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When The Kitchen launched the New Music, New York festival in 1979, it created a "genuine landmark in the evolution of a genre" (The Village Voice).
N E W S O U N D , N E W Y O R K F E S T I V A L
25 Years Beyond New Music, New York
Richard Box is an artist in residence in the Department of Physics at Bristol University. I've never heard of him before (no big surprise) but this looks pretty interesting to me:
FIELD represents a considerable development in Richard's work, whilst previous projects have included ambiguous glass objects much of the outcome has been photographic. FIELD is a major undertaking which will include the installation of several thousand ready- made glass fluorescent tubes. The bulbs will be 'planted' across the site at the foot of an electricity pylon, and will pick up the waste emission from the overhead power line. The piece is simple yet spectacular, making visible what would otherwise go unnoticed. The FIELD of tubes will flicker into life across the hillside as the early evening light fades. The performance each evening is hard to anticipate since it is heavily dependent on the weather. In all the best traditions of land art it is conditional on the variations of the great outdoors, and requires its audience to be patient. Here a parallel can be struck between FIELD and Walter DeMaria's, Lightning Field sited in the Nevada Desert - many visitors travel for days to see it, camp beside it and are lucky if they experience the sort of storm that will make the lightning dance across the 'field' of conductors.Here's the Bristol University press release. And here's the slashdot story.
Anybody here seen the DeMaria in person? I'd really like to go there someday (although I think it's in New Mexico, not Nevada as the quote above says.)
More of the old news on the Spiral Jetty restoration contraversy.
Our pal Matt McCaslin drifts into Feigen Contemporary in Chelsea. Opening Thursday, January 8th.
There is a fantastic opportunity to see a 5-day festival devoted to
films on John Cage at The Anthology Film Archive in New York City:
VARIATIONS: A JOHN CAGE FILM VIDEO & MUSIC FESTIVAL Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003 (212) 505-5181 Fax (212) 477-2714 It will take place between January 21-25, 2004 and will be the largest collection of Cage films shown in one place at one time to my knowledge. Many of these films are quite obscure and have never been seen in New York. For a full schedule of the events, please see: http://www.mode.com/news.html#varjan or http://www.anthologyfilmarchives.org/index2.html (scroll way down to the bottom) Also, at the 7:30 showing of FRM ZERO on January 22, there will be a concert of Cage's CARTRIDGE MUSIC, FOUR6, and other pieces. Performers will include Jim O'Rourke, Okkyung Lee, Alan Licht, and Tim Barnes. Organized by Okkyung Lee in conjunction with Mode Records
The festival also coordinates with the first commercial release of the Frank Scheffer/Andrew Culver film on Cage, FROM ZERO: 4 Films on John Cage (mode 130, DVD only, for release on January 9th), on Mode records. Dutch director Frank Scheffer is known for his creative films on a number of 20th century composers, from Stravinsky and Schoenberg, to Carter and Boulez, to Eno and Zappa. Mode will be releasing a number of Scheffer's composer films on DVD over the next few years. Andrew Culver worked as Cage's assistant (and designed the computerized I-Ching program for Cage) from the early 1980s until Cage's death in 1992. Scheffer and Culver will be present at the premiere showing of FROM ZERO.
For more information on the release and the directors, please see:
FROM ZERO: http://www.mode.com/catalog/130cage.html
FRANK SCHEFFER: http://www.mode.com/profiles/scheffer.html
ANDREW CULVER: http://www.mode.com/profiles/culver.html
We hope to see you there,
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