Friday, August 8, 2014

New Release: Slipping Control LP on Shelter Press





Slipping Control
by Ben Vida
SP038


Technical
21 tracks
35:37 min
12′ LP / 33 rpm
2014
first edition of 500 copies
color cover + printed inner sleeve + double sided insert 
140gr black vinyl


More Info:
Shelter Press

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Opening: Aug 7th Lisa Cooley Gallery, NYC




Fia Backström
Julien Bismuth
Michael Dean
Ryan Gander
James Hoff
Susan Howe
Christopher Knowles
Sophia Le Fraga
Rick Myers
Research Service
Aram Saroyan
Imogen Stidworthy
Sue Tompkins
Ben Vida
Performances by Fia Backström, Ben Vida, and Research Service (Avi Alpert, Mashinka Firunts, and Danny Snelson) will take place during the course of the exhibition, on the 21st and 28th of August

Lisa Cooley
107 Norfolk Street
New York, New York 10002

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Live Performance: April10th - Live Arts Week lll, Bologna, Italy.







Mette Edvardsen (N/B)
Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine - a library of living books
performance, italian première
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Canedicoda (I)
Processo al Mochi/The size of a green pea
installation, première
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Ken Jacobs/Aki Onda (USA/JP)
Nervous Magic Lantern
expanded cinema, italian première
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Daniel Löwenbrück (D)
Waiting Room
installation, première
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Barokthegreat (I)
Victory Smoke
performance, première
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Aki Onda (USA/JP)
Cassette Spectacle #1  #2  #3
nomadic tape concert, première
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Èlg (F)
Venti storie su una pagina sola
live concert
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Dora Garcia (E)
The Joycean Society
film
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Maria Hassabi (USA/Cipro)
PREMIERE
performance, italian première
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Ben Vida (USA)
Damaged Particulates
live concert, italian première
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Gaëlle Boucand (F)
JJA
film
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Mette Edvardsen (N/B)
No Title
performance, italian première
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Daniel Löwenbrück/Doreen Kutzke (D)
Aktion 140411
sound performance
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MSHR (USA)
Time  Blade~Liquid Hand
sound performance
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Enrico Boccioletti (I)
#AERIAL: The Floating Body in a Distraction Economy
live media, première
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Ben Rivers/Ben Russell (GB/USA)
A Spell to Ward of the Darkness
film
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Marco Berrettini (CH)
iFeel2
performance, italian première
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Porter Ricks (Thomas Köner/Andy Mellwig) (D)
Live
live concert, italian première
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Neil Beloufa (F)
Kempinski
film
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Rashad Becker (Syria/D)
rashad becker plays traditional music of notional species
live concert

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Performance: Unsound NYC - April 6th, 2014




Commissioned for Unsound Festival New York and making its worldwide debut at Phill Niblock’s historic downtown loft space Experimental Intermedia is a new exploration of sub bass called Damaged Particulates (undersong edition), created by one the most prolific sound artists and electronic musicians in New York today: Ben Vida. This unique piece makes use of bass frequencies throughout the space and also on the audience's seat-backs through use of SubPac, a high-fidelity tactile audio system that quietly and directly transfers low frequencies to your body.
Seating is extremely limited, advance tickets are necessary.


Tickets

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Performances: HIVE/Braxton/Vida DUO - Australia






HIVE/Braxton/Vida DUO

January 17th HIVE  @ MONA FOMA Tasmania 
January 18th Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida DUO  @ "Faux Mo" Tasmania 
January 21st HIVE  @ Sydney Opera House
January 22nd Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida DUO  @ Paradiso Terrace Bar  

Performances: Melbourne, Australia






New York based modular synthesizer artist Ben Vida will hit our shores to play with Tyondai Braxton at Sydney Town Hall as part of Sydney Festival 2014. On the heels of this he will head south to play a few special shows for us here in Melbourne including two shows with Australian electronic music legend Ollie Olsen. 

Friday 24th January 
Solo performance
Polyester Records 
Flinders Street
5pm
FREE

Saturday 25th January
Ben Vida and Ollie Olsen (2 shows)
6pm
&
9pm

LongPlay
318 St Georges Road,
North Fitzroy
Tix available on the door.
A night of delicious electronics and transcendental vibes.


Tuesday 28th January
Make It Up Club's 16th Birthday Festivities

Yoann Durant [FR] (Soprano & Alto Saxophones, Tubes) & Robbie Avenaim (Percussion)

Ben Vida [US] (Modular Synth) & Mat Watson (Synthi AKS)

Viv Corringham [UK] (Voice) & Alison Blunt [UK] (Violin)

Kris Wanders (Saxes), Slawek Janicki (Double Bass), Bre
tt Evans (Saxes), Damien Ellis (Drums), Jude Russel (Korg)

https://www.facebook.com/events/198809800307572

Monday, December 2, 2013

Presentation: Dec. 5th, 6th ad 7th - Metal Fatigue Music at NADA Miami



December 5th, 6th and 7th at NADA Miami.  The Previa returns to the Motherland!  Come join Ben and Jeff as they present this new edition of Metal Fatigue Music!!

Info

Friday, November 15, 2013

Performance: Nov. 21st Bloopers #0 presented by Triple Canopy/Performa, NYC



Image courtesy of Bloopers.
Bloopers #0 is the debut of a new performance-based collaboration by Michael Bell-SmithSara Magenheimer, and Ben Vida. As the band Bloopers, they use dance-pop music as a platform to explore the ways in which sound and music operate socially. Their work incorporates videos, props, set pieces, and promotional materials, playfully testing the boundaries of different areas of contemporary culture. Invoking Nam June Paik’s "Global Groove" and Robert Ashley’s "Perfect Lives" through the lens of Internet radio, Bloopers #0 is a multilayered dance party with distractions.

"The wild beauty, cultural richness, spiritual vacancy and ferocious violence of America are explored to compelling effect in virtually every aspect of Bloopers #0—in the title and the cover art, the blues and country borrowings evident in the music," raves Rolling Stone. "Indeed, Bloopers says that 'dismantling the mythology of America' is an important part of Bloopers #0's artistic objective."


Bloopers #0 was commissioned and is presented by Triple Canopy as part of Performa 13, and is hosted at Four81 Broadway by Jack Chiles and Mila Giesler. 
Four81, 481 Broadway, floor 4
November 21, 2013
9:00 p.m. , $5
 


more here: canopycanopycanopy.com

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Performance: Boston Nov. 1st *Non-Event*



Non-Event and WZBC present
BEN VIDA
Damaged Particulates for fixed and live electronics, and Tztztztzt Î Í Í... (video) 2013
ASHLEY PAUL
Pace Of Time with Ben Pritchard, Sakiko Mori, and Laura Cetillia
Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / All ages
$15 general / $12 students with ID at the door
$12.50 general /$10 students with ID
info: NON-EVENT

Performance: OCT 25th Akousma Festival, Montreal, QB.


FRANÇOIS BAYLE (FR) • BEN VIDA (US) • NICK STORRING (CA) • MARTIN BÉDARD (QC) • DAVID ARANGO-VALENCIA (QC) • SCHOEN/CHIOINI (QC) • FÜNF (QC) • BRUNHILD FERRARI (FR) • MONIQUE JEAN (QC) • LOSCIL (CA)  • ADRIAN MOORE (GB) 
Since 2005, the AKOUSMA concert series has been exploring the diveristy of electroacoustic music, as today's composers are also doing in this ever expending musical universe.

AKOUSMA is a place for young local artists as well as a place for well established international composers, and this makes for some stimulating programs.
INFO:  akousma

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Performance/Video Screening: Lampo Event in Chicago




BEN VIDA
SAT OCT 12 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP here
Ben Vida, of Brooklyn, formerly from Chicago, returns to screen a new video piece and premiere a 4-channel electronics work that the artist and traitor made for the occasion. We joke, Ben.
More info here: lampo

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Writing: BOMB Magazine


In the new issue of BOMB Magazine:

ARTISTS ON ARTISTS
Florian Hecker by Ben Vida

MUSIC — JULIA HOLTER 
by Ben Vida

Upon the release of her new album, Loud City Song, the singer and composer on her interests in the poetry of Frank O’Hara, the operas of Robert Ashley, and Colette’s novella Gigi.



Friday, August 30, 2013

Live Performance: Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida Duo at Sacrum Profanum in Krakow






The European debut of Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida electronic duo.



part 1:

Julia Wolfe – Reeling
Florent Ghys – An Open Cage
Christian Marclay – Fade to Slide
Todd Reynolds – Seven Sundays
Bryce Dessner – new work [commission with Edinburg Festival]
Steve Reich – The Cave [commission with Edinburg Festival]

part 2:

Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida [duo set]
Mira Calix – Meeting you seemed easy [feat. Mira Calix]
Michael Gordon – Gene takes a drink
David Lang – Unused Swan
Tyondai Braxton – Casino Trem
Anna Clyne – A Wonderful Day
Nick Zammuto – Real Beauty Turns 
PlaceThe Małopolska Garden of Arts
Time20:00
ArtistsMira Calix
Tyondai Braxton
Ben Vida
Bang on a Can All-Stars


sacrum profanum

Wednesday, June 19, 2013




Sat, June 22, 2013 - 8:00pm
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn



As part of the June PAN_ACT festival, Resident Advisor teams up with ISSUE Project Room and Goethe-Institut New York to present an evening with 2013 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence Ben Vida, London-based sound artist Helm, and composer / Root Strata label founder Jefre Cantu-Ledesma in a performance with his longtime collaborator, filmmaker Paul Clipson.
Ben Vida has worked with artists Siebren Versteeg, Meredyth Sparks, Marina Rosenfeld, Luke Fowler, Hisham Bharoocha, Nadia Hironaka, and Mathew Suib and has played in ensembles led by Tony Conrad, Rhys Chattam, and Werner Dafeldecker. He has performed with with David Behrman, Tyondai Braxton, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer, Chad Taylor, Eli Keszler, Yamatsuka Eye, and C. Spencer Yeh, among many others. He has released over twenty records on such labels as Thrill Jockey, Drag City, PAN, Amish, Bottrop-Boy, Hapna, and Kranky. In 2011 Vida was Composer in Residency at Diapason Space, NYC and at EMS Studios, Stockholm and was awarded a Swedish Arts Committee Travel Grant, ISSUE Project Room Emerging Artists Commission and Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona "Composing with Process" Exclusive Works Commission. 2012 he premiered a new composition for fixed electronics and small ensemble commissioned by the ACM/Palomar Ensemble in Chicago. In the spring of 2013 he was an Artist in Residence at Clocktower, NYC and is a 2013 resident at ISSUE Project Room. Vida’s first solo exhibition, “Slipping Control” opened at Audio Visual Arts Gallery in Manhattan in April 2013. As both a solo artist and in collaboration Vida has presented his work in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South Korea, and Japan.
Helm is a sound artist and experimental musician based in London, working with a vast array of revolving instrumentation and abstract sound sources. Helm's compositions build a dense aural landscape that touches on musique concrete, uncomfortable sound poetry, noise, and hallucinatory drones. His latest LP Cryptography presented a five-part suite of expertly rendered electro-acoustic study which uses processed piano, Casio MT-40, cymbal, and broken guitar strings. Helm creates a world where these instruments morph into spectral rust, a shimmering klang swims alongside passive noise and the relationship between acoustic and electronic derived sounds forms a solid foundation. This sound is steered through a melange of fringe territories: glacial drone meditations, reconfigured gamelan clusters, and howling walls of organized feedback, all coalesced in a post-industrial fashion with a commitment to homemade exploratory zeal. For the past ten years, Helm has also performed extensively in Europe and the US with Steven Warwick as pioneering avant-drone duo Birds of Delay.
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma & Paul Clipson have collaborated for over 10 years on live sound / film performances and installations. Their work is intuitive and focuses on a spontaneous coming together of the two mediums. They have performed nationally and internationally at the New York Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, 25FPS in Zagreb, SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & The San Francisco Exploratorium. They were Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the Spring of 2013.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Event: Sound Spill, NYC


Private View: 7 May 6-8pm, RSVP essential to ny@zabludowiczcollection.com

Exhibition runs 8-26 May 2013

Cory Arcangel, André Avelãs, John Baldessari, Trisha Baga, Michael Bell-Smith, Ben Cain, Peter Coffin, David Raymond Conroy, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Lesley Flanigan, James Hoff, Stephen Sharp and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Lucky Dragons, Oliver Payne, Amalia Pica, Seth Price, Hannah Sawtell, Lorenzo Senni, Ben Vida, Raphaël Zarka


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Sound Spill, a group exhibition curated by Thom O’Nions and Richard Sides, a curator and an artist who have been awarded a curatorial research grant to develop the exhibition after a research period in New York City. Sound Spill will bring together existing works from the Zabludowicz Collection by artists including Fischli/Weiss, Amalia Pica, Seth Price and Raphael Zarka alongside a series of new commissions and other works selected by the curators in the lead up to the exhibition.

Sound Spill is an ongoing project by Thom O’Nions, Richard Sides and Haroon Mirza. This will be its fifth manifestation after versions in the UK at S1, Sheffield; Spike Island, Bristol and Seventeen, London as well as at West in Den Haag, The Netherlands.

This iteration of the project will be divided into two sections, the first on the 7th floor and the second on the 33rd floor of the iconic Manhattan building.

The 7th floor contains a set of prexisiting works, including works from the Zabludowicz Collection, alongside a new commission by Trisha Baga. The interaction of the sound made by each work dictates and structures their arrangement, creating a composition. This model allows for unexpected relationships to be highlighted between works in contrast to a traditional thematic approach to exhibition-making.

For the 33rd floor section of the project the curators have worked with Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S Davidson, incorporating their project Volumes for Sound into the exhibition. Davidson and Dubbin have been invited to produce a new set of speaker sculptures which the curators put forward to a group of 8 artists, asking them to produce a new multichannel sound work that responded to the ideas of the Sound Spill exhibition as well as addressing the particularities of the Volumes for Sound project. New Commissions are being made by: Ben Cain, David Raymond Conroy, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, Lesley Flanigan, James Hoff, Stephen Sharp and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Lucky Dragons, Lorenzo Senni, Ben Vida

The curatorial research grant has enabled O’Nions and Sides to spend time in New York in order to seek artists outside the Zabludowicz Collection for inclusion in the exhibition as well as to extend their independent practice in an important contemporary art capital. Sound Spill will include new commissions made for the Collection’s dramatic Times Square location at 1500 Broadway. The resulting exhibition will extend their research interests in the threshold between art production and exhibition-making. Their research will form the basis for a publication and can
be followed at soundspill.org

Event: Metal Fatigue Music at AVA, NYC




In conjunction with Ben Vida's current show at AVA, we're presenting the second edition of Ben Vida and Jeff DeGolier's Metal Fatigue Music (1992 Toyota Previa). Here are the details:

Sunday, May 5th
2-6pm
at Audio Visual Arts

. . . .

Ben Vida and Jeff DeGolier
Metal Fatigue Music (1992 Toyota Previa), 2012
Site Specific Audio Piece

Toyota Previa will be parked in front of AVA playing the bass tunes. 
You can sit inside of it if you want.

Contributing composers and artists for this edition of Metal Fatigue Music include:

Alexis Georgopoulos & Max Ravitz, Bryan Eubanks, Cory Arcangel, Eric Frye, Holly Herndon, James Hoff, Jefre Cantu, Joshua Abrams, Matteah Baim, New Humans, Pat Noecker, Roc Jiménez de Cisneros (EVOL), Sabisha Friedberg, Stephen Sharp (EVOL), Jared Madere, Zach Layton, Michael Bell-Smith, Sebastien Roux and More!!!!

Mix of works is played every hour on the hour from 2-6pm.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Opening: April 13 - Solo Exhibition at AVA Gallery, Manhattan





Ben Vida
Slipping Control
April 13 – May 12, 2013
Opening: Saturday, April 13, 6-8pm
The four pieces that make up Slipping Control,
the video, book, object and poster, were all
derived from the same source material, the text
piece Tztztztzt Î Í Í….

AUDIO VISUAL ARTS (AVA)

audiovisualarts

New Release: Book and Download from Shelter Press

About the book
The 61 pages that make up the score for Tztztztzt Î Í Í … were interpreted and performed by three vocalists: Ben Vida, Tyondai Braxton, and Sara Magenheimer. Utilizing envelope following, vocoder analysis and trigger sensing the recordings of these performances were analyzed and converted into control sources. These control sources were used to activate analog and digital synthesizing systems and functioned to trigger envelopes and gates, determine pitched materials and act as modulating sources for frequency and amplitude modulation. Though the voice of the performer becomes almost completely obscured through this process, all rhythmic patterns, compositional forms and musical gestures were derived from the vocalist’s performance – the voice remains an intrinsic element of the final synthesized tracks.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Essay/Mix: Interruptions #11







INTERRUPTIONS #11 Playing phenomena as a compositional material
This mix explores how the use of aural phenomena can manifest in its many forms to become the key element in a compositional practice. By engaging in the use of such expanded sonic techniques the composer can act to create a recalibration of the listeners sense of hearing and by so doing, allow for a reconsideration of what constitutes sonic composition.

Link to MACBA

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Performance NYC: Ben Vida/Eli Keszler Duo


Ben Vida Performance
Ben Vida/Eli Keszler Performance


Tue, April 9th, 2013, 6PM - 8PM
By Ben Vida

Composer and sound artist Ben Vida performs at the Clocktower with percussionist Eli Keszler, presenting electronic compositions for digital and analog synthesis that he has developed during his residency.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, 108 Leonard Street, 13th Floor. Bring a photo ID. Confirmed RSVP required toevents@artonair.org. No admittance after 7pm.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Event NYC: March 28th Issue Project Room

Issue Project Room
Ben Vida
Tyondai Braxton
Sara Magenheimer
Michael Bell-Smith


Thu, March 28, 2013 - 8:00pm
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Ben Vida produces electronic compositions that utilize analog and digital synthesizing technologies, with a focus on aural phenomena and sound localization. For the opening performance of his residency at ISSUE Project Room, Vida premieres a new solo composition followed by a talk with artist Michael Bell-Smith, and a new work for trio with Tyondai Braxton and Sara Magenheimer. Vida is well known as the co-founder of the group Town and Country, has produced three records of world musique concrete under the name Bird Show and plays in the band Soft Circle. In collaboration with Greg Davis, he creates cross control voltage integrated improvisations and real time automatic group composition. Most recently has has released projects under his own name on labels such as PAN and Alku.

Program:
Composition for digital and analog synthesis performed by Ben Vida
MiniLecture by Michael Bell-Smith
Composition for Two Voices and Gated Electronics (Tztztztzt Î Í Í ...) performed by Tyondai Braxton, Sara Magenheimer and Ben Vida

Ben Vida has worked with artists Siebren Versteeg, Meredyth Sparks, Marina Rosenfeld, Luke Fowler, Hisham Bharoocha, Nadia Hironaka and Mathew Suib and has played in ensembles led by Tony Conrad, Rhys Chattam, and Werner Dafeldecker. He has performed with with David Behrman, Tyondai Braxton, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer, Chad Taylor, Eli Keszler, Yamatsuka Eye and C. Spencer Yeh among many others. He has released over twenty records on such labels as Thrill Jockey, Drag City, PAN, Amish, Bottrop-Boy, Hapna and Kranky.
In 2011 Vida was Composer in Residency at Diapason Space, NYC and at EMS Studios, Stockholm and was awarded a Swedish Arts Committee Travel Grant, ISSUE Project Room Emerging Artists Commission and Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona "Composing with Process" Exclusive Works Commission. 2012 he premiered a new composition for fixed electronics and small ensemble commissioned by the ACM/Palomar Ensemble in Chicago. In the spring of 2013 he will be an Artist in Residence at Clocktower, NYC and Issue Project Room, Brooklyn and will stage a solo show at Audio Visual Arts Gallery in Manhattan. As both a solo artist and in collaboration Vida has presented his work in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

Tyondai Braxton is an American composer and electronic musician. He studied music composition at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut with Robert Carl, Ingram Marshall and Ken Steen. His music incorporates electronic and modern orchestral elements, creating pieces ranging from solo pieces to music for large orchestra and electronics. Tyondai is also the former frontman of the experimental rock band group Battles.

Sara Magenheimer is an artist and musician based in New York. She was a founding member of the bands Flying and WOOM and currently performs in various projects, including Begonia Palacios Pekinpah, and in Free Paint, a duo with Greg Saunier.

Michael Bell-Smith in an artist and humorist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been exhibited and screened in museums and galleries internationally.

Event NYC: The Kitchen L.A.B. Panel





The Kitchen L.A.B.: Marina Rosenfeld, Aki Sasamoto, Tina Satter, and Ben Vida

On Friday March 29th from 2-7pm, the gallery will be open to the public as Tina Satter and her company Half Straddle hold working rehearsals.

The Kitchen L.A.B
. is a new program devoted to presenting, discussing, and developing interdisciplinary works revolving around themes of common interest to artists in different fields—and, more specifically, considering the meaning and uses of specific words in contemporary art. 

Throughout its 40-year history, The Kitchen has been committed to a spirit of innovation across disciplines and, in this regard, hosts an incredibly diverse audience. And yet this audience today is also surprisingly atomized. To wit, art communities see art, dance communities see dance, music communities see music, and so on. Such disjuncture pervades the contemporary cultural field even while there is an increasing interest among artists in interdisciplinarity. Thus, the same words often carry very different meanings for artists in different fields, and the same maneuvers signify in different ways.

The Kitchen L.A.B.—its acronym stands for "language," "art," bodies"—invites artists to unpack such vocabularies by responding to them both in conversation and artworks, creating hybrid events that will underline not only points of commonality among disciplines but also, as important, real differences.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Release: Ben Vida/Greg Davis "Working Models"





New Ben Vida/Greg Davis Duo record out now on Los Discos Enfantasmes

Info Here!