Slave Pianos, An Evening With Slave Pianos, Press Release

DARREN KNIGHT GALLERY
840 ELIZABETH ST WATERLOO NSW 2017 SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
TELEPHONE +61 2 9699 5353 FACSIMILE +61 2 9699 5254
email dmknight@ozemail.com.au

Darren Knight and lovers present an evening with SLAVE PIANOS
Drinks and matinee performance from 4 pm Saturday 15 May
ADAWO plays from 7.30 pm
Lovers – 1/108 Moor Street, Fitzroy. Tel. 03 9417 0057
Exhibition continues to 23 May, 1999.

SLAVE PIANOS is a collaborative venture undertaken by Danius Kesminas and Michael Stevenson in partnership with musical composers Neil Kelly and Rohan Drape. The two artists have worked closely with the composers in realising this project which seeks to document the history and practice of sound art. In particular SLAVE PIANOS concentrates on the music of artists who are known predominantly in the field of the visual arts.

SLAVE PIANOS is a study of the musical works of visual artists using the field of ethno-musicology. The process has been to recompose, arrange and transcribe the original recordings of artists music and score them for piano. The scores have been produced and compiled by Neil Kelly & Rohan Drape along with Stuart Campbell and pianist Barney McAll.

SLAVE PIANOS has also published the musical scores in the form of sheet music. At exhibition a full repertoire of sheet music accompanies the performance of the SLAVE PIANO itself, a player piano which mechanically reproduces the compositions.

Visual artists included in the SLAVE PIANOS repertoire are; Hany Armanious, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Louise Bourgeois, L. Budd, Tony Clark, Martin Creed, Joan Dubuffet, Katharina Fritsch, Marco Fusinato, Martin Kersels, Thomas Lawson, Bruce McLean, Daniel Malone, Nam June Palk, Martin Popperwell, John Nixon, Dieter Roth, Ross Sinclair, Ricky Swallow, David M Thomas, John Tinguely, Peter Tyndall & Ronnie van Hout

As part of a world tour which has already included the Museum Fridericianum (Kassel, Germany) and Stills Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland), Kesminas and Stevenson present An Evening with SLAVE PIANOS at Lovers 1/108 Moor Street, Fitzroy.

The exhibition of sheet music and a matinee performance by the SLAVE Piano will begin at 4pm Saturday 15 May.

At 7.30 pm the same evening the Lovers loading bay will host the first live performance of ADAWO, Australia’s only Martin Creed tribute band. This English artist has made numerous forays into the musical domain and is included in the SLAVE PIANOS repertoire. Creed also performs in the art rock band OWADA. Martin Creed and OWADA performed at last years Sydney Biennial. As a rival event, ADAWOS performance has been timed to coincide with the opening of the Melbourne International Biennial. The band will perform covers of original OWADA tunes.

ADAWO are; Jon Campbell (vocals), Crab Fermanis (guitar), Dave O’Brien (bass) and Tom Zdanius (drums).

This performance will celebrate the launch of the SLAVE PIANOS CD which will be available on the night ($30).

After the Melbourne performance, SLAVE PIANOS will be exhibited in Auckland (Auckland Art Gallery, May/June 1999), Sydney (Darren Knight Gallery, August 1999), New York (Lombard/Freid Fine Arts) and Los Angeles (China Art Objects Gallery). SLAVE PIANOS tour is supported by the International Export and Touring Program of Arts Victoria.

SLAVE PIANOS would like to thank the La Trobe Music Department

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Slave Pianos, ¡¡Emancipate the Dissonance!!, Press Release

Slave Pianos
127 Charles St Abbotsford, Vic, 3067
Phone: –613–9419 0206
Fax: –613–96392641

LOMBARD-FREID FINE ARTS present the New York Premiere of

SLAVE PIANOS ¡¡EMANCIPATE THE DISSONANCE!! : a, b, a’+c

exposition and recitals of visual artists’ music and sound works
[a series of 3 performances from the slave repertoire]

at:

Lombard-Freid Projects
470 Broome Street
2nd Floor
New York 10013
Phone 212 334 5060
2 - 5 December 1999

SLAVE PIANOS is a project initiated by Australian artists Michael Stevenson and Danius Kesminas. It has grown out of their common interest in the history and practice of visual artists working with sound. The project is a collaborative undertaking with Australian composers Neil Kelly and Rohan Drape and pianist Barney McAll.

SLAVE PIANOS seeks to broaden the knowledge, appreciation and understanding of sound works created by persons who are predominantly known in the field of the visual arts. Stevenson and Kesminas have used the practice of ethnomusicology to collate the SLAVE ARCHIVE, an expanding audio library of sound works by sculptors, painters etc. Original recordings from the SLAVE ARCHIVE have been recomposed, arranged and transcribed for Slave Piano by Kelly, Drape and McAll. The New York exposition consists of a series of installations and performances featuring the Slave Piano - a computer controlled mechanical piano player at a Steinway grand. The piano in recital creates, as it were, a trace back to the original recording and a portrait of the original artists’ performance.

The apotheosis of the grand piano within modern and contemporary art/music practices is at the center of the SLAVE PIANOS philosophy. Recently in Australia the particularly colonial obsession with this instrument has been highlighted through films such as Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’, the David Helfgott story as portrayed in ‘Shine’ and ‘Passion’ , about Australia’s most innovative 20th century composer, Percy Grainger.

The Slave will be in recital during exposition hours: Thursday Dec 2 thru Sunday Dec 5, 4.00pm - 8.00pm The SLAVE PIANOS installation includes the published musical scores in the form of sheet music and features the full repertoire of piano transcriptions.

In addition to the piano recitals the SLAVE COLLECTIVE presents aba’+c, a series of three evening performances that will take place during the SLAVE PIANOS exposition.

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Thursday December 2 at 8.00pm (SLAVE CHAMBER: menage a quatre) the FLUX Quartet will present the world premiere of visual artists sound works from the SLAVE ARCHIVE recomposed for string quartet. The performance will feature works by Schwitters, Marclay, Macuinas and Duchamp. FLUX are: Tom Chiu-violin, Cornelius Dufallo-violin, Kenji Bunch-viola and Darrett Adkins-cello. FLUX have an established presence at the Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art as well as cutting edge venues like the Knitting Factory and are world renowned for their performances of the modern repertoire. FLUX has also worked with a wide range of contemporary musicians and artists.

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Saturday December 4 at 8.00pm (Anti-Jazz: the vibrational liquid of improvisation) a jazz ensemble working under the umbrella ANTI-JAZZ will perform Barney McAll’s arrangements from the SLAVE ARCHIVE including works by Anderson, Ono, Prina and Cole. Barney McAll has performed with Gary Bartz, Bill Harper and Vincent Herring. ANTI-JAZZ includes Ben Monder, guitar and Ben Street, bass.

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Sunday December 5 at 8.00pm (Caged/Uncaged: unleash the beats) Australian and NY performances including works by Cage, Nauman, McCarthy, Boltansky and Ousler for violin (Tom Chui of Flux), prepared piano, flugelhorn, accordion, harmonica, percussion and tape. From 9.00pm, Sunday, DJ OLIVE will be cutting breaks from the SLAVE ARCHIVE. Renowned as an experimentalist, DJ OLIVE performs internationally as a cutting edge audio janitor.

The SLAVE PIANOS ARCHIVE includes works by: Magdelena Abakanowicz, Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Hany Armanious, John Baldessari, John Barleycorn, Joseph Beuys, John Borofsky, Louise Bourgeois, Glen Branca, George Brecht, L. Budd, Chris Burden, David Byrne, Jon Campbell, Ciurlionis, Tony Clark, Domenico de Clario, Martin Creed, Julian Dashper, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Terence Fox, Katharina Fritsch, Marco Fusinato, Dan Graham, Jeny Holzer, Joe Jones, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Martin Kippenberger, Alison Knowles, Barbara Kruger, Sergei Kuryokhin, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Richard Long, Marinetti, Paul McCarthy, Bruce McLean, Daniel Malone, Christian Marclay, Jonas Mekas, Milkstar, Thurston Moore, Bruce Nauman, Herman Nitsch, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Tony Ousler, Nam June Paik, Martin Popperwell, Stephen Prina, Dieter Roth, Kurt Merz Schwitters, Ross Sinclair, Solver, Ricky Swallow, Takis, D M Thomas, Jean Tinguely, Peter Tyndall, Ronnie van Hout, Bill Viola, Lawrence Weiner, Emmett Williams and David Wojnarowicz.

The New York exposition/recital of SLAVE PIANOS is part of a world tour, which began at the Museum Fridericianum (Kassel, Germany) and the Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand) where it featured as part of the exhibition Toi Toi Toi: three generations of artists from New Zealand curated by Rene Block. SLAVE PIANOS has also performed at Stills Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland), Lovers ( Melbourne, Australia ), Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney, Australia ). SLAVE PIANOS will also be in performance in Los Angeles at China Art Objects Galleries in February 2000.

SLAVE PIANOS tour is supported in Australia by the International Export and Touring Program of Arts Victoria and the Australia Council.

Slave Pianos, ¡¡Emancipate the Dissonance!!, Press Release

lombard fried fine arts
November 10, 1999
Press Info: LDP/M
Michelle Berger/Liz Dunn 212–691–1970

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOMBARD-FREID FINE ARTS PRESENTS THE
NEW YORK PREMIERE OF
SLAVE PIANOS ¡¡EMANCIPATE THE DISSONANCE!!
THREE RECITALS OF VISUAL ARTISTS’ MUSIC AND SOUND ART

Acclaimed Australian artists Mike Stevenson and Danius Kesminas bring their collaborative music/media concert project, Slave Pianos, to SoHo, December 2–5, 1999. All performances of Slave Pianos, will feature the slave piano — a computer-controlled mechanical piano player performing arrangements of visual artists’ works in sound — and will be held at Lombard-Freid Projects on the second floor at 470 Broome Street in New York City. The world renowned FLUX Quartet will perform live at the opening of this exciting experimental music series/installation on Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 8pm. The entire performance schedule is as follows:

Thursday-Sunday, December 2–5, 4–8pm

Slave Pianos Installation the entire gallery space will be transformed into an “archive” detailing the creative process and exhibiting parts of the Slave Pianos Project.

Thursday December 2 8pm

Opening Evening Slave Collective Concert Performance featuring a live performance by the FLUX QUARTET of visual artists’ music and sound art arranged for strings.

Saturday December 4 8pm

Slave Collective performance of visual artists’ music and sound art in collaboration with a live jazz ensemble.

Sunday December 5 8pm

Slave Collective performance of visual artists’ music and sound art arranged for the violin, piano, flugelhorn, accordion, harmonica, percussion, and tape.

Sunday December 5 9pm

DJ OLIVE will be cutting breaks from a selection of visual artists’ music and sound art.

Tickets for all performances will be sold at the door of the gallery at an admission fee of $5.

No reservation is required.

531 west 26th street new york, new york 10001 phone 212 967 8040 fax 212 967 0669 lomfrd@echonyc.com


Blending the visual and audio, Slave Pianos seeks to broaden the knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of works in sound created by artists more often associated with the visual realm. Australian ethnomusicologists and visual artists Mike Stevenson and Danius Kesminas’ show, Slave Pianos, draws from their Slave Archive, an expansive audio library of sound works created by various visual artists. Using original recordings from the Slave Archive , Stevenson and Kesminas have worked with composers to recompose, arrange, and transcribe the material to bring you Slave Pianos, an exposition comprised of a series of installations and performances featuring the Slave Piano — a computer-controlled mechanical piano player.

The Slave Piano creates a trace back to the artists’ original recording and provides a portrait of the original performance. Slave Pianos is a project that grew out of Stevenson and Kesminas’ common interest in the history and practices of visual artists working with sound.

At the center of the Slave Pianos philosophy is the apotheosis of the grand piano within modern and contemporary art/music practices. With the collaborative efforts of Australian composers Neil Kelly and Rohan Drape, and pianist Barney McAll, Stevenson and Kesminas have created a sound that their country has embraced. Australia’s fascination with Slave Pianos resinates an antipodean desire to lay claim to the grand piano, a view reflected in such films as Jane Campion’s The Piano, the David Helfgott story as portrayed in Shine, and Passion, a film detailing the life of Australia’s most innovative 20th century composer, Percy Grainger.

Slave Pianos repertoire includes works by Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, George Brecht, L. Budd, Chris Burden, David Byrne, Tony Clark, Dornenico de Clario, Martin Creed, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Katharina Fritsch, Marco Fusinato, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Martin Kippenberger, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Paul McCarthy, Bruce McLean, Daniel Malone, Christian Marclay, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Martin Popperwell, Stephen Prina, Deiter Roth, Kurt Merz Schwitters, Ross Sinclair, Ricky Swallpw, DM Thomas, Jean Tinguely, Peter Tyndall, Ronnie van Hout, Bill Viola, and David Wojnarowicz.

Mike Stevenson has been exhibiting in Australia for 10 years and in the US since 1997. Through a series of photo-realist drawings and objects he seamlessly introduces conspiracy theory as a framework to help explain the thirty year course of contemporary art production. More recently, this has given way to pure empirical research. Stevenson’s latter-day studies could be described in terms of an artworld ecology where endangered practices are nurtured while introduced forms are analyzed to determine their impact on the local environment. Stevenson was featured in the Drawing Center’s “Selections Fall 98” and had his first New York Solo show entitled “the Gift of Critical Insight” at Lombard-Freid Fine Arts in 1998. This year he has exhibited in Germany at the Museum Fridericianum Kassel, and in the exhibition “What Your Children Should Know About Conceptualism” at the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein and the Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam.

The New York showing of Slave Pianos is part of a world tour, which began at the Museum Fridericianum (Kassel, Germany) and the Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand) where it featured Toi Toi Toi: three generations of artists from New Zealand, curated by Rene Block. Slave Pianos also performed at Stills Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland), Lovers (Melbourne, Australia), and Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney, Australia). Following this New York showing, Slave Pianos will be performing in Los Angeles at China Art Objects Galleries in February, 2000. Lombard-Freid Fine Arts supports young emerging American artists and important, cutting-edge international artists whose works challenge aesthetic and conceptual boundaries. Slave Pianos is supported in Australia by the International Export and Touring Program of Arts Victoria and the Australia Council.

For more information regarding the concert series, the artists, and ticket/gallery information, call Lea Freid at Lombard-Freid Fine Arts (212) 967–8040. For press information, call Liz or Michelle at LDP/M (212) 691–1970.

Slave Pianos, The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear, Press Release

The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear

For Immediate Release

SLAVE PIANOS, in association with the CHINA ART OBJECTS, present “The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear”, a recital and installation of artists’ music and sound works.

Featuring:

  1. Post-pop sensation Adawo, fronted by painter Jon Campbell, performing material by Martin Creed’s Owada

  2. The experimental noise trio Flubb performing works by LA artists Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw & Paul McCarthy (world premiere)

  3. DJ KUYA, 1999 Australian ITF DJ champion and three time winner of the DMC DJ championships, cutting breaks from the SLAVE ARCHIVE acetate (Australian premiere)

  4. A performance of Composition 11 - audio roulette for three turntables by SLAVE PIANOS New York collaborator DJ Olive the audio janitor by the controversial artists’ collective, DAMP (Australian premiere)

  5. Recompositions for trombone choir, violin, percussion and computer generated tape of works by Jean Tinguely, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, and Christian Boltanski, arrangements by Rohan Drape, Neil Kelly, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey (Australian premiere)

  6. Stage design by Jon Campbell and Callum Morton

at:

The Public Office Carpark 
2nd Floor 100 Adderley St West Melbourne
Saturday February 26th 2000
Performances start at 8.15pm, Bar Opens 7.30 pm 
Free Admission. 

SLAVE PIANOS is an organisation devoted to the collection, analysis, performance, and recomposition of sound work by visual artists. In the last year SLAVE PIANOS have presented exhibitions and performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Glasgow, Kassel and New York; and have collaborated with DJ Olive, the Flux String Quartet, the Elektra String Quartet, Barney McAll and the Anti-JAZZ Bentet, , Robbie Rhodes (Mechanical Music Association), the Astra Chamber Music Society, Latrobe University & QRS research division.

SLAVE PIANOS are:

Founding Members: Michael Stevenson, Danius Kesminas, Neil Kelly, Rohan Drape.

Associates: Anthony Pateras, Barney McAll, Jon Campbell.

Slave Pianos are performing in St Petersburg’s Sergey Kuyokhin International Festival in April 2000, and will be installed at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra from July.

The SLAVE PIANOS ARCHIVE includes works by: Magdelena Abakanowicz, Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Hany Armanious, John Baldessari, John Barleycorn, Joseph Beuys, John Borofsky, Louise Bourgeois, Glen Branca, George Brecht, L. Budd, Chris Burden, David Byrne, Jon Campbell, Ciurlionis, Tony Clark, Domenico de Clario, Martin Creed, Julian Dashper, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Terence Fox, Katharina Fritsch, Marco Fusinato, Dan Graham, Jeny Holzer, Joe Jones, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Martin Kippenberger, Alison Knowles, Barbara Kruger, Sergei Kuryokhin, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Richard Long, Marinetti, Paul McCarthy, Bruce McLean, Daniel Malone, Christian Marclay, Jonas Mekas, Milkstar, Thurston Moore, Bruce Nauman, Herman Nitsch, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Tony Ousler, Nam June Paik, Martin Popperwell, Stephen Prina, Dieter Roth, Kurt Merz Schwitters, Ross Sinclair, Solver, Ricky Swallow, Takis, D M Thomas, Jean Tinguely, Peter Tyndall, Ronnie van Hout, Bill Viola, Lawrence Weiner, Emmett Williams and David Wojnarowicz.

This Saturday’s event coincides with the opening of the SLAVE PIANOS exposition at CHINA ART OBJECTS 833 Chung King Rd Los Angeles California 90012, co-ordinated by Michael Stevenson.

Slave Pianos, Non-Objective Labour, Press Release

Slave Pianos
127 Charles St Abbotsford, Vic, 3067
Phone: –613–9419 0206
Fax: –613–96392641

SLAVE PIANOS PERFORM AT SERGEY KURYOKHIN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, ST PETERSBURG AND MOSCOW

April 14th–20th, 2000

SLAVE PIANOS, in association with the SERGEY KURYOKHIN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, present a recital and installation of artists’ music and sound works.

Featuring:

  1. THE KRASNYI STRING QUARTET at THE BALTYISKI DOM THEATRE and
  2. THE SLAVE PIANO (a computer controlled mechanical piano playing device)

performing arrangements and recompositions of works by leading twentieth century visual artists.

SLAVE PIANOS is an organisation devoted to the collection, analysis, performance, and recomposition of sound work by visual artists. In the last year SLAVE PIANOS have presented exhibitions and performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Glasgow, Kassel, Los Angeles and New York; and have collaborated with DJ Olive, the Flux String Quartet, the Elektra String Quartet, Barney McAll and the Anti-JAZZ Bentet, Adawo, Flubb, Damp, Robbie Rhodes (Mechanical Music Association), the Astra Chamber Music Society, Latrobe University and QRS research division. The show will be installed at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra from July 2000.

SLAVE PIANOS are Australians: Michael Stevenson, Danius Kesminas, Neil Kelly, Rohan Drape. SLAVE PIANOS seeks to broaden the knowledge, appreciation and understanding of sound works created by people who are predominantly known in the field of the visual arts. To this end, they have created an ongoing archive documenting these works in sound. Original recordings from the archive have been recomposed, arranged and transcribed for piano and string quartet, jazz bands, rock bands, computer generated tape, brass and other ensembles.

The SLAVE PIANOS ARCHIVE includes works by: Magdelena Abakanowicz, Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Hany Armanious, John Baldessari, John Barleycorn, Joseph Beuys, John Borofsky, Louise Bourgeois, Glen Branca, George Brecht, L. Budd, Chris Burden, David Byrne, Jon Campbell, Ciurlionis, Tony Clark, Domenico de Clario, Martin Creed, Julian Dashper, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Terence Fox, Katharina Fritsch, Marco Fusinato, Dan Graham, Jeny Holzer, Joe Jones, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Martin Kippenberger, Alison Knowles, Barbara Kruger, Sergei Kuryokhin, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Richard Long, Marinetti, Paul McCarthy, Bruce McLean, Daniel Malone, Christian Marclay, Jonas Mekas, Milkstar, Thurston Moore, Bruce Nauman, Herman Nitsch, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Tony Ousler, Nam June Paik, Martin Popperwell, Stephen Prina, Dieter Roth, Kurt Merz Schwitters, Ross Sinclair, Solver, Ricky Swallow, Takis, D M Thomas, Jean Tinguely, Peter Tyndall, Ronnie van Hout, Bill Viola, Lawrence Weiner, Emmett Williams and David Wojnarowicz.

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The Voyage or Three Years at Sea (Part 2), September-October 2011

The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part II: Bas Jan Ader, Matthew Benedict, Karl Haendel, Nina Katchadourian, Slave Pianos

  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • September 7–October 23, 2011
  • Opening: Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30pm

    Charles H. Scott Gallery Emily Carr University 1399 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC T 604.844.3809

The Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part II featuring the work of Bas Jan Ader, Matthew Benedict, Karl Haendel, Nina Katchadourian, and Slave Pianos. The second in a multi-part series about the sea, the exhibition looks at ill-fated voyages from Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition to Bas Jan Ader’s attempt to sail across the Atlantic. Accompanying the works of contemporary art are objects and archival materials on loan from the Maritime Museum and private collections.

Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader disappeared in 1975, while attempting a solo transatlantic crossing. His voyage was part of a project entitled In Search of the Miraculous, a component of which is in the exhibition. Ader would have known of Donald Crowhurst, an English yachtsman who in 1968 also went missing on a solo voyage (a copy of a book about Crowhurst was found in Ader’s possessions). The story of both men is conflated in a work by the Australian collective Slave Pianos (Danius Kesminus, Michael Stevenson, Neil Kelly, Rohan Drape). The Strange Voyage of Bas Jan Ader is a radio play, musical score and collection of documents that are drawn from an interview with Ader’s widow and the ramblings of Crowhurst.

Two artists in the exhibition take Ernest Shackleton’s doomed expedition to the Antarctic as their subject. Los Angeles-based Karl Haendel has produced an installation of hyper-realistic drawings taken from photographs of the expedition while New York artist Nina Katchadourian’s Endurance is a video projection in which original film footage of Shackleton’s ship breaking up in the ice is projected on her tooth. A historic event of great notoriety is also the subject of New York-based Matthew Benedict Titanic Breakfast Sampler.

In dialogue with the works of contemporary art will be a selection of historical materials documenting ill-fated voyages from coastal British Columbia. Of particular note is a poignant artefact from the 1875 wreck of the Pacific on loan from the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum will be collaborating with the Charles H. Scott Gallery on a series of public events in conjunction with the exhibition.

Karl Haendel will be in attendance at the opening and will be giving a talk on his work in the gallery at 3:30pm on Wednesday September 7th.

The exhibition is curated by Cate Rimmer.

For more information please contact the gallery at 604 844 3809. Gallery hours are 12–5 weekdays and 10–5 weekends. Admission is free.

artandeducation.net/announcement

Slave Pianos, Two Lives in Flux: And Vice Versa, Press Release

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Slave Pianos, Dissident Consonances, Press Release

DISSIDENT CONSONANCES synopsis derived from the article 2 x mini GIANTS, Nam June Paik, ARTFORUM, March 1991

The East European revolution produced a playwright-president in Czechoslovakia, but few people know that it also produced a Fluxus-president: Vytautas Landsbergis, the 1990 president of Lithuania. This bespectacled and stoop-shouldered music professor successfully defied the blockade of Soviet power and the “benevolent” advice of the Western press to go slow lest he destroy the superpower summit.

This David-and-Goliath situation is reminiscent of the audacious manner of Landsbergis’ friend, George Maciunas, founder of the “small” Fluxus Movement and the “enormous” SoHo glitz.

Landsbergis and Maciunas were both the sons of well-to-do architects, and were best friends at a grade school in Kaunas, Lithuania, in the last peaceful days of pre-war Europe. In 1965, as a native Marxist, Maciunas contacted the old friend he had left in Lithuania, who was alas a burning anti-Marxist. In response, Landsbergis sent Maciunas some subversive performance ideas.

Later, feeling betrayed by his comrades, George Maciunas, dictator and chairman of Fluxus, declared the movement dead and plunged himself into the SoHo housing project. In 1978, Maciunas died aged 47 in poverty. Soon a quiet renaissance of Fluxus began and behind the iron curtain the slow rebirth of Lithuania continued, led by the stubborn ex-Fluxus man Vytautas Landsbergis.

Could their relationship, correspondence and Fluxus activity have contributed to the thaw of the cold war and the demise of the Soviet Union? After all, Landsbergis ascended to become Lithuania’s first post-Soviet Head of State and in 2004 this Fluxus alumnus was elected to the European Parliament in Brussels.

Slave Pianos, Never Forever: Fluxus Was a Sajudis Trick!, Press Release

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The Lepidopters: Part II

YES NO KLUB & KONGSI JAHAT SYNDICATE

Mempersembahkan sebuah proyek seni lintas-disiplin yang menampilkan kolaborasi musik, seni rupa, film animasi dan komik dalam sebuah pertunjukan opera

THE LEPIDOPTERS: A SCIENCE-FICTION SPACE OPERA

Acara ini diselenggarakan selama 2 hari:
JUMAT, 21 MARET 2014
20.00 - 21.30

SABTU, 22 MARET 2014
20.00 - 21.30

Tempat:
Gedung Societet Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Jalan Sriwedari, Yogyakarta

Tiket: IDR 20.000


The Lepidopters terdiri atas:

  • Slave Pianos (Melbourne)
  • Punkasila (Yogyakarta)
  • Michael Kieran Harvey (Hobart)
  • Rachel Saraswati (Yogyakarta)
  • Sekar Jindra (Yogyakarta)
  • Alexander Garsden (Melbourne)
  • Aviva Endean (Melbourne)

Pada November 2012 Slave Pianos (kelompok seniman kontemporer asal Melbourne, Australia) meminta penulis fiksi ilmiah dan kritikus seni Mark von Schlegell (Amerika) untuk menulis The Lepidopters, tiga jilid komik fiksi ilmiah berlatar Indonesia. Komik ini digambar dan diwarnai oleh seniman Yogyakarta “Iwank” Erwan Hersi Susanto. Komik ini secara umum bercerita tentang serbuan mahluk asing berbentuk ngengat ke kepulauan Indonesia, yang berencana untuk menguasai Bumi melalui pembuahan antar-spesies.

Sesungguhnya teks The Lepidopters merupakan suatu sandi rumit yang menghubungkan karya seniman Amerika Robert Smithson dengan karya Slave Pianos dan kolektif multi-disiplin Punkasila di Yogyakarta, dan mengaitkannya dengan sistem mistik Jawa kuno.

The Lepidopters: A Science-Fiction Space-Opera (The Lepidopters: Sebuah Opera Fiksi Sains) terdiri atas pianis avantgarde, band rock, gamelan, rangkaian elektronika analog dan proyeksi film animasi. Konser perdana dipentaskan di sebuah festival musik eksperimental Mona Foma di Hobart, Tasmania pada bulan Januari 2014.

Proyek ini juga melibatkan beberapa musisi lainnya yaitu Michael Kieran Harvey (seorang pianis avantgarde), Rachel Saraswati (penyanyi, aktor), Alexander Garsden (gitaris) dan Aviva Endean (saksofon). Pada pementasan The Lepidopters di Jogja ini, mereka berkolaborasi dengan kelompok gamelan Sekar Jindra. Sebuah film animasi yang diadaptasi dari komik digarap oleh Terra Bajragosha.

The Lepidopters menghubungkan karya Robert Smithson, yang terlibat erat pada gerakan re-imajinasi radikal atas karya-karya fiksi ilmiah eksperimental pada awal ’70-an, yang karyanya berkembang dalam lanskap bunyi (sonic) yang diperluas melalui elektronika analog, dan dalam lanskap interior fiktif visi utopis dan distopian. Semua itu dirujuk dalam teks susunan von Schlegell. Semua aspek lain dari karya ini tersirat dalam komik, dalam pementasan dan desain kostum, desain alat-alat musik baru, film animasi yang diproyeksikan selama pertunjukan, dan buku program atau materi cetak lain yang menyertainya.

Pertunjukan ini juga akan disiarkan langsung secara online oleh Pamityang2an Radio di pamityang2an.com

Pementasan selanjutnya akan digelar di Melbourne, Australia pada tanggal 13 dan 14 April 2014.


Yes No Klub mengorganisir sebuah acara musik eksperimental dan pameran lintas-disiplin seni rupa kontemporer dan musik di Yogyakarta, dengan tujuan untuk memberikan wadah dan pengembangan seni dan budaya yang progresif di Indonesia.

Kongsi Jahat Syndicate merupakan sebuah kolektif yang memproduksi pertunjukan musik independen di Yogyakarta.


Kontak: Adi Adriandi - 0818 042 701 13


Pertunjukan ini terselenggara atas kerjasama antara Australia Council For The Arts, Yes No Klub dan Kongsi Jahat Syndicate

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ASTRA Press Release

Astra, Arts House and Slave Pianos

LEPIDOPTERS: A Space Opera

SATURDAY APRIL 12 AT 3.00PM & 7.30PM
SUNDAY APRIL 13 AT 5.00PM

ARTS HOUSE
NORTH MELBOURNE TOWN HALL
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne

Slave Pianos Rohan Drape, Neil Kelly, Antanas Kesminas, Danius Kesminas, Dave Nelson, Michael Stevenson
The Astra Choir conducted by John McCaughey
Punkasila Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro, Rudy ‘Atjeh’ Dharmawan, Antariksa, Erwan ‘Iwank’ Hersisusanto, Prihatmoko ‘Moki’ Catur
Rachel Saraswati voice/dance
Michael Kieran Harvey piano
Aviva Endean clarinet Laila Engle flute Daniel Richardson percussion
Richard Piper narrator
Terra Bajraghosa video artist

A kulturnautic expedition defying the sovereign borders of visual arts and music, The Lepidopters responds to a commissioned text by sci-fi writer Mark von Schlegell, in which alien moths invade the Indonesian archipelago with the aim of colonising Earth through inter-species reproduction. Including projected illustrations and film by Yogyakarta artists Erwan ‘Iwank’ Hersisusanto and Terra Bajraghosa, this multi-art-form concert draws on the work of Robert Smithson to investigate sonic landscapes and dystopian visions, Indonesian telepathy, ancient Javanese mysticism, and art practices both traditional and modern.

Central to the staging of The Lepidopters are the Sedulur Gamelan (“Gamelan Sisters”) – a self-governing electro-mechanical ‘slave gamelan’ housed in two large interlocking wooden structures.

A trailblazing choir, a concert pianist, a pop-star mezzo-soprano, a punk band with just- intonation ‘gyrostatic’ guitars, noise machines, video installation, an automated gamelan and analogue electronics, The Lepidopters is a renegade cross-cultural and inter-planetary event.

Tickets: Full $25/Conc $20/Student $15 (tickets selling fast!)

BOOKINGS: artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3713

ASTRA CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
PO Box 365, North Melbourne, Victoria 3051, Australia. ABN 41 255 197 577
Tel: (03) 9326 5424 email: info@astramusic.org.au astramusic.org.au