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beallbellamy (TS Beall & Mary Bellamy): Light Blind

Brooklyn Fire Proof (Richardson)
101 Richardson Street, between Leonard St. and Meeker Ave., 718-302-4702
April 22 - May 21, 2006
Reception: Saturday, April 22, 6 - 8 PM
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Light Blind is designed to be experienced with the viewer’s peripheral vision. Using minimal, over-exposed imagery of vacant arenas and equitation competitions, beallbellamy play with notions of vision and perception by exploring the relationship between peripheral sounds and images.

Using large-scale projections and multiple audio channels, light blind creates a sense of dislocation. The camera seeks to identify a subject, but consistently fails to do so. beallbellamy are interested in how little our eye needs to `hold an image’ and how much our mind can fill in. The installation creates a soundscape that inhabits a realm on the edge of perception: often quiet, high-pitched or indistinct, it explores sounds that are spatially unsettled.

Light Blind related performance series:

Saturday April, 22, 2006 : 8 pm : FREE (following the light blind opening reception) Giles Bailey, Paternal audio and primate behaviour: summer 1976 – summer 2005 Glasgow-based Giles Bailey presents a performance lecture examining a physical and emotional relationship to perceiving sound. Paternal audio and primate behaviour explores a fragile, formal language of education as it slips into venerability interweaving anecdotes, video and collapsing demonstrations. Bailey will also be the BFP Off-Site Studio Residency Recipient for May 2006.

Baldvin Ringsted, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have A Dream Speech, for solo cello performed by Loren Dempster, cello Baldvin Ringsted has transposed an audio recording of Dr. King’s speech into a musical score for solo cello, incorporating elements such applause as new symbols in musical notation. This piece is first in a series of transposed recordings that include speeches by Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler and George W. Bush. Ringsted, from Iceland, is currently attending the graduate program at the Glasgow School of Art.

Thursday, April 27, 2006 : 8 pm : FREE Rachel Mason, Model Anthem, 2004, performed by Eve Orenstein, mezzo-soprano Model Anthem is a hybrid of 193 national anthems. A computer program based on the probability of word order generated the lyrics from their English translations and a composer created the score by utilizing the most common elements from their scores. Mason is a New York-based artist and lately can be found as a contributor to Topic 9: Music. This presentation is co-sponsored by TOPIC magazine in association with this issue.

Friday, April 28, 2006 : 12 noon – 12 midnight : FREE Therefore Therefore is an exploratory sound art duo that incorporates elements of punk, progressive economics, and sonic graffiti to analyze the production and distribution of goods and services of art and music in its various guises. This final 12-hour performance marks the conclusion of nine years of truly unconventional collaboration between group members Michael Kaufmann and Wayne S. Feldman.

Saturday, May 20, 2006 : 8 pm : $5 suggested donation Nicedisc Nicedisc’s work to date can be considered an exploration of synthaesthesia that begins from the level of material production and moves to interrogate the psychological and perceptual phenomena of, and relationships between vision and sound. Their investigations have lead them through several media, including their initial experiments with 16mm film, live performance video using custom software (culminating in their debut Untitled DVD in 2004), and most recently with analog audio-visual generators.
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