Katherine Liberovskaya on Sat, 8 Mar 2008 10:06:32 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> OptoSonic Tea - NYC: March 10

Monday, March 10
8:30 pm
OptoSonic Tea
Live sets by:
- Leah Singer & Lee Ranaldo
- Kjell Bjørgeengen & Okkyung Lee
Invited respondent/moderator:
- Kathleen Forde
Suggested donation:
$ 7
Experimental Intermedia
224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, NY 10013
212 431 5127
OptoSonic Tea is a regular series of meetings dedicated to the convergence
of live visuals with live sound which focuses on the visual component. These
presentation-and-discussion meetings aim to explore different forms of live
visuals (live video, live film, live slide projection and their variations
and combinations) and the different ways they can come into interaction with
live audio. Each evening features two different live visual artists or
groups of artists who each perform a set with the live sound artists of
their choice. The presentations are followed by an informal discussion about
the artists' practices over a cup of green tea. A third artist, from
previous generations of visualists or related
fields, is invited specifically to participate in this  discussion so as to
create a dialogue between current and past practices and provide different
perspectives on the present and the future.
Organized by Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer
About the artists:

Leah Singer is a visual artist based in New York. Known for her live 16mm
film performances, Iloveyouihateyou is a new work using digital imagery and
live sound. It will be presented as installation in two upcoming exhibitions
at cneai in Paris and The Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
Lee Ranaldo is a writer, visual artist and member of the group Sonic Youth,
founded in New York City in 1981. They are currently ³gone retro,²
performing the 1989 album ³Daydream Nation² around the world. His most
recent chapbook is ³Hello From The American Desert² [Nov ¹07, Silver Wonder
Press, Chicago], poems composed from internet spam. He has a 12² ?art
record¹ in the Paul Thek show at ZKM, Karleruhe in collaboration with Dutch
artist Zeger Reyers. He is currently writing a piece for the Bang on a Can
Orchestra, to premiere April 15 in Chapel Hill, NC.
Kjell Bjørgeengen¹s art practice is an investigation of reality.
Known for his installations, Kjell's practice has recently begun to
emphasize live video performance. In this respect he has worked with
musicians like Joelle Leandre, Evan Parkers Electro Acoustic Ensemble, Marc
Ribot, Philipp Wachsmann, Keith Rowe and MIMEO. The live work often features
the production of "flicker videos", which have also been presented in
various exhibitions since 2002. Flicker is sound obtained by feeding video
sync, thus becoming video and revealing the self-identity of the two. The
flicker image is perhaps the most simple and fundamental image we can think
of: an oscillation between shades of light and darkness, given from the
outside as a simple pairing of opposites. A still image from the video reads
like a minimal work; set in motion the work turns into its

After being in music schools from age of 3 to 25, Korean
cellist/improviser/composer Okkyung Lee finally found her artistic freedom
in New York's Lower East Side where she moved in 2000. Since then she has
performed and recorded with numerous artists including Laurie Anderson,
Derek Bailey, Chris Corsano, Nels Cline, John Hollenbeck, Andrew Lampert,
Christian Marclay, Min Xiao-Fen, Thirston Moore, Vijay Iyer, Jim o'Rourke,
Zeena Parkins, Jim Thirwell and John Zorn.
Okkyung¹s music is mostly influenced by movies, visual art, sound, Korean
traditional/pop music and, of course, noise.
Kathleen Forde is the Curator for Time-Based Arts at the Experimental Media
and Performing Arts Center in Troy, NY.  Prior to her current position at
EMPAC Kathleen worked as Curatorial Director for Live Arts and New Media for
the Goethe Forum in Berlin. She concurrently curates on a freelance basis
for various organizations and museums that have included Peregrine Arts,
Philadelphia; The Eyebeam Center for Arts and Technology, NYC; Independent
Curators International, VideoZone, Tel Aviv; ATA Cultural, Peru; Kunstverein
in Düsseldorf and Cologne; SFMOMA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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