MEDIA SHAMANISM Films & Poetry of Ira Cohen

Wednesday, September 24

 

MEDIA SHAMANISM

Films & Poetry of Ira Cohen

EV Associate Curator, Carl Hanni guides us through the life and work of poet, photographer, filmmaker, publisher and legendary shaman/bohemian Ira Cohen. Ira Cohen lived and created a singular body of work in New York City, Tangier and Katmandu from the 1960s until his death in 2011. His contemporaries included William S. Burroughs, Angus MacLise (Velvet Underground), Gerard Malanga, Charles Henri Ford and Paul Bowles. EV will screen Cohen’s transcendent The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda and Kings With Straw Mats. In Kings With Straw Mats, Ira Cohen is both participant and observer to an extraordinary parade of people on pilgrimage into the heart of one of India’s greatest sacred celebrations, the Kumbh Mela. With the eye of a filmmaker and the voice of a poet, Cohen introduces an array of holy men as they gather for the event, which occurs only once every 12 years.

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Wed 9/24
MEDIA SHAMANISM Films & Poetry of Ira Cohen

EV Associate Curator, Carl Hanni guides us through the life and work of poet, photographer, filmmaker, publisher and legendary shaman/bohemian Ira Cohen. Ira Cohen lived and created a singular body of work in New York City, Tangier and Katmandu from the 1960s until his death in 2011. His contemporaries included William S. Burroughs, Angus MacLise (Velvet Underground), Gerard Malanga, Charles Henri Ford and Paul Bowles. EV will screen Cohen’s transcendent The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda and Kings With Straw Mats. In Kings With Straw Mats, Ira Cohen is both participant and observer to an extraordinary parade of people on pilgrimage into the heart of one of India’s greatest sacred celebrations, the Kumbh Mela. With the eye of a filmmaker and the voice of a poet, Cohen introduces an array of holy men as they gather for the event, which occurs only once every 12 years.

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Wed 9/17
SK8 or Die & Paranoid Park

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Jocko Weyland presents a selection of rad skateboarding videos with a live improv-accompaniment by shredder JLownsbury & friends. Tonight’s second act is Gus Van Sant’s underappreciated skater feature, Paranoid Park. In this film, an unsolved murder at Portland’s infamous Paranoid Park skate park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but the consequences of his own actions. One of the most darkly intense films of Gus Van Sant’s fascinating career.

BLACK TO THE FUTURE: Afrofuturism

Tonight, we celebrate Black History Month through Afrofuturism, a strain of late 20th century pop music and culture pioneered by artists like Sun Ra, George Clinton and Lee (Scratch) Perry, which drew on sci-fi, electronic instruments and experiences of racial marginalization to forge a unique aesthetic. We premiere The Australian Collective, Soda_Jerk’s amazing mix-up suite, Astro Black which samples everything from Star Trek to Public Enemy to The Matrix. Also, John Akomfarh’s rarely seen futuristic essay, The Last Angel of History which explores the relationship between pan-African culture, inter-galactic travel, computer technology (Detroit Techno), DJ Spooky and Ishmael Reed. Come early for a 16mm walk-in reel of the 1970’s Black Music in America!!

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Sat 2/22
BLACK TO THE FUTURE: Afrofuturism

SAT. 2/22 @7:30

Tonight, we celebrate Black History Month through Afrofuturism, a strain of late 20th century pop music and culture pioneered by artists like Sun Ra, George Clinton and Lee (Scratch) Perry, which drew on sci-fi, electronic instruments and experiences of racial marginalization to forge a unique aesthetic. We premiere The Australian Collective, Soda_Jerk’s amazing mix-up suite, Astro Black which samples everything from Star Trek to Public Enemy to The Matrix. Also, John Akomfarh’s rarely seen futuristic essay, The Last Angel of History which explores the relationship between pan-African culture, inter-galactic travel, computer technology (Detroit Techno), DJ Spooky and Ishmael Reed. Come early for a 16mm walk-in reel of the 1970’s Black Music in America!!

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EV SOUND SALON SERIES <))) BILL DIETZ’S tutorial pieces

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Over the past 10 years, Berlin based composer Bill Dietz’s work has explored the everyday use and performance of listening. For Exploding View, he will present a new text-based work modulating the relationship between audience and space at the threshold of audibility. At once an acoustic survey of the gallery and its surroundings, the work is also an experiment in audible intimacy.
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Sat 12/21
Berlin composer
BILL DIETZ’S “Tutorial Pieces”

 

EV SOUND SALON SERIES <)))

(artist in person)
Over the past 10 years, Berlin based composer Bill Dietz’s work has explored the everyday use and performance of listening. For Exploding View, he will present a new text-based work modulating the relationship between audience and space at the threshold of audibility. At once an acoustic survey of the gallery and its surroundings, the work is also an experiment in audible intimacy.

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Friday 11/15
“Sound-Worlds” new works by Christopher Jette

SPECIAL TIME 8PM -FREE!

“Sound-Worlds,” a presentation of two new works by Christopher Jette.

Twyping (C. Jette)

Twyping is an electronic composition that sonifies a stream of tweets, creating a sound-world based on the performative act of typing.

v->t->d (C. Jette and K. Thomas)

v->t->d is a two part composition for saxophone/laptop (part 1) and saxophone/guitar/drums (part 2). The two halves of the piece use the same material in order to create different sound-worlds. Kelland Thomas, saxophone; Angus Forbes, drums; Matt Mitchell, guitar. The piece will also feature live video processing by Javier Villegas and Angus Forbes.

Christopher Jette is a composer and new media artist living in the SF Bay Area. His compositions, both electronic and acoustic, investigate the intersection of humanity and modern technology. More information about his work can be found at www.cj.lovelyweather.com.

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