a night of stand-up, short plays, video, music, dance and whatever!
Video by the team Thom/Karl/Jared/Scott!
With DJs Emilio Airhorn and Kurt Life!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Doors 8pm / Comedy 8:30 – 10:00 / Dance Party 10:01 – ?
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave.
join the facebook event HERE!
SLOW FM is a temporary 12-hour pirate radio and online webcasted microstation dedicated to SLOW music, broadcasted live September 24, 2013 10am-10pm EST and existing as an online archive afterward. SLOW FM will be broadcast live from Christchurch Neighborhood House at 20 N. American Street, 4th floor. Philadelphia, PA 19106. Visitors are welcome to visit the station and performance hall. Music will be DJed and performed live throughout the broadcast.
Beginning in the mid 80s, the slow food movement began in Italy and over time grew a rabid following worldwide that continues to this day. Starting in the early 90s, a subgenre of southern hip hop called screw was formed, where vinyl albums were played and re-recorded 20-30% slower, sometimes with added beats, introductions and other effects. This subgenre bubbled beneath the surface for over a decade, and took off in the mid-2000s as the phenomenon of chopped and screwed music was applied to hip hop mixtapes. Increasingly in the past 5 years, experimental musicians have begun to mine this technique to combine hip hop, electronic, ambient/noise and other experimental music. SLOW FM has commissioned artists internationally to create new slowed-down compositions as well as will broadcast the full gamut of slow music from ambient, dub, drone, contemporary classical, dance music, hip hop and cross-genre music. Artists included: Tim Hecker, Lawrence English, Aaron Roche, Greg Fox, Cars Will Burn, Yung Pharoah, Thin Gaze, Selfies, Lil ‘Merica, Ulalume, Chattr, Eartheater, and Indridi Ingolffson. Additional works will be DJed live and slow by Fade Sunshine and Jacob Herschel. The entire broadcast will be considered a 12-hour slow music performance. Curator/DJ/Selector: Lee Tusman. Funded by Pew Center For Arts and Heritage: New Spaces / New Formats.
The show Comedy Dreamz hosted by Space 1026er Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Sweatheart front woman Rose Luardo gets a mention in The Village Voice’s Cheap Laughs: The Best (Mostly Free) Indie And Alt Comedy This Week. Read all about it HERE!
On the website THE WORLD’S BEST EVER, every Friday, a new comic by Andrew Jeffrey Wright. See the first one HERE!
wild abstract cassette releases from member Lance Simmons newish label
every tape an object
every sound a portal
September 25, 2013 - 8pm
THE LEGEND OF COOL “DISCO” DAN
SEPTEMBER 12 | PHILADELPHIA, PA
THE RITZ EAST
Free Screening with RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fight Well Against the Future is a new series of collage-based drawings and sculptural assemblage that imagine an encounter between past and present attitudes towards the future, nature and civilization. These works on paper are constructed through a manual cut and paste technique and combine digital prints culled from images of Mesoamerican architectural ruins, gilded ink drawings of parked cars, and hand-rendered surfaces evoking landscapes of blacktop, night sky, swimming pools and ethereal forests. The sculptural pieces are three-dimensional collages that extend this narrative into space by placing the viewer in an abstracted relationship with the landscapes depicted.
Trained as a printmaker and book artist, Katie Murken creates site-specific installations that position her hand-made objects, books and drawings in relationship to diverse environments and audiences. This exhibition follows upon Murken’s installation Continua, in which phone books were used as the modular unit to explore the color spectrum in three-dimensions through a game of harmony, chance and probability. Though divergent from Continua in media and voice, Fight Well Against the Future also hinges on a chance encounter between images that creates an edge where a precise set of meanings can be explored. In this case, the two sets of images are parked cars and ancient Mesoamerican architectural ruins. The encounter happened in a sketchbook that Murken carried on a trip in 2009 to south-central Mexico and later to Colorado. A quick contour sketch of car parked outside a hotel room in Denver ended up in a book of drawings of Monte Alban and Mitla and thus a dialogue was started.
In Fight Well Against the Future the cars, rendered by hand in India ink and gold leaf, are drawn from photos of parking lots taken throughout the city of Philadelphia. Gathered as if in waiting for some unknown spectacle and reflecting the light from some unseen sun, the car colonies perch amongst and upon various architectural follies constructed from black and white photographic reproductions of ancient ruins. While each element exerts an inherent geometry – one based in the impromptu architectures of consumption, the other in the studied observance of astronomical phenomena—the cars and the ruins merge to describe a fantastical and futuristic narrative setting where tourists scan their environment and their historical past for traces of purpose and meaning. The encounter is set in a vast yet reductive landscape depicted through the confrontation of edges – the edge between night and day, manmade and natural, earth and sky.
Murken describes the concept for the series as being serendipitous, but several themes emerged and replayed as she developed the work. The exhibition title, Fight Well Against the Future, derives from Loren Eiseley’s book The Invisible Pyramid, a text that Murken has referred to frequently in her practice. Published in 1970 by a literary naturalist, the series of essays explores “man’s contradictory role upon the stage of life” his simultaneous impulses to fight the inevitable future through technological and scientific developments and to embrace the green world which continues to act as his sacred center. Murken’s cars reflect this conundrum, a future-oriented society confronting its origins in the natural world.
The concept that our relationship to nature and to our history is mediated by culture and technology in particular, was reinforced when Murken received a hoax email with the subject “Mars Spectacular.”
Attached to the email was a PowerPoint slideshow announcing that “this month and next , Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.” On the evening of August 27th Mars would look as large as the full moon to the naked eye! The document was full of convincing facts and proclamations about this amazing event, but a little research revealed it to be total exaggeration. But why? Why would anyone care enough to construct this farce in order to trick people into leaving their computer screens in search of something that wasn’t going to happen.
It is this contradictory impulse that Murken explores in her series, Fight Well Against the Future. The large-scale collage works and small sculptural assemblages combine to create the narrative of a technological civilization in search of itself. Stylistically, the works have a blasé and generic sensibility. The cars, the architecture, the sky, the land and the water are flat as flat can be. The car windows are blackened to conceal any trace of human life. Yet each element is lovingly hand-crafted to create luscious surfaces that speak of our intimate attachment to the world we live in.
Available for sale throughout the exhibition is a limited edition print published by Chronic Town Press. The print is Intaglio-type with Screen Print in an edition of 25. Justin Myer Staller has been publishing prints for the last 3 years and his goal is to introduce printmakers and working artists to contemporary “non-toxic” printmaking techniques and create new editions that showcase both the artist’s and mediums strengths.
For images or interviews, please contact Katie Murken at email@example.com. 814-321-2506.
1241 Carpenter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. www.katiemurken.com
Fight Well Against the Future. Space 1026, 1026 Arch Street, 2nd Floor. Philadelphia, PA 19107. September 6 – 28, 2013. Opening reception September 6th, 7-10pm. www.space1026.com
NEW WORK FROM KATIE MURKEN
FIRST FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 7-10 PM!!!