The 2016 edition of Roulette’s Festival of Mixology explores the history and tradition of electronics as it influences contemporary performance. Over five days and featuring nine artists and their collaborators, the Festival illustrates the potency of invention and re-invention that has fueled experimentation and imagination for a century. Concerts feature masters in the art of of Theremin, synthesizer, sampling, glitch, appropriation, film and video interface, analog processing, circuit bending, and DJ technology.
Curated by David Weinstein, the co-founder of Roulette and producer of the first Festival of Mixology over 25 years ago, the series celebrates resurrected, restored, and recovered machinery, vintage recordings, and principles of electronic sound and image stretched to impact new and adventurous work.
Embracing the eternal, inspirational, resonant truth of vibration in sound, image, and word, David Linton explores the primitive nature of the raw signal. Inspired by Sartre’s vision of Hell depicted in his play “Huis Clos”, Linton will construct an interpatched analog configuration of throbbing, flickering, and oscillating video monitors and sound channels that drive, interfere, and excite each other in a 60 Hz helix. The result is an electronic organism both profound and entertaining.
Artist Thomas Dexter presents a film performance for triple 16mm projection, beam splitting glass, mechanical shutters, and sound transducers featuring direct animation, scratching, and erasing in a multi layered composition that is created and destroyed in real time. The work maps a synesthetic and hallucinatory terrain that exists at the bleeding edge of what can be seen and heard at the limits of sensory ability.
David Weinstein is a composer, curator, radio producer, event organizer, and activist for new and experimental arts in all media. He has been a director of programming and/or operations at Roulette, MoMA PS1, Clocktower Gallery and Radio, Outpost Gallery, and many more. He has performed and recorded with artists including Shelley Hirsch, Elliott Sharp, and John Zorn. His radio series, Impossible Music, is streamed at clocktower.org.
This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.