Living Room Index and Pool
An exhibition of installation & performance by Lauren Bakst and Yuri Masnyj
ON VIEW: March 13 – April 26, 2015
Friday March 13, 2015: 7 and 8pm*
Sunday March 22, 2015: 3pm and 4pm*
Sunday April 5, 2015: 3pm and 4pm*
Second Sunday: April 12, 2015 6-8pm
Sunday April 19, 2015: 5:30pm and 7:30pm*
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Sample: Not for Sale
Film Screening + Q&A
Thursday, April 2
8pm DJ Set, 9:30pm Screening; RSVP Here
Names You Can Trust and Wax Poetics present:
Film Screening of Sample: Not for Sale + Q&A with Director Mike Redman with performances by surprise guest DJs
Dutch documentary filmmaker Mike Redman has spent nearly seven years exploring one of Hip Hop’s most enduring and controversial techniques: sampling. Since the dawn of the genre, artists have — sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly and often secretly — crafted music by recycling fragments of existing material.
However, despite the artistry involved, this music has been dogged by accusations of plagiarism. Redman’s film explores the grey area of sampling in a way that cleverly reflects the subject matter itself.
Film Screening + Q&A with artist Ira Schneider and curator Liz Flyntz
Thursday, April 9
8pm; RSVP Here
This program will present a selection of Ira Schneider’s early video work (and a few samples of late 16mm film) as well as more recent moving image experiments and newly transferred and edited work from the late 60s. Works range from formal experimentation to documents of the early video art scene in NYC. The artist will give short notes and impressions on some of the pieces. Curator Liz Flyntz will introduce Ira and lead discussion after the program.
Ira is one of the very first video artists. He was a member of the seminal late 60s and early 70s video and communications group or “thinktank” Raindance, as well as one of the co-originators and co-editors of Radical Software, the first publication devoted to video. He co-edited one of the first books on video art with Beryl Korot, titled Video Art: An Anthology.
Ira Schneider was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1939 but has lived in Berlin since 1993.
Liz Flyntz is a curator, designer, and writer who lives in Brooklyn. She recently curated an exhibition of video works discussed in Radical Software, the first periodical dedicated to video. She writes about media art history and net-based art, and is currently researching the history of time capsules.
Whole Earth Exhibition, Berlin 2013, B Fuller & Earthday 1970 + 1977 edited 2013 sound, 20 mins.
TV as a Creative Medium (excerpt), 1969-edit 84 Black & white, sound, 6 mins.
In May of 1969, the Howard Wise Gallery in New York presented TV as a Creative Medium, the first exhibition in the United States devoted entirely to video as a form of art. Schneider recorded this historical document of the landmark exhibition.
H20 #6, 2007, Color, sound, 5 mins.
Lost in Cuddihy, 1966, colour, sound, from 16mm, 13min.
An information collage of experiences in America of the middle 1960s.
Schneider Marries his SONYa, 1998, Color, sound, 3 mins.
Schneider to Marry, 2013, Color, sound, 4 mins.
Austerity Breeds Contempt, 2012, Color, sound, 2 mins.
Austerity measures are leading to disgruntlement and contempt. This Video is the response to cutbacks and degradation. It is an ironic comedy. The cultural safety net has been cut. The screw has been turned. Things are grinding to a halt & the European governments are until now employing methods used by the Hoover administration in the USA in response to the economic collapse of 1929. Not stimulating the economy leads to further deepening depression.
The Great Suds Your Duds Robbery, 1963, Black & white, sound, 3 mins.
Vision and Television, 1970, sound, 6:30 min
A documentary of the first museum group video art exhibition which took place at the Rose Art Museum in Waltham Massachusetts, January 1970. Present were Paik, Gillette, Schneider, The Videofreex, Stan Vanderbeek & others. Installations & a crazy panel discussion are shown.
American Flag, 2014
Sunday, April 12
5 – 10pm; FREE Suggested Donation $10
OPEN STUDIOS 4-8PM
Clocktower Radio, David Colosi, Nanotronics Imaging, Hyon Gyon, Robyn Hasty, David Horvitz, Joséphine Kaeppelin, Christopher Kardambikis, and Jessica Vaughn.
Artist Interviews 4-6:30PM
Clocktower Radio sits down with Pioneer Works residents, Brooklyn neighbors, and artist friends to kick off the evening’s festivities. Click here to LISTEN to artist interviews and more starting at 4PM! All performances and interviews captured during the Second Sundays events, are streamed and archived for on demand listening on the Clocktower’s Pioneer Works Radio Channel.
Living Room Index and Pool 5:30PM + 7:30PM
An exhibition of installation & performance by Lauren Bakst and Yuri Masnyj
LIVE MUSIC 6:30-9PM
Streamed live for the duration of the event on Clocktower Radio at clocktower.org/listen!
TERRY DAME’S SCIENCE MUSIC ROADSHOW. 6:30PM
A conducted ensemble of improvising instrument inventors and experimental sound explorers.
Terry Dame is a composer, sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, instrument builder and educator. She currently leads the invented instrument ensemble Electric Junkyard Gamelan and the solo offshoot project involving original interactive controller instruments known as ElectronGong. Dame also curates monthly music series Weird Wednesdays, now in its third year. The series is dedicated to instrument inventors and players of objects and other musical oddities. This Sunday, Dame will conduct a group of instrument inventors performing on their own instruments.
SMOKEY’S SECRET FAMILY 8PM
Smokey Hormel’s résumé reads like a history of American popular music. He has worked closely with Beck, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, and Neil Diamond. His projects have included the Brazilian-influenced Smokey and Miho, as well as an ongoing tribute to Western swing. His latest endeavor is an idiosyncratic take on early Congolese rumba.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, African musicians looked to Cuba for inspiration. They recognized African roots in the music but were also captivated by its cosmopolitan aspect, which mirrored the evolution of their own culture. Using the electric guitar—fast becoming the symbol of urban culture—they forged a new hybrid that became an early soundtrack of decolonization. Hormel has hybridized the music further and taken it to the Americas for the second time. Keeping its pre-rock roots intact, he relies on a core sound of “wild guitars bursting through small amps afloat on a sea of hand drums and shakers.”
SECOND SUNDAYS is a monthly series of open studios, live music, and site-specific interventions presented by Pioneer Works the second Sunday of every month. The series showcases artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.
MVT3 (Music Video Time 3)
Wednesday, April 15
Like those before it in the MVT trilogy, this program highlights new and innovative music videos across all genres, celebrating the musicians and directors that make them in a way that feels lost in an age of YouTube distribution and smartphone viewing. Presented by Clocktower and selected by Nick Chatfield-Taylor, Jay Buim, and Joe Ahearn, snippets of these videos have been lovingly weaved between a multitude of pop-culture references to our society’s obsession with the screen, while paying homage to an earlier time of huddling around the television and discovering new music with friends.
Artists included in the collection:
Future Islands, Mirah, Dan Friel, Emilyn Brodsky, RONiiA, Marijuana Deathsquads, XXXPRSNXXX, Carson Mel (animator), Fantasmes, Zebra Catz
Found Sound Nation
Concert Series Event #4
Sunday, April 26
8pm; $10 Suggested Donation
Operating under the overarching FSN ethos that encourages the diminishing of boundaries in music-making and music-listening – be they ethnic, cultural, or stylistic – this concert series features a diverse curation of artists, both local and international. Audiences and performers alike are invited to experience something special and out-of-the-ordinary, as this collection of traditional and contemporary artists, community members and visitors, congregates in a unique kind of concert environment to engage in the intimate offering of sound.
Curated by Nandi Plunkett
Audio engineered by Ezra Tenenbaum
Visual and lighting design by Celina Carney
Video projections by Zack Levine
A Series With Janna Levin
#3. The Goddamn Particle
Wednesday, April 29
7:30PM – Doors open at 7pm
Free, RSVP Here
Citizens worldwide have tried to pronounce “Higgs Boson,” the name of the particle that glues the pieces in the puzzle of our material reality. The Higgs was found, Nobel prizes were awarded, and the discovery was both a disappointment (is there nothing more?) and a triumph (they did it!). The particle physicist Leon Lederman famously referred to the Higgs as the “Goddamn Particle,” a moniker his publisher resisted so that his book was titled “The God Particle.” Unfortunately the flourish has stuck. We prefer the original. We’ll discuss the Goddamn Particle, how it keeps every thing and our theories hanging together, and why we built a multi-billion dollar machine in Switzerland just to find it.
Sean Carroll Research Professor of Physics at Caltech, author of “The Particle at the Edge of the Universe” and “From Eternity to Here”
Melissa Franklin Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard
About The Series:
What Is Quantum Reality? Does Time Exist? Will Dying Black Holes Explode in Firewalls?
Major Scientific discoveries can disrupt the traditional order, leaving scientists adrift in concepts that resist familiar intuitions and beliefs. Of the new ideas that emerge, some will be wrong and some will be right. Honest and open scientific controversy helps disentangle one from the other. Eventually, one side of a debate grows in strength and finds confirmation in experiments, while the other atrophies. But both sides of a controversy contribute to the breakthrough of actual discovery – when the utterly abstract barges into the realm of the concrete. This series celebrates that passionate spirit of scientific debate.
Dead Moon, J Mascis, Borbetomagus, Das Audit
ISSUE Project Room Concert Series
Saturday, June 20; 6pm, Doors open at 5pm
Tickets: $25 General, $18 Members/Students, $0 All-Access
ISSUE Project Room and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation are pleased to present Dead Moon, J Mascis, Borbetomagus, and Das Audit live in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Few bands exude the DIY ethos more than the legendary Oregon-based trio Dead Moon. Formed in 1987 and recently reunited after an 8-year hiatus, their stripped down aesthetic crossing garage rock, punk, and country, has secured their status as one of the most enduring and revered Northwest underground bands of all time. The formidable guitarist, laconic songwriter and all-around grunge-deity J Mascis performs solo. Borbetomagus take free-improv to the extreme, creating a mass of relentless, take-no-prisoners noise. NYC quartet Das Audit open the night crossing kraut and folk in heavy, wind-driven instrumentals.
Fronted by the husband-wife team of Fred Cole on guitar and vocals, Toody Cole on bass and vocals, and the indefatigable Andrew Loomis on drums, Clackamas, Oregon’s Dead Moon have been churning out their own indescribable brand of rock and roll for over 20 years. After an 8 year hiatus the trio revived in 2013, and their intensity and vitality are as unquestionable now as ever. The model of DIY self-sufficiency, Dead Moon have recorded almost all of their output themselves, released much of it on their own label, Tombstone Records (“Music Too Tough to Die”). The group even cut their own masters, on the same 1954 mono lathe used to cut the The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie.” Dead Moon’s most recent album, 2004’s Dead Ahead, was released domestically on Tombstone. They are subject of the 2006 documentary Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story.