Launch of e-flux journal #144

Launch of e-flux journal #144

The magician Karachi performing the Indian rope trick with his son in 1935. Source: Harry Price, Confessions of a Ghost-Hunter (Putnam, 1936).

Launch of e-flux journal #144
​With Arto Lindsay, Ben Vida and Amy Gernux, Kimberly Alidio, David Grubbs, Michał Libera, and Daniel Muzyczuk

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April 11, 2024, 7pm
172 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us on Thursday, April 11, at 7pm for the launch of e-flux journal #144 (April 2024)—the first issue in a series exploring music as a theoretical practice defying disciplinary boundaries. The issue looks at music’s relationship to words, memories, poetry, and voice, with contributions from Kimberly Alidio, Andrius Arutiunian, Robert Ashley, Alessandro Bosetti, Michał Libera, Daniel Muzyczuk, Alice Notley, and Ben Vida.

The launch event adds a further layer to the rich content of the April issue with a new interpretation of a key piece by Robert Ashley (1930-2014) performed by Arto Lindsay; a composition by Ben Vida played in a duo with Amy Gernux; two poetry readings by Kimberly Alidio and David Grubbs centered around the expressivity of music and word; a screening of a short film by Michał Libera; and a sound projection by a classic figure of electroacoustic montage, Eugeniusz Rudnik (1932-2016). The evening will be introduced by issue guest-editor Daniel Muzyczuk.

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Poetry, Publications, Memory

Kimberly Alidio is the author of four poetry books: Teeter, why letter ellipses, : once teeth bones coral :, and after projects the resound, as well as ROOM TONE (Belladonna* Chaplet #297). Her fifth book of prose poems is forthcoming, and she is currently writing poetic-critical essays on contemporary diasporic art, film, and sound. She writes and teaches on Munsee-Mohican and Lenape lands along the Mahicannituck River, otherwise known as New York’s Hudson Valley.

Amy Gernux is a New York-based performer and artist at the intersection of dance, theater, voice, costume, and makeup design. She works primarily with Faye Driscoll and the feath3r theory (Raja Feather Kelly) and is delighted to have also performed for Jim Findlay and Third Rail Projects.

David Grubbs is Distinguished Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of Good night the pleasure was ours, The Voice in the Headphones, Now that the audience is assembled, and Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (all published by Duke University Press), as well as the collaborative artists’ books Simultaneous Soloists (with Anthony McCall, Pioneer Works Press) and Projectile (with Reto Geiser and John Sparagana, Drag City). As a musician, Grubbs has released fifteen solo albums and appeared on more than 200 releases.

Michał Libera is a sociologist working in the sound and music field since 2003, recently involved mostly in producing and staging sound essays and other experimental forms of radio art and opera, which brought him to collaborate with Martin Küchen, Pete Simonelli, Ralf Meinz, Komuna// Warszawa, Hilary Jeffery, Apartment House, and others. Libera produces the conceptual pop label Populista, dedicated to mis- and over-interpretation of music, as well as a series of reinterpretations of music made at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio (Bôłt Records). He has curated various concerts, festivals and anti-festivals, and music programs for exhibitons, and is a member of the art group called Grupa Budapeszt.

Arto Lindsay is a composer, musician, and artist. He has collaborated with visual and musical artists including Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Matthew Barney, Caetano Veloso, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. He lives in Rio de Janeiro.

Daniel Muzyczuk is the chief curator at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland. He has curated numerous projects, including “Through the Soundproof Curtain: The Polish Radio Experimental Studio” (with Michał Mendyk), ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2019; “Tobias Zielony: Dark Data” (with Kathleen Rahn), Marta Herford, 2022; and “Citizens of the Cosmos: Anton Vidokle with Veronika Hapchenko, Fedir Tetyanych and the Collection of the International Cosmist Institute,” Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2022. Muzyczuk also served as cocurator of a Konrad Smoleński exhibition for the Polish Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013 (with Agnieszka Pindera). His upcoming book is entitled Twilight of the Magicians (Spector Books).

Ben Vida is a composer, improviser, writer, and artist. His practice encompasses works for voice and ensemble, musique concrète, text-based compositions, and electro-acoustic improvisation. In the mid-1990s he was involved in Chicago’s multi-faceted experimental music scene, co-founding the quartet Town & Country. In the mid-2000s he relocated to New York and began producing electronic and systems-based compositions that focused on psychoacoustics and advanced synthesis techniques, releasing records on Shelter Press and PAN. He also began exhibiting artworks in various media including video, text drawing, and sound installation. Since 2013, he has been composing pieces that combine his interests in group vocalization, durational performance, and typographical scores. He teaches in the Sonic Arts MFA at Brooklyn College.

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