RISD museum reportback

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my week of curated events at the RISD museum was pretty good! i didn’t tape anything or get any pictures, or myself or anyone! whoops… hollis got some snaps tho…

scott

Work/Death

katrina

rephotographed still from Katrina Clark’s party video

mickey

Mickey Zacchilli as “Dungeon Broads”

carlos

Carlos Gonzales introduces his film

photos via the risd museum instagram feed

i purposefully didn’t film or record my talk because that would’ve made me anxious. but it went good! it was about the source wall…

source wall

hopefully my lack of documentation will not preclude other museums from booking me in the future.

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RISD oneroom schedule, MN affiliates

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all shows start at noon and last less than an hour. at the RISD museum, 20 North Main St (also enter on 224 Benefit Street) Providence, RI 02903. the museum is free on Sundays. otherwise:: Adults: $12; Senior citizens (age 62+): $10; Youths (ages 5–18): $3; Children under 5: free; College students with valid ID: $5; Staff, faculty, and students of RISD or member institutions (with valid ID): free.

(some) more info here


Tuesday August 6th – Joe Buzzell
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A feature of selections from Joseph Buzzell’s newest album, “anhedonia”. Approximately 40 minutes of music followed by a question and answer session.

Wednesday August 7th – Carlos Gonzalez
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Carlos Gonzalez screens a fragment of a new home video project about a ‘western’ dentist.


Thursday August 8th – Jacob Berendes, Mothers News- “Stochastic Processes in Contemporary Publishing and the Other Kind”
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Mothers News is known for its award-winning writing and artwork, but these things are not rare — awards for interestingness are given out many times a day around the globe. One thing that separates Mothers News from the pack is that it also features the antipode of intelligent writing and interesting artwork — it’s the only publication in history that regularly publishes blocks of truly random alphanumeric strings derived from atmospheric noise. In this brief talk we will examine what “true” randomness is, the implications thereof, the benefit to the consumer, and the inherent sacredness of neglected spaces. Also noise, failure, malevolence, and the myth of chaotic neutrality. This is an all-ages event, although the talk will most likely be sprinkled with f-bombs. There will be very little math involved.

Friday August 9th – Mickey Zacchilli
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to be ripping a set for 15 minute to 1/2 hour, or whatever allotted time is. set shall include singing, ideally won’t disappoint.

Saturday August 10th – Katrina Clark
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A short video/animation projection (time yet to be determined) with accompanying self-created audio, themed around a sense of place in Providence, involving historic buildings, homes of friends, development, loss, and the future.

Sunday August 11th – Scott Reber
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1hr long sound installation/performance.

:) :) :) :)

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RISD Museum Assembly: Non-Fine Arts

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photo by Real News, Marfa TX

i’ll be delivering a lecture at the RISD Museum in Providence RI, on August 8th, as part of their “Locally Made” exhibition.

this will be part of a week of activities i was asked to curate, that also includes performances / events by Joe Buzzell on the 6th, Carlos Gonzales (Russian Tsarlag) on the 7th, Mickey Zacchilli on the 9th, Katrina Silander Clark on the 10th, and Scott Reber (Work/Death) on the 11th. all performances will start at 12 noon, and will last less than an hour. the performances are free with museum admission, which is to say they are $12 (free to most area college students). the exception is sunday (Work/Death), when the museum is free to everyone.

dealing with a pro-art organization is funny, and i have mixed feelings about this– i like the people who are curating the performance part of the exhibit, they’re nice and they’re excited about their work, and i’m really happy to be included. but noon on a weekday plus $12 admission… woof!

here’s my official spiel regarding my week of events:

Non-Fine Arts presents a collection of artists who do not prioritize display in museum or gallery settings, but prefer to make art directly in and for their communities. while their mechanisms and formats may be non-standard in formal arts institutions, these artists utilize extremely standard methods of information interaction- email, newspapers, comic books, dance parties, pop songs, horror movies, noise. In most cases these decisions are both ideological and practical.

and here’s re: my lecture:

8/8: Jacob Berendes, Mothers News: “Stochastic Processes in Contemporary Publishing and the Other Kind”

Mothers News is known for its award-winning writing and artwork, but these things are not rare — awards for interestingness are given out many times a day around the globe. One thing that separates Mothers News from the pack is that it also features the antipode of intelligent writing and interesting artwork — it’s the only publication in history that regularly publishes blocks of truly random alphanumeric strings derived from atmospheric noise. In this brief talk we will examine what “true” randomness is, the implications thereof, the benefit to the consumer, and the inherent sacredness of neglected spaces. Also noise, failure, malevolence, and the myth of chaotic neutrality. This is an all-ages event, although the talk will most likely be sprinkled with f-bombs. There will be very little math involved.

OK, definitely do not feel bad if you can’t come to this! but if you want to, and you can get to downtown providence on august 8th, at noon, tell me and i’ll guest list / deputize / tambourine you. if i could only get to one performance, i’d go to scott’s show on sunday– he’s a great composer / performer, and this is a rare chance to see him in public, and not in the middle of the night. not to undermine everyone else, everyone’s great. but scott’s day is also free. also the museum is fun to look around in, their collection is really great, recommended. oh, and again, free admission for students or staff of Brown University, Bryant College, Community College of Rhode Island, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, or RISD.

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real life top ten

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boston daimyo Dan Shea asked me to make a nice 2011 list for his webiste “the Boston Hassle“. read it on his site.

ahhh for posterity madness issues it’s also reproduced here:
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WORK/DEATH reissue campaign

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Scott “WORK/DEATH” Reber quit his 8 year job as a night janitor and is focusing on his music, going HARD AS HELL IS HOT. first up is a massive reissue campaign of tapes by W/D and related acts, as released on Reber’s “Three Songs Of Lenin” label. I think it’s going to be like ten tapes all said and done, all with the original multi-color fold out silkscreen covers and inserts (on paper bag paper). the first three tapes out of the gate are:

  1. Work/Death “Le Corbusier”
    my personal favorite tape of his, a dedication to brutalist architecture- one long piece, one long note, in two parts (A and B). TSOL press release: “stare at the floor and wait until you leave the room. focus on this point and have patience. a440.”

    insert reads:

  2. Olneyville String System
    TSOL press release: “improv string trio conversations between cybele blue shift (violin), miriam black forest/black sea (cello), and myself (upright bass). teenage daydreams of xenakis and feldman. obsessive-compulsive inner ear itch/scratch.”
  3. Ten Thousand Things “Flat Bed Wreckers”
    TSOL press release: “on going collaboration with geoff mullen. this installment leans towards open sky nz drone pitted against low gray city clouds. organ, midi, microcassette.”

to order go to chipsylvania. these highly sought-after tapes are in limited quantities so DON’T SLEEP!

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