Tag Archives: Sound & Music

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Seth Kim-Cohen: “I move to the left, and back to my right, step behind the amplifier, and I disappear into the darkness”

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Seth Kim-Cohen: “I move to the left, and back to my right, step behind the amplifier, and I disappear into the darkness”

Projects by Seth Kim-Cohen “initiate a listening about and around rock music as a cultural signifier.” Amelia Ishmael interviews the artist for her column “Transmission.”

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Lori Felker: amplified sprocket holes, light passing through celluloid, bumping into dirt and tape and emulsion

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Lori Felker: amplified sprocket holes, light passing through celluloid, bumping into dirt and tape and emulsion

Columnist Amelia Ishmael interviews filmmaker and performer Lori Felkner about her “amazing” piece “Light Makes Music.”

Egyptian hip hop trio Arabian Knightz.  Photo courtesy of the artists.

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Revolution 2.1 | The Year of Accountability: 2012 in 10 Music Videos

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Year of Accountability: 2012 in 10 Music Videos

Columnist Safa Samiezade’-Yazd looks back on music videos of 2012 that spoke to the spirit of Arab uprisings.

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Niels Geybels: Sequences, Monoliths, and Beneath the Earth

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Niels Geybels: Sequences, Monoliths, and Beneath the Earth

Columnist Amelia Ishmael speaks with Antwerp-based visual artist, graphic designer, and musician Niels Geybels, whose various practices often overlap.

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Exclusive | Tabaimo: “dolefullhouse”

Exclusive | Tabaimo: “dolefullhouse”

Our latest Exclusive video is now live! Watch Tabaimo discuss her 2007 animated video installation “dolefullhouse,” whose disparate elements suggest meaning through their interaction.

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The Power of Simple: An Interivew with Ha Za Vu Zu

The Power of Simple: An Interivew with Ha Za Vu Zu

Elizabeth Wolfson talks to Ha Za Vu Zu, an artist collective whose performances play on the thin boundary between performer and audience.

Partituras Finales (Final Scores).

Sound in Recent Works by Mexican Artists

Sound in Recent Works by Mexican Artists

Israel Martínez guest blogs a post surveying the state of contemporary sound art in Mexico.

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Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Nader Sadek: the Lexicon of “In the Flesh”: Petroleum, Death Metal, Masks, Hair, and Sulpher

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Nader Sadek: the Lexicon of “In the Flesh”: Petroleum, Death Metal, Masks, Hair, and Sulpher

Amelia Ishmael talks to Nader Sadek about the visual lexicon that informs his art and music.

Kenny Scharf, Blablobs, 2012, oil on canvas (Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery)

You Can’t Plan Fun: An Interview With Kenny Scharf

You Can’t Plan Fun: An Interview With Kenny Scharf

Guest blogger Emily Colucci talks to artist Kenny Scharf about painting, process, the B-52s, and the art of “fun.”

Sanford Biggers and the contemporary Mandala (2012). Emory Visual Arts Gallery. Photo by the author.

Sanford Biggers: Contemporary Mandala and the Hip-Hop Ethos

Sanford Biggers: Contemporary Mandala and the Hip-Hop Ethos

Nettrice Gaskins reports on Sanford Biggers’ week-long residency at Emory University, where he created a contemporary mandala that functions as a dance floor.

Perfomance by Yuki Higashino at Skånes Konstförening Malmö, Sweden

The Unholy Trinity of Postmodern Architects, Black Metal, and Holy Minimalism

The Unholy Trinity of Postmodern Architects, Black Metal, and Holy Minimalism

What do postmodern architecture, Black Metal culture and ‘holy minimalist’ musical compositions have in common? Read on to find out.

Kristoffer Zetterstrand , Pointer. 41x41cm. oil on canvas (2008)

Kristoffer Zetterstrand: King of Old School

Kristoffer Zetterstrand: King of Old School

Kristoffer Zetterstrand’s works draw equally from old-school computer graphics and Romantic landscape paintings.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The Pool, the Pants and the Performance

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The Pool, the Pants and the Performance

Antonius Wiriadjaja highlights the cutting-edge projects currently on view at Tisch’s ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program).

Terence Hannum in Terence Hannum and Nicolas Lobo's "Broadcast Against Recording" performance event at de la Cruz Collection, Miami, Fl, United States, July 9, 2011

From the stage to the studio | Terence Hannum: unholy bows, negative litanies, and amidst throngs

From the stage to the studio | Terence Hannum: unholy bows, negative litanies, and amidst throngs

  Terence Hannum is a musician and studio artist who has recently relocated from Chicago to Baltimore to teach at Stevenson University. I first met Terence shortly after moving to …

Mark Titchner performing at Warsall New Art Gallery infront of his installation "Be Angry But Don't Stop Breathing," September 2, 2011. Photo by author

Mark Titchner: More noise, more silence, sigils, and word viruses

Mark Titchner: More noise, more silence, sigils, and word viruses

  In September of this year I traveled to Wolverhampton, U.K. to present some of my research on Black Metal and contemporary art to the Home of Metal Conference, a …

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Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Set Me Free! Performa 2011 Part II: Beyond the Biennial

Gimme Shelter: Performance Now

Set Me Free! Performa 2011 Part II: Beyond the Biennial

If moribund is defined as an adjective for that which is approaching death or obsolescence, then perhaps it is the best word to describe my experience of Performa’s last week. This …

Gast

Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert: Vibrations of Light and Sound, to trigger seismic molecular events, to shake the wall, to break down barriers

Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert: Vibrations of Light and Sound, to trigger seismic molecular events, to shake the wall, to break down barriers

  Earlier this year Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert responded to a call for entries I posted for two separate curatorial endeavors: one for the Black Metal theory journal Helvete, …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Le Fils du Gong

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Le Fils du Gong

I am riding on the adrenaline rush of playing at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reader Theater to a sold-out audience with my classical Javanese gamelan orchestra, Kusuma Laras. I wasn’t …

The first couple of hip-hop with a bottle of Ace of Spades.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: On Bottle Poppin

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: On Bottle Poppin

Artist-designer Tahir Hemphill is gathering quirky facts about popular culture via Hip-Hop Word Count, his searchable directory of over 40,000 hip-hop songs. If you’ve ever wanted to know the education level …

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How To Play a Vonome

How To Play a Vonome

You’ve probably already heard of the Monome, or (if you went to ITP), you may have even already made one of your own. In this tutorial, we’re going to take …

Anthony Hernandez, from "Landscapes for the Homeless". Image: cgrimes-news.blogspot.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching About Poverty and Homelessness

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching About Poverty and Homelessness

This past Saturday, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wrote an op-ed piece called Them That’s Not Shall Lose which highlighted, as James Baldwin put it, how expensive it …

Glenn Ligon, "Rückenfigur", 2009, Whitney Museum of American Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Glenn Ligon, Ai Weiwei and The Art Cops

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Glenn Ligon, Ai Weiwei and The Art Cops

Three things this week… Maika Pollack recently wrote a wonderful review in The New York Observer about the current Glenn Ligon show at the Whitney Museum. As I visited the …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The ITP Class of 2011

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The ITP Class of 2011

When I read Nicole Caruth’s write-up of Miriam Simun’s Lady Cheese Shop last week, I screamed, “she stole my blog post!” Simun was a fellow student of my program until …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art: The First Three Years

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art: The First Three Years

This week Teaching with Contemporary Art here on the blog turns 3. Frankly, I can’t believe that I’ve been writing this column for three years. At the same time, it …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Desecrated Priorities

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Desecrated Priorities

It’s the last two weeks of the semester and I should be focusing all my time and energy on finishing final projects and worrying about what to submit to the …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Protest Songs and Lullabies: Susan Philipsz in Chicago

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Protest Songs and Lullabies: Susan Philipsz in Chicago

What does it mean to sing a protest song as if it were a lullaby? It’s a question I often ask myself. My five-year-old daughter has trouble falling asleep at …

Henry Flynt’s Weird Philosophy

Henry Flynt’s Weird Philosophy

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video I first became a fan of Henry Flynt when I heard his incredible zonked hillbilly fiddle jams. Since …

biriken (left: Melis Tezkan, right: Okan Urun). Photo by Beatriz Toledo. Courtesy of biriken.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | biriken

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | biriken

biriken is the five year old interdisciplinary, collaborative project of Melis Tezkan and Okan Urun. Working at the intersection of performance art, installation art, and traditional theater practice, Tezkan and …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Characters, Not Caricatures: The Multifarious Art of Rachel Mason

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field | Characters, Not Caricatures: The Multifarious Art of Rachel Mason

Rachel Mason’s work is not easy to neatly summarize. I’ve been following her projects for several years now, and I still have difficulty explaining what exactly it is that she …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Master of the Healing Arts

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Master of the Healing Arts

For many years, I was set on becoming a doctor of sorts. I had done an undergraduate thesis in experimental psychology, was doing research at a hospital, and on my …

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Top 10 Chicago Art Events in 2010

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports | Top 10 Chicago Art Events in 2010

Meg Onli and Claudine Ise’s list of the ten best–or at least most interesting–events in Chicago art in 2010. 1. Best city-wide, sustained, multi-platform discussion of a single topic in …

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Baseera Khan’s Noted in 2010

Baseera Khan’s Noted in 2010

The most notable word for 2010 is leak. Aside from that, here is my list: 1. Experimental Film: Phil Solomon’ s American Falls, 55 min., commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery …

Mark Bradford, "Los Moscos", 2004  Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mark Bradford: Painter

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Mark Bradford: Painter

If you live, work, or happen to be traveling through Boston any time soon, make absolutely sure you see Mark Bradford‘s mid-career retrospective at the Institute for Contemporary Art. This …

Itlian President Giorgia Napolitano at Milan's La Scala Opera House on December 7, 2010.

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Senators with No Talent

Looking at Los Angeles

Looking at Los Angeles: Senators with No Talent

I woke up Wednesday morning to news of fracas at the opera. The La Scala opera house in Milan had just hosted its annual gala, the sort of event heads …

Patti Smith, "Horses," Arista Records, 1975. Photo by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Flash Points

Music and Art

Flash Points

Music and Art

Examples of the influence of music on art are as iconic as they are profuse: Jackson Pollack madly swirling paint around him as Dizzy Gillespie blares on the hi-fi; Andy …

Nightmare City. "Nightmare City Copy Lake The Horde," multimedia, 2010. Courtesy of the Artists.

Going to California: Nightmare City, Part 2

Going to California: Nightmare City, Part 2

“It is hard to find California now, unsettling to wonder how much of it was merely imagined or improvised; melancholy to realize how much of anyone’s memory is no true …