10/18 @ 8:00pm
Theoretical: Transmission Arts, Artists and Airwaves
Join free103point9, PAJ Publications, Issue Project Room, and Electronic Music Foundation in celebrating the publication of Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves by Galen Joseph-Hunter with Penny Duff, and Maria Papadomanolaki (PAJ Publications. In association with free103point9.) This event will feature performances from Todd Merrell, Kabir Carter, Terry Nauheim, Lázaro Valiente, Joel Chadabe, and others.
ISSUE’s Theoretical series is made possible, in part, through generous support from The Casement Fund.
10/19 @ 8:00pm
Theoretical: Jarett Kobek, “ATTA”
Author Jarett Kobek is the son of a Turkish immigrant and a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In the summer of 1999, 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta defended a master’s thesis that critiqued the introduction of Western-style skyscrapers in the Middle East, and called for a return to the “Islamic-Oriental city.” Using this as a departure point, Jarett Kobek’s novel ATTA offers a psychedelic biography of Mohamed Atta that circles around a simple question: what if 9/11 was as much a matter of architectural criticism as religious terrorism?
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10/20 @ 8:00pm
Emerging Artists Commission: Laura Vitale
Laura Vitale/We Are Your Friends with Paul Geluso presents A Capella Space Station: an evening of surround sound installation and performance in which ISSUE Project Room transmogrifies into a space ship environment constructed from the human voice and other human things. Laura Vitale works with a focus on sound in a variety of media, with performance and installation, and often in collaboration. Laura is in her second and final year of graduate school in Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has made commissioned sound installations for WNYC, been a Van Lier Fellow at Harvestorks Digital Media Arts Center, and received a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant. She will make a New Programming commission for Triple Canopy and occupy Recess Session’s SoHo project space in 2012.
We Are Your Friends is a collaborative, community-based choral project founded in 2009 by Laura Vitale and writer/musician Rick Moody. Membership is open to anyone who wants to join and shows up. We Are Your Friends specializes in untrained voices and extended vocal technique, and its particular interest is in rendering electronica and space-themed music in live and unaccompanied settings. We Are Your Friends is presently at work on its first album, a full-length cover of COMPUTER WORLD by the Beatles of the electronic music world, Germany’s own Kraftwerk.
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10/22 @ 8:00pm
Formed in The Hague in 2003, Ensemble Klang’s innovative programs, their commissioning of work from some of the most exciting composers working today, and the inception of their own record label, has seen them quickly rise to become “one of the top ensembles” (NRC Handelsblad) in the Netherlands’ rich contemporary music scene.
Dedicated to a new generation of composers, the group continues to build a repertoire of bold, uncompromising works. The unique yet versatile instrumentation – ranging from a quiet, fragile intimacy to the punchy power of a big-band – has attracted composers including Heiner Goebbels, Tom Johnson, Martijn Padding, Phill Niblock, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Kate Moore, Jan-Bas Bollen, Oscar Bettison and Peter Adriaansz. Performing without a conductor, the result in concert is one where complex music requiring virtuosic accuracy and precision is played with the energy, drive and passion of a band.
10/23 @ 2:00pm
ISSUE @110: Robert Ashley‘s Perfect Lives + Q&A with Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
As part of a fundraiser for the upcoming production of Vidas Perfectas, an all-new Spanish language version of Robert Ashley’s classic made-for-TV opera Perfect Lives, Issue Project Room is hosting a screening of three episodes from the original Perfect Lives (1983) at 110 Livingston in Downtown Brooklyn. The three episodes to be screened are the original 1983 versions of the first episodes that director Alex Waterman is re-creating as Vidas Perfectas, filmed on location in Marfa, Texas.
Following the screening, there will be an open Q&A between Vidas Perfectas composer Robert Ashley and director Alex Waterman.