WAY OUT VARIETY SHOW
Jan 7, 8pm
Curated by Jason Martin
RACHEL MASON and LITTLE BAND OF SAILORS
G LUCAS CRANE / NONHORSE
BETHANY IDES and THOMAS LOVE
MADAM (Cara Siik Benedetto and Mira Dancy)
WAY OUT VARIETY SHOW
Dec. 30, 2012
VIOLET RAID (MV CARBON)
Dec. 15, 2012
FAT WORM OF ERROR
JEANANN DARA+DAVID FIRST
DJ MARIA MINERVA
The debut of my new performance/ animation project, VINKA VARNA.
Thanks to: friends at KDC for being the best at everything, all the musicians who performed that night, VINKA VARNA dancers Julia Gilman and Yuchen Lin. Special thanks to Peyman Faratin and Andreas Witzel for making sure the night was a well oiled machine.
Dec. 11, 2012
MAGIC IS KüNTMASTER
My old solo performance/ music project, MAGIC IS KüNTMASTER, was resurrected to open for VON-first black metal band of North America! Big thanks to Adam Shore and lovely MIK performers Anna Barie and Siobhan Kennedy.
Nice Brooklyn Vegan review by Fred Pessaro, pics by Greg Cristman:
Nov 16, 2012
MUll: The Face That Lied, Geometric Edibles
Another crazy edition of Malingering Uvula at Knockdown Center!
Paper review and pics by Rebecca Smeyne:
Full List of Participating Artists Here:
Sept 21, 2012
NUD is a sporadic sound collaboration: me on vocals/ electronics, Kate Henderson on beats/ electronics.
Pics and description by Kerwin Williamson: “NUD… was powerful & sensual. This amazing dynamic duo put forth a barrage of electronic sounds that melded with the alternating colored lights, leaving the crowd in a tizzy. Stellar thumping beats with smooth wailing banshee vocals.”
Thanks to Alexandra Drewchin for curating this show, great people, great space! June 20, 2012
ASHCAN ORCHESTRA (WITH A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY AMY AMAZING AMY CONTORTION DANCER)
DOGGIES AT NIGHT (NATHAN WIPPLE)
SKIP LA PLANTE
EARTHEATER (ALEX DREWCHIN JR)
Thank you to Pat Noecker for inviting me to play in “Assemble,” his new monthly round-robin series held at Public Assembly. And special thanks to all the participating musicians: RAFT, Li Xing, Brian Chase, Alex Drewchin.
Malingering Uvula was an ambitious multimedia experiment that I completed with artist Michael Merck in November 2011. Sparked by a conversation about the Futurist Cookbook and surrealist dinners, we embarked on creating a collage with people–an event that was part food art, part installation, part performance extravaganza–everyone was a participant/ co-creator. It was a marvelous evening and roused polar reactions from participants. I received emails praising the event as “The reason I moved to New York!” to unhappy foodies grumbling “You owe me dinner!”
It was exciting to attempt something on this scale and it would not have been possible without the generous assistance and collaboration of our friends: David for generously donating the use of his industrial compound, Felisia Tandiono who was “The Smell” of the event; Kate Watson sous chef extraordinaire; Peyman Faratin, Shirin Begum, and Pamela Gallagher–shadows who were responsible for the fate of the entire evening; The Orchestra Bolus (Leon Dewan, Patrick Hambrecht, Josh Boyer, Chris Steel Nicholson); beautiful projections by Oh Minnows; Vanessa Paulsen and Monty Cantsin in the kitchen, Willis Arnold and friend for pitching in when we fell in the weeds, and all the guest diners. Perhaps reflecting the enigmatic nature of the event, we were unable to obtain adequate documentation, however, here’s a brief description:
The Uvula Still Malingers
by Willis Arnold
Michael Merck and Camilla Ha’s Malingering Uvula, is a compendium of harsh noise, video projections, and a six-course meal. The event, billed as a “six course meal in five dimensions,” took place in an unused glass factory in southern Queens… they are committed to creating a unique, immersive experience for their audience. Installations like Merck and Ha’s are examples of how modern artists are able to pool their talents and produce an experience that engages all five senses of the viewer.
The show’s participants consisted of fifteen guests, three musicians, the two artists, and numerous “shadows” that led the guests through the factory, helped them comply with instructions, documented the experience, and served the meal. Dressed entirely in black and wearing mirrored masks, the “shadows,” served participants dishes such as soul in a box, a linguistic play on the presentation of sole – the fish – in a clear plastic cube. Throughout the performance musicians manipulated the sound of crying, distorted sound, and a “gui-churn,” a modified guitar neck that actually functions as a churn and mixed pudding during the dinner. The piece culminated with a procession of guests through the building’s basement, where they were briefly left in isolation, before returning to the dinner table.
Course #3: Known Knowns and Unknown Knowns and Unknown Unknown Knowns
Apple Core Confit, Malaise, Serpent (eel), Ear Plugs
Action: Diner with a green triangle on their chair is led to a back area where they must eat their dish facing a wall… Diners put in ear plugs, each diner says their father’s name out loud. Diner with white circle on chair is led to writing table, must write down everything he/ she hears.
What the diner heard: Afata Itien, sosa reesa, bebeorial erc, paulsar soboial, fereeta heej, erol krista, bubble rantrose, hertert usef
Light: green or blue lights on chaser
Smell: Knowledge (old library books)
Music: loud-even-with-earplugs volume… spoken words relating too many thoughts–everyone will start talking in layers, whatever comes to mind… not necessarily chaotic–articulate but hard to recognize
*While the sound maintains a loud-even-with-earplugs volume and the third course is being finished and cleared, Shadows bring out the persimmon-rambutan prisons and enslave the diner’s dominant hand
The initial invite:
Short video interview with Michael Merck by Willis Arnold: