[dance-tech] [NYC] ReSiDeNt show Friday + other LEMUR news

  • From: Eric Singer <list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 21:07:51 -0400

LEMUR News at a Glance

* ReSiDeNt Show this Friday, March 28, 8-11 pm at LEMUR, 461 3rd Ave, Brooklyn
* LEMUR shows at Issue Project Room, Monkeytown, Schenectady, GamelaTron debut
* Robotics for Artists Class March 29 & 30, still time to sign up
* Marketing and Other Interns Wanted
* April ReSiDeNtS Announced: Dafna Naphtali and Andrew Schneider
* ReSiDeNt Submissions Open for June through May 15th


Third ReSiDeNt Show Friday

LEMUR's ReSiDeNt series continues this Friday, March 28th with new performances by Luke DuBois and Lesley Flanigan + Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi + Jay Zimmerman

LEMUR is decked out with video screens and flying drum sets for this month's show. The March ReSiDeNtS have been working hard to bring you a diverse set, including music, video, dance, robots and more. ReSiDeNt shows take place at LEMUR on the last Friday of each month.

ReSiDeNt @ LEMUR: New Works, New Instruments, New Artists
461 Third Avenue between 9th & 10th Sts., Brooklyn
Friday March 28th
8 pm - 12 pm
$5 at the door

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, performer, video artist, and programmer who has worked with Toni Dove, Matthew Ritchie, Todd Reynolds, Michael Joaquin Grey, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Bang on a Can, Engine27, Harvestworks, LEMUR, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra and Freight Elevator Quartet. He is a co-author of Cycling'74 Jitter, his music is available on Caipirinha/Sire, Cycling'74, and Cantaloupe music, and his artwork is represented by bitforms gallery. Lesley Flanigan is a sculptor, vocalist, curator, and sound artist in New York City. Her diverse range of work explores relationships between people and their inventions using metaphors of sound, communication, and mechanics. Luke and Lesley's performance involves voice, transducer-driven cymbals, robots and more.

Hannah Perner-Wilson indulges in breaking technologies down to a basic level from which she is able to develop her own interaction solutions and scenarios. She is fascinated by details and interested in exploring alternative and seemingly bizarre human computer relations. She is attracted to the idea of soft electronics, and her recent work deals with wearable technologies, viewing them from social, wearable and functional perspectives. http://www.plusea.at Mika Satomi received an education in Graphic Design and Media Art in Japan and is currently based in Linz/Austria researching and practicing Media Art and Media Studies. Her recent projects explores the concept of body extension in the realm of wearable technology as an experiment on our plastic nature. Hannah and Mika have created wearable technology and crafted a dance work with LEMUR robots, to be performed by dancer Micaela Schedlbauer.

Jay Alan Zimmerman is an experimental multimedia composer whose works for dance, aerialists, film, and theater have been shown in hundreds of venues including art galleries, Lincoln Center, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Pompidou in Paris, the Zipper Factory Theater and the Sunlight Zone. With both classical music training and a BFA in Film from Tisch/NYU, he stretches boundaries by working with diverse collaborators including instrumentalists, Broadway singers, aerial performers, visual artists, drag queens and now robots. Despite having become deaf to most sound, Jay has created an audio-visual robotic symphony during his residency.


Upcoming LEMUR Shows

LEMUR presents debut collaborations with two of our favorite artists at the Dangerous Music festival at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady, NY on Saturday, April 5th. Bass clarinetist Michael Lowenstern and Mutantrumpet inventor and player Ben Neill split the evening, each performing their new works with the robots. (http://www.proctors.org), 7:30, $16

LEMUR storms Issue Project Room on Thursday, April 10th, with a night of special collaborations. Best of ReSiDeNt: The First Two Months showcases performances by January/February LEMUR ReSiDeNtS Taylor Kuffner debuting the GamelaTron robotic gamelan and Holland Hopson playing his customized MIDI banjo in an Appalachia-meets-robots performance. Then, Ben Neill presents the NYC premiere of new works for Mutantrumpet and LEMUR robots. (http://benneill.com) Issue Project Room @ The Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street @ 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn (http://issueprojectroom.org), 8 pm, $10

The next day, we drag the bots across town to Monkeytown to present "LEMUR performs Man with a Movie Camera," a visionary silent documentary by Russian director Dziga Vertov. The film presents a gestalt portrait of life in Odessa in 1929: day breaks, the citizens file into factories, machines machinate, and the wheel of life spins, with all stops detailed and deconstructed by the omnipresent cameraman. Six composers - Zemi17, Leif Krinkle, Luke DuBois, Zach Layton, DJ Olive and Jim Coleman - have created original scores for LEMUR robots to accompany the film. Monkeytown, 58 N. 3rd St. between Kent and Wythe, Brooklyn (http://www.monkeytownhq.com), 7:30 and 10:00, $10


Electromechanical Systems and Robotics for Artists

Sat-Sun 3/29, 3/30, 12:30-5:00 pm
Instructor: Douglas Repetto

A starter course for artists interested in using electromechanical elements in their work. We will cover basic devices and technologies (motors, solenoids, switches, relays), computer and electronic control options (Arduino, MidiTron), and ways of connecting elements together to make larger systems (linkages, belts and pulleys). We will also take apart consumer electromechanical systems (like inkjet printers) to see what's inside, how they're made, and what can be reused. Visit http://lemurbots.org/classes.html to sign up. For related classes in software and fabrication, please visit our Art/Tech Educational Alliance partners Harvestworks (http://harvestworks.org) and 3rd Ward (http://3rdward.com)


Marketing and Other Interns Wanted

LEMUR is looking for marketing and administrative interns. Tasks may include design and implementation of marketing campaigns; online promotion and campaign design; scheduling events and classes; preparation of visual and online materials; fundraising and grant identification and writing; PR coordination; museum promotion design and outreach; and more.

In addition, we have a continuing tech intern program. Details are at http://lemurbots.org/getinvolved.html.

If you are interested in interning in any capacity, contact us by replying to this email.


April ReSiDeNts Announced

Dafna Naphtali is a sound-artist and improviser-composer from an eclectic musical background. As singer/guitarist/electronic-musician she performs and composes using custom sound processing of voice and other instruments. Besides her composing and improvised projects, she co-leads the digital chamber punk ensemble What is it Like to be a Bat? with Kitty Brazelton (<http://www.whatbat.org/>http://www.whatbat.org) and has collaborated/performed with Lukas Ligeti, David First, Joshua Fried, Ras Moshe, Alexander Waterman, Kathleen Supové and Hans Tammen, among others and done sound design and programming for Jin Hi Kim, Shelley Hirsch, Pamela Z, Phoebe Legere, Fred Frith, Jim Staley, Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Chico Freeman and others. Dafna can be heard with Mechanique(s) on a forthcoming release on In-situ, and was featured vocalist on José Halac's CD 'Dance of 1000 Heads' (Tellus), as well as on her acclaimed release with What is it Like to be a Bat? on Tzadik/Oracles.

Dafna's residency will involve dynamically controlled algorithmic improvisation and live audio processing, using vocal cues and controls to trigger and manipulate LEMUR robots.

Andrew Schneider is a multimedia designer and performer whose work investigates human/technological interdependence. He is the co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago-based theatre company, BigPictureGroup. His solo performance work has been seen at P.S.122, Monkeytown, The Prelude Festival, and The Tank. His multimedia devices have been featured in Art Review, Wired, TimeOut NY, Maker Faire, SIGGRAPH, Dorkbot, the Telfair Art Museum, and at the Center Pompidou in Paris. His Solar Bikini has been featured internationally and is slated to be featured in the next Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. His latest projects include Experimental Devices for Performance (.com) and Acting Stranger (.com). Andrew Holds a Masters Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU. He is currently working with The Wooster Group. (http://andrewjs.com)

Doing musical theatre with robots used to be Andrew's standard joke answer to the question "So what do you want to do with your life?" Finally, a life-long dream comes true. He plans to start with a dance number, interfacing his movements with the robots via custom-built wearable controllers.

Artists from all performing and installation disciplines are encouraged to apply to ReSiDeNt, including musicians, composers, dancers, choreographers, video artists, interactive installation artists, performance artists, multimedia artists and others. To learn about applying to ReSiDeNt, visit http://lemurbots.org/resident.html. Deadlines are rolling, and decisions are made shortly after the 15th of each month for the following month's residencies. Note: ReSiDeNt takes a break in May, returning again in June. Applications for June and beyond are accepted through May 15th.


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