When we think about migration (as we have been doing all year), we tend to focus on people and creatures, the mobile inhabitants of the planet. But life and motion create products and byproducts: tools, waste, the implements of culture. These are often the things that drive us onward in our migrations. [continue reading…]
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30pm
An Evening of Appropriation and Experimental Animation, with short films by Lillian Schwartz, Toshio Matsumoto, Steve Cossman, LJ Frezza, Douglas Goodwin & Rebecca Baron.
Proteus Gowanus is happy to announce the first screening in the Migration Film & Video Series. This program of shorts includes films from two unique eras: the present and the 1970s. Both time periods were and continue to be turning points in the artistic use of the computer. With appropriated source material like Muybridge’s Running Man photographs, the Mona Lisa, or John Wayne’s peculiar performance as Ghengis Khan, these filmmakers transport visual data from the analog realm to the digital, and vice versa.
Proteus Gowanus is pleased to announce the upcoming Migration Film Series as a monthly feature of the Migration year. This monthly screening series will assemble the best of avant-garde, scientific, and bizarre documentary portraits of the Migrations occurring throughout our universe. It will feature recent and classic work by local and international visual artists. Each evening will be a unique experience featuring 16mm and video in both feature length and short format. The year’s selection will be programmed by Sean Hanley.
Our first screening, on November 1st, will feature Migratory Media: An Evening of Appropriation and Experimental Animation with short films by Lillian Schwartz, Toshio Matsumoto, Steve Cossman, LJ Frezza, Douglas Goodwin & Rebecca Baron.
Proteus Gowanus is pleased to announce a Migration collaboration with The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives. The Museum has loaned us a facsimile excerpt of an archive manuscript by Wallace Goold Levison, written in the early 20th C. for a book (never completed) on the early history of the Brooklyn Institute, the Museum’s predecessor. The notes recount a fascinating account of the Institute’s role in importing the English sparrow to Brooklyn in the 1850’s, a tale who’s outcome is visible to us every time we go outdoors. To see the bibliographic citation that tells more about the manuscript, click here.
As an off-site collaboration with the Migration year at Proteus, the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives has also created a small Migration library of its own books which is on view in the Brooklyn Museum Library Reading Room. [continue reading…]
Thursday, September 29, 7pm
Proteus Gowanus and Reanimation Library are pleased to present three performances with Ami Yamasaki. Yamasaki, whose Feather-Music composition is on display as part of the Migration exhibition at Proteus Gowanus, is a vocalist and multidisciplinary artist from Tokyo, Japan. The evening will begin with ENERGY, a sound meditation by Yamasaki reflecting on the events of 3/11 and 9/11 (the Tokyo earthquake and the attack on the World Trade Center). The second performance, (bird) bird, will be a collaboration between Yamasaki and Deborah Gladstein, experimental movement artist. And the final performance, sound and movement, will be a collaboration between Yamasaki and Mina Nishimura, a New York-based performance artist from Japan. [continue reading…]
You are invited to visit Proteus Gowanus from Sept 6-16, from 12-5 pm to observe the installation of the “Voices-Feather Composition” by Ami Yamasaki. This installation is a project of Reanimation Library and Proteus Gowanus, as part of the Migration exhibition.
Ami, a Tokyo artist and musician, is making a music-feather installation at Proteus by pasting millions of feathers made of torn paper to the walls, following a pattern dictated by the acoustical changes she perceives as she sings. Each feather works as a sound reflector or music instrument, changing the acoustics of the space. She sings, pastes, listens and, as she says, “little by little, the space starts to play its own music.”
During the process, Ami “feels herself completely vanished and becomes to the particles like electrons and neutrons for melting into the feathers and the music of the space. She feels both absence and existence, she feels she can travel everywhere.”
Ami needs paper donations to complete the projects. Please bring clear, white paper if you can. Off white and textured paper also welcome.
Proteus Gowanus is pleased to announce the yearlong theme for 2011/12. For the next nine months, we will examine the many aspects of the word, MIGRATION, employing art, artifacts, books and events as the tools of our investigation. The first exhibition of the year opens with a reception on September 17 and will include the following contributors:
Aileen Bassis, Meredith Bergmann, The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, Lola Bunting, Marie Cieri, Viv Corringham, Dillon de Give, Sarah Lederman, Portia Munson, Lance Rutledge, Randall Stoltzfus, Lorena Turner, and, in partnership with Reanimation Library, Ami Yamasaki.
Posted in News on August 25, 2011 • Tagged aileen bassis, ami yamasaki, dillon de give, lado pochkhua, lola bunting, lorena turner, marie cieri, meredith bergmann, migration, portia munson, randall stoltzfus, sarah lederman, the brooklyn museum libraries and archive, viv corringham