Feb 272014
 

 

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Chicago new media artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom will be in Nashville today through March 3rd for a Watkins College visiting artist series. On Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m., Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers is bringing them to Noa Noa for a NO MEDIA show.

NO MEDIA is, as its website states, “an open improvisational realtime/performance media art event.” By “open,” they mean ANYONE can participate, including you. All types of expression are welcome, including music making, acting, dance, singing, visual art, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, etc.

Here’s how it works. When you arrive, you put your name in a hat. The hosts then draw three names. If your name is called, you have two minutes to prepare. Then you perform for 10 minutes with your two randomly-chosen collaborators. This is repeated until all the names are drawn. No documentation is allowed. It happens once and in realtime.

What makes this particular NO MEDIA event special is the fact that NO MEDIA co-creator Nick Briz will be performing alongside the locals.

If you use Facebook, you can find out more on the Facebook event page. If you’re interested in performing, contact Morgan at mhigbyflowers@gmail.com.

This is part of RipZipRarLANd, a four-day series sponsored by Watkins College featuring Briz and Satrom. The series also features lectures, workshops and a gallery opening. Check out the full schedule on the RipZipRarLANd Facebook event page.

NO MEDIA
Friday, February 28th, 7:30 p.m., free
@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

BYOB. Park in driveway or surrounding business lots.

Cat GIF by Morgan Higby-Flowers.

Feb 182014
 

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Chicago new media artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom will be in Nashville February 28th through March 3rd for a Watkins College visiting artist series. While they’re in town, Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers is curating two off-campus shows featuring the artists. And he’s looking for collaborators.

The first show is a NO MEDIA event on Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. here at Theatre Intangible headquarters aka Noa Noa house. NO MEDIA is, as its website states, “an open improvisational realtime/performance media art event.” By “open,” they mean ANYONE can participate, including you. All types of expression are welcome, including music making, acting, dance, singing, visual art, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, etc.

Here’s how it works. When you arrive, you put your name in a hat. The hosts then draw three names. If your name is called, you have two minutes to prepare. Then you perform for 10 minutes with your two randomly-chosen collaborators. This is repeated until all the names are drawn. No documentation is allowed. It happens once and in realtime.

What makes this particular NO MEDIA event special is the fact that NO MEDIA co-creator Nick Briz will be performing alongside the locals. If you use Facebook, you can find out more on the Facebook event page. If you’re interested in performing, contact Morgan at mhigbyflowers@gmail.com.

The second show is glitch media show happening at the Track One warehouse during the March 1st Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston. At 9 p.m. the warehouse will transform into a massive multimedia experience. The show will explore digital culture, glitch art, hacking, remix culture, and experimental new media. Morgan is seeking Nashville electronic and experimental musicians and video-makers to perform. Here’s the Facebook event page. If you’re interested in performing, contact Morgan at mhigbyflowers@gmail.com. Make sure you specify which event you’re applying for.

Incidentally, there’s another great event happening earlier that night in the same space. From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Carl Oliver will perform a longform modular synth improv. What makes this especially cool is that he will be performing in the center of a HUGE empty warehouse. The natural reverb is going to be out of this world. I’ll write more about this closer to the date, but in the meantime, check out the Facebook event page.

The two Nick Briz / Jon Satrom events are part of RipZipRarLANd, a four-day series sponsored by Watkins College. The series also features lectures, workshops and a gallery opening. Check out the full schedule on, you guessed it, the Facebook event page.

Jon Satrom undermines interfaces, problematizes presets, and bends data. He spends his days fixing things and making things work. He spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits.

Nick Briz is a new-media artist, educator and organizer whose work has been shown internationally at festivals and institutions and is openly and freely available on the web.

RipZipRARLANd is a utopic local area network inspired by experimental new-media art, located in Middle Tennessee, EVERYWHERE (192.168.0.x). A time-space constructed of old new-media memories floating within–once free/open–networks and contemporary ethics of openness and sharing.

As [users/artists] we consider ourselves [creators/producers], however, in the eyes of contemporary (networked) corporations, we are the product being sold for billions of dollars. These wide-spread software-as-service models don’t trade in their technology as much as they trade in humans. SoftwARE iz Humans…

RipZipRARLANd’s piratical inhabitants employ messy and dirty experimental processes. Their digital practices have grown out of the infinite copy-ability of data and inevitable decay of digital media. They hack, reclaim, remix and share in an effort to promote and preserve a genre/medium/culture.

Come celebrate experimental new-media art, glitch art, GIF culture, piratical practices, and creative problem creating.

NO MEDIA
Friday, February 28th, 7:30 p.m., free
@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

LightJazz
Saturday, March 1st, 9 p.m., free
@ Track One during Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston
410 Chestnut Street, Nashville, TN 37203

Sep 052013
 

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There are two great art happenings tonight, and it’s killing me that I can’t attend both.

The first is a Watkins opening reception for two of its new faculty members, Fine Art chair Kristi Hargrove and Fine Art assistant professor Morgan Higby-Flowers. The show “Monsters, Prophets, Sinners & Tourists” is open tonight from 5:30pm to 8pm.

According to the Watkins event page, Hargrove will “present a collection of work across disciplines, from the series ‘Playing with the Pause.’ Her studio practice is primarily drawing, but includes investigations into other media such as photography, sculpture and installation.” Higby-Flowers, who has performed at Noa Noa, Boheme Collectif, and the Wedgewood/Houston ON/OFF exhibit, is “exhibiting a single channel video entitled ‘Timonds are [not] Forever,’ captured in realtime via a self-contained analog system using a Sandin Image Processor, video mixer, camera and CRT television.”

As a part of the Clarksville First Thursday Downtown Art Walk, Austin Peay professor Josh Gumiela is presenting a NO MEDIA event.

The concept:

Participating artists are randomly matched in sets of 3 && given 10mins to perform. NO MEDIA aims to bring together artists from a broad range of performable disciplines (poets + dancers + expanded cinemaistas + free jazzers + audio/video noise makers + etc) to challenge the conventions of their practice by responding in realtime to artists from other disciplines.

The Rules:

No Media At The Beginning!
[NO preparation is allowed. Bring your tools, devices, instruments, props, etc., but you’ve got to start with a blank slate. NO time will be allotted for ‘setup’. There will be a 2min turn around time where you can carry your stuff up and meet your collaborators]

No Media At The End!
[NO documentation allowed. It happens once && in realtime.]

Today Josh sent out the final details for the show, which I am including below. He’s appeared on several Theatre Intangible episodes and has exhibited work at Future Night, The Circuit Benders’ Ball, and the Wedgewood/Houston ON/OFF exhibit.

I’ll be performing at tonight’s NO MEDIA event, armed with an SK-1 keyboard. It should be a blast!

The when and where:Thu Sept 5, 6pm – 8pm

Please arrive by 6pm in order to be entered into the pool of performers.

124 Strawberry Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040

(map: http://goo.gl/maps/H2546)

The Rules:

This is important. Be sure you review the rules of the event before you arrive, they will be strictly enforced: http://no-media.tumblr.com/

The Equipment:

There will be a PA, mixer, and one video projector available. We will also have power outlets available near the performance area. That’s it. Bring all cables/wires/misc. tech required for your performance. 

The Performers:

You! And anyone else you can bring along to participate. We need as many performers as possible in order for this to be a success. Absolutely anyone is welcome. This is a safe place to take risks and experiment. No documentation is allowed so there’s no worry that your performance will be captured on YouTube or Facebook for all of eternity. Assume that most, if not all of us, will fail in epic fashion. And that’s totally okay. Actually, it’s kinda the point.

Cheers,
-Josh
Aug 252013
 

 

 

Professors Morgan Higby-Flowers and Josh Gumiela are organizing a NO MEDIA event for the Clarksville First Thursday Art Walk, and they’re seeking participants. The event is presented by the Austin Peay State University Department of Art. Morgan is a former APSU professor who currently teaches at Watkins University. Josh is a professor in the APSU Department of Art. Check out the APSU press release.

NO MEDIA is an open improvisational realtime/performance media art event conceptualized by Jason SolidayNick Briz and Jeff Kolar.

The concept:

Participating artists are randomly matched in sets of 3 && given 10mins to perform. NO MEDIA aims to bring together artists from a broad range of performable disciplines (poets + dancers + expanded cinemaistas + free jazzers + audio/video noise makers + etc) to challenge the conventions of their practice by responding in realtime to artists from other disciplines.

The Rules:

No Media At The Beginning!
[NO preparation is allowed. Bring your tools, devices, instruments, props, etc., but you’ve got to start with a blank slate. NO time will be allotted for ‘setup’. There will be a 2min turn around time where you can carry your stuff up and meet your collaborators]

No Media At The End!
[NO documentation allowed. It happens once && in realtime.]

The event happens Thursday, September 5th from 6-8pm.  The venue address is:124 Strawberry Alley Clarksville, TN 37040.

If you’re interested in participating, contact Josh Gumiela at joshgumiela@gmail.com.