Underground: an indefinite community?
Sunday 12.14.2014 | 1pm
In an effort to concentrate ideas about creative control, intimacy, and alternative methodologies, this series of events will raise questions about sustenance and sustainability for what is elemental to artistic communities. Fittingly, ALLGOLD will introduce itself as a question of value in this context, with every intention of challenging declared standards and leaving the floor open for alternative possibilities. The day features live sound and music performances, talks, and visuals by those deeply invested in alternatives to mainstream methodologies.
The day will include a live performance and discussion by Detroit based musical collective Underground Resistance. Performances from Gen Ken Montgomery (Generations Unlimited)/Light Enchantress/Sean Julian and Charles Cohen with visuals by Benton C Bainbridge.
A discussion about underground platforms with Sohrab Mohebbi (Redcat In LA) and Danna Vajda. The volunteers of Spectacle Theater (Brooklyn) will present various video works and a special edit of Aggrobatics with a live score. The event continues in the Print Shop with performances by Arcane Device, Unguent and Tommy Birchett.
Benton C Bainbridge is a media artist based in New York. Working with custom systems of his own design, Bainbridge creates immersive environments, interactive installations and video performances in collaboration with scores of artists around the world.
Charles Cohen is a Philadelphia-based free jazz musician and composer. Creating music since 1971, his music is entirely improvisational and produced solely on a vintage Buchla Music Easel synthesizer, an extremely rare integrated analog performance instrument made by synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla. He has been increasingly recognized for his artistry performing internationally and is one of a handful of musicians who has mastered the Buchla Music Easel, an extremely rare instrument. He is also considered a pioneer in synthesizers and performance music. With few recorded or commercially available works to his credit, Cohen prefers to concentrate on creating electronic music in the setting of the live performance space.
The Enchantress of Bioluminosity has always been captivated by synesthesia, a phenomenon where one type of artistic stimulation evokes another. The Enchantress (aka Andrea Beeman) received her BA from Georgetown University and while at New York University she began to make Super 8mm shorts while continuing to paint, sculpt and create performance art. Andrea has explored Japanese butoh dance and later studied with Anahid Sofian, while also exploring flamenco, ballet, yoga, and classical Indian Odissi & Bollywood dance studies.Her films have been screened in New York at Anthology Film Archives, Millennium, P.S. 122, and in France at the Grand Prix International Video Danse. Andrea’s choreography has been presented at New York City’s Town Hall, the Leonard Nimoy Thalia, DNA, Merce Cunningham Studio, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and at Buffalo’s Pfeifer and Flickinger Theaters.
Sean Julian has been working on and creating his own sounds for 15 years. He tackles his ideas and projects as experiments mainly working with tape recorders, analog effects and some electronics. He comes up with a collage of sounds using old records, field recordings, synths, and voice. Recently he has been working with Ken Montgomery on the relaunch of Generations Unlimited, the dramatic electronic music label. Another project is his multiple slide projector/sound performances in collaboration with Chris Penalosa. In 2014 Sean collaborated on Thrown For Two Loops with Ken Montgomery and Tom White (London) that was released on the Chocolate Monk label in the UK. With a background in studio engineering, Sean ran a home studio called Resuscitation Station with Nate Price in San Francisco before moving to New York City in 2012. They conceptualized, recorded and mixed a project called Trap Door, an LP featuring a seemless mix of manipulated rare psychedelic music. Recent performances include: DJing for the Impossible Project, a solo show at The Silent Barn, performing in Gen Ken’s 8-Track Magic Orchestra at the Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York and Atlantis Gallery in Richmond Virginia. Sean also presented his modular slideshow performance at the Print Shop as part of the current ALLGOLD Generator project at MoMa PS1 Print Shop.
Sohrab Mohebbi is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. Mohebbi is the recipient of 2010 Montehermoso research grant and 2012 recipient of Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for the blog Presence Documents. His writings have been published in Bidoun Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, as well as Artforum, Art Agenda, Modern Painters, among others. Mohebbi was the 2010 curatorial fellow at Queens Museum of Art, New York. He is the assistant curator at REDCAT, Los Angeles. Together with Rush Estevez, he received the 2013 The Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for the upcoming exhibition Hotel Theory. He holds an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College and BFA in photography from Tehran Art University.
Ken Montgomery is a New York based artist whose involvement in the cassette-culture and mail-art movements of the late seventies led to the creation of Generator, New York’s first sound art gallery (1989). At Generator Montgomery amassed what is now a time capsule of internationally produced art in the form of cassettes, records, zines and ephemera from the days before the internet when artists collaborated and corresponded by post. In 2013 at Audio Visual Arts in New York City, Montgomery exhibited his collection from that era and re-created Generator by curating events with artists whose work was shown at Generator in the late 80s and early 90s. Generator will re-emerge as a popup in the ALLGOLD Print Shop at MoMA PS1 from December 6–December 21. Montgomery will curate concerts, installations and screenings of work by sound artists each weekend. Additionally, the Generations Unlimited label he started in 1987 with David Prescott and Conrad Schnitlzer will re-launch.
Spectacle is a collectively run screening space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, established and staffed entirely by volunteers. Programming runs seven days a week and encompasses overlooked works, offbeat gems, contemporary art, radical polemics, live performance and more.
Underground Resistance is a label for a movement. A movement that wants change by sonic revolution. Underground Resistance urges you to join the resistance;” and help combat the mediocre audio and visual programming that is being fed to the inhabitants of Earth, this programming is stagnating the minds of the people; building a wall between races and preventing world peace. It is this wall we are going to smash. By using the untapped energy potential of sound we are going to destroy this wall much the same as certain frequencies shatter glass. Techno is a music based in experimentation; it is music for the future of the human race. Without this music there will be no peace, no love, no vision. By simply communicating through sound, techno has brought people of all different nationalities together under one roof to enjoy themselves. Isn’t it obvious that music and dance are the keys to the universe? So called primitive animals and tribal humans have known this for thousands of years! We urge all brothers and sisters of the underground to create and transmit their tones and frequencies no matter how so called primitive their equipment may be. Transmit these tones and wreak havoc on the programmers!”
Danna Vajda is an artist and writer, born in Vancouver, Canada and based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent exhibitions include both institutional spaces and provisional, less institutional spaces.