Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: Doors open at 9PM
Details: spontaneous music + 16mm projections
Hot on the heels of their collaboration on A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) and Ben Russell will join forces once more to present an evening of improvised vocalizations and musical compositions accompanied by live-manipulated 16mm film projections.
On March 23, The DocYard, The Harvard Film Archive, and the Balagan Film Series will present A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS by Ben Russell and Ben Rivers, with both directors in attendance for discussion.
On March 24, The DocYard, The Harvard Film Archive, and the Balagan Film Series will present a second evening of short films by Ben Russell and Ben Rivers, with both directors in attendance for discussion.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (b. 1975) is an artist and composer who works with voice in the realm of spontaneous music often under the moniker of Lichens. Most recently, creating patch pieces with modular synthesizer and tonal vocal work has been a focus of live performance and recordings. Quality of sound through the marriage of synthesis coupled with voice has allowed for a heightened physicality in the way of ecstatic music, both in a live setting and recorded. The sensitivity of analogue modular systems echoes the organic nature of vocal expression which in this case is meant to put forth a trancelike state to usher in a deeper listening through sound and feeling. His works on paper tend towards human relations to the natural/magical world and the repetition of motifs. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Ben Russell (b. 1976, USA) is an itinerant media artist and curator whose films, installations, and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. Formal investigations of the historical and conceptual relationships between early cinema, visual anthropology, and structuralist filmmaking result in immersive experiences concerned at once with ritual, communal spectatorship and the pursuit of a “psychedelic ethnography.” A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI International Critics Prize award recipient, he began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, and was co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago.