At St. Cornelius Chapel on Governors Island, Phloq is a multichannel work composed to evoke the sensorial experience of a flock of birds taking off. Via its physical diffusion, Phloq creates a provocative space that allows the listener to suspend their ties to previously known aural reference points, releasing them to a new sensorial interaction. Phloq’s content addresses issues of communication and interference, referencing the swirling mass of information we encounter on a daily basis. This event is part of 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival, in partnership with River To River Festival and Trinity Wall Street.
[Jun 15 – Jul 14] Suzanne Thorpe / Paul Geluso: Phloq
Every Saturday & Sunday, Jun 15 through Jul 14 (noon to 6pm)
St Cornelius Chapel
Governors Island – http://govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml
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Phloq is a multichannel work composed to evoke the sensorial experience of a flock of birds taking off. Via its physical diffusion, Phloq creates a provocative space that allows the listener to suspend their ties to previously known aural reference points, releasing them to a new sensorial interaction. Phloq’s content addresses issues of communication and interference, referencing the swirling mass of information we encounter on a daily basis.
For this work, Thorpe is collaborating with Paul Geluso, designer of the 3D Sound Object from which the work is diffused. Phloq is produced in part through the Harvestworks Artist in Residence Program. Paul Geluso is a Harvestworks Creativity + Technology = Enterprise fellow, a program funded in part by the Rockefeller Foundation’s New York City Cultural Innovation Fund.
As an improviser, she has performed nationally and internationally with artists such as Chris Brown, Annette Krebs, Pauline Oliveros, Gino Robair, Miya Masaoka, Fred Frith, Zbigniew Karkowski, Anti-Matter, among others.
Her compositions are site-specific works that tend to employ multi-channel systems, psychoacoustic phenomena, and aural harmonics. They have been featured at local, national and international experimental music and art venues. She is a founding member of the critically acclaimed alternative rock group Mercury Rev, with whom she earned numerous critical accolades and a gold record. In addition she has appeared on over 20 recordings on labels such as Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet and Geffen, and most recently on J Mascis’ solo record Several Shades of Why and Pauline Oliveros’ Primordial Lift. Having earned an MFA in Electronic Music and Media at Mills College, Thorpe currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College and Parsons School of Design, where she focuses on digital audio workstations, field recording, sound theory and the art of listening.
Paul Geluso is an engineer, composer, musician, and educator who has been working with artists who use sound as a creative medium for more than 20 years. He has received individual artist grants for his electro-acoustic music from the New York State Council on the Arts and Meet the Composer. His solo and collaborative works have been presented at the local, national and international museums and art spaces. Paul is currently on the full-time Music Technology faculty at NYU Steinhardt researching 3D audio recording and playback technology.
River To River Festival
The annual River To River Festival is produced by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in partnership with Founding Partners Arts Brookfield, Battery Park City Authority, and South Street Seaport. LMCC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture since 1973, presenting cultural events in Manhattan, advocating for artists and the arts, and working in partnerships to improve the quality of life for the New York City’s workers, residents, and visitors. River To River is made possible with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HUD, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Westfield World Trade Center, and in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters.