Mono No Aware is an exhibition that will present an international program of expanded cinema performances. The program will present ephemeral works that emphasize the cinematic and phenomenological experience. Now that the internet, television, and cellphones have become an everyday vehicle for the moving image; audience experience and connectivity is significantly altered, and the basic principles of traditional cinematic experience is compromised. All of the work presented at Mono No Aware consists of live performance and film projection. No digital video is permitted–16mm or Super 8mm only.
“WE BELIEVE THERE IS A MAGIC IN SEEING THE FILM PRINT. THERE IS A PRESENCE A POET HAS READING HIS/HER OWN WRITING. THERE IS A FEELING THAT RESONATES IN YOUR CHEST WHEN YOU SEE A MUSICIAN PERFORM LIVE. EACH MONO NO AWARE PERFORMANCE IS ONE OF A KIND, SOME PARTICIPANTS HAVE GONE SO FAR AS TO DESTROY THE FILM WORK AFTER ITS FIRST RUN AT THE EVENT. ”
SATURDAY 12/3/2011, 7pm sharp-11: FREE
CAUSEY GALLERY, 92 WYTHE AVE. BROOKLYN
“A NORTHERN PORTRAIT”
LINDSAY MCINTYRE (ALBERTA, CANADA)
16mm Multi-projection/ Live Mixing of Optical Sound Loops
Using nine looping 16mm projectors, Lindsay McIntyre will create a haunting personal meditation on the Arctic. Multiple image layers, high-contrast imagery and careful coloration mark this exploration of the northern landscape and its characters. Four simultaneous optical soundtracks are layered and mixed live along with the images. At once an outsider and one who belongs, she will explores the unique combination of beauty and darkness that can only be found in the Arctic landscape.
“I have always had a very strange connection to the north, both biologically and culturally, at once an outsider and one who belongs. This performance will address that relationship.“L.M.
Lindsay McIntyre is a film artist and creator from Edmonton, Alberta. She completed an MFA degree in Film Production at Concordia University in Montreal and also holds a BFA in drawing and painting from the U of A. She has also studied at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in England and at the New School in New York. Specializing in analogue film work that emphasizes documentary, experimental and handmade techniques, her work has been shown at national and international festivals and venues and won some awards. Her short films sometimes circle themes of portraiture, place and form. She generally prefers to do everything the hard way and her current filmic obsessions involve making her own emulsion and film stock, 35mm motion picture pinhole photography and any kind of chemical manipulation of celluloid.
She teaches film production, handmade film, optical printing, hand-processing and celluloid-based image manipulation. She is a member of Double Negative, a small but influential film collective in Montreal, which creates, curates, and disseminates experimental film. She also sells old things, draws and enjoys making things.
EDWARD MERTON CASEY (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
16mm Projection/ Field Recordings + Live Voice Over
The story of the beginning of time. Of the world. The story of love. And so: the east village, NY. Today. The world begins.
– Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
– Gensis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.’What would it have looked like if the beginning had stayed queer? If the one had stayed ‘them’? Before the silliness of the rib. Who was this first creature?
‘Genesis’ tells that silent, simple story: the beginning of when they were them.
Edward lives and works in the east village. She is curious about time and most of his work explores the notions of impermanence. He is a street installation artist and likes it best when she has to use generators and tracing paper. You can see her work in empty lots across NY or tucked away on a brick wall.
“THE PROXIMITY OF STANDING STONES”
LICHENS (MONICA BAPTISTA / ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE) (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
Super 8mm+16mm Projections/ Live Electronic Music Performance with Vocals
From the testimony of ancient rituals to contemporary power generators, both come together on film in an obsessive repetitive dialogue. The sonic intent of this program is to draw connection through the physicality of sound. To relate in a spontaneous way the vision of Neolithic and contemporary monoliths and the function of power within both.
Monica Baptista (Portugal) is a visual artist and filmmaker. She studied fine arts – painting and in the last 5 years she dedicated her field of work and investigation in to experimental cinema and documentary, using mainly analog formats as Super8, 16mm, 35mm to video and photography.
With her works, she brings us different contexts, from rural and isolated places, to travelogues and urban societies, she explores the phenomenology of territory, perception and religion, from very specific ways of community living, rituals and urban movements, representing them and inscribing them in her work.
Her works have been screened and exhibited worldwide on both visual art platforms, ranging galleries and museums, to film festivals. She co-directed the short fiction BOCA (MOUTH, 2007), directed the documentary TERRITÓRIOS (TERRITORIES, 2009) premiered in Critics week at Cannes Film festival (France), got the award of Best Director at Visions du Réel (Switzerland). DIÁRIO (DIARY, 2011) got the Bes Revelation award. Mónica Baptista is currently doing an artist residency at Location One, New York.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is an artist and multi instrumentalist that works with voice in the realm of spontaneous music often under the moniker of Lichens. Most recently creating patch pieces with a modular synthesizer and singing to them has been a focus of live performance and recordings.
Through a recent meeting and collaboration with artist Patrick Smith, Robert has begun to utilize projections with live performances. The current video piece is called “Clouds” which is an animation made by Patrick Smith.
Through collaboration Robert has worked with Ben Russell, Ben Rivers, Rose Lazar, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Tarek Atoui, Ben Vida, Mark Borthwick, Lucky Dragons, Alan Licht, Michael Zerang, Doug Aitken, Patrick Smith, Lee Ranaldo, White/Light, Kevin Martin, Chris Johanson, Tyondai Braxton, David Scott Stone, Genesis P-Orridge and Rose Kallal, as well as many others. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
“THE COLORS OF SPRING”
Joey Huertas aka Jane Public & Patricia Ordonez & Morgan Nance (NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
Super 8mm + 35mm Slide Projection/ Live Sign Language Translation and Viola Performance
A performance art piece that will involve hand-processed super 8mm film, 35mm slide film photography, live viola performance and an ASL (American Sign Language) story interpreter.
The work THE COLORS OF SPRING will interpret a tragic love story using sign language as a communication between protagonists and audience. The performance incorporates imaginary visual settings created on hand-processed film that studies the mountain cabins of rural New Hampshire and 35mm Kodachrome nature slide photography.
The story will be presented using an American Sign Language interpreter reading from actual prison poetry correspondences written between the two lovers prior to the conclusion of their short-lived relationship. The lovers met online and decided to get together for a romantic weekend in the woods of New Hampshire. Their meeting ending with an arrest.
Joey Huertas, aka Jane Public, is responsible for a creating a breed of personal cinema that he calls, Docu-fessional. His works portray the reminiscences of unplanned encounters regarding significant experiences in life using contemporary film aesthetics. Personal revelatory confessions are recorded by unconventional means (public library archives, surveillance, micro-film, journals, hearing aids and toys) and read much like the entries found in a hidden personal diary. One is left with the question of, “What is truth and what is fiction?” The films take many forms, including physical stories arranged by peculiar/imagined biographies of fictitious persons, collections of found/anonymous photographs, found sound recordings, drawings and compositions from text journals. The filmmaker is also a clinical social worker and incorporates the therapeutic process directly into his art. His films offer no “immunity bubble”. His creative process involves a complete study and exploitation of the inner self. The elements of fact and fiction in storytelling are imprecise and distorted, making the relationship between the filmmaker and the audience difficult to manage. In the end, the viewer is left forced to acknowledge the reality of circumstance and coping skills.
Patricia Ordonez has been active in the visual arts and fashion design since childhood, sketching out her new ideas for clothing designs and teaching sign language. Patricia has professional degrees in the arts and in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, Savannah College of Arts and Design, and Lenior-Rhyne College. She has worked as an art educator at a school for the deaf in New York City and does costume design for several theater productions throughout the city. Patricia Ordonez performs in, THE COLORS OF SPRING in ASL (American Sign Language.
Morgan Nance began her viola career at the age of 5, when she requested private lessons in exchange for her agreement to move homes with her family. She went on to attend the reputable Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied with David Holland. She now attends Sarah Lawrence College where she has studied with Daniel Panner and Sungrai Sohn, and has formed a folk/bluegrass fusion band. As part of her studies, Morgan has performed in numerous avant-garde films and has had the opportunity to perform with improvisational dance and theater groups. Morgan Nance performs viola in, THE COLORS OF SPRING.
“HALF THE AVAILABLE LIGHT IN A SPACE”
Luke Munn (BERLIN, GERMANY)
“…the stillness of the light is the first hypostasis of the mind, undecided on the threshold between the immaterial and the material, the medium used to represent everything that is other, without being that other.“ -Harmut Böhme
In this performative work the film operator actively shadows 50 percent of the light emanating from the projector. In doing so, light is activated not simply as a broadcast or transmission medium, but a solid object with dimensions, properties, and a presence of its own.
Luke Munn is an interdisciplinary artist based in Berlin with work focusing on the immaterial – sound, movement, memory, light and other media – using the body and code, objects and performances to activate relationships and responses. His projects have featured in the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Electrosmog Festival, Resound Falmouth, Q-O2 Brussels, Laborsonor Berlin, commissions from Aotearoa Digital Arts, Creative New Zealand and TERMINAL and performances in Paris, Dublin, Chicago, Berlin, Auckland, and New York.
Eric Ostrowski (SEATTLE, WASHINGTON)
16mm Multi-Projection Film/ Reel to Reel Tape Player, Violin, Megaphone
A film performance in triptych. Three 16mm projectors flicker geometric imagery. A whirling dervish with his fiddle provides a dizzying soundtrack to this cinematic homage to reflector artist Richard Elliot.
“Rectangles, stars, diamonds and waveforms are all symbols that have been used in cultures throughout the ages to describe the basic workings of the cosmos.” Through the eyes of a 25th century archaeoastronomer we engage this reflector wall constructed in early 21st century Seattle. What purpose did these giant beacons serve? Was it to mark the solstices? Was it a signal to distant villages? Obey the Monkey?
Eric Ostrowski is a freely-improvising musician and experimental filmmaker based in Seattle, WA. He played guitar and violin as one half of the legendary improv-noise duo of Noggin from 1993-2006. He is currently exploring solo violin performance – acoustic noise that integrates sound and movement. He is also developing his handmade film and expanded cinema style.
Jodie Mack (WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, NEW HAMPSHIRE)
16mm Projection/Audience Participation/Cell Phones/Internet Surfboards/Voices
Junk mail detritus forms a handicraft salute to new media while audience members enact multi-tabbed mentalities by vocalizing computer noises, testing sounds on their cellphones, and riding internet surfboards.
Jodie Mack is an independent animator, curator, and historian-in-training who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Anthology Film Archives, Images Festival, Los Angeles Filmforum, Onion City Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. She has also worked as a curator and administrator with Dartmouth’s EYEWASH: Experimental Films and Videos, Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Eye and Ear Clinic, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Chicago’s-favorite micro-cinema, The Nightingale. Additionally, Mack is an Illinois Arts Council media arts fellow and the 2010 co-recipient of the Orphan Film Symposium’s Helen Hill Award.
“THROUGH THE HEADLIGHTS”
Jasa Baka, Julia Thomas & Tyr Jami (MONTREAL, CANADA)
Color Acetate, Liquid Gels, Overhead Projection, Costumed Dance performance + Manipulated Cello
Archetypes of woodland narratives come to life through one body. These morphing hybrids move through the beams of headlights bending mind and sounds of cello.
In the Headlights overlaps vivid colours and textures with the use of two analogue (overhead) projectors. They create a discourse through their negative space and suggest atmospheric settings to bend into altered realities onstage. Hand scratched drawings are puppeted through these environments to interact with a human presence – a dancer costumed in white becomes an extension of the projected surface. A Cellist, veiled in darkness offstage, manipulates sound through effect pedals to embellish the projected layers, making them even more ethereal. Projections and dancer travel with sound in a chopped and chewed up narrative through light, shadow, and dazzling technicolour worlds. In a series of living tableau sculptures, the movements of both the overhead-projected light and the dancer’s body emulate the jumpy flicker of silent film, the anti-gravity pull of rewind, and the stretched moments of slow motion.
The characters interpreted in this performance are based on archetypes found in folk tales. They appear and dissolve through the expressions of one female body, shedding and layering costumes in an ever-changing projected landscape.
Jasa Baka is a multidisciplinary artist who works with analogue projections, theatrical costume and design, drawing, pastry and taxidermy in relation to video, photography, performance art, installation, choreographed dance, animated objects and live musical performance. Magic realism is organically present in her work. She allows creatures to naturally surface in the negative space of her drawing. Her costumes are accentuations of the people who wear them. They enhance the wearers character, giving them liberty to fill themselves out more fully as larger than life living cartoons. She has been collaborating on Smile Stealers, a short film that she wrote, designed and produced since 2009. She is a graduate of Concordia University’s BFA specialization Design for the Theatre (Montréal, Canada). She also holds a Pastry Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu (Paris, France).
Jasa Baka began collaborating with Julia Thomas on projection/performance installations in 2009. They have since exhibited in galleries, theatres, storefronts and festivals around Montréal and elsewhere in Québec, Canada. In 2010 their collective Brainbow Limb initiated a multimedia performance research intensive funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Julia Thomas is a graduate and faculty prize winner of Contemporary Dance at Concordia University. She navigates as a choreographer and dramaturge between performative disciplines and leads alternative dance workshops for participants differently-abled and otherwise (“for Everybody”) in Montréal.
Tyr Jami is Vancouver born cellist, vocalist and performer living in Montréal. She began playing cello in 1991, studying at the Vancouver Academy of Music. She has since graduated from the Vancouver Community College with a music diploma (2005) and from Concordia University in Montreal with a specialization in Music Performance (2011). In 1999 she formed the psychedelic-folk band The Winks. They made several North American and Australian tours and released 5 full-length albums. Her new project, Syngja, is a combination of traditional Icelandic folk songs, psychedelic-pop and a-cappella tape recordings of her Icelandic Great-grandmother. Syngia debuted at the 2011 International Pop Montréal Festival and has toured British Columbia.
Along with pop music Tyr has played with a number of Symphony Orchestras including the West Coast Symphony, Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra. She recently scored and performed a live soundtrack for the theatrical production Haunted, by Paul Van Dyke. Tyr operates La Tour Prisme performance venue in Montreal and teaches cello. She also played the lead role in the movie Smile Stealers and is currently working on the soundtrack.
“UNDER THE BQE”
Alex Mallis & Hunter Simpson (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
Super 8mm Projection/Autoharp + Live Percussion
Shot fast and projected slow, Under the BQE is skateboarding on b&w super 8mm film with a semi-improvised live musical score.
Alex Mallis is a filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His films have been screened and featured at IFF Boston, Hot Docs, DOCNYC, UnionDocs, The Guggenheim Lab, The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among others. He is currently finishing post on Spoils, a direct cinema style short about dumpster diving. Alex is pursuing his MFA in Integrated Media Art from Hunter College. He greatly enjoys the darkroom. Do you ever think about teleportation?
Hunter Simpson is a musician based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He plays guitar in two bands, Daytona and Wild Yaks.
“TRANQUILITY # 2 NEW YORK”
Theodore King & Jordan Stone (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK)
16mm Double Projection/ Field Recording/ Sound/ Live Mixing
Tranquility, NY explores and explains the relationship of architecture and landscape through two lenses and thus two perspectives. Each finished piece results in two moving images shown side by side, supplemented by audio tracks mixed live by the creators, Jordan Stone and Theodore Rex King.
Theodore Rex King holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College (2008). Theodore is a filmmaker living in Brooklyn and currently works in film production as a freelancer and member of the International Cinematographers Guild.
Jordan Stone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College (2008) as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts (2011). Jordan is a filmmaker living in Brooklyn and currently teaches editing, production, and film theory at both Dutchess Community College and Marist College in Poughkeepsie.
“STILL ALREADY THERE”
Alex Cunningham (ITHACA, NEW YORK)
16mm Film Multi- Projection/ Spoken Word
An exploration and experimentation with format that aims to challenge conventional notions of movement in film and photography. What I have done is photographed several still scenes. Rather than photographing them with a still camera, however, I have filmed these scenes at 24 frames per second. One expects movement when viewing motion film, but “Still Already There” denies the viewer that pleasure. The result can be feelings of anticipation, anxiety, perplexity, and even mesmerization that are not relieved.
Originally from Virginia, but currently living and working in Ithaca, NY. Currently a student at Ithaca College, Alex works in sound, moving image, and photography in an experimental format.
“Experimentation, for me, is the most crucial element of art-making. We must push the boundaries of both the materiality and format of our art, and also experiment with common notions and reactions to art. Otherwise we’re just making the same meal over and over.” Alex is also a book artist and an independent publisher of artists’ books and collective photobooks.
Amanda Long (QUEENS, NEW YORK)
Super 8mm Multi- Projection Installation/ Looping Mechanisms + Double Peephole
In a contemporary version of Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope, the figure of trapeze artist Harvest Moon is separated into three films with red, green and blue (RGB) filters and projected through Super 8mm film projectors. When the RGB films overlap they form a full color image. It will be almost impossible for the three films to be played at the same speed causing the image as it overlaps to become abstracted as it runs slightly out of sync. The way in which we see color and light is revealed in these aberrations. The audience can participate in different ways, by looking through the double peephole or by watching and playing with the additive light mixing mechanism in action.
Amanda Long is a sculptor investigating light, color, perception and the abstraction of the human form through technology. Her work has been exhibited at Bring to Light NYC, the Dumbo Arts Festival, the Mattress Factory Museum, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Long received a MFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010, a BFA in Sculpture & Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 and a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology from Tulane University in 2000. Her new media project, Lighter and Lighter is the recipient of the University Film and Video Association’s Carole Fielding Grant 2010. Presently Long is developing a traveling exhibit of her interactive video installation White Light for young audiences in Pennsylvania, sponsored by a Spark Grant from the Sprout Foundation. She lives and works in Long Island City, NY.