We are excited for the upcoming premiere of Brett Sroka’sSine Qua Non at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY. Opening on January 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm, Sine Qua Non (which translates to “without which there is nothing) is part live performance and part multi-channel sound installation, as the music Brett and his collaborator Carl Maguire will be performing is sampled, processed, and played back live in the space by the Max/MSP patch Brett developed at the IEA during his residency in February, 2012. After a period of live performance, the patch is able to take over the performance, using the sampled audio to continue the generative performance.
If you are in or around Brooklyn, NY around the time of the performance then this is not an opening to miss.
We are excited to bring attention to an exhibition of one of our recent artists in residence, the duo known as Luftwerk, that will be opening soon in Chicago, IL. Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero had their residency back in April, 2013, working across both print and video, focusing on the work for this exhibition involving projection mapping and our perception of color and light.
Luftwerk’s exhibition, SHIFT, will be opening in the Chicago Rooms of the Chicago Cultural Center and will run from September 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Additionally, as part of the Chicago Music Summit, Owen Clayton Condon and Atmospheric Audio Chair will be performing an improvised, ambient musical piece in the Chicago Room with Luftwerk’s work on September 20 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
If you happen to be in Chicago while this exhibit is up, especially during the opening or the Chicago Music Summit, we highly encourage you to visit the exhibition and support the great work by Luftwerk. Congratulations to you both, Petra and Sean!
For the final week of June 2013 the IEA welcomed Colette Fu of Philadelphia, PA as our artist in residence. Colette is most known for her pop-up book work, combining her photography with paper manipulation to make her images literally and figuratively jump out of the pages of the books she produces. Much of her imagery comes from her visits to communities in China, the peoples there, and their culture and customs.
During her residency, Colette focused on producing the materials to make a larger sized book using imagery of the Axi Fire Festival of the Yi people in Yunnan, China. This is part of a larger series titled “We are Tiger Dragon People 我們是虎”. The images for this book were printed on the Epson large-format printers and the Epilog laser cutter was used to cut some of the forms for constructing the book out. Additionally, the covers were etched and cut out of quarter inch oak plywood sheets with this laser cutter.
Below are some images of Colette’s work. First are some process shots, including a photo of the book in process of being assembled. The final three are the book in its completed state:
Over the week of June 17th the IEA welcomed Rebecca Najdowski of Santa Fe, NM, currently residing in Berkley, CA, as our artist in residence. Rebecca works primarily in photography and video media, drawing viewers into the sense of wonderment our natural world can provide, as well as inserting literal and illusionary magic into that world.
During her time at the IEA, Rebecca pursued two projects simultaneously. The first was to venture into a new media in her work and create an interactive video piece, utilizing Max/MSP Jitter. The video used is of the natural phenomenon know as the Pororoca on the Amazon River, and some surfers who ride this continuous river wave to catch far longer rides than they would be capable with ocean waves. In Rebecca’s piece, as viewers approach the screen the time mapping of the video is shifted, as well as the colors of the imagery. In addition to this project, Rebecca also worked on a series of laser etchings into acrylic sheets, using imagery from theoretical mathematical shapes and forms. Rebecca plans to display these later with other imagery showing behind the etched acrylic sheet.
Below is a video of the interactive video piece Rebecca worked on during her residency. Please note this is very much a work in progress and may not closely resemble the future form this project takes.
The IEA welcomed Alysia Kaplan of Rochester, NY as our artist in residence through the week of June 10th. Alysia uses photography, print and sculpture as a way to document conscious and unconscious desires to understand and navigate private and public spaces.
Throughout her residency, Alysia focused primarily on our silk screen facilities, making a few different series of images. She took some of these and placed them in different spaces in the area and photographed them, printing the results. In the case of the deer print, it takes a look at an image in an out of place location, while the chair from the print shop piece distorts reality by having print and source side-by-side, with some obvious distortions of reality.
Through the week of June 3rd the IEA was host to Inhye Lee as our artist in residence. Inhye, who originally hails from Seoul, South Korea, and now lives and works out of Brooklyn, draws from inspirations such as childhood memories, performance arts, sound, humor, environmental issues, experience design, and interpersonal relationships, among other sources. With these inspirations, Inhye aims to transform the ordinary surroundings into a playground of sorts, where interesting stories arise and engage viewers both emotionally and viscerally with the experience.
Throughout her residency Inhye focused a prototype for a new interactive video work, titled “Accordion Face”. Utilizing Max/MSP, an Adruino, and sonar proximity sensors, Inhye’s piece allows viewers to manipulate a lucky participant’s face, squeezing, stretching, and distorting it while these actions also manipulate the sound being played along with the video. The form shown here is a prototype to test the patch, the ultimate form of this piece will probably differ from what is seen here.
Here are some images of “Accordion Face” as well as a video of it in action.
Over a two week period ending on May 31st the IEA was host to Sondra Perry as an artist in residence. Sondra is an interdisciplinary artist working in installation, video, sound, performance and digital imagery who investigates themes of desire, materiality, labor and power, historiography, and the performativity of race and gender. She has been a resident at Ox-Bow, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Experimental Television Center in addition to the IEA.
It would be a shorter task to list the IEA facilities Sondra didn’t use during her residency. Sondra made extensive use of the video studios, doing multiple shoots of herself and collaborators in full HD with the IEA’s Canon XF105 camcorders, and would edit the recordings to produce digital prints with for the Iris and Epson printers in addition to saving them for future video works. Sondra would also make extensive use of the Epilog laser etcher, producing works in mirrored glass as well as felt and ribbon while conducting experiments in other materials.
Below are some images of a few of the pieces Sondra produced during her residency.
Over the week of May 20 the IEA was host to Daniel Temkin of Queens, NY as our Artist in Residence. Daniel is involved in a lot of different projects around how computers act and think versus how humans do, and bringing forth irrational forms from the highly rational world of computer logic. This work turns into projects that range from interactive computer applications to apparel (no, seriously).
During his time at the IEA, Daniel focused primarily on expanding his Glitchometry series of work. This work involves taking a basic image, reducing it to its raw data, subjecting that data to glitches, and then reorganizing that data back into an image. In addition to the tools and programs he has used with this project in the past, Daniel developed a Max/msp patch which allows him to glitch data and play with the parameters in real time during his residency.
The below images are some of the prints he produced. The first image shows, to the far left, what the image looked like before glitching, and the following four are the results.