Live Stage: FAULTY by Andrea Parkins [us NYC]

parkins.jpgNew York Electronic Art Festival and Diapason gallery for sound and intermedia present: Andrea Parkins’ FAULTY (per-objective) :: Saturdays May 19 & 26, June 2 & 9; 6 pm – midnight :: Free admission :: 1026 Avenue of the Americas between 38th and 39th Streets, two blocks south of Bryant Park. Subways: 1, 2, 3, 9, B, D, F, Q, N, R, W to Times Square/42nd Street.

FAULTY (per-objective) is a multi-channel audio installation by Andrea Parkins. The work creates purposefully flawed sonic structures, built from a variety of sources, including sound recordings that document the specificity of objects – collected or invented – as they are set into motion. (Upended wine glasses on tilted/greasy mirrors, taut lines of plastic tubing, wobbly plaster forms, apples/potatoes that roll across a bumpy floor, spinning metal washers, stretched skeins of plastic gimp, raspy little snapshots in the wind – these might be performers.) Through the use of Max-based generative processing, multiple chains of audio events will arrive at an indeterminate sonic outcome – an aurality that weaves playful connections between sonified objects, materials and language – and a metaphor for the slippage between object and meaning that occurs through the passage of time (and space).

ANDREA PARKINS is a sound artist, composer and electro multi-instrumentalist who also makes/arranges objects, images and (sometimes) words. Known for her dynamic timberal explorations on the electric accordion and inventive use of generative sound processing, Andrea has appeared on more than 40 recordings on labels including Hatology, Atavistic, Knitting Factory, and Creative Sources. She has performed worldwide as a soloist, and with artists such as Nels Cline, Thomas Lehn, Fred Frith, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and Otomo Yoshihide. She has also presented her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen and Experimental Intermedia, among other NYC venues. Currently, Andrea continues to develop and perform a series of Max/MSP-based audio/visual works inspired by Rube Goldberg’s circuitous contraptions, a project realized during artist’s residencies sponsored by the Hamburg Cultural Board in Germany; at Harvestworks in New York City and CESTA in the Czech Republic.

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, the Columbia University Computer Music Center, Roulette, the Electronic Music Foundation, 3LD Art and Technology Center, Eyebeam, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Institute of Electronic Art. Additional support comes 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 Program is made possible by the support of the September 11th Fund. Space generously donated by Time Equities Properties. NYEAF is a Harvestworks 30th Anniversary Event.

Please note: this will be the final month-long installation presented by Diapason at this location. New location TBA.

Diapason gallery for sound and intermedia
1026 Avenue of the Americas #2S
New York NY 10018
(212) 719-4393

Diapason gallery for sound and intermedia was founded by composer Michael J. Schumacher in 2001 and its program builds on the efforts of Schumacher’s previous sound space, Studio Five Beekman, founded in 1996. Diapason is the sole venue in New York City and one of few internationally dedicated to the presentation of multi-channel sound installation where composers and sound artists can realize their work for an interested public. By providing an optimum listening environment, two high quality multi-channel sound systems, a regular audience, and a place for experimentation, Diapason seeks to engage composers and the public in dialogue about the place of contemporary music and sound practice in a broader cultural context.

Diapason is supported by NYSCA, the Phaedrus Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, The New York State Music Fund, Meet The Composer’s JPMorganChase Regrant Program for Small Ensembles, Kirk Radke, and by generous individuals. Diapason is a 501(c)3 organization.

May 14, 2007
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