Hanging Out @ The Tang Museum, 10/21/09

October 26th, 2009, 12:35 pm by Sara

We were in Saratoga last Wednesday for a meeting and decided to stop by the Tang Museum to see what’s new and get fresh dose of inspiration. Here’s what caught our eye:

Type A: Barrier

Type A: Barrier

Walking into the atrium, we were immediately annoyed by Type A’s Barrier installation, which is precisely the point. It’s in the way. It impedes the view. You have to walk around it. Post-911, concrete barriers are ubiquitous; these barriers, gracefully arching, as smooth as marble and beautifully made, force the viewer’s attention both to their physical presence and their space-controlling function.

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Annea Lockwood: Take me to the river…

September 16th, 2009, 2:55 pm by Greg

AnneaLockwoodAnnea Lockwood was born nearly 9,000 miles away in New Zealand, but she is on more intimate terms with the Hudson River than most of us who have lived near its banks for our entire lives.

During 1980 and 1981, composer and sound artist Lockwood explored the length of the Hudson, stopping at 15 different sites along the river to collect tape-recorded sound samples of the water. Commissioned by the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, she wove the recordings together into a captivating two-hour audio installation, “A Sound Map of the Hudson River,” which became part of the museum’s permanent “Riverama” exhibit in 2003.

A condensed, 72-minute version of the installation has also been issued on compact disc by the adventurous, NYC-based new-music label, Lovely Music, Ltd.

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ArtBeat: Jump In!

September 3rd, 2009, 2:22 pm by Greg

jumpinHead first!
Feet first!
Heart first!

It doesn’t really matter which way you jump, but JUMP IN!

From 5:30-8pm on Friday, September 4, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. hosts the opening reception for the group exhibition, “Jump In!,” celebrating water in the landscape.

Co-sponsored by the yet-to-be-built Housatonic River Museum, the exhibition features photographs, paintings, drawings, sculpture, writing and video inspired by the waters of the region.

“Jump In!” also serves as the premiere of “A Sound Map of the Housatonic River,” a commissioned sound installation by internationally acclaimed sound artist/musician Annea Lockwood.

Nearly two dozen other artists are represented in the exhibition, including Tim Prentice, Fern Leslie, Kevin Sprague, Laurie McLeod, Suzanne Howe-Stevens, Peter Kitchell, Michael Boroniec, Monika Pizzichemi and Leila Daw.

Water-related events and entertainment will compliment the artful offerings at the gallery.

The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, October 31.


Yes, But Could Your Kid Light A Better Fire Than This One?

July 1st, 2009, 3:26 pm by Sara

image by Matthias Wassermann

image by Matthias Wassermann

Oh it breaks my heart to see those stars
smashing a perfectly good guitar.
I don’t know who they think they are
smashing a perfectly good guitar..

John Hiatt’s lamentation about the instrument-smashing Kurt Cobains of the world can apparently now be applied to performance art as well – witness the controversy over Annea Lockwood’s performance piece, “Burning Piano” that originally premiered in 1968 and the tribute to it performed at Carlton College. For further insight, here’s a New Music Box interview with Annea Lockwood about her “Piano Transplants” series.

Japanese jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita has also apparently done this kind of thing before. The comments under this Youtube video echo the polarization seen in the Star Tribune arguments:

As an aside, NASCAR driver Kyle Busch managed to stir up a lot of controversy when he tried to smash a painstakingly customized Gibson guitar within seconds of receiving it. Ouch. Dude, you’re not Pete Townshend. You’re not even Trent Reznor.

Be Here Now: Annea Lockwood @ Catskill Point

July 1st, 2009, 2:51 pm by Sara

Annea Lockwood brought “A Soundmap of the Hudson River” to The Brick Elephant in Valley Falls back in 2007. Now she’s bringing “Sound Mapping: An Evening of Performance, Conversation and Listening” to Catskill Point on the Hudson River on Sunday, July 5 from 6–9pm.

Sound Mapping will feature a live performance from members of the New York Society of Acoustic Ecology (NYSAE), a conversation between artists Alexis Bhagat and Annea Lockwood, and Annea Lockwood’s canonical work “A Sound Map of the Hudson River.” Free admission. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics. This is a family-friendly event, children are welcome.

Can’t make it? You still have an opportunity to delve deeply into Lockwood’s recordings; in celebration of her 70th birthday, free103point9 Online Radio will broadcast 24 hours of her works on July 29, 2009 from 12midnight–11:59pm.

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