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Did you miss the gratuity at The International Film Festival in Chicago? Did it catch the 3:39 back to New York?

Well that’s only because gratuity is soon off for a jaunt in Germany at the UMAO Festival. This festival looks like a big ol’ bomb of nerd art meets DJ fantasy complete with sound workshops and a final art battle on the closing night and hell yes….we wish we could be there. However, we are currently in the trenches mixing up a cauldron of madness for a super spectacular night at Surreal Estate this Halloween! Look out for the trailer at the end of the week!

Here’s a sneak peak at UMAO Fest from last year: http://www.uamo.info/cms/index.php?page=video

Check out the full line up here: https://gratuitousart.com/press-event/upcoming-events/

May 7th, 8pm

The PERFORMANCY FORUM is a bi-monthly, sincerely democratized night of performance. With a focus on experiments in music, performance art, theater, video, and the spoken word in many forms, the forum pulls together a diverse array of artists to share their work, from the legitimized white boxes of SoHo to the kitchens of restaurants in Bushwick, artists must engage in communal distribution of the Sensible and re-construction from the ashes of dialectical destruction

Surreal Estate is a live/work arts and activism collective located at 15 Thames between Morgan and Bogart in East Williamsburg. Simply take the L to Morgan.

1 free beer with a donation of $5 or $2 beers with no donation. All proceeds go towards renovation of the Surreal Estate performance space(s).

http://www.myspace.com/surrealestatenyc

http://www.panoplylab.org/

PERFORMERS FOR MAY 7! (more to come…)

Mike Durek and the SK Orchestra
http://www.myspace.com/cloudcloud

Bryan Heyboer

John Mellilo
http://www.myspace.com/jodiendatheband
http://www.myspace.com/algaeandtentacles

Gratuitous Art Films
www.gratuitousartproductions.com

Genevieve White
http://www.vimeo.com/genevievewhite/videos
http://www.genwhite.blogspot.com

Audrey Blackburn

Tom Swirly
http://www.myspace.com/tomswirly

The Mona Dahls (Orly Bendavid)
http://www.myspace.com/everygoodboy

Parasite Singles
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Parasite-Singles/379667343335?ref=ts&v=wall

FREE!

Glitch Video Screening will feature works by Gratuitous Art Films, Anna Pinkas and Kennedy James. Following the screening is a performance by R.G.B.A. This event will be held from 6:30-8:30pm during the Dumbo 1st Thursday Gallery Walk in conjunction with the group exhibition Glitch Generation, now on-view in BAC Gallery.

VIDEO PROGRAM

Gratuitous Art Films
Glitch, 2009, video, 6:07 min

Glitch is an experiment in mistakes. It is charming speedboat ride down the rabbit hole created by manipulating and looping archival footage with audio created by Andy LaChance and Jeff Burns. It is a piecemeal composite that relies on it’s inconsistencies. Utilizing the giving nature of archival footage already littered with “glitches” we chose to enhance, distort or create our own foibles at will. Also, we think dental health is an important.

Thistle, 2009, video, 8:12 min

Thistle is the story of a walk in the forest. A young boy’s journey and discovery of something forbidden. The roil of emotions as he battles with the nature of what he has seen. The wonderment, the fear, the growth…the armadillo. One wonders, can you come back again once you have seen the vulture?

Anna Pinkas
Bronx Golem, 2009, hand drawn animation, music, radio documentary excerpt, 2:00 min

Eddie Carmel was once billed as the Tallest Man on Earth by the Ringling Brothers Circus, but it is Diane Arbus’ 1970 picture, “A Jewish Giant at Home with his Parents in the Bronx, NY” that remains in the public mind. The memories he left to those who met him are as lasting and vivid as if he had, in fact, been a heroic and tragic Golem from a Jewish folk story

Kennedy James
The Fortune Cookie, 2006, video, 8:32 min

The Fortune Cookie is a video work about cinematic narration, the superposition of the American and French soundtracks of the original film.

PERFORMANCE by R.G.B.A.
R.G.B.A. will feature the project “Synchroma”, a video and sound instrument developed by DRAW. The project Synchroma derives imagery entirely from sound, via analog-digital conversion hardware/software whereby each color channel is driven by a separate audio stream: red, green and blue. Extremes of frequency are used, varying from 0.013 to 43,000 Hz, to produce variations in palette, tempo, shape, direction and pattern. Once harvested, the synthesized color fields become the basis for improvisations set to multiple vibrant scores. Among this array of hardware/software, a core device is the ‘Synchronator’ developed by Gert-Jan Prins and Bas van Koolwijk during a video and audio research residency at Impakt 2006, currently distributed by the Netherlands Media Art Institute.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Gratuitous Art Films is a collaborative effort between artists Jeff Burns and Cat Gilbert. Jeff is the editor, co-founder and contributor for “When History Attacks” and Talkie 21 Studios. Cat is multi-media artist who makes books, drawings and otherwise.

Kennedy James, previously working under the name of Jimmy Owenns lives and works between New York City and Paris, France. Since 1998, James’ work has taken a clear direction towards notions about the splitting of the perception, narration or psyche and the search for identity.

Anna Pinkas was born in 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland. Working primarily in animation and drawing, Anna investigates narratives-personal and historical, uncovering and conjuring up our constant search for linear, comprehensive and resolved stories. While she was raised in a family with a long migration history, her own departure from Europe to the United States was integral in triggering the set of inquiries that form the core of her art practice today. Pinkas currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

R.G.B.A. is a live video audio performance collaboration between duo DRAW (Nisi Jacobs and Michael Schumacher)and Sarah Bernstein and Stuart Popejoy. DRAW’s compositions form the basis for improvisations involving processed video, algorithmically generated sound and live musicians. Through experimentation and dialogue, they explore in depth the relation between sound and image. Their practice involves a number of strategies, such as coupling specific sound and image sequences, using multi-channel setups for video + sound, role-switching, and exploring notational techniques. Sarah Bernstein and Stuart Popejoy create sonic work exploring liminal spaces: between pitch and timbre, speech and music, development and repetition, lucidity and opacity. Bernstein combines acoustic violin performance with live-processed spoken word and vocalization; Popejoy uses the Nord Modular G2 synthesizer to create generative compositions and complex sound processing environments; finally, the violin and voice signals are selectively further processed live in the Nord synthesizer. Compositional elements – motives, texts, strategies, patches – are integrated with live improvisation through the techniques of feedback, generational development, [de]emphasis of textual signification, and interplay of “pure” musical elements with non- and extra-musical elements.

Gallery participates in DUMBO 1st Thursday. Come down the first Thursday of every month for special programming and extended gallery hours!

Free beer provided by Kelso of Brooklyn

a reading by edgar oliver

& a screening to celebrate the release of a new DVD.

‘the hermit & other poems’

tuesday april 27, 2010

8 pm

$5

the Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th St.
btw. 5th & Madison Ave.

presented by straw2gold pictures & oilcan press ‘the hermit & other poems’ is written by & starring Edgar Oliver.

It includes ‘The Hermit’, poems excerpted from ‘a portrait of new york by a wanderer there’ and ‘mother was a hit run driver’ from his play ‘Motel Blue 19′.

A film by Robert O’Haire & Jeff Burns. Original music composed for the film by Michal Szostalo & performed by Daniel Levin. Art by Aaron Howard.

http://edgaroliver.com
http://oilcanpress.com
http://straw2goldpictures.com


February 26th, 2010 (Fri.) , 7 pm at ACAC

“Show Your Shorts” local short independent film night
-Local filmmakers show their work!

Featuring:
Gratuitous Art Films, Derek Brooks, Anne Peterson, Kelly Griffin, Kristen Gann, Mike Griffin, Matt Bradley, Barry Gunning, Nick Rogers, Rebecca Jones, & Mike Anderson

$5.00 for current ACAC members; $7.00 for non-members

Doors open 7:00 pm

Free fresh-popped popcorn!

The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative’s space is located at 900 S. Rodney Parham Rd. in Little Rock, Arkansas, just east of the entrance to Kanis Park.

For more information, see http://www.acacarkansas.org

Check out our films next weekend at  [SØNiK]- the space for sonic arts/ new media & performance program that will debut Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 6-9pm, and Sunday, January 24th, 5-7pm at Climate Gallery with [SØNiK] Fest I-visit http://climategallery.com for more info.

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