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March 22, 2007

Diapason Gallery NYC presents


OptoSonic Tea

Diapason, gallery for sound and intermedia presents... OptoSonic Tea @ Diapason NYC :: Tuesday, March 27, 8:30pm :: Live sets by: Janene Higgins (video mix) with Mari Kimura (violin and interactive computer) and Jennifer Reeves (dual 16mm film projection) with Anthony Burr (music) :: Invited artist: Tony Dove :: Suggested donation: $7 :: Organized by Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer.

OptoSonic Tea is a new regular series of meetings dedicated to the convergence of live visuals with live sound which focuses on the visual component. These presentation-and-discussion meetings aim to explore different forms of live visuals (live video, live film, live slide projection and their variations and combinations) and the different ways they can come into interaction with live audio. Each evening features two different live visual artists or groups of artists who each perform a set with the live sound artists of their choice. The presentations are followed by an informal discussion about the artists' practices over a cup of green tea. A third artist, from previous generations of visualists or related fields, is invited specifically to participate in this discussion so as to create a dialogue between current and past practices and provide different perspectives on the present and the future.

Janene Higgins' videos and digital media have been presented internationally at numerous festivals and galleries, including The 2006 New York Video Festival; Documenta in Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon; City of Women Festival, Slovenia; The Chelsea Art Museum, NYC; MAD '03 in Madrid; Art Institute of Chicago; Experimenta Festival in Buenos Aires; and at The Impakt Festival in The Netherlands. Using laptop, mixers, tapes, and camera, she developed a technique for live video performance, and has collaborated with many of New York's pre-eminent composers and improvisors of new music, including duo performances with Elliott Sharp, Ikue Mori, Alan Licht, Okkyung Lee, Aki Onda, Nurit Tilles, and Zeena Parkins. Higgins is a frequent artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, and is a recent recipient of their Electronic Arts grant. She has given workshops on her approach to video performance at A.I.R. Gallery and the Chelsea Art Museum, NYC, and at the Watson Festival at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mari Kimura: Hailed by The New York Times as "a virtuoso playing at the edge,"composer/violinist Mari Kimura is widely admired for her revolutionary extended technique "Subharmonics" and for the solo performances of diverse programs including her works with interactive computer music. She has won numerous awards both in her native Japan and in the U.S., and has been invited to give solo performances in international festivals around the world including Spring in Budapest, Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, International Bartok Festival, Festival Cervantino in Mexico, ISCM World Music Days, and at IRCAM, Paris. Ms. Kimura's works have been supported by grants including Jerome Foundation, Arts International, Japan Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation of the Arts. Since September 1998, Ms. Kimura has been teaching a graduate class in Computer Music Performance at The Juilliard School in New York City.

Jennifer Reeves (b. 1971, Ceylon) is a New York-based filmmaker whose films have shown the world over, from the Berlin, Sundance, Vancouver, London, Toronto, New York, and Rotterdam International Film Festivals to Princeton, MOMA, and the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Reeves' debut feature film THE TIME WE KILLED (2004) won the FIPRESCI Critics prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Outstanding Artistic Achievement at OUTFEST, and Best NY, NY Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. The Village Voice Film Critic9s poll honored TWK with votes for: Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Performance. As director of TWK Reeves was nominated for a 2005 Independent Spirit Award.

As a clarinetist, Anthony Burr has enjoyed a distinguished career as an exponent of contemporary music performing, often solo, with many leading groups, including Elision, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Sospeso, and the Chamber Music Sociey of Lincoln Center. Among the composers with whom he has worked are: Alvin Lucier, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, and Magnus Lindberg. Burr has performed widely outside the classical arena with artists including Jim O'Rourke, John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Chris Speed, Jim Black, Ikue Mori, Tim Barnes, Ted Reichman, Mark Dresser, and Briggan Krauss. As a composer Burr has specialized in the creation of epic scale mixed media pieces often in collaboration with other artists. Burr has produced and/or engineered records for Charles Curtis, La Monte Young, and Ted Reichman. New releases include the music of Alvin Lucier on sigma/antiopic and a trio album with Chris Speed and Oscar Noriega.

Toni Dove is an artist/independent producer who works primarily with electronic media, including virtual reality , interactive video installations, performance and DVD ROMs that engage viewers in responsive and immersive narrative environments. Her work has been presented in the United States, Europe and Canada as well as in print and on radio and television. Projects include Arxheology of a Mother Tongue, a virtual reality installation with Michael Mackenzie, Banff Centre for the Arts (see the book 3Immersed in Technology2 from M.I.T. Press) and an interactive cinema installation, Artificial Changelings, which debuted at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and was part of the exhibition: Body Micanique, at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, at the Institute for Studies in the Arts at Arizona State University International Performance Studies Conference, in "Wired" at the Arts Center for the Capital Region in Troy, N.Y., Book-Ends Conference. Her current project under development is Spectropia, a feature length interactive movie performance for two players also to be released as a linear feature film. It previewed as a work in progress at Lincoln Center in Scanners, the New York Video Festival 2006. A DVD ROM, Sally or the Bubble Burst, an interactive scene from the Spectropia project is distributed on the Cycling '74 label and has toured as an installation. Dove has received numerous grants and awards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Langlois Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, The LEF Foundation, and the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from M.I.T.

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Posted by jo at March 22, 2007 11:24 AM