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NEW YORK ELECTRONIC ART FESTIVAL: Mari Kimura: EIGENSPACE / Angie Eng: Liminal

 

$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors

The New York Electronic Art Festival was created to provide a responsive public context for the appreciation of cutting-edge electronic artwork through concerts, panels, workshops, and exhibitions of the highest quality across the arts and technology spectrum. Tonights event highlights new work by violinist/composer Mari Kimura and media artist Angie Eng.

Media artist Angie Eng presents Liminal – a series of live video/music cinepoems based on the concept of liminality. Eng combines inventive new tools like the VideoBass, French avant-garde experimental cinema tricks and customized music/video software (Max, Jitter, VDMX and Module 8) for a genre-crossing collaboration which fuses experimental jazz, contemporary electronic music, neo-abstract expressionism, puppetry and live experimental cinema. Directed by Angie Eng with musicians: Audrey Chen, Shoko Nagai, Satoshi Takeshi and special guest on live video: Nancy Meli Walker.

Eng has directed and collaborated on numerous experimental video projects including current video/music collaborations with Rhys Chatham (Echodes), Pascal Battus (Tremorrag) and Sofi Hemon (The Lumiaks). Her work has been performed and exhibited at venues such as Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Lincoln Center Video Festival, The Kitchen, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Anthology Film Archives and others and her videos have been exhibited in international digital art festivals from Cuba to Canada. Eng has also received grants and commissions from New Radio and Performing Arts, Harvestworks, Art In General, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and many more.

Hailed by The New York Times as “a virtuoso playing at the edge” , composer/violinist Mari Kimura is widely known as the inventor of “Subharmonics” and her works for interactive computer music.  Recently she won 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and 2010 Composer in Residence at IRCAM in Paris.  Ms. Kimura’s works have been supported by grants including NYFA, Jerome Foundation, Arts International, Japan Foundation, Meet the Composer, NYSCA and 2010 Fromm Award. Since 1998, Ms. Kimura has been teaching Interactive Computer Music Performance at The Juilliard School.  Her recent Mutable Music album “The World Below G and Beyond” features her works for Subharmonics.  http://www.marikimura.com

Tonight Mari Kimuara presents:
EIGENSPACE for Augmented Violin and Interactive Graphics (2011, world premiere commissioned by Harvestworks)
Graphics by Tomoyuki Kato
“Eigenspace” is commissioned by Harvestworks, which incorporates IRCAM’s bowing motion sensor technology “Augmented Violin” and interactive graphics, created by Japan’s leading visual artist in new media, Tomoyuki Kato who most recently exhibited at 2010 Shanghai Expo. Taken from “eigenvalue”, a mathematical function used in analyzing the bowing movement, in “Eigenspace” Kimura’s musical expression is extracted by the bowing motion sensor technology, interacting with image and sounds in realtime.

Other works include CANON ÉLASTIQUE for Augmented Violin (2009). This “elastic canon” is a 1-person canon with a simple delay, but to stretch and shorten using the bowing motion data and gesture. VOYAGE APOLLONIAN for Augmented Violin (2010), Graphics by Ken Perlin, was commissioned by the American Festival of Microtonal Music, “Voyage Apollonian” is an interactive audio visual work using the bowing motion sensor data. Ken Perlin, an Oscar-winning computer graphics artist and professor at NYU, designed this imaginative animation based on the fractal ideas called the “Apollonian Gasket” .

Also premiering tonight will be the first version of WRESTLING AN ANGEL – a work for violin and electronics, written for Kato by British composer Andrew Lovett. Andrew Lovett recently moved from the UK to live in Princeton, joining the department of music at Princeton University as a Professional Specialist. He is known for small-scale operas, chamber music and electoacoustic works, performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Cuba, the USA and throughout the UK.

Tomoyuki Kato is a renown Japanese visual artist/movie director, who works in wide range of projects including advertisements, commercials, museums exhibitions and theme-parks.

Kato’s work is known for the superb quality, high-impact, originality and new technical methods. Recently, Kato has been active in creating corporate future vision, such as “concept car”, incorporating live action, computer graphics and animation on project bases. His highly acclaimed “Grand Odyssey” created for 2005 Aichi Expo’s Toshiba/Mitsui pavilion, is now displayed at Nagasaki’s Huistenbosch theme-park. In 2010, Kato created “Better Life from Japan” exhibit for Otsuka Pharmaceutical company at Shanghai Expo, using 360-degree display. Kato has received and nominated for numerous awards at international and national festivals, including Japan Ministry of Culture Media Arts Festival, Los Angels International Short Film Festival, Montreal International Film Festival, and London International Advertising Festival.

Photo: Librado Romero/The New York Times