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  • 2013.03.06

    BEYOND WIERD

    » EVENTS, MUSIC  

    A week ago tonight, New York’s famous Wierd party met its scheduled demise. Joshua Strawn retrospects on how Wierd carved out a space for doom-laden sounds that transcended subcultural clichés:

    We were all painfully aware of what goth had become throughout the 1990s: spooky dolls, mainstream industrial rock, weak Tim Burton films, and dyed-blue dreadlocked types wearing goggles, platform boots, and cheap-looking PVC to go out and dance to music that basically sounded like La Bouche with an unlistenable male vocalist. In this sense we were elitists, and it would be hard to apologize for having been that way. There are different kinds of elitism. Some focus on the eliteness of people, and and that couldn’t be further from what we were about. The Wierd thrived on nothing if not inclusion of people. But it was elitist in the sense of a standard of excellence in art that most people then could have been forgiven for assuming never got anywhere near so-called dark music.

    For those still craving that Very Rare vibe, there is good news:

    Following a brief silence, some of the party’s affiliates — Soren Roi, Nikki Sneakers, Hillary Johnson, and Jasper McGandy — announced a new weekly whose name immediately addresses the void Wierd left. Named after a song from neofolk band Death In June, Nothing Changes will have a similar musical scope and continue to provide local and touring bands with a venue and eager audience.

    2012.10.23

    WARP FACTOR

    Maxx Klaxon’s AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 at Warper

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    This Thursday, Maxx Klaxon brings a new installment of AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 to The Delancey! Maxx will perform the third show in this special series at the long-running Warper live electronica event.

    Expect a sparkling set of trademark Klaxon electro… plus Maxx’s interactive video interviews with digital avatars of the presidential contenders, speaking in their own remixed words.

    It’s a razor-sharp combination of satire and synthpop — and an all-too-accurate take on politics in the infotainment age.

    (Check out a segment from the 2008 edition of AUTHORITARIAN IDOL here.)

    NOTE: Maxx Klaxon’s set will begin on the first-floor stage, at 11pm sharp!

    DETAILS:

    WARPER featuring Maxx Klaxon’s AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012
    @ The Delancey
    168 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, NYC
    8pm-2am (Maxx’s set at 11pm sharp)
    Free / 21+

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    2012.10.01

    AUTHORITARIANS ON PARADE

    Maxx Klaxon’s AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 at The Lost Parade

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    What happens when authority meets idolatry? Find out this Wednesday, October 3, as Maxx Klaxon brings AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 to The Lost Parade at R Bar.

    This will be the second in a series of shows featuring Maxx’s insurgent electropop, plus interactive video interviews with digital avatars of the presidential contenders.

    This performance will feature a replay of the first AUTHORITARIAN IDOL segment — presented at SPLICE on Sunday, September 23, to rave reviews — and the debut of a brand new segment.

    DETAILS:

    » 9.30pm: I, Synthesist
    » 10.30pm: MAXX KLAXON
    » 11.30pm: Night Vision

    THE LOST PARADE
    @ R Bar
    218 Bowery
    Manhattan, NYC
    $5 / 21+
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    2012.09.18

    EQUALIZE YOUR EQUINOX

    » EVENTS, MUSIC  

    SPLICE featuring Maxx Klaxon, Thomas Watkiss, I, Synthesist

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    SPLICE 9/23/2012

    Join us at Solas for the fall 2012 edition of your favorite “eclectic electronics” salon!

    This month, 3 SPLICE veterans return with bold new multimedia performances — each artist will be premiering fresh material. Expect audiovisual surprises galore!

    » 8.30pm: Thomas Watkiss

    » 9.30pm: Maxx Klaxon

    » 10.30pm: I, Synthesist

    PLUS: Analog + digital sounds spun by DJ Some Call Him Tim

    DETAILS:

    SPLICE @ Solas
    232 E. 9th St. (b/t 2nd + 3rd Aves.), East Village, NYC
    8pm-12am
    21+ / Free

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    2012.09.07

    PIECE OF MIND

    » ART, EVENTS, VIDEO  

    Opening Reception for THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS

    Friday, September 7, 2012

    THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS

    I’m excited to be a part of THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS, at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, Queens. The show, curated by Michael Lee, examines the contemporary practice of collage through its many iterations and permutations — ranging from works on paper to artist books, photographs, sculpture, textiles, and digital projections.

    THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS features a variety of new collage projects, including my piece, SLOTS — a site-specific video installation, projection-mapped on to the stairway at the entrance to the gallery.

    SLOTS by Maximus Clarke

    SLOTS is built around the metaphor of a slot machine. But I’ve augmented conventional slot machine symbols with iconic images of humanity from across the history of Western art. When the machine produces a winning combination, the “payout” is an interlude featuring one of a series of quotations, examining whether the art world is a set of steps that artists can climb to achieve success and significance, or just a game of chance, in which arbitrary forces hold sway, and everything is rigged.

    Other artists featured in the show: Donovan Barrow, Brian Belott, Natasha Bowdoin, Floto+Warner, Sara Klar, Todd Knopke, Michael Lee, Elisa Lendvay, Abraham McNally, Andrew Mount, Ryan Sarah Murphy, Francesca Pastine, Javier Pinon, and Leslie Siegel.

    The show runs thru September 30, and can be viewed until then during normal gallery hours (Saturday & Sundays, 12pm-6pm).

    DETAILS:

    THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS
    Opening Reception
    Friday, September 7, 2012
    6pm-9pm

    Radiator Gallery
    10-61 Jackson Ave
    (7 train to Vernon-Jackson – 1st stop in Queens)
    Long Island City, NY 11106

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    2012.08.27

    SCENES FROM A SCREEN

    » ART, EVENTS, PHOTOS  

    I’ve been staring at my monitor for hours on end, as I work on a new projection-mapped video art piece. Here are a few glimpses of what’s filling my field of vision these days.

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    The piece is called SLOTS, and it debuts on Friday, September 7, at the opening of This Is How My Brain Works.

    2012.08.06

    THE LONGEST MILE

    » 3D, ART, EVENTS, VIDEO  

    Burned out on high-definition, high-melodrama coverage of the London Olympics? Here’s a nice lo-fi counterpoint: Lillian Schwartz’s early computer animation OLYMPIAD (1971), with music by Max Mathews.

    A few weeks ago I was honored to attend a private screening and celebration honoring Schwartz, a pioneer of digital art that the world knows too little about. She was one of a group of artists working at Bell Labs in the 1960s and 1970s, finding strange and creative uses for cutting-edge technology. (Computer music trailblazer Mathews was also at Bell Labs at the time.)

    It was during this period that Schwartz — now 85 — created some of the very first examples of digital animation (including OLYMPIAD, inspired, she said, by Eadweard Muybridge’s human motion studies). At the screening, she told us about her laborious working method: first planning her animations on graph paper, then writing programs to render them, manually creating punch cards to run the programs, and individually photographing each frame of the rendered work off of a monitor.

    That evening, we viewed half a dozen of her pieces using ChromaDepth glasses, which add dimension to flat color images via prismatic lenses. (This wasn’t something that Schwartz planned when she first created her films, but an effect she discovered years later.)

    Newly restored versions of many of Lillian Schwartz’s most important works will be screening at MoMA on December 10. Meanwhile, you can find a number of her pieces on her YouTube channel.

    2012.04.18

    WERK HARD, PLAY HARD

    » EVENTS, MUSIC  

    SPLICEWERK: Six Years of Eclectic Electronics

    Sunday, April 22, 2012

    SPLICE

    On Sunday, April 22, join us for one of the biggest SPLICE throwdowns of all time! A lineup of five live acts — all SPLICE vets — will be on deck to help us toast six years of eclectic electronics in NYC.

    Every act will be covering a Kraftwerk tune or two, in tribute to our Teutonic electronic forefathers. And we’ll be launching the shiny new SPLICEWERK compilation album, with giveaways and album previews all night long!

    However you add it up on your pocket calculator, this edition of SPLICE will stay in your memory forever…

    PERFORMING LIVE:

    » 8.30p: TURBOTIT
    » 9.15p: BLIPVERT
    » 10.00p: RADIO WONDERLAND
    » 10.45p: CURRENT_WORKING_DIRECTORY
    » 11.30p: GLOBULAR CLUSTER

    DJ: SOME CALL HIM TIM

    HOST: MAXX KLAXON

    PLUS:

    Giveaways and previews of the new SPLICEWERK compilation album!

    DETAILS:

    SPLICEWERK: Six Years of Eclectic Electronics
    Sunday, April 22
    7pm-1am
    @ Solas
    232 E. 9th St. (between 2nd + 3rd Aves.), NYC
    21+
    Free

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