Temporary Roadmaps: Alembic Series of Artist Curated Events at PWNW
Under the auspices of Performance Works NW Alembic series, Karl Lind has curated a selection of brand new and revisited works from three daring experimental video performance artists. What will happen and where will we go? We'll find out as Karl puts our faithful expeditioners Ed Mellnik, Stephanie Simek and Adam Keller in charge of our journey.
1) The Moment, A poem for three voices by Toby Lurie will be performed in live and video space.
2) The Door - a short video art work by Ed Mellnik
3) Subjective Space- Third Movement ---a short video art work by Ed Mellnik
Music by Roger Luther.
4) Excepts from "The Other Side of the Echo"--- a work in progress by Ed Mellnik
This work involves both live actors and projected video. Music by Mother Mallards Portable Masterpiece Company
In 1973 Ed earned his BA from the State University of NY at Buffalo. From 1974 to the present, Video Artist Ed Mellnik has been on the cutting edge of electronic art. He has won numerous awards for his short works as well as having them shown around the world in museums and alternative spaces.
He has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and is an Oregon Arts Commission Fellow.
Several of his short works have been broadcast on stations KQED in San Francisco and has had several programs aired on The Discovery Channel.
Ed Mellnik is well known for his interactive and sculptural gallery installations. He has taught computer animation at the NW Film Center, been an artist in residence in many Oregon Schools. Since 1985 he has been the owner and creative director of EMA Video Productions, Inc. where he produces animation, TV commercials and Corporate marketing and training videos for NW companies.
Statement for Brea(d)th:
It's sad that the air is the only
thing we share.
No matter how close we get to each other,
there is always air between us.
It's also nice that we share the air.
No matter how far apart we are,
the air links us.
Drawing from the poem "Air Talk" by Yoko Ono (which later became a song on her Approximately Infinite Universe album in 1973), this performance connects participants in various cities around the world in a real-time experience of global community. Brea(d)th uses webcams positioned at the sky from these different locations, with each member reciting a dissected part of the poem, causing the fragments of speech to converge, disengage, and layer when broadcast together
Lately I've been thinking about the powers that every individual has and what would happen if everyone decided to use them. If each person inspires another to stretch his or her mind, imagine what we all could do! If you're reading this, then we probably share some things in common. Isn't that nice? You can find me in Portland, Oregon, USA or through the internet at Stephanie@StephanieSimek.com.
An ArcEnabled Performance
Part ritual, part laser light show, Adam Keller debuts a performance based on a video installation he recently created for Portland's PDXFest in May. Thousands of strings hanging from above form a canopy of colored lights, and are accompanied by sound collage and vocal performance. This piece follows an arc from the quiet hum of nighttime rainfall to a fully enabled state of awareness, where anything is possible, and all choices present themselves at once.
About the curator:
KARL LIND is a filmmaker, videographer and the curator of the ODDS AND ENDS screening series.
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