Friday, March 01, 2019

expedition to the chimacloud

Saya Woolfalk transports visitors into a world of a fictional race of women called the Empathics.  The extensive narrative is one of the more notable works by this contemporary artist, bringing a first time exhibition to Kansas City, beginning First Friday in March.

Her brief film "ChimaCloud" displayed this fantastical world of the Empathics in Times Square recently, along with a virtual sculpture and live performance in Fulton Center and Brooklyn Museum. The experience enabled visors to travel between worlds along the rivers, bridges and subways of the city.

Empathics will introduce their newest groundbreaking technology at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  This immersive, multimedia exhibition was created for the museum incorporating hybridization, technology, ceremonial rituals, and science fiction themes.

Individual and interrelated works appearing in the Block Building tell the story of the ChimaCloud. The alternative digital universe created by the Empathics in this exhibition draws inspiration directly from the Nelson-Atkins permanent collection.

Opening on March 2019 First Friday in Kansas City, this free exhibition runs through September.  Check out the full schedule available on the web site for The Nelson.

Learn more about Saya Woolfalk, ChimaCloud, Chimatek, and the Empathics as well as some of her other installations at

Monday, February 04, 2019

full spectrum immersion

Immersive event creators Caravan Gitane and House of Yes again combine creative forces to present ‘Full Specturm' with producer Max Cooper in Brooklyn at 99 Scott. The live audio/visual performance from the British producer as he showcases new music off his latest album, ‘One Hundred Billion Sparks’ and newly-released ‘Reflex’ EP.

Introducing a theme of quantic, bright geometric, electrifying connectivity, the evening invites the mind to let go and expand into a state of pure bliss. Together, the two leading event purveyors will present the finest performers and an enticing array of activation in what is sure to be one of their most elaborate collaborations to date.

Caravan Gitane x House of Yes at AcidCase in 2018 | Photo credit: Erica Camille

Touching down in New York for one show only as part of his global One Hundred Billion Sparks tour, Max Cooper has carved out a unique position for himself as an artist who merges electronic music with visual art to creative live audio/visual, immersive sensory experiences.

With a 2019 collaboration in the cards with renowned pianist Bruce Brubaker, the NYC debut of ‘One Hundred Billion Sparks’ is inspired by his love of complex melody and science thanks to his PhD in computational biology.

The EP ‘Reflex’ is out now via his MESH imprint, fans can expect a spectacular performance of both new and old material with 270 immersive audio and visuals that employ the roof and walls of the space to envelope them in Max’s world.

Complementing his signature sound will be audio sculpting and visual design by Subhaze Studio, New York underground staple and All Day I Dream mainstay Lauren Ritter, Amsterdam based Miss Melera of Colourizon who finds a unique balance between deep, tech house and techno, and minimal house DJ, Aida. Leafar Legov will explore the cinematic and experimental edges of ambient, house and techno, while Caravan Gitane and Mayan Warrior resident Concret will be on board to showcase his mix of house beats, dark Spanish vocals and ethnic percussion.

Max Cooper - Identity - Official Video by Pylik from Max Cooper on Vimeo.

Taking over two stages within the much-loved warehouse space, together Caravan Gitane and House of Yes will craft a warm and welcoming atmosphere that encourages participation and full immersion through a plethora of experiential performances and activations.

On display on the lower level, will be artist Gazoo ToTheMoon’s geometric cosmic art that glows under neon UV light while in the main room, huge screens will be fitted out in order to capture Max’s full spectrum audio visual installations. Advance tickets are on sale now while supplies last via Eventbrite.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

mongol metal

Chinggis Khan statue in Mongolia - photo by Fran├žois Philipp  

The fusion of music and culture is often taken for granted.  It is not often a clearly defined presence, until a sound comes along that speaks to the tribal soul.

Throat-singing originated among the indigenous Turko-Mongol tribes in the mountains of southern Siberia and western Mongolia.  It uses harmonically rich vocal timbres to communicate with both the natural and supernatural worlds.

As you might guessed, because of these ethnic and ritual associations, the Soviet Union did as many others have throughout history in a vain attempt to destroy culture. They forbade the style of singing.

Loss of influence throughout the region of Mongolia opened the door for a resurgence of many cultural practices. It never really stopped anyway.  Handing down stories through song, and often dance, is likely one of the oldest of facets of human culture and cannot be stopped.

Incorporating Throat-singing with themes from metal to hip-hop, these bands continue the tradition.  They are determined to take things to a different level though and remain culturally distinct.  Watch with subtitles, if available.

"Mongolians are not just taking elements from Western music and just copying and pasting," Instead, they're using some of these elements and making their own authentic music. - How A Mongolian Heavy Metal Band Got Millions Of YouTube Views by Katya Cengel at NPR Culture
Thematically, their music, "is about everything in Mongolian life, like horses and the environment, or rivers or certain kinds of animals." Nine Treasures Build Their Mongolian Folk Metal with Love, Not Satan by Minna Zhou, at Noisey by Vice

The Great Khan would approve immensely.