Qasim Naqvi is a drummer and founding member of the group Dawn of Midi. Outside of his role in D.O.M., Qasim works on a variety of projects from electronic music, to composing for orchestras, chamber groups, dance and film. His concert music has been performed/commissioned by The BBC Concert Orchestra, Jennifer Koh, The London Contemporary Orchestra, Stargaze, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crash Ensemble, The Now Ensemble, The Erebus Ensemble, yMusic, The Helsinki Chamber Choir, Alexander Whitley, Cikada, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra(MusicNOW Season) and others. He has been a featured composer at the Musica Nova Festival in Helsinki, the Spitalfields Festival in London, Ultima Festival, Southbank Centre and the Rest is Noise Festival in Holland. Qasim’s most recent release, Two Centuries, is an electro-acoustic work made with his teachers and master musicians Wadada Leo Smith and Andrew Cyrille. Acoustic trio Dawn of Midi have released two albums. Their most recent Dysnomia, was acclaimed by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Spin, The Guardian and the New Yorker. Radiohead personally picked Dawn of Midi as their support band for two sold out concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden for their Moon Shaped Pool tour.
This performance will be part of a continuous series based on Naqvi’s evolving relationship with a modular synthesizer.
“Exquisitely constructed…They are not landscapes to be admired at a distance, but inscapes to be explored with attentive care.” —Wire, on Two Centuries
From Chicago-based film artist Julia Pello and electronic musician Heinrich Mueller, aka Gerald Donald (Dopplereffekt, Arpanet, Drexciya), MIROVAYA LINIYA is an serial audiovisual project that explores the conceptual and aesthetic elements of what particle physics defines as a WORLD LINE ::::::::: the spatiotemporal path of an object or a system in a spacetime frame of reference. Bringing into historic relation two profound visions of the Beingness and Universe, Einstein’s theory of General Relativity and Spinoza’s singular ontology, MIROVAYA LINIYA traces along the edges of knowledge, of what can and cannot be known. The title of the piece for this performance is “ETHICA: Book 1”; utilizing multiple projections, live vocals, and electronic sound, it takes up Spinoza’s ontology from Book 1: On God. Please note that Heinrich Mueller will not be performing at this event.
“If it weren’t for the instant appeal of his music, Gerald Donald’s sprawling discography and penchant for aliases might obscure the fact that he’s been making peerless techno and electro for more than 30 years.” —Pitchfork
PETER BURR: THE CONTINUOUS MONUMENT (video installation) on view 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Peter Burr is an artist from Brooklyn, NY. His practice often engages with tools of the video game industry in the form of immersive cinematic artworks. These pieces have been presented internationally by various institutions including Documenta 14, Athens; MoMA PS1, New York; and The Barbican Centre, London. Previously Burr worked under the alias Hooliganship and founded the video label Cartune Xprez through which he produced hundreds of live multimedia exhibitions and touring programs showcasing a multi- generational group of artists at the forefront of experimental animation. His practice has been recognized through grants and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Capital Grant, and a Sundance New Frontier Fellowship. www.peterburr.org
An infinitely scrolling landscape of construction and collapse, THE CONTINUOUS MONUMENT depicts a self-generating world of disassembled body parts as a site of spectacle. Tourists mingle, stare, and 2 idle within a landscape of scattered oversized limbs in candy-colored variety. The artwork employs a collection of algorithmic systems in the development of this tableaux including crowd simulation, building assembly, and music generation. What emerges is an endlessly expanding vertical landmark in constant limbo. The title pays homage to a 1969 artwork by the experimental architecture group SUPERSTUDIO. Their anti-architectural proposals used grid systems as a way to mediate space, often critiquing the dehumanizing tendencies of urban planning in the modern age.
The Continuous Monument is presented with generous technical support from ZeroSpace, a metaverse studio in Brooklyn. www.zerospace.co
A livestream will be available free of charge at 8pm on the day of the performance and archived for future viewing. Watch below or on YouTube.