NOISE BODY MUSIC exhibition curated by Eames Armstrong
opening party presented in collaboration with SelectDC
queercore punk transcore
nihilist queer revolt musik
psychedelic avant-garde electro-industrial vapor-rave cyber-noise blackened-laptop rainbow-drenched drip mental music
Antibody Corporation (Chicago)
Antibody Corporation is a mission based organization specializing in mind-body integration. Founded in 2009, Antibody creates trans-disciplinary performance works spanning dance, music, and language.
FREE and open to the public
7pm reception in gallery
7:30 artist/curator talk with Amy kc Oden (Homosuperior)
Michael Schiffer & Nate Alex Lewis, Farrah Skeiky, FK Alexander, Antibody Corporation, Fire-Toolz, dreamcrusher, Amy kc Oden, Homosuperior, and participants from a teen workshop
Exhibition on view September 7 - October 16, 2016
Closing party Sunday, October 16, 2-4pm with performance by FK Alexander (Glasgow, Scotland) http://fkalexan.de/r/
2016 VisArts Emerging Curator Program
Kaplan Gallery at VisArts, Rockville, MD
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD
5 minute walk from Rockville Metro on red line, VisArts is an accessible space, the live performances will be loud
Noise Body Music brings together works by both musicians and visual artists that explore how who we are shapes sound, and how sound informs how we relate to the world. Glasgow-based performance and noise artist FK Alexander will perform at the closing reception. The exhibition includes video, audio, unique artworks, and ephemera from queercore band Homosuperior, Luwayne Glass (dreamcrusher), Angel Marcloid (Fire-Toolz), and trans-disciplinary performance group Antibody Corporation. There will be a selection of works by local photographer Farrah Skeiky. "From the Back of the Room," a documentary on female involvement in DIY punk by Amy kc Oden (of Homosuperior) will be screened continuously. Washington, DC-based artists Nate Alex Lewis and Michael Schiffer collaborate for the first time on a participatory installation, part of their work will be presented at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, which takes place September 9-11 at Logan Fringe Arts Space in Washington, DC. Sakeenah Nasser, Ilana Maiman, and Jasmine Taylor participated in a workshop for teens in conjunction with the exhibition; the pieces they developed will be on view. Noise Body Music is curated by Eames Armstrong as part of the 2016 VisArts Emerging Curator Program, under the guidance of Jacqueline Maria Milad.
Special thanks to
VisArts, Jackie Milad, Susan Main, and Frank McCauley
Josh Levi / SelectDC http://selectdc.tumblr.com/
Jeff Surak / Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music
September 9 - 11, 2016
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About the Emerging Curator for the 2016 VisArts Emerging Curator Program:
Eames Armstrong (they/she) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. They received a B.F.A. from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010 with emphasis on painting, writing, and performance. Eames recently received an M.F.A. in studio art at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
About the VisArts Emerging Curator Program:
The VisArts Emerging Curator Program pairs an emerging curator with an experienced mentoring curator to produce new exhibitions and related programming. The program is generously funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The 2016 VisArts Emerging Curator Program features Curator/Artist Jacqueline Maria Milad as the 2016 Mentoring Curator and Emerging Curator/Artist Eames Armstrong as the 2016 Emerging Curator. Jacqueline Maria Milad curated Bend and Hold at VisArts May 6 – June 12, 2016.
This exhibition began to take shape on a weirdly warm morning last December as I walked from the Rockville metro to VisArts to interview for the emerging curator program. I grew up nearby in Bethesda, and every step I took was steeped in teenage memories. I lived for going to shows and concerts, and loved the museums in DC, but the two worlds were always utterly distinct. I thought as well about my lack of exposure to queer representation or content in art or music until I entered art school in 2006. I knew that the target audience for this exhibition had to be my high school self, if I could hang out with younger me for one night what would I want to show them?
I proposed to do a teen workshop in connection with the exhibition, and show work that came as a result of it along with the more established artists. In December I was just a month away from installing my MFA thesis exhibition at George Washington University. My thesis consisted of a black plastic cave-like installation and five 60 minute sound and movement performances. I was (and still am) thinking about noise as strategy for resisting and breaking down normalizing or totalizing structures of meaning. I was (and still am) working through the ways in which noise and queerness overlap, intersect, inform each other, complicate each other.
This is the second year of the VisArts emerging curator program, and I was lucky to be selected to work with Jacqueline Marie Milad as my mentor curator. Jackie's exhibition, Bend and Hold, explored the physical relationship between dancers and their surroundings. Noise Body Music explores how who we are shapes the sounds we make, and how sound informs how we relate to the world.
I first reached out to artists working mostly with music who inspire me to see what it might look like for their work to take place in an art gallery. Angel Marcloid (Fire-Toolz) in Chicago makes amazing and complex videos for her equally dense amalgam electronic music. For the opening night live show Angel is performing with a unique video made for the occasion, and a new video will be on view in the exhibition. Unknown to me at the time, Luwayne Glass (dreamcrusher) also has a visual art practice, and I was able to include one of their intricate abstract drawings in the show. Luwayne is from Wichita, KS and is now in Brooklyn. Because it seemed crucial to include a local act, and because I feel like punk and noise are long-lost siblings that ought to unite more often, Homosuperior was my top choice. Amy kc Oden of Homosuperior is an established filmmaker, so her 2011 documentary about female involvement in DIY punk From the Back of the Room will screen continuously throughout the exhibition. Additionally, there are photos by Farrah Skeiky of Homosuperior live shows on view. FK Alexander from Glasgow, Scotland will perform as part of the closing of the exhibition. Her video comes from a live performance NO WHERE//NOW HERE that was performed in London in 2015 and Glasgow in 2016.
The workshop took place in August with three artists of diverse interest and backgrounds. I showed them the the artists in the exhibition, we did exercises, journaled, but mostly we talked about their experiences and perspectives. Two of the three chose to participate in the exhibition, Ana Maiman and Sakeenah Nasser. Ana made a short and powerful video Love Songs for Queer Kids in which she invited her friends to choose and sing what they considered stereotypically heteronormative love songs, and she patched all thirteen videos together into a noisy and cacophonous field of portraits. Sakeenah has recently turned towards painting after more than five years of intensive dance work. For the exhibition she made an action painting by dipping her oldest dance shoes in acrylic paint and dancing across a canvas on the floor to create an abstract painting called 2 A.M.
When I invited Michael Schiffer to participate in the show, we both knew that his boyfriend Nate Alex Lewis would be involved in some way or other, so I asked if they would want to collaborate. I have known both of these talented artists for a few years, and at the time I as their TA for an installation class at the Corcoran, so I knew their work and (very different) working methods well. This is the first time they have collaborated. They made a sleek black monolithic structure (Michael's minimalism) wired with censors and lights that respond to their sonic surroundings (Nate's technology). Their piece includes sound collected at the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental music, the leaders in DC's experimental music scene since 2001.
I was introduced to Adam Rose/Antibody Corporation from Chicago when I curated the Supernova Performance Art Festival in Rosslyn, VA in 2013. Since then we've worked together, seen each other perform and collaborated numerous times despite our distance. I've been fascinated by Adam's ongoing photo practice, documents of seemingly banal architecture that strike in a particular way. For the exhibition Antibody Corporation contributed ten photographs from Popovo, Bulgaria by Adam and April Lynn from their recent Antiworlds tour through eastern Europe and the US east coast. In fact Noise Body Music is the last performance of the tour.
So this is an exhibition and a live show that is made up of work that is exciting and inspiring to me, with artists from a range of backgrounds and experiences. I think my first curatorial experience was when I invited a few different friends' bands to play in my family's garage in 9th grade, and it was pretty thrilling to bring together a metal band with a pop punk band, and their respective friends and audiences. I try to shift artwork around into new and perhaps unexpected contexts to help sticky ideas that might need a little push, or stuck ideas that need a big loud blast. I hope that by cross-pollinating disciplines and genres new forms can come about, and old rules can be broken down.