CRACKLE, NOISE & LIGHT TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2007
Electronic sound and video with sonic environmentalist Ann Wellmer with live video artist Adam Kendall, interactive sound-art and live cinema by NoiseFold (David Stout and Cory Metcalf), Bay Area electronic performer Elise Baldwin and video artist Leslie Thornton.
Anne Wellmer and Adam Kendall will present a collaborative audiovisual performance examining the interaction of sound, light and video. Anne will perform with digital granular synthesis and analog audio gear directly controlling TVs as audio-reactive ‘lightboxes’. Adam will respond with software-based live video, playing on and expanding the theme of white light.
Adam Kendall is a video artist and musician living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Through his own work and the A/V series he curates, he approaches live video as a medium as dynamic and improvisational as traditional performance arts, and he approaches composed video with a clear sense of form and counterpoint. http://www.hellbender.org. Supported by Gaudeamus Foundation.
Anne Wellmer is a composer and media artist based in the Netherlands and in Germany. Among many others she frequently collaborated with the New York based composer performers Matthew Ostrowski and Matt Bauder. For her work in progress “fwd:inf [rec]” she received an honorary mention in digital musics at the Prix Ars Electronica 2007. http://www.nonlinear.demonl.nl
NoiseFold is a leading interactive sound-art and live cinema group founded by performer/programmers, David Stout and Cory Metcalf. NoiseFold will perform a series of real-time (“live”) 3-D animations that utilize visual forms that both create and respond to sound. These abstract visual structures resemble single-celled life forms and organic architectures. The performers animate, coax, bend, and herd these audio-visual “organisms” by use of cameras, microphones, electro-magnetic, and infrared sensors. The result is a visual music theater where “lifelike” avatars emerge, evolve, and emit a startling array of chaotic rhythms and shimmering sonic textures.
A little more than a year old, NoiseFold presented their world premiere at the Festival Internationale d’Art Video in Casablanca, Morocco in spring 2006. Their performances, which include the recent UNESCO Creative Cities Summit, have garnered rave reviews and a growing audience. The pair recently received the New Mexico New Visions Award for animation. Stout is also the recipient of the Harvestworks Interactive Technology Residency and the Sun Micro Systems Award for Academic Excellence (2004) and was nominated for the both the WTN World Technology Award (2003) and the International Media Art Prize (2004). Stout & Metcalf currently live in New Mexico where they are designing Archipelago, a networked installation environment in the form of a “live” artificial ecosystem.
David Stout is an interactive video-sound artist and one of the worlds leading laptop performers exploring real-time cross-synthesis of sound and image. His work in interactive media includes electro-acoustic scores for stage and screen, live cinema, video-dance, data-base narrative, noise performance and telematic video events that emphasize multi-screen projection as an extension of performer, audience and environment.
Cory Metcalf is a moving image and sound artist who lives in Santa Fe, NM. His work explores the intersection of human performance, real-time media systems and responsive installation environments. His interests range from the field of bio-mimicry to the practices of aerial theater, extended vocal techniques and instrumental noise-music performance. As a seminal member of the interactive performance group, i2O, Metcalf developed dynamic diffusion sound designs for live acoustics and video performance instruments. Metcalf’s interest in physical computing is evidenced in works such as Sensor Swarm, a hybrid interactive performance-installation that employs sensing technology to blur the distinction between the audience and performance, fore-grounding the normally unconscious influence that humans impose on their environment. Currently Cory is working with real-time 3D simulation and complex data feed-back programs to model synthetic-ecologies based on genetic and behavioral processes found in living systems.
Raised on a farm in Idaho, Elise Baldwin now resides in San Francisco. Active in the Bay Area experimental music scene, Elise focuses on collaborative music ventures and solo intermedia performance, appearing recently at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Edgetone Music Festival, the Brutal Sound FX Festival, E.S.P. Media Lounge, CalArts CEAIT Festival and the National Queer Arts Festival. Her work has been featured on compilations Women Take Back The Noise, Sound Migrations, and Aural Fixation I and II. Harboring a historic multiplicity with regard to medium, she holds degrees in Film & Video production from UCSC and Electronic Music from Mills College. She has spent much of the past fifteen years working as a sound designer, multimedia director, recording engineer, and digital video editor on commercial and educational projects. She has had the good fortune to collaborate with many talented filmmakers, performers, dancers, and theater companies such as Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, Sini Anderson of Sister Spit, Fresh Meat Productions, and The Civilians. She has received numerous awards, including a Harvestworks Artist in Residency in 2006, the Frogs Peak Award for Experimental Music in 2004, and a Howard Scripps Award. she holds degrees in Film & Video production from UCSC and Electronic Music from Mills College.
Leslie Thornton is a painter turned video and filmmaker. Her lush, complex works explore the mechanisms of desire and meaning, while probing past the boundaries of language and narrative conventions. She studied with filmmakers Hollis Frampton, Stan Brakhage, Paul Sharits and Peter Kubelka at the State University of New York/Buffalo, and with Richard Leacock and Ed Pincus at MIT. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Maya Deren Award, the first Alpert Award in the Arts for media, two Rockefeller Fellowships, and grants from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, Jerome Foundation, and Art Matters. Thornton’s film and media works have been exhibited worldwide, at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Biennial Exhibition; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Rotterdam International Film Festival; New York Film Festival;, Bordeaux; Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley; and festivals in Oberhausen, Graz, Mannheim, Berlin, Austin, Toronto, Tokyo and Seoul. Her ongoing work Peggy and Fred in Hell has been cited in several “Years Best” lists, including the Village Voice and The New York Times, and she was the only woman experimental filmmaker included in Cahiers du cinema “60 most important American Directors” issue. Thornton is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, and a Visiting Professor in the Transmedia Programme at the Academy Sint Lukas in Brussels, Belgium.
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About NYEAF: The New York Electronic Art Festival is produced by Harvestworks, the New York University Music Technology Program, and LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, with support from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, the Columbia University Computer Music Center, Roulette, Electronic Music Foundation, 3LD Art and Technology Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Institute of Electronic Art. Additional support is from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, mediaThe foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space @ 38 Park Row, the Experimental TV Center Presentation Program, Cycling 74, Tekserve and Newmark Knight Frank. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space.
NYEAF is a Harvestworks 30th Anniversary Event. A highlight of the festival is the 2007 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2007), now in its 7th year, convening for the first time in New York.
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