Live Stage: Leervoll (Fully Empty) [us NYC]

leerraum.jpgLeervoll (Fully Empty): Leerraum’s Space for Listening with Asher Thal-Nir, Fourm, Richard Garet, Andy Graydon, Marihiko Hara, Kenneth Kirschner, Pe Lang, Mahmoud Refat, Zimoun; curated by Richard Garet and Andy Graydon :: May 9, 16 & 23, 2009; 2:00 – 8:00 pm :: Diapason gallery, 882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street), 10th Floor, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

This exhibition focuses on the label Leerraum [ ] as a platform for multi-channel sound releases concerned with ideas of sound in relation to space, silence, structure, and an active process of listening. Leervoll focuses on sonic constructions that explore the possibilities of environment and spatial listening, while also, drawing attention to structure, composition, and material interests. Our focus here is to present the Swiss label Leerraum [ ] as a platform and community of artists exploring and releasing surround sound pieces. Since 2003 Leerraum [ ] has established an identity with a clear interest in such concerns, pioneering the distribution of works beyond the stereo standard to multi-channel works in 4.0, 4.1, and 5.1 surround. The performance series will consist of artists from the label that currently live in the East Coast of the US. This would not only add another dimension to the exhibit but also would increase the flow of visitors to the gallery.

Program: May 2: Richard Garet and Pe Lang :: May 9: Fourm and Kenneth Kirschner :: May 16: Mahmoud Refat, Pe Lang + Zimoun and Asher :: May 23: Andy Graydon and Marihiko Hara :: Live Performance: Leervoll (Fully Empty): Leerraum’s space for listening — with Asher, Richard Garet, Andy Graydon, Kenneth Kirschner :: May 23, 2009; 8:30 pm.

Richard Garet is a sound and video artist. He is interested in the phenomena found and produced in aural and visual time-based media, in nature’s processes, and human beings’ relationship with both artificial and natural environments. Garet explores the referential, communicational, and sensory characteristics of the various media he utilizes. Additionally, he focuses on the investigation of aural and visual spatial-contexts, relational structures, process, materiality, function, and form. Even though Garet’s work suits the standard gallery setting, many of his other activities as an artist explore the various practices of experimental sound and video performance. All of these modes are additional ways in which Garet’s work exposes the audience to visual and physical acoustic sensory perception. Richard Garet has collaborated in the past with artists Andy Graydon, Gill Arno, Ben Owen, Gil Sanson, and André Gonçalves through the EA collective. He has also collaborated with Brendan Murray, Shimpei Takeda, Sawako, Chika Ijima, Bruce Tovsky, Bruce McClure, Adam Kendall, Jeremy Slater, Peter Eudenbach, Wolfgang Von Stürmer, Zimoun, Zach Layton, Asher Thal-Nir, and Aaron Kadoch.

Andy Graydon (b. 1971, Maui, Hawaii) is an artist and filmmaker based in New York City and Berlin. His work focuses on the interaction of sound, image, and environment. In his recent work Andy is interested in creating what he calls “Science Fiction Ecologies” by engaging with the speculative and transformational qualities within an environment: the what-ifs and the parallel dimensions; real and potential traumas and erasures; reversals of scale and time course; conflations of fictional and factual existence. Graydon has presented work at venues and institutions including The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Art In General, and Diapason (New York), Ausland (Berlin), the Worldwide Video Festival (Amsterdam), and the Portland Art Center (Oregon). Other recent exhibitions and presentations have taken place in New York at LMAKprojects gallery, Participant Inc gallery, The Dumbo Arts Festival, Millennium Film Workshop, White Box gallery, and Tonic. Recent sound and image works have been released by mAtter (Tokyo), Non Visual Objects (Vienna), Winds Measure Recordings (Brooklyn), 12k/Term (New York), EKO (Paris), and White_Line Editions (UK). Collaborations include performances and recordings with John Hudak, Kenneth Kirschner, Kato Hideki, sawako, Amnon Wolman, David Grubbs, Ben Owen, Zach Layton, Andre Golcalves, Brendan Murray, mpld, and Richard Garet. Graydon is the co-founder and curator of the ongoing performance series LMAKseries in New York, and co-founder of the Berlin art space Entry Level.

Asher thal-nir is an artist living and working in somerville, massachusetts. His sound work is composed using recordings of acoustic and electronic instruments, location recordings and found recordings which are combined and processed in various ways. Asher has worked and/or performed in collaboration with artists including, jason kahn, brendan murray, richard garet, zimoun, jed speare, ubeboet and christopher mcfall. Asher’s recordings have been published online and on disk by conv, leerraum [ ], mystery sea, the land of, laboratoire moderne, winds measure, and/oar, gears of sand, transparent radiation, term. and homophoni, with upcoming solo and collaborative releases on room40, taâlem and sourdine.

FOURM is the collected work of sound researcher, designer, and visual artist, BG Nichols. From early works and sound installation pieces with his first major project, ECM:323, a line of enquiry was pursued which encompassed art, science, philosophy, and acoustics. ECM:323 exhibited sound works in major galleries in the UK including the ICA, Museum of Installation, South London Gallery, and the Royal Society of British Sculptors, as well as audio visual presentations at SONAR in Barcelona.

Marihiko Hara is a representative of the artist collective “rimacona-lab”. He composes sound-based works with a look at the scenes inside/outside of himself, reflecting on the strength of silence and the relation between sound and us.

Composer Kenneth Kirschner was born in 1970 and lives in New York City. His music is freely available from his website, Kirschner’s work has also been released on CD through labels such as 12k, and/OAR, Leerraum, Room 40, Sirr, Sourdine, and Sub Rosa, as well as online through a wide variety of netlabels. His most recent releases are May (Room 40, 2008), a live performance with Taylor Deupree recorded in Lisbon, Portugal, and Filaments & Voids (12k, 2008), a two-disc collection of his compositions.

Pe Lang, born in 1974 Sursee, Switzerland is a sound artist based in Zurich and Berlin. His work includes sound installation, performance and composition. Lang has performed and exhibited his work in a number of festivals and galleries throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Since 2004 Lang has collaborated with Swiss artist Zimoun. Their series of works, “untitled sound objects”, are created by using small machines and robots in combination with different materials as sound sources.

Mahmoud Refat is a sound artist, musician and the founder of 100COPIES Music & 100LIVE Electronic Music Festival. He was born in 1974 and lives in Cairo. For the past years he has been collaborating with different musicians and sound artists, most notably actively collaborating, touring and performing with Hassan Khan. His most recent album, “THE PHYSICAL VOLUME” on Leerraum and “MIRAMAR” on 100COPIES was released in spring 2006.

Zimoun, born in 1977, is an installation and sound artist from Switzerland and co-founder of «leerraum [ ]». In 2005 and 2006 Zimoun presented through the label leerraum [ ] 25 sound installations of international artist in their own showrooms at the centre for culture production called “Progr” (Bern, Switzerland), and since 2003 has published over 50 CDs, DVDs and obscure objects of the artists involved.

About Diapason: Diapason is a non-profit performance and exhibition space for sound and intermedia. As the sole project of its kind, Diapason provides a space for the public, artists and composers to engage with contemporary music and sound practices through two listening environments, a gallery and a lounge, with two advanced multi-channel sound systems. Established in 2001 by composer Michael J. Schumacher and choreographer Liz Gerring, Diapason continues the tradition of Studio Five Beekman, a sound gallery Schumacher founded in 1996, fostering experimentation and providing a forum for unique sound practices. Diapason is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Meet the Composer, Experimental Television Center, Kirk Radke, and generous donations from individuals. Diapason is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

May 4, 2009
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