In the context of her Harvestworks EAR residency Katherine Liberovskaya will show the 2014 installation “NoizeBreeze” (never presented in NYC) as an introduction to the new project “Espringale” that she will be developing over the year with the TEAM Lab.
NoizeBreeze, a closed-circuit piece is based on the idea of a “noise system” using usually rejected sound, in this case wind noise and rumble. It is a collaboration with composer Phill Niblock for the technical audio concept and Barry Weisblat for the building of the audio interface.
NoizeBreeze, a closed-circuit piece is based on the idea of a “noise system” using usually rejected sound, in this case wind noise and rumble. It is a collaboration with composer Phill Niblock for the technical audio concept. It utilizes a series of 16 tiny dynamic electret microphones on long cables, summed by a passive mixer. This array of microphones is the object, structure, audio source and image subject of the installation. The microphones and cables hang against a wall with small pieces of aluminum foil attached to them. A simple electric fan sets them in gentle motion. As they amplify the sound of the air rustling through the foil they also serve as the content of the live video projected directly onto them resulting from their real-time capture by a surveillance camera fed into a video beamer. The camera’s being pointed at the playback projection creates video feedback effects that combine with the image feed blurring the boundaries between the real microphone elements and their electronic reproduction while the amplified sound interacts with the natural sound depending on the viewer’s position in the space. “NoizeBreeze” was created and presented at Agosto Foundation, Summer Artist Residency, Tabor, Czech Republic, in July-August 2014.
Meet the Artist Friday June 9th 2017 open to the public noon – 5 pm on Saturday
Harvestworks 596 Broadway #602 New York NY 10012
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R to Prince, #6
A closed circuit video-audio sculptural installation (with no pre-recorded sound or image).
Video/sculptural/sound concept: Katherine Liberovskaya
Collabration for technical audio concept: Phill Niblock
Collaboration for the building of microphone & passive mixer unit: Barry Weisblat
– 16 microphone elements with passive mixer
– aluminum foil
– 1 large oscillating fan
– 1 surveillance camera with zoom lens
– 1 video projector
– 1 small mixing console
– 2 powered speakers
Katherine Liberovskaya is an intermedia artist based in New York City and Montreal, Canada. Involved in experimental video since the 80s, she has produced many single-channel videos, video installation works and video and music performances which have been presented at a wide variety of events and venues around the world. Among these: MOMA PS1 PrintShop NYC; The Duolun Museum and The Aurora Museum, Shanghai, China; The Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; The Bitola Museum, Macedonia (FYROM); The Tito Museum, Belgrade, Serbia; The Kyoto University Museum, Japan; The Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, Portugal; The Roskilde Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; The National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; The Beirut Art Center, Lebanon; The Contemporary Art Center Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland.
Since 2001 her work predominantly focuses on the intersection of image and sound, in solo video-audio installation/environments and often in collaborations with composers and sound artists notably in live video+sound performance. Frequent collaborators include Phill Niblock, Al Margolis/If,Bwana, Keiko Uenishi, David Watson, Shelley Hirsch, Guy de Bievre… among many others. Since 2003 she has been exploring improvised video in live video+sound performance situations where her live visuals seek to create improvisatory “music” for the eyes. Over the years she has performed in concert with numerous artists including: Monique Buzzarte, Anne Wellmer, Tom Hamilton, Margarida Garcia, Manuel Mota, Anthony Coleman, Barry Weisblat, Mazen Kerbaj, murmer, Andre Gonçalves, Giuseppe Ielasi, Alessandro Bossetti, Andre Eric Letourneau, Jason Khan, Jim Bell, David Grollman, Doug Van Nort, among many others.
Recent projects have involved: Anna Homler, Leslie Ross, Chantal Dumas, Richard Garet, Mia Zabelka, Dorit Chrysler, Emilie Mouchous, Erin Sexton, Corinne Rene and Philippe Lauzier, Magali Babin. Recent solo projects include: the audiovisual installations “Mise-en-Abyme Cu29” (2016), “Rake” (2015-16), “sonimaginations tissulaires” (2014-16), “NoizeBreeze” (2014), “Air-Play” (2013), “Amplifontana” (2012-16) and “Shines” (2008-16) and the intermedia installation “Muidebrugge Wave (Matisse/Haacke Blues)” (2015). Since the late 1980s she has received over 30 grants and arts awards in Canada, U.S.A. and France. Concurrently she curates and organizes the Screen Compositions evenings at Experimental Intermedia, NYC, since 2005 and, since 2006, the OptoSonic Tea salons with Ursula Scherrer at Diapason, NYC, and in various nomadic locations, in New York, North America and Europe, with OptoSonic Tea On the Road. In 2014 she completed a PhD in art practice entitled “Improvisatory Live Visuals: Playing Images Like a Musical Instrument” at the Universite du Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).