MAY 1, 2021 OPTOSONIC MAYDAY MARATHON 12PM - 11PM EDT
* FULL program and more info below *
International Contemporary Artists Presenting Works through Visuals, Movement and Sound : 11 HOURS of LIVE programming
VIEW LIVE STREAM: https://nownetarts.org/venue
7:00 - 8:00 Grace Exhibition Space proudly participates in OptoSonic Marathon with movement/sound artists:
7-7:30 VERONICA PEÑA [Spain/USA] with TARA GLADDEN [USA]
7:30-8 HECTOR CANONGE [Bolivia/USA]
MAY 1, 2021 OPTOSONIC MAYDAY MARATHON 12PM - 11PM EDT NEW YORK
OptoSonic MayDay Marathon is a collaboration between: OptoSonic Tea, NowNet Arts, Experimental Intermedia, XFest and Kunsthaus Langenthal
This 11 hour non-stop virtual event will feature audio-visual performances put together by NowNet Lab Ensemble (NYC) OptoSonic Tea (NYC and Langenthal, Switzerland) PataLab (Berlin, Bogotá, Cologne) APO33 (Nantes, France) Harvestworks (NYC) XFest (Lowell, MA) Sonic Gatherings (NYC) Grace Exhibition Space (NYC) Vampÿrates & Clockface Orange @ Synesthesia (NYC).
7:00 - 7:30 PM VERÓNICA PEÑA sound by TARA GLADDEN THE WATER TANK SESSIONS (IV)
Underwater performance artist Verónica Peña and sound artist Tara Gladden present the audience with THE WATER TANK SESSIONS (IV), a unique auditory and visual experience that combines enchanting sounds with the vision of the suspended body. THE WATER TANK SESSIONS, started by Verónica Peña in 2020, wants to foster collaboration among artists in order to promote joy, togetherness, and creativity from our homes. By bringing artists together, and generating distinct audiovisual experiences for the audience, the project wants to help palliate the hard daily circumstances created by the pandemic.
VERONICA PEÑA is an interdisciplinary performance artist and independent curator from Spain living in the US. Her work explores absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. She uses submersion, body confinement, participation, and visual imprint, to address issues of migration, cross-cultural dialogue, peaceful resistance, empathy, liberation, and women’s empowerment. Recent works include participatory performances that create shared moments amongst strangers. Peña has performed in Europe, Asia, and America. In the US: Pioneer Works (*2020-postponed due to Covid-19), Coaxial Arts Foundation (2021), Grace Exhibition Space (2020), BAAD, Smack Mellon, Triskelion Arts, Queens Museum, Hemispheric Institute, SAIC (Visiting Artist), Times Square Alliance, Armory Show, Purdue University, Defibrillator Performance Gallery, Gabarron Foundation, Dumbo Arts Festival, Consulate of Spain in NY, among others. In Europe: Museo La Neomudejar (Madrid), Fundacion BilbaoArte, Friche La Belle De Mai (Marseille), Festival Intramurs (Valencia), La Tabacalera (Madrid), among others. She was selected for Creative Capital NYC Taller 19-20, received a Franklin Furnace Fund 17-18, and a Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship (Juan Genovés Taller). She published “The Presence Of The Absent”, was reviewed by Donald Kuspit, and published on Hyperallergic. She leads Performance Art Open Call, a 16,000 members FB Community. http://www.veronicapena.com http://www.instagram.com/veronica_pena_live_art
TARA GLADDEN is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator. Her artistic practice includes conceptual, multimedia, audiovisual, and performance strategies. Her work has been programmed and exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in festivals, private and non-profit galleries, established and DIY performance venues. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College in Performance and Interactive Media Arts, and a BM from Boston University in Voice Performance.
Performance Assistant: NAMEMAN
7:30 - 8:00 PM HECTOR CANONGE TONALITY
TONALITY is an online performance art project exploring notions of sound as interpreted by somatic expression. Drawing from his early experimentations and formal education with sound theory, Canonge extrapolates fragments of sound appreciation and aural manipulation.
HECTOR CANONGE is an American interdisciplinary artist, curator, cultural producer, and educator. Born in Argentina, Canonge spent his childhood in Bolivia, South America, and grew up in the United States where he studied Comparative Literature, Cinema, and New Media Arts. His work incorporates various forms of artistic expression: Performance Art, Dance, Multimedia Production, Installation, and Social Practice to treat notions related to constructions of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration. Through his investigation of somatic expression, he has developed a corporeal theory for the practice of Performance Art which has been presented in workshops and conferences around the world. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His performance art projects, films and media installations have been presented and exhibited in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge is the founding director of the performance festivals: ITINERANT, the annual Performance Art Festival of NYC (2011-present); LATITUDES, the International Performance Art Festival of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (2018-present); and AUSTRAL, Performance Art Festival Buenos Aires (2019-present) in Argentina. He is responsible for many initiatives among them: ARTerial Performance Lab (2013-present), intercontinental platform for artists from the Americas; PERFORMEANDO (2014-2017), a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the United States and Europe; PERFORMAXIS (2014-present), an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. Under his creative vision, the following performance art platforms and programs were created: TALKaCTIVE (2015-2018) and LiVEART.US (2016-2019) at the Queens Museum of Art, CONVIVIR the international residency program at MODULO 715 (2016-2018), and IGNITION (2018-2019) live art program at Grace Exhibition Space. In 2017, Canonge launched the performance art platform, NEXUS which premiered during Miami Art Week. In 2020, reflecting on the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020, Canonge created the world-wide program CHRONICLES of CONFINEMENT, a series of online conversations featuring performance arts from various countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Canonge is currently at work in the development of Online platforms for the exploration and experimentation of Live Art and its various manifestations.
OPTOSONIC MAYDAY MARATHON NowNet Arts virtual venue: https://nownetarts.org/venue
The entire OptoSonic MayDay Marathon viewable via NowNet Arts : https://nownetarts.org/venue
We are back with a second marathon online OptoSonic Tea event, almost exactly a year after the first one.
In this 11 hour long event artists from different parts of the world will perform together (mostly U.S., Europe and Latin America), taking advantage of the unplace of the web in combination with the technology of being able to be connected always with everywhere even as many are still in lockdowns or isolation. This international community oriented exploration of live performance with visuals, movement and sound will form a wild virtual collage of rhythms, colors, gestures and light.
Once again in partnership with NowNet Arts NYC, this year we are also collaborating with Experimental Intermedia NYC, XFest (Lowell, MA) and Kunsthaus Langenthal (Switzerland) and have opted for this time to invite different organizations and groups to take over the different hours of the day. These include: NowNet Lab Ensemble (NYC), OptoSonic Tea (NYC and Langenthal, Switzerland), PataLab (Berlin, Bogotá, Cologne), APO33 (Nantes, France), Harvestworks (NYC), XFest (Lowell, MA), Sonic Gatherings (NYC), Grace Exhibition Space (NYC), Vampÿrates & Clockface Orange @ Synesthesia (NYC)
TIMES in EDT and CET
12 pm | 18 h NowNet Arts Lab Ensemble (NYC and International)
set 1: Ximena Alarcon (voice, electronics), Viv Corringham (voice, electronics), Cássia Carrascoza Bomfim (flute), Biggi Vinkeloe (alto saxophone), Angelo Branford (guitar), Tom Zlabinger (bass), Diane Roblin (piano, electric keyboards), Jane Wang (multi-instrumentalist), Gloria Damijan (percussion, electronics), Scott Miller (electronics), Kit Fitzgerald (video), Sarah Weaver (conductor, composer)
set 2: Viv Corringham (voice, electronics), Gloria Damijan (concept, video, toy piano, percussion, objects), Jane Wang (toy piano, piano, cello, objects)
set 3: Viv Corringham (voice, electronics), Kit Fitzgerald (video), Biggi Vinkeloe (alto saxophone), Tom Zlabinger (bass)
1:30 pm | 19.30 h PataLab (Berlin, Bogotá, Cologne)
Ricardo Arias (balloon, electronics), Nicola L. Hein (guitar, electronics), Juan Oroszco (video / performance), Luis Negrón van Grieken (video / performance), Claudia Schmitz (live moving image, live drawing)
2:00 pm | 20 h APO33 (Nantes, France)
Anonymous artists (secret bodies, visuals, sounds and encrypted informations)
3:00 pm | 21 h OptoSonic Tea (Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland)
Michael Egger (analog audiovisuals), Asi Föcker (live visuals), Simon Grab (no-input feedback electronics), Flo Kaufmann (analog audiovisuals), Laurent Novac /studio z1 (live audio and visuals), Ursula Scherrer (live visuals)
4:00 pm | 22 h Harvestworks (NYC)
set 1: Tomoko Hojo (Video and Live visual + sound processing), Sergey Kasich (sound and live electronics)
set 2: Dafna Naphtali (sound processing), Andrew Neumann (Live Video Switching)
5:00 pm | 23 h XFest MA (Lowell, MA)
Set 1: Pied Nu (France): Olivier Labbe (sound), Emmanuel Lalande (sound), Gregory Kowlaski (visuals)
set 2: ensemble inedit?!: Joe Burgio (sound), Kristiana Hubley (movement), Ian Kovac (sound), John Voigt (sound), Charlotte Wagner (movement), Andrea West (movement), Walter Wright (sound), Joe Burgio (artistic director)
set 3: Callie Chapman (movement, video), Al Margolis (various instruments, contact mics, objects), id m theftable (voice, contact mics, objects), Dei Xhrist (voice, electronics)
6:00 pm | 24 h Sonic Gatherings (NYC)
Jorge Chikiar (sound), Brandon Collwes (movement), Eleanor Hullihan (movement), John King (sound), Connor Voss (movement), Christina Wheeler (sound)
7:00 pm | 1 h Grace Exhibition Space (NYC)
set 1: Veronica Peña (movement), Tara Gladden (sound); set 2: Hector Canonge (movement+sound)
8:00 pm | 2 h Vampÿrates & Clockface Orange @ Synesthesia (NYC)
Vampÿrates (sound: samples, rhythms, effects; visuals: film, video, slides) Richard Sylvarnes & Bradley Eros; @ & with Synesthesia (visuals: smoke, reflections, lights, digital mapping), Mio Nakai & Andrew Norris; A Clockface Orange (visuals: liquid light projections, animation), Rachael Guma & Genevieve HK
9:00 pm | 3 h OptoSonic Tea (NYC)
set 1: Shelley Hirsch (voice), Keiko Uenishi (electronics), Phill Niblock (field recordings), Yoshiko Chuma (movement), Sofy Yuditskaya (live video), Katherine Liberovskaya (live visuals)
set 2: Marie-Helene Parant (live video), Peter Shapiro (live video), Michael Delia (live instruments), Hans Tammen (live electronics)
10:00 pm | 4 h NowNet Arts Lab Ensemble (NYC and International)
Angelo Branford (guitar), Kit Fitzgerald (video), Colin James Gibson (guitar), Katherine Liberovskaya (live visuals), Jim Mansfield (drums), Luisa Muhr (voice), Anna Pasztor (movement), Christian Pincock (trombone), Diane Roblin (piano, electric keyboards), Prawit Siriwat (guitar, electronics), Lisa Sokolov (voice, piano), Beth Warshafsky (video), Sarah Weaver (conductor, composer), Tom Zlabinger (bass)
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Opened in 2006, Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging works by the current generation of international performance artists whether emerging, mid-career or established. Our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.
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