[Aug 13-14] Strange Attractor at Cage Transmitted, New York

Strange Attractor, the dynamic multi-dimensional collaborative venture of five artists, will create an extended sound performance using experimentation with technology, combined media, text, chance operation, random structures and found objects. The artists will explore creative possibilities resulting in an experience that offers multiple points of entry for the audience. The Strange Attractor artists will be joined by guest electronic musician and media artist Stephen Vitiello for this performance.

Strange Attractor at Cage Transmitted, New York

A chance would be a fine thing
B chance would be an I Ching

a 4-hour durational live performance
Mon, Aug 13 2012, 6-10pm
Tues, Aug 14 2012, 6-10pm

Admission: Free
596 Broadway #602, NYC


New York, NY–Harvestworks is pleased to join forces with Norte Maar and Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) to present Strange Attractor (Ireland) as part of Norte Maar’s Cage Transmitted series celebrating the centennial of John Cage.

The group will perform within an installation that will be active and in a process of development during the performance.

About Strange Attractor:
Strange Attractor is a dynamic multi-dimensional collaborative venture between five artists, Anthony Kelly, Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea and David Stalling, using sound, experiments with technology and combined media. The collaboration began in 2010 and was curated in partnership with Dawn Williams of the Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland and consisted of a series of monthly durational performances with invited guests, that led to a gallery based residency during April 2011. Performances were also held in the RHA Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, and Cafe OTO & Pigeon Wing Gallery in London during November & December 2011.

Strange Attractors’ live performances with invited guests have opened new cross-disciplinary relationships between sound, visual art and music and have featured internationally renowned artists such as David Toop and Mary Nunan, Stephen Vitiello, Rhodri Davies, Alessandro Bosetti, Steve Roden, Lee Patterson
and Jed Speare.

In August 2012 the Strange Attractor project will be performing and exhibiting in Studio Soto and Mobius, Boston.
…A full colour Strange Attractor book and DVD produced by the Crawford Gallery
and Farpoint Recordings is now available.

Strange Attractor Biographies:

DANNY McCARTHY is one of Ireland’s pioneers of performance art and sound art and he continues to be a leading exponent exhibiting and performing both in Ireland and abroad. In 2006, he founded the Quiet Club with Mick O’Shea, a floating membership sound (art and electronics) performance group. He is a founding director of Triskel Arts Centre and the National Sculpture Factory. A book + CD on his work entitled “LISTEN hEAR” was published by Farpoint Recordings and his work has appeared on numerous CDs most recently “Soundcast 4×4+1” Farpoint Recordings. He has been involved in several curatorial projects including INTERMEDIA Festival 1990-2002, “For Those Who Have Ears” book+CD (WITH Julie Forrester). “Sound Out” (co curated with David Toop),”Bend It Like Beckett” CD Project, “Rediscovering Locality (A Sonology Of Cork Sound Art)” CD project Art Trail. “Just Listen” Seminar +Installations (co curated with Sean Taylor) for NSF. His work “Keeper Of The Dust(for Joseph Beuys)” was commissioned by the Crawford Gallery for the Sean Lynch curated “A Rocky Road” exhibition. His piece “ One Hundred Bottles For James Joyce” was on exhibition for five months in O’Connell Street Dublin in 2011 as part of “Me Jewel & Darling” public art project curated by Sean Lynch. A new book and 3”CD entitled “The Memory Room” has just been published by Farpoint Recordings. It is part of an installation of the same name which is due to tour to London (Soundfjord) and Turin Italy next year.

Selected performances/exhibitions: 2011 Strange Attractor – Cork, London, Dublin
2010: ‘Postcards from The Celtic Tiger’, Xuhui Arts Museum, Shanghai; The Quiet Club (tour) World Expo ; 411 Gallery and the Jing An Arts Centre, Shanghai; 2009: Nova, Lyric FM, documentary on the artist.”LISTEN Hear” Book +CD Farpoint Recordings, ‘Another Gong for Mr. Beckett’, Factory Gallery, Berlin 2008: “Listening With The Sound Turned Off” exhibition/installation ,Triskel, Cork. 2007: “(Re)sounding Memories /Watering The Plants”, Le Lieu Centre dArte Actuelle Quebec, Canada “Re) sounding Memories/Cleaning The House” C.A.P. Kobe Japan 2006: Curated CD ‘Bend it Like Beckett’ featuring David Toop, Scanner, Stephen Vitiello. 2005:“TRACE Retrospective2000-2005”, Franklin Furnace, New York.”Sound Out” co curated (with David Toop) international outdoor sound art exhibition. “Playing John Cage” Arnolfini, Bristol.

IRENE MURPHY is a visual artist that uses performance, installation, sculptural interventions and time-based mediums to create transient process based works, an aspect of which are created live in response to context, audience, climate and architectural space. These transient art acts are objects of research into reality that attempt to heighten and reactivate experience which I use in the development of an ongoing reflective and reflexive practice. She is active in initiating and participating in many group and collaborative projects and events, such as The YOYO Club, Ideal State Agency, Electric Rain, Us Live, Seesound and Club House. She is one of the Domestic Godless trio who pursue adventures in a culinary landscape and is a founder member of the Cork Artists Collective and a director and founder member of the Guesthouse.

Selected performances/exhibitions: 2012 ‘Out of the Blue’ Tactic gallery Cork 2011: Sonic Vigil 6 Triskel Cork, Strange Attractor Crawford Gallery, Art Plant ‘Base Camp’ Sayama forest park Tokyo 2010: Art=Adding Szczecin Poland. ‘What Happens Next is a Secret’, Domestic Godless, Irish Museum of Modern Art; 2009: ‘Seesound’, The Guesthouse, Cork Film Festival; 2008: ‘Plus Minus’, The Yellow Box Oland, Sweden. 2007: ‘Diorama’, Static, Liverpool 2006: ‘laboratory for the development of a better place’, Utopia, Eigse, Carlow. ‘Somethingelse’, Helsinki, Joensuu, Turku and Oulu Art museum Finland 2005: INSIDEOUTSIDE, Yuwaku No Mori, Japan, exchange project for Cork Capital of Culture. ‘Pavilion’ Crawford gallery Cork and Project Arts Center Dublin.

Lives and works in Cork, Ireland. He is a visual artist who uses sound, drawing and food as his medium. In 2003 he formed a collaborative partnership with fellow sound artist Danny McCarthy which has become recognised as one of Ireland’s leading sound art improvisation groups called the Quiet Club. They have met with considerable success and have toured extensively in Ireland and internationally. He is a director of the Guesthouse art project www.theguesthouse.ie and has been instrumental in establishing a vibrant and growing sound art scene in Cork city.

Selected performances/exhibitions: 2012: The Quiet Club with Stephen Vitiello, the Guesthouse. Black Sun with Okkyung Lee. Gaitkrash in the Opera house with Beckett’s Play. Strange Attractor in Plugd, Triskel, Cork. 2011: Strange Attractor Café Oto and Pigeon Wing, London. Sonic Vigil 6, Triskel Christchurch, Cork (curator). Spectrosonic Drawing release with Gruenrekorder Frankfurt. Sub-Plots sound installation Aller-Arts, Bludenz, Austria. Art Plant residency and sound installation Sayama Tokyo. The Reich Effect, Quiet Club artists in residence Opera House, Cork. 2010: Domestic Godless, food performance IMMA Dublin. ART+=ADDING, exhibition and performance Szczecin, Poland. Launch of Trace CD with Paul Hegarty. Trasna, Quiet Club a series of four concerts at the World Expo in Shanghai, China.

ANTHONY KELLY & DAVID STALLING’S collaboration encompasses sound and audiovisual works in multiple forms and media. Using found materials and improvisation as frequent points of departure, they create sound and video compositions ranging from small-scale interventions to immersive, multi-sensory installations, which combine objects, recorded and live sound, still/moving image and objects. Kelly and Stalling also perform live improvisations, as a duo as well as with others, such as The Quiet Club, Barbara Lüneburg and Jennifer Walshe. Some of their recent performances include Just Listening, LSAD Limerick, the i-and-e festival 2011, Dublin, Sonic Vigil, Cork, The Goethe-Institut,Dublin, Hilltown New Music Festival, Visual in Carlow, Soundwave 2, Cobh, and Kaleidoscope at The Odessa Club. They founded the sound art label Farpoint Recordings in 2005, publishing projects by artists such as Danny McCarthy, The Quiet Club and Linda O’Keeffe, and many others alongside their own work.

Selected performances/exhibitions: 2011: Strange Attractor Café Oto and Pigeon Wing, London, Sonic Vigil 6, Triskel, Cork, Hilltown New Music Festival, Co. Westmeath, Auralog Fourth Draft: The Presence Of Trees, The Return Gallery, Goethe Institute, Dublin, Yellow, SOMA, Waterford, Just Listening, LSAD, Limerick, Strange Attractor, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. 2010/11: Shorelines, touring exhibition, venues include Sir Wilfred Grenfell Gallery, Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, The Rooms, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow and Siamsa, Co. Kerry and Ten Days On The Island, Tasmania. WAFER at SOMA Contemporary Art Box, Waterford, Sonic Vigil V, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork. 2009: Unknown Point as part of Visualise Carlow & Eigse, Frequencies at the Basement Gallery, Dundalk. 2008: Two Places at Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast & Limerick University, The Incubation Space – artist residency (Aug – Nov) at The LAB, Dublin. Auralog at This Is Not A Shop gallery, Dublin as part of DEAF festival, screenings at Anthology Film Archives, New York, 2006 & 2008.


Guest Biography:

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. Vitiello’s sound installations have been presented internationally, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 Biennial of Sydney, at the Cartier Foundation, Paris and a site-specific project on the High Line in NYC. CD releases include Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion Records), Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa), The Gorilla Variations (12k), and Dowsing (Farpoint Recordings). Since 1989, Vitiello has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians including Pauline Oliveros, Tony Oursler, Julie Mehretu, Scanner, Steve Roden, Taylor Deupree and Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 2011, ABC-TV, Australia produced the documentary Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent.
Originally from New York, Stephen is now based in Richmond, VA where he is on the faculty of the Kinetic Imaging Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2011, Stephen was awarded a John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Fellowship. www.stephenvitiello.com

About Cage Transmitted:
Cage Transmitted: 12 evenings of performance is a series of performances and lectures organized by Norte Maar and E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) celebrating the centennial of John Cage. Spanning the calendar year these events feature music, poetry, theater, visual art, and dance and built upon the collaborative and interdisciplinary spirit of Norte Maar.

About Harvestworks: Harvestworks is a nonprofit Digital Media Arts Center that presents experimental artworks created in collaboration with our Technology, Engineering, Art and Music (TEAM) Lab. The Harvestworks TEAM Lab is an environment that provides project expertise from consultants, technicians, instructors and innovative practitioners in all branches of the electronic arts. Our programs are made possible with funds from New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, the Jerome Foundation, mediaThefoundation, Meet The Composer Cary Performance Fund, The Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Andy Warhol Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Materials for the Arts, and the Friends of Harvestworks. To learn more visit: www.harvestworks.org
About Norte Maar: Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts creates, promotes and presents collaborations in the disciplines of visual, literary, and the performing arts: connecting visual artists, choreographers, composers, writers and other originating artists with venues and each other. To learn more visit: www.nortemaar.org

Thanks to: Virginia Commonwealth University and

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