Saturday Sessions: Hosted by Matthew Radune, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, and Thomas Dexter featuring OPEN CIRCUIT
Saturday, January 29, 2011
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Matthew Radune, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, and Thomas Dexter present OPEN CIRCUIT, an interactive sonic architecture that transforms tools of surveillance into instruments of creative play. Exploring themes of institutional control and creative freedom, the visitors’ movement within the space triggers audio sensors that generate original, accumulative sound, while performers Maria Chavez and Shelley Burgon, respectively on turntables and harp, improvise to further engage with the installation.
Watch video documentation of this Saturday Session here.
Maria Chavez is an avant-turntablist whose work focuses on solo electric-acoustic sound pieces using a collection of new and broken needles, which she calls “pencils of sound.” Many of her live sound installations explore the paradox of time and the present moment, with many influences stemming from improvisation in contemporary art. In 2008, the Jerome foundation awarded Chavez an Emerging Artist Grant, and in 2009 she received a Van Lier Fellowship. She was an artist in residence with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the DIA:Beacon Museum and recently performed for Christian Marclay and the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of Christian Marclay: FESTIVAL.
Shelley Burgon is a multi-instrumentalist who is best known for her improvisational work blending an acoustic harp with a laptop in a way similar to that of traditional harp techniques. She is a member of the chamber group Ne(x)tworks, as well as the bands Stars Like Fleas and Family Dynamics, and has performed at notable performance series including the MATA Festival, Issue Project Room’s Floating Points Festival, Darmstadt, and the Whitney Museum’s Christian Marclay Festival. In May 2009, Burgon premiered a new piece for the Merce Cunningham Hudson Valley Project at Dia:Beacon
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a Brooklyn-based information artist and Adjunct
Professor at New York University. Her work explores art as research and
questions fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature,
technology, and the environment.
Thomas Dexter is a Brooklyn-based artist, performer, and film editor. Using a tool kit derived from experimental film, electronics, installation, and musical performance, Thomas's work explores the possibilities for new exchanges of perceptual currency.
Matthew Radune is a Brooklyn-based architect, artist, and DJ. His work under the name The Wilding Corporation is a series of collaborations that explore human ecology, or the visceral relationships between humans and their surroundings.
Saturday Sessions is a program of events designed to introduce wide-ranging directions in performance. The experimental program is structured around collaboration and focuses on engaging MoMA PS1 visitors in a unique, two-hour-long experience. Each session features a different host and will occur every other Saturday of the month between 4:00 and 6:00pm in the Third Floor Main Gallery.