Arts & Technology in and around the University at Buffalo
Scholars@Hallwalls: Jonathan Golove, Mental Radio for theremin cello, voices, and ensemble
Friday, May 2, 4 pm, Hallwalls , 30D Essex St, Buffalo
HUMANITIES INSTITUTE AND HALLWALLS
The theremin cello represents one of the early applications of electronic technology to musical instruments. Leon Theremin’s instruments, though fiendishly difficult to master, are extraordinarily simple to play, and thus represent a democratization of musical means of production. To observers in the 1920s and 30s, they appeared to be magical; for their inventor, they also provided a tool for measuring basic musical aptitudes. Mental Radio is an original musical-dramatic realization of Upton Sinclair’s 1930 Mental Radio: Does it work, and how?, in which the author recounts his attempts to test and verify what he believed to be his wife’s natural psychic abilities. A discussion of the instrument and composition will follow the performance.
Cellist Jonathan Golove is a dedicated performer of both new and traditional works, as well as of improvised music. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe at venues including Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and London’s Southbank Centre. He has been featured as cello soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, and New York Virtuoso Singers. One of only a handful of performers on the theremin cello, Golove has appeared as soloist with the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, and International Contemporary Ensemble. He is also active as an electric cellist, particularly in the field of creative improvised music. He has performed and recorded with jazz groups including the Michael Vlatkovich Tryyo and Quartet, Ubudis Quartet, and Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble, and made appearances at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival (Oakland), and the International Meeting of Jazz and New Music (Monterrey, Mexico). He has recorded for the Albany, Centaur, Albuzerque, pfMENTUM, and Nine Winds labels, and his performances and interviews have been heard in broadcasts by numerous National Public Radio stations, as well as on Radio Nuevo León, West German Radio, CBC, and Radio France. His summer appearances include numerous festivals devoted to new works, including the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Lincoln Center Festival, June in Buffalo, and the Festival del Centro Histórico (Mexico City). Also an accomplished composer, Mr. Golove’s original compositions have been performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., Venice Biennale, Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society II, and the Kitchen, and he has received awards and grants for his work from organizations including ASCAP, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, and Meet the Composer.
Elizabeth LaBarge: Venat
Friday, May 2, 6-9 pm, Indigo Gallery, 74 Allen St, Buffalo
There will be an opening reception on May 2nd from 6 – 9pm at Indigo Art Gallery for MFA student Elizabeth LaBarge’s solo exhibition, Venat. The exhibition will run from May 2 – May 31, from noon-5pm Tue-Fri and noon-3pm Sat or by appointment.
The Eternal Blast: Monuments of the Manhattan Project in the Empire State
Friday, May 2, 7-9 pm, Eleven Twenty Projects, 1120 Main St, Buffalo
ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING
An exhibition by Ludovico Centis, 2013-2014 Banham Fellow, University at Buffalo Department of Architecture. Exhibition Runs May 2-18, 2014, Thurs-Sat 11am – 4pm
All of the sites connected with the Manhattan Project, the program that produced the first atomic bomb, together constitute the most powerful contemporary North American “monument.” They raise crucial questions about landscape, nuclear energy, and collective memory. The vastness of the land areas involved in the Project and the nearly infinite life of the radioactive byproducts produced are equally impossible to grasp; a fact that radically subverts contemporary notions and perceptions of what a ‘monument’ is as well as many preservation paradigms.
In recent history, the notion and perception of what constitutes a “monument” have become blurred. Even the physical boundaries of a monument can be unstable, expanding or contracting in the vast landscapes of North America. How and why do we perceive that something has become a monument, or should be preserved as such? Is it still necessary to build monuments? Will monuments continue to evolve in their shape, use, and characteristics? Texts, maps, photographs, drawings, and diagrams investigate these “spinal landscapes,” places where the ever-increasing tension between nature preservation and collective consciousness, and between the need for secrecy and the demand for participation, is truly tangible.
The exhibition is the result of a project developed in the 2013-14 academic year at SUNY University at Buffalo. The visual body of work derives from a collective work developed with the students of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, as well as from archival research in libraries throughout the State of New York. Historic materials compiled from private collections enrich the exhibition, while a series of interviews with experts from different disciplines based in Buffalo along with lectures from international professionals in the fields of art and architecture are collected into a publication.
Monday, May 5, 4 pm, Center for the Arts Screening Room (112), North Campus
LANDSCAPE ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES
Sound artist and sound designer Ernst Karel will screen recent works including excerpts from collaborations “Single Stream” (with Pawel Pajtasik and Toby Lee) and “Leviathan” (directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel). Work will be presented in the context of the greater project of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab which was included in this year’s Whitney Bienniale.
Ernst Karel’s audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, and sound for non-fiction films. Together with Pawel Wojtasik and Toby Kim Lee, he made Single Stream, a large-scale video and four-channel audio installation commissioned by the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York in 2013. Since 1999 Karel has performed and recorded together with Kyle Bruckmann in the electroacoustic duo EKG. Films for which Karel has edited and mixed sound include Sweetgrass, Foreign Parts, Leviathan, and Yumen. His most recent albums composed with location recordings are Materials Recovery Facility, Swiss Mountain Transport Systems, and Heard Laboratories
PLASMA: Tony Oursler
Monday, May 5, 6:30pm, Center for the Arts Screening Room (112), North Campus
Tony Oursler was born in N ew York in 1957. He completed a BA in fine arts at the California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, California in 1979. His art covers a range of mediums working with video, sculpture, installation, performance and painting. Oursler’s work has been exhibited in prestigious institutions including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Documenta VIII, IX, Kassel, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Skulptur Projekte, Munster, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, the tate, Liverpool. The artist currently lives and works in New York City.
Oursler’s video and multimedia works take the form of a low-tech, expressionistic theater that is singular in contemporary art. Willfully primitive, often grotesque, and crafted with an ingenious handmade sensibility, his psychodramatic landscapes are fabricated within the ironic vernacular of pop culture. His idiosyncratic fictions are bizarre narrative odysseys through psychosexual delirium and the detritus and artifacts of mass culture.
John Huston’s The Dead
Tuesday, May 6, 7pm, Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St
BUFFALO FILM SEMINAR SERIES
Each week Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson introduce a film, the film is screened, we take a brief break, and then have an open discussion with students in a University at Buffalo film class and anyone else who cares to join. http://csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html
John Massier, visual arts curator for Hallwalls. His presentation is titled, “Casual Data Mining in the Artwork of Jennifer Dalton.”