The third edition of the audiovisual festival organized by PAF (almost regularly) in New York City will take place at Thursday, Nov 10th – this year in Brooklyn.
The New York edition of PAF will be an evening of several audio visual installations and performances, utilizing the architecture of Pioneer Works as a platform for site specific interactions.
A group of more than ten international artists will participate in this ‘exhibition laboratory’ exploring the interconnection of electronic music with the moving image through the process of live coding, light installations and the amplification of a mechanical knitting machine. The installations in the space will continually evolve through images, sounds and physical climbing interventions transforming the initial static layout of the exhibition to change and adapt throughout the program.
PAF was established in 2000 and is a Czech platform for moving image, animation and contemporary art. PAF organizes yearlong dramaturgical and production activities, curatorial exhibitions, projections and workshops, and publishes books within its own Edition PAF. Its main output is PAF—Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art held annually in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and whose 15th edition takes place from 1st to 4th of December 2016.
Artists participating in the project:
Alexander Campaz, Carpets Curtains (Filip Cenek & Ivan Palacký), Micah Hesse, Vojtěch Fröhlich, Jonathan Monaghan, Plain (Pjoni, Jan Šicko), Roj (Martin Blažíček, Jáchym Pešek, Kryštof Pešek, Alexandra Timpau), Yoshi Sodeoka, Zuzana Žabková
Installations and projections (6:30–8 pm)
Micah Hesse #moving_image; #projection
Micah Hesse is based in New York City and graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art in 2013. Recent group exhibitions: On Item #8 at Agnes Maybach, Cologne; A Thousand Friends (Part 2), New Jörg, Vienna; The Kids Want Communism at Museum of Bat Yam (MoBY), Tel Aviv; Lobbyless at Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin. Factory Fetish at West Space, Melbourne. Recent screenings at: The Drawing Centre, New York; Kimberly-Klark, New York; Driveway 327, Los Angeles.
Jonathan Monaghan #projection; #animation
Jonathan Monaghan is an American artist who creates sculptures, prints and animated video installations that push the boundaries between the real, the imagined, and the virtual. Drawn from such wide-ranging sources such as science fiction and baroque architecture, his work evokes collective fears, desires and anxieties. Jonathan received his BFA from the New York Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the University of Maryland in 2011. His work has been exhibited internationally, including the Sundance Film Festival, the BFI Southbank in London.
Yoshi Sodeoka #projection; #animation
Yoshi Sodeoka is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from Yokohama, Japan, who’s lived in New York for more than two decades. Sodeoka’s neo-psychedelic work with video, GIFs and print simultaneously inhabits the world of fine art, music (he’s collaborated with bands like Psychic TV, Tame Impala, Yeasayer, Beck, The Presets), publications (creating art prints for New York Times, Wired Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Entertainment Weekly), and advertising (developing projects with brands like Apple and Nike). Sodeoka’s work has been shown all over the world, from Centre Pompidou, Tate Britain, Museum of Modern Art, Deitch Projects, La Gaîté lyrique, Channel 4 Random Acts UK, Baltimore Museum of Art, OneDotZero, Sonar Festival, Transmediale, Whitney Museum of America's Art Artport. Sodeoka’s experimental video art collective, Undervolt & Co, was founded in 2013.
Alexander Campaz is a product developer, artist and designer based in New York City. He graduated from the Cooper Union of Science and Art (2000-2005). With an eclectic background in the arts and design Alexander Campaz currently leads the product development lab of NYC Factory, a vertically integrated sewing studio in the garment district of NYC. Currently focused on evolving the integration of functional design, technology and fashion.
Infinity+1/LUX explores the seminal work Occulta Philosophia by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. In this influential text Agrippa illustrates the virtues of the 7 order squares that describe the astrological planets. Using laser etch technology and traditional means of sewing, Alexander Campaz creates garments that are informed by each of the ordered squares and in the process traces the history and evolution of the magical constant in these ever more complex mathematical structures.
Performances (7–11 pm)
Vojtěch Fröhlich #performance; #installation
Vojtěch Fröhlich graduated from FAMU in Prague and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He works in the media of photography, video, installation and live action. He puts his body and mind in difficult situations, frequently coping with the very architecture of the gallery space, literally as well as symbolically, and often doing outdoor activities such as climbing and parachuting. Fröhlich has participated in a range of exhibitions in the European context and was a finalist in the Berlin’s Szpilman Award in 2013 and the Chalupecký Award in 2015.
Zuzana Žabková #performance
Zuzana Žabková born in Slovakia now based in Germany is an artist, dancer and choreographer working in the frame of performance, video and installation. She is a 2016 danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz in Vienna under the mentorship of Tino Sehgal, a recipient of a 2016 artist-in-residence in Triangle Arts Association, New York. She is the 2013 winner for an Essl Art Award for Slovakia within the VIG special invitation award and shortlisted for the Oscar Cepan Award 2013 (YVAA). Currently she is following a M.A. program Choreography and performance in Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, Germany under the mentorship of Philosopher Bojana Kunst.
Live AV (8–11 pm)
Carpets Curtains #live_AV; #projection; #electroacoustic_music
A live performance of sound experimentation with improvised images succession accompaniment. A pure sonic/image situation characterized by a volatile atmosphere and broken rhythms. Collaboration between Ivan Palacký, a soundlover, and Filip Cenek, a visual artist. Ivan manipulates micro-samples of field recordings and builds them up, adding unstable sounds from various objects sampled on stage. To this, Filip replies with improvised visual memory re-edits, in which the emphasis is on ambiguous narration, whilst VJ software errors are used to reach new amoebic image qualities.
Plain #live_AV; #electronic_music; #light; #installation
Plain is an electroacoustic spatial landscape created in real time by Jonatán Pastirčák and Ján Šicko. The viewer becomes a part of the scene, which can be actively perceived from different perspectives. The image is created by minimalistic and abstract elements. The emphasis is on the consideration of light in space and experimenting with peripheral perception. The sound composition consists of fragments, unconventional acoustic material and sampling, which creates ambient and rhythmical sequences in contrast with the raw digital sounds. Image and sound, the cornerstones of the arising landscape, take up various relative positions in time.
Roj's audiovisual performance is based on the group’s practice (Martin Blažíček, Jáchym Pešek, Kryštof Pešek, Alexandra Timpau) of using code in order to synthesize sound and image. The structure of the performance relies on improvisation, layering prepared definitions and autonomous visuals. The space will be populated by projections that distort the rhythm of the original structure, supported by algorithmically created sound.
PAF NEW YORK 2016
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn
New York, USA
Nov 10th 2016
Doors 6:30 PM
Admission free, RSVP Required
Curated by: PAF
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Support & Thanks: Czech Ministry of Culture, Czech Centre New York, Pioneer Works, Alexander Campaz