My second Signal Culture artist's residency is a wrap, and I had an amazing, productive stay in Owego. I worked on a new video called Mammaries in which I perform Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" while manipulating my voice using "The Nipulator 2.0." The image in Mammaries is processed using the Dave Jones Colorizer and the black & white Wobbulator built by Jason Bernagozzi. I also processed some older VHS footage using the black & white Wobbulator and the Dave Jones Frame Buffer for the upcoming sequel to my 2010 video, I Wanna Be A Ship Captain. This was my first Owego residency in the summertime (usually I'm there when there's like, seven feet of snow), so it was a nice change to take leisurely walks around town and get ice cream from Ice Cream Works. It was also fun hanging with toolmakers-in-residence Jenn Figg & Matthew McCormack, and their adorable son, Xavier. I'm really grateful to Signal Culture co-founders Jason Bernagozzi, Debora Bernagozzi, and Hank Rudolph for having me back, and for running this incredible gem of a media art organization. Can't wait for my next visit!
Super-psyched to be a part of R4w.Err.b1t5!, (A) RE:uɹnʇ TO: d1Ɍ+y̶ ̶N̶3WWWM3DI∆ #Chicago taking place this Saturday, May 14th at 7pm at TCC Chicago! What an honor to participate in not one, but TWO awesome shows this weekend (see my previous post). R4w.Err.b1t5 is curated/organized by jonCates & jon.satrom (two of my favorite people & former colleagues from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and features a sick lineup of works & performances by over 40 artists including but not limited to stAllio!, Ei Jane Janet Lin, Domenico Dom Barra, shawné michaelain holloway, Jeff Kolar, Jason Soliday, ../n!ck.br!z, James Connolly (Cracked Ray Tube), and Arcanebolt (Mark Beasley, Alex Inglizian, and Tamas Kemenczy). For the Facebook event, go here. Again, I'm sooo wishing I could be there IRL!
I'm very happy to have work in SPECULATION (ELATION 10): THE ENCOUNTERING, a screening programmed by Torsten Zenas Burns which will take place on May 13th at 6:30pm at the New York Institute of Technology (Beijing Campus) @ Communication University of China in Beijing, China. Monica Panzarino Sings The Star-Spangled Banner will screen alongside videos from some wonderful artists including Darrin Martin, Jacolby Satterwhite, Bjorn Melhus, Kristen Lucas, and Ben Russell. Really wish I could be there to see it in person!
So excited that Monica Panzarino Sings The Star-Spangled Banner will open the brand new Live to Tape: Artist Television Festival on Monday, May 18th at Links Hall in Chicago, Il! My video will screen first in the "Aesthletics" program, which is co-curated by Beckie Stocchetti & Christy LeMaster, and includes works by Dara Birnbaum and TVTV. A write-up in the Chicago Reader about this new festival may be found here. For the full festival schedule, click here.
Just finished up my very first artist's residency at Signal Culture, an experimental media art organization located in Owego, NY. This was not my first time in Owego (I had residencies at the Experimental Television Center in 2003, 2007, and 2008), but it was my first time back since the horrific flooding in 2011. I was glad to see Owego revitalized and thriving, with several new businesses. Signal Culture was all I had hoped for and more! It features a large artist's studio filled with one-of-a-kind image processing equipment, an extensive reading/viewing library, comfortable accommodations, and great company (spent some quality time with researcher-in-residence, Misha Rabinovich). I had a productive week jamming on some of my favorite tools including the Dave Jones Colorizer, Amiga Harmonizer, and black & white Wobbulator built by Signal Culture co-founder, Jason Bernagozzi. I worked with a combination of found VHS footage and recordings I've been making of television weather broadcasts, among other sources (some pics below). But I have to say the highlight of my trip was visiting the studio of legendary toolmaker Dave Jones, and checking out his new Eurorack VideoSynth modules (which were absolutely mind-blowing). For more information about Signal Culture, check out their website, and this interview with Jason Bernagozzi in Hyperallergic.