2006 Presentations

April 18-23, 2006, 15 Nassau Street, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s public venue

Harvestworks presented “Benders and Coders” a mini- performance series inside of the 2006 Bent Festival that highlighted music and art that uses electronic circuit bending and programming computer code to create new compositional and improvisational performance works.

“Benders and Coders” continues Harvestworks’ presentations of work made for new instruments, designed, programmed and built by contemporary composers, and focuses on two approaches to instrument design. “Benders” are artists who are modifying the circuitry of battery-powered children’s toys to create strange, new, and unintended sounds for creative purposes.

“Coders” are composers who are working in a culture of “live coding” where the performer is modifing active code and programming the music while on the concert stage. This culture been made possible by “SuperCollider”  and “ChucK”, Concurrent, On-the-fly Audio Programming, originated by Perry Cook and Ge Wang.

R. Luke Dubois with Matthew Ostrowski and Tristan Perich
Tuesday April 18th
CT_BT_GRAFFITI | Mausoleum_3 by Petko Dourmana

The interactive work proposes to virtually rebuild the lost physical space of the Mausoleum of Georgi Dimitrov, that used to be the most remarkable public symbol during the Communistic period in Bulgaria, inside the visual and physical space of the entrance at 15 Nassau, New York. Using Bluetooth technology embedded in many mobile communication devices, visitors who have this functionality on their mobile phones are automatically invited to activate it and will receive a series of visual and audio fragments which recreate the space of the former Mausoleum.

Wednesday April 19th
Haeyoung Kim AKA BubblyFish performed two works for game boy “Too Cute To Kill” and “The Tongue” followed by “Pick It Up” a circuit bending work using a telephone pickup to amplify the magnetic field of various electronic devices and looped by the Kaos pad. Andrew Bucksbarg VJ’d the performance.

Thursday April 20th
Die Schrauber is an ongoing collaboration between Hans Tammen, Joker Nies & Mario DeVega involving live sound processing, circuit bending and glitch sampling.

Peter Blasser
Friday April 21th
Peter and the audience will be led thru some abstract world sounds by his din datin dudero.

Peter Edwards
Saturday April 22nd

John Morton / MoFoPro: Dafna Naphtali, Benton C-Bainbridge and Alex Waterman
Sunday April 23rd
John Morton performed “Solo Works for Music Boxes.” MoFoPro performed using hardware and software system that is a melange of hi and lo technologies both bleeding edge and obsolete.

BENT 2006 was produced in association with the Harvestworks Benders and Coders concert series. The Benders and Coders Music Series was supported by The New York State Council on the Arts, and mediaThe foundation. BENT 2006 was presented in part with funds provided by The Experimental Television Center. The Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and mediaThe Foundation. The festival is also presented in part with funds provided by Periscope Entertainment, a Los Angeles based film and television company that prides itself on supporting independent thought and innovative creation.

LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL (LMCC) Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is the leading voice for arts and culture in downtown New York City, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs. 15 Nassau is Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s new temporary programming venue that will bring together artists, arts organizations and audiences in the unique context of Lower Manhattan. http://www.lmcc.net

“WHO’S IN CONTROL?”  New Interfaces for Artistic Expression
February 24,25,26, 2006, Eyebeam 540 West 21st Street, New York City
Presented in association with 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group presented
Sponsored by the NY State Council on the Arts and Tekserve, New York’s Largest Independent Apple Store and Service Facility

This symposium invited artists, composers, directors and programmers from all over the world to explore issues surrounding artistic control, authorship, changing states and computer interfaces by theater, dance, cinema, sound and visual artists. This is a continuation of Harvestworks’ ongoing series of conferences which bring the artists’ experimental work to a larger public.

“Puppets, Virtual Robots and Remote Control”
Friday February 24th
The Great Small Works Theater Company presented a low tech reinvention of Toy Theater, Luke DuBois presented real-time manipulation of sound and image, LoVid performrf with Sync Armonica, a video resynthesis instrument and  Remko Scha and Arthur Elsenaar performed with Huge Harry, a speech synthesis machine.

Saturday, February 25th, 1:00 pm
Chris Csikszentmihalyi, from the MIT Media Lab gave the keynote speech followed by a discussion by leading theater directors including Kevin Cunningham, Director of Three Legged Dog Theater Company, Sha Xin Wei – Director of the Topological Media Lab, Concordia University, and Liz LeCompte. Director of The Wooster Group.

Panel Discussion
Saturday, February 25th, 4 – 6 pm
A panel discussion on sound art and music moderated by Jamie Allen and Gideon D’Arcangelo featuring artists Ben Rubin of EAR Studio, composer Jane Rigler from Relay~NYC and Dutch media artists Remko Scha and Arthur Elsenaar.

“Movement, Machines and Media Mutability”
Saturday, February 25th,  8:30 pm
Performances by composer and MacArthur Fellow George Lewis with turntablist Marina Rosenfeld; choreographer Beliz Demircioglu with sound artist Jamie Allen; and video artist Janene Higgins with composer Ikue Mori.

Panel Discussion
Sunday February 26th, 1:00 pm
A panel discussion on installation art and artist’s interfaces moderated by media curator Christina Yang with artists Zoe Beloff, Scott Snibbe and Julia Heyward.

Panel Discussion
Sunday February 26th, 4 -6 pm
A second panel covering authoring tools was moderated by composer Dafna Naftali with presentations by Troika Ranch, Stephan Moore/Benton C. Bainbridge and Luke DuBois.

“Custom Interface Systems”
Sunday February 26th, 8:30pm
The panel was followed by short performances of custom interface systems by Zachary Lieberman, Scott Fitzgerald, Leesa and Nicole Abahuni and Keiko Uenishi.

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