of film as a spool of thread.
Mary is studying a practice-led PhD investigating how the shared language of textile construction and film editing might create new narratives in sculptural and photographic forms. She recently gained an MA in Photography with Distinction at the Manchester School of Art. Before postgraduate study she gained a degree in Embroidery, taught video production and project managed professional short films and documentaries. Mary is currently a Lecturer on the Textiles in Practice programme at the Manchester School of Art.
+ EXPANSION CONTRACTION / 16 MM SINGLE PROJECTION & FILM LOOP / MIRO HOFFMANN (ALLSTON, MASSACHUSETTS)
EXPANSION CONTRACTION consists of a 16 mm film loop taking an untraditional path. The film travels on a set of rollers, up the wall, across the ceiling, and feeds back into the projector. The celluloid becomes a line drawn through space, and exposes the moving image flashing past the light of the projector. The single projection installation is a one-minute loop of layered patterns of flashing color that warps the flattening of space.
Miro Hoffmann is a practicing artist living in Boston, Massachusetts, and a current candidate for a BFA at School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University in spring of 2013.
“Before college I was predominantly a painter, and have slowly moved my interests in painting (light, color, space, form, depth, perspective) towards a merging of 16mm film with painting, sculpture, and light to form moving painting/sculptural film loops.” – MH
+ BIKE-CYCLE / ZOETROPE & PEDAL POWERED INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION / JODIE MACK (WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, NEW HAMPSHIRE)
A pedal-powered zoetrope culled together from an exercise bike of experimental animation legend Cecile Starr, a piece from a discarded animation stand, an old bike wheel, and single light source – re-calls a pre-cinematic miracle: the magic of motion.
Jodie Mack is an independent moving-image practitioner who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Anthology Film Archives, Images Festival, Los Angeles Filmforum, Onion City Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. She has also worked as a curator and administrator with Dartmouth’s EYEWASH: Experimental Films and Videos, Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Eye and Ear Clinic, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Chicago’s-favorite micro-cinema, The Nightingale. Additionally, Mack is an Illinois Arts Council media arts fellow and the 2010 co-recipient of the Orphan Film Symposium’s Helen Hill Award.
+ MEASURES / SUPER 8 MM MULTI-PROJECTION & COLORED GELS & TOY INSTRUMENTS AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION / TARA NELSON (MALDEN, MASSACHUSETTS)
MEASURES explores the synesthetic relationship between sound, image, motion and color. Four super 8 projectors are each gelled with a primary color: red, green, yellow and blue. Before the performance begins, members of the audience are given a toy instruments, and asked to play a corresponding color.
Tara Merenda Nelson is a Boston-based filmmaker, curator and installation artist whose work focuses on human perception and its correlation to the mechanism of projected celluloid cinema. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums basements and backyards in Europe, Austrailia and North America, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Tara holds an MFA in Film/Video from the Massachusetts College of Art, and she is currently a lecturer at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Tara presented her cinematic installation, Catharsis, at the Mono No Aware IV (2010), and she is thrilled to be invited to participate again this year. She and her husband, filmmaker Gordon Nelson, will be exhibiting their Super 8 and 16mm films and sound performance work at Anthology Film Archives on December 14th, 2012.
+ JE NE SAIS PLUS (WHAT IS THIS FEELING) / 16 MM MULTI-PROJECTION PERFORMANCE & LIVE FILM LOOP EDIT AND SOUND MIX / KRISTIN REEVES (MUNCIE, INDIANA)
An obstacle course between the heart and the doctor’s office leads to [DESTINY.] Playing her tower of nine projectors to the timing of a prerecorded soundtrack that pivots around international versions of “You Don’t Own Me,” Kristin Reeves meditates on the materiality of the body and the struggle to achieve personal sovereignty within its bounds. Built on 27, 10-second 16mm film loops constructed from reshot found footage and direct laser-animation techniques.
Kristin Reeves investigates the poetic [mis]translations between physical and virtual bodies. She has been contributing to performances in Chicago, IL since 2004 including the Tony Fitzpatrick American Trilogy at the Steppenwolf Theater as well as showing solo works across the US. Currently she can be found in Muncie, IN where she is an Assistant Professor of Art. Kristin holds a MFA in Art & Technology from the University of Florida where she was the Operations Manger for the Florida Experimental Film Festival (FLEX.)
+ WATERSHED/SURFACE PATTERNS / 16 MM MULTI-PROJECTION PERFORMANCE & LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE / MIKE BONELLO, MAN FOREVER (PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA & NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
WATERSHED / SURFACE PATTERNS is the result of several years’ experimentation with a 3-pass color process, done in camera with color reversal film. This hyper-colored multi-film projection features the Cowanshannock Creek, the Youghiogheny River on “Over the Falls Day,” and the Atlantic Ocean in Far Rockaway. Surface Patterns is a piece of music by Man Forever from the album Pansophical Cataract (Thrill Jockey Records, 2012). Bonello performed as a member of Man Forever earlier this year, when in the process of learning this song he was told to visualize the surface of water as it goes over, or is just about to go over, a waterfall.
Mike Bonello is a filmmaker and musician from Pittsburgh, PA. He has exhibited films at the Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at a rock&roll house party in Murphreesboro, TN. Most of his film work has been oriented toward multi-projector film-loop events, either as installations or with an improvisational projection-performance approach, in conjunction with a live musical performance or a dance party. He’s been an active musician for over 20 years, and has worked and taught at Pittsburgh Filmmakers since 1996.
Man Forever is the brainchild of Kid Millions, who with his band, Oneida, has collaborated with Bonello on film/video events and music projects for the last 15 years.
+ CRUSHER ( NEW ADDITION TO PROGRAM ) / 16 MM MULTI-PROJECTION PERFORMANCE & LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE / STEVE COSSMAN, RYAN MARNIO AKA REMNANTS (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
Fight fire with fire! To expedite the transfer rate and loading times for images online they are assigned a low resolution. In this “de-res” process, a considerable amount of visual information is labeled unimportant and discarded. Using PHP coding, a compressed thumbnail image is read from left to right, top to bottom, placing each pixel color as a full frame along the timeline. The sequence of frames plays out, and in the same way that the persistence of vision tricks the mind into seeing the in-between frames, giving the illusion of smooth linear movement, the mind is able to re-instate some of the lost visual information. At the same time, the static composition of the photographic image dictates patterns in time. A vertical line will appear at the same place in time repeatedly creating a “beat” while horizontal lines and forms become an undulation or rhythm. Ryan Marino will respond to the sea of gentle colors using an oscillator, loops and effects.
“The world, on both the micro and macro level, is constantly moving within a framework of units this irrepressible flux of time is the nexus of human experience and perception. Investigating the quantification of this motion through a reordering of various elements, I employ universally recognizable imagery within a patterned visual language. Often using time as a structure, the ‘natural’ rhythm of life is altered to create a resonating interval. This visual discord allows the viewer to reconsider established perceptual relationships.” – S.C.
Ryan Marino is a filmmaker and sound artist based in Brookyn, New York. His films have screened at the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Detroit Film Center, Millennium Film Workshop, Greenpoint Film Festival and Spectacle Theater as well as numerous art spaces and filmic venues around the United States. His work in sound includes both recorded and live performance. He currently runs the experimental imprint, Imminent Frequencies which releases pro-dubbed cassettes with full colored artwork.
+ RICHARD GAMBLE / DRUM MACHINE, KEYBOARD AND VOX & LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE / RICHARD GAMBLE (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
Richard Gamble performs a live music set including tracks off of his self-released ‘Vagrant’ EP. Gamble is resident DJ at LOST SOUL a monthly house/techno/disco party based in Bushwick and founder of a music/multimedia label under the same moniker. This year he performed at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) plus a number of local venues including Vaudeville Park and the Wreck Room.
SATURDAY NIGHT PROGRAM
+ GANZFELD TEST / 16 MM MULTI-PROJECTION INSTALLATION & INTERACTIVE SCULPTURE / AMANDA LONG (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
GANZFELD TEST is an immersive color space experience for one or two spectators at a time. Color fields and flicker films fill a cinema that covers the viewer’s upper body, surrounding the head completely with light. A ganzfeld is a uniform visual field – akin to standing in a blizzard that obscures the horizon – where the sky and the land become one and the viewer’s sense of depth is lost. This installation utilizes a 360-degree infinite film loop environment of pulsating color fields to create a similar disorienting effect.
Amanda Long is a sculptor investigating light, color, perception and human behavior. Her work has been exhibited at Bring to Light Nuit Blanche NYC, the Dumbo Arts Festival, the Mattress Factory Museum, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. She received a MFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010 and a BFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. Her kinetic video sculpture, Lighter and Lighter, was the recipient of the University Film and Video Association’s Carole Fielding Grant 2010. Presently Amanda lives and works in Long Island City, NY.
+ B-90 NOIR / 16 MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE MIX OF RADIO WAVES / JOHNNY RODGERS (BINGHAMPTON, NEW YORK)
B-90 NOIR is inspired by Hiroshi Teshigarhara’s The Woman in the Dunes, a film about confinement and escape. B-90 NIOR attempts to turn away from film as a document of an event by producing a field of unscripted encounters. Here is a visual and sonic provocation, an invitation, into the liminal, the always transitional.
Johnny Rodgers is a graduate student in upstate New York studying Cultural Anthropology and Cinema.
+ FRANCESCA WOODMAN’S AUNTS / 16 MM SINGLE PROJECTION & LIVE VOICE-OVER WITH TWO MEGAPHONES / ELINA BROTHERUS (HELSINKI, FINLAND)
Two photographers are working to make a self-portrait with a large-format view camera. They pay homage to Francesca Woodman, who for her age could be their niece.
Elina Brotherus (b. 1972 Helsinki, Finland), works in photography, video and film. Her current work is centered on the relation of the human figure and landscape, and on the gaze of an artist on his/her model. Among her recent solo exhibitions feature Bloomberg SPACE, London ; The Wapping Project – Bankside, London ; gb agency, Paris (2010) and The National Art Center, Tokyo (2008). Recent group exhibitions include Lianzhou Photography Festival, China ; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2012) ; MAXXI, Rome ; ARTER, Istanbul (2010) ; Brooklyn Museum (2007) ; Biennale of Sydney (2006). She was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Photography in 2008, the French Prix Niépce in 2005, and the Scandinavian Carnegie Art Award’s Young Artist’s Stipendium in 2003. She was shortlisted for the Ars Fennica Prize 2007 and for the Citibank Photography Prize (now Deutsche Börse Photography Prize) in 2002.
Brotherus has published four monographs: Artist and her Model (Le Caillou bleu, Brussels 2012), Études d’après modèle, danseurs (Les éditions Textuel, Paris 2007), The New Painting (Next Level, London 2005), Decisive Days (Kustannus Pohjoinen, Oulu 2002).
+ CEMENTAGE / SUPER 8 MM + 16 MM PROJECTION PERFORMANCE & LIVE LIGHT-AS-SOUND PERFORMANCE / MASHA MITKOV (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
Cemented technology, the figure connected to the floor attempts to play a mangled VHS into the mix. Transforming objects beyond function, this piece explores how to un-build concrete, ground up: from black and white images to the motion they stir. Though the films are mute, the things on which they project absorb light & digest into sound.
Masha Mitkov was born in Odessa, Ukraine shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union, after which her family found asylum in Portland, Oregon. While studying for a BA in Mathematics at Bard College, she fell in love with 16mm film and analog motion picture techniques. While her mathematical practice could be used to program roaming digital projector robots, she prefers the spiral of successive still frames.
+ WHERE’S THE CHILD? / SUPER 8 MM MULTI-PROJECTIONS + 35 MM SLIDE PROJECTIONS & LIVE THEATER, DANCE, AND VOODOO / JOEY HUERTAS AKA JANE PUBLIC AND SUZANA STANKOVIC (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
WHERE’S THE CHILD is a performance that will reveal the trauma involved in high conflict divorce and parental alienation tactics. Live voodoo and false allegations will be used to visually demonstrate how parents and children can be systematically used as weapons of destruction against one another, despite any loving relationship history surrounding the original family composition.
Joey Huertas aka Jane Public is an experimental film and performance artist who works in line with the direct, observational and reconstruction movements of documentary work. His creative works take many forms, including interpretation stories arranged by peculiar/imagined biographies for fictitious persons. Critics have cited his work as representing a new kind of social activism using transgressive biographies. The artist is also a clinical social worker who integrates the healing process into art.
Suzana Stankovic is a modern dancer, choreographer and performance artist based in New York. She is classically trained in ballet and is an avant-garde performance artist who has collaborated with various international dance schools, films and has choreographed many of her original works. She does not just “move” her body, she “speaks” with her body.
+ THE BIRDS OF CHERNOBYL / 16 MM DUAL-PROJECTION & LIVE MIX OF CASSETE RECORDINGS, FIELD RECORDINGS AND ELECTROMAGNETIC AMPLIFACATION OF PROJECTOR MOTOR / MARGARET RORISON (BALTIMORE, MARYLAND)
THE BIRDS OF CHERNOBYL is an ode to Harry Bennett, the artist’s 93-year-old grandfather. Harry made a living as a painter for Gothic and Romance novels in the 60s & 70s and is now living with dementia. He spent much of his life as a solitary man, committing himself to walking, philosophizing and creating. This piece incorporates their shared love for reflection amid landscape. The 16mm footage was shot during a residency in The Ozarks. The audio accompaniment of this piece incorporates recordings of Harry Bennett, field recordings of oilrigs and fishing wire in a Louisiana bayou, and live amplification of the projector’s motor using both contact microphones and electromagnetic pick-ups.
Margaret Rorison is an artist working and living in Baltimore, Maryland. She works in variety of mediums including, 16mm film, video, photography and sound. Her work develops from extensive walks through rural and urban landscapes, combining moving images, field recordings and text. She is interested in the live dialogue between music and film and often projects her films accompanying sound artists. She holds an MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and is the co-founder of an experimental film series, Sight Unseen and is also a member of The Red Room Collective.
+ WILL O’ THE WISP / SUPER 8 MM + 16 MM MULTI-PROJECTION & LIVE ENSEMBLE DANCE PERFORMANCE, VOCALS, AND PROPS / KATIE FLEMING & SEAN HANLEY AS HOLUS BOLUS, CHARLIE ADAMS, LESLIE GUYTON, RACHEL GARIS, MATT BOVEE, SARA DOBRINICH, KEVIN JONES, LAURA MURPHY, ANGEL ORTIZ, BENJAMIN ROBERT, CARRIE WALSH & SAMANTHA OWENS (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
WILL O’ THE WISP is a multi-disciplinary performance devised by Holus Bolus to explore the relationship between home and self-identity and is based on research into the events surrounding the slow destruction of a small town in Pennsylvania. Centralia, PA was an active anthracite coal mining community until the 1960s when an abandoned coal deposit caught fire. In the following decades the government and community struggled to decide Centralia’s future. It was eventually evacuated due to the toxic gasses expelled by the subterranean fire, wafting from the very same hills on which the town was founded. In creating ‘Will o’ the Wisp’, Holus Bolus desires to provide audiences with an immersive transcendence through the integration of film with potent ensemble dance and vocal performances.
Holus Bolus is a collective dedicated to devising environments that lead an audience beyond the passive experience of sight and sound. (CONCEPT, DIRECTION, FILM)
Katie Fleming is a theatre artist and founder of the collective Holus Bolus. Her work has spanned traditional and experimental theater as well as film and events. For the past several years she worked on the build and run of Punchdrunk’s “Sleep No More” and is currently assistant directing Mikhael Garver of The New Ensemble. She studied devised theatre internationally holds a BA in Technical Theatre and Dramaturgy from Emerson College. (CONCEPT AND DIRECTION)
Sean Hanley is filmmaker and member of Holus Bolus pursuing experiments in the documentary genre. His work has screened in various film festivals across the United States and Canada, including the Athens Film + Video Festival (Ohio) and the Black Maria Film & Video Festival. For the past two years, he’s been a staff member for the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He holds a BFA in Film Production from Emerson College. (FILM)
Charlie Adams is a British singer, vocal coach, teaching artist and harpist from London. She attended the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, founded by Sir Paul McCartney. During her time at the institute, she joined Sense of Sound, a professional choir that works throughout the UK and Europe, in which had the opportunity to collaborate with an array of artists and musicians, including: Brian Eno, Ringo Starr, Damon Albarn, Russel Watson and Imogen Heap. In 2010 she co-founded MultiVOX, a community arts and vocal training organization based in the Northwest of England. In February 2012, Charlie relocated to NYC where she coordinates and directs ‘The Britpop Choir’ and is in the process of developing an American branch of MultiVOX. (VOCAL COMPOSITION)
Movement Workshop Group, co-founded by Leslie Guyton, creates distinct dance theatre that not only provide an evening of entertainment but also provoke thought and lift the audience to a higher more inspired psychic state. They hold classes in Brooklyn and have received many grants and residencies as a NY based company of five years. Rachel Garis, choreographer founder of Jacob Garis Dance Theater, is a multidisciplinary artist and performer based in New York City. She has danced internationally in Ponderosa Tanzland Festival (GE) and project, 100 Dancers in Copenhagen with Live Art Installations. Movement Workshop has been awarded the APAP CEF grant to attend the International Tanzmesse, the Planet Connections Theater Festivity Artists grant, The Filed;s Field Artist residency and has presented work as part of La MaMa Moves (Manhattan). The ensemble includes: Matt Bovee, Sara Dobrinich, Kevin Jones, Laura Murphy, Angel Ortiz, Benjamin Robert, Carrie Walsh, & Samantha Owens. (ENSEMBLE MOVEMENT)
+ JAHILIYYA FIELDS / SYNTHESIZERS, DRUM MACHINE, AND VOX & LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MATTHEW MORANDI (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
Jahiliyya Fields performs a live set including tracks from this year’s 2 X LP release UNICURSAL HEXAGRAM (L.I.E.S.)
“L.I.E.S. boldly go where most other House labels wouldn’t dare, presenting an excellent LP of cosmic synth music with religious overtones conceived by Matt Morandi aka Jahiliyya Fields. It’s one of the label’s most substantial releases to date, and not only by length. The music itself is of a wholly more gratifying calibre than their usual – albeit excellent and unconventional – dancefloor releases, drawing upon a wealth of exploratory synth music and symbology fro Islam and Thelema to set the mind off on more spiritual, intellectually nourishing forays. From a Terry Riley-like ascension/immersion ‘Servant Garden’, ‘Ocean Mom’ melts into therapeutic new age drone and noise washes, while bass rhythms creep into the equation with the throbbing arpeggios of ‘Air On Earth’, and the oscillating flux of ‘Water Breaker’. A soundtrack to Steve Cossman’s ‘White Cabbage’ returns us skyward with ecstatic propulsion, and the conclusive ‘AAAAA’ kneads and weaves tangy synth discord and frothing pulses into a starry hammock” – boomkat (Manchester, UK)