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23 May 2013




SHOW DATE JUNE 21 and 22

Inspired by sound art’s resistance to commercialization and conventional art-collecting practices, UNCOLLECTABLE is a performance at the intersection of sound and music. The pop-up show will combine elements of an art exhibit reception and a musical experience to expand upon the compositional vocabulary of songwriting and concert programming. This multicultural performance will be kicking off a month-long art exhibit hosted at SoHo’s Hotel Particulier

Matthew HalleyEthologist/songwriter will be joining us to play banjo, sing, and integrate bird sounds into the show

THE SHOW | The program is built to reflect the thresholds of how sound and music can come together; rather than offering a critique of the music industry, UNCOLLECTABLE is an exploration of where and how the two meet. By exploring sound art through a songwriter’s lens, UNCOLLECTABLE enables visitors to explore Middle Eastern culture in a new light – while also offering an opportunity to reflect on the future of indie music.

Ticketed guests will go through a program developed by +Aziz, a Kuwaiti songwriter and trend spotter who seeks to create musical experiences informed by cultural trends beyond entertainment. This project is inspired by a trend in the art world. UNCOLLECTABLE is developed in collaboration with ArteEast, a non-profit focused in contemporary Middle Eastern art in New York, and NUQAT, a design conference in the Arabian Gulf.

In addition to adding sound components to all songs played, there are moments where structured music is nowhere to be found, and the art of sound becomes the foreground. Attendees can expect to experience a collage of tactile experiences. Various collaboration occasions within the show’s program will culminate to creating online content such as an UNCOLLECTABLE Dropbox folder, a music video, Soundcloud files…etc.

THE CROWDFUNDING | Supporters of UNCOLLECTABLE’s crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo can take advantage of perks like first hand peeks of a rotating exhibition (through July 10th), exclusive consultations, and personalized tours from +Aziz. The Indiegogo campaign is live until June 21st.

THE SPACE | Hotel Particulier is an establishment where encounters, cross-pollination of ideas, disciplines and collaboration can take root and grow in a space that is different - and where there is a freedom of experimentation. It is a place of hospitality, of de-compartmentalization, of conversations, and where not only artworks are exhibited but also ideas.

We hope you can join us for the show and/or help support the crowdfunding campaign. Please direct all inquiries to Lori Zimmer at Art Nerd, Lori@artnerdnewyork.com

20 May 2013

video_dumbo: Re-Return to Sender

Exhibited through May 25th at Eyebeam, as part of video_dumbo 2013, Re-Return to Sender,   explores and manipulates the devices, which generally create the image. The exhibition "speculates about the imagined consciousness of digital and electromagnetic moving image displays and projection apparatus."

 Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, Transposition, 2013

Transposition, an interactive video installation, by Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, reacts to its audience using a projector, CPU, MDF, a surveillance camera, and sound speakers. A structure composed of 144 vertical lines made of elastic is illuminated by a video projector. Once the participant crosses the space between the projector and the image, with use of custom software, the patterns change based upon the motions of the moving participant.

Daniel Canogar, Spin, 2010
Daniel Canogar's installation, Spin, plays upon piracy in the film industry; here, the copied contents of 100 discarded DVDs are projected back onto their surface, and its reflection creating celestial-like bodies, floating in space.

Steina + Woody Vasulka, Reminiscence, 1974
Steina and Woody Vasulka's experiments are the earliest examples in this show demonstrating "the origin of the video medium's signal-as-protagonist theme." The wavy image is actually the deconstruction of "digital images into two-and three-dimensional properties."

These are but a few of the handful of experimental video art showcased. Take some time out of your week to check it out yourself!