On View
May 10 - June 16, 2019

 

The INSTALLATION SPACE and ELEMENTAL present a New Dance/Butoh peformance by Zack Fuller, Saturday, June 15 at 3:00 pm.

Zack Fuller has been a performing artist in one form or another for most of his life. In the mid-eighties he was the lead singer for the Washington DC post-punk psychedelic metal band Scythian, sharing stages with groups such as Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, and Pussy Galore. In the late eighties and nineties he engaged in theatrical research with Ryszard Cieslak of Grotowski’s Polish Laboratory theatre, and worked with dancer/choreographers such as Eiko and Koma and Poppo Shiraishi. In 1997 he was cast in Min Tanaka and Susan Sontag’s Poe Project: Stormy Membrane, and went on to perform and train with Tanaka over the next few years throughout Japan, Europe and the U.S. 

Zack Fuller’s own original dance works frequently involve collaboration with cutting edge musicians and have been presented by Movement Research at Judson Church, CAVE/Leimay’s New York Butoh Festival, Plan B in Tokyo, Mobius in Boston, The Dance Hakushu Festival, The Asheville Fringe Festival, and elsewhere.

His dance has been described by the Boston Globe as “Cryptic… but characterized by astonishing theatricality,” and “Like an angel coming down Jacob’s ladder to play in the garbage” by the Japanese dance critic Hidenaga Otori. 

Butoh is a Japanese word for dance that refers to a broad spectrum of movement practices that share in the legacy of postmodern dance experimentation that began in Tokyo in 1959, when dancer/choreographers such as Hijikata Tatsumi began applying the tactics of surrealism, neo-dada, and anti-art to the body itself. Generally more figurative, visceral, slower, and less conceptual then most U.S. and European contemporary dance, it embraces the grotesque through a body informed by complex imagery that is kept in darkness; never revealed directly to the audience.

The performance will last approximately 40 minutes. Space is limited, admittance is free on a first come first served basis.

ELEMENTAL
An immersive installation by Katya Popova and Katarina Miljkovic

On view May 10 - June 16, 2019

In memory of Eva Hesse

”ELEMENTAL” is an immersive installation inspired by the basic structure of things. Its visual form explores the inner world of painting and cardboard, their visceral and abstract qualities—intersection, edge, line, negative space, texture, color and movement. In the process, a series of juxtapositions-dichotomies emerge—archaic versus modern, organic versus man made, heavy versus light, durable versus ephemeral, vertical versus diagonal.

The installation is composed of sculptural visual elements, real time video re-projection, and sound. The sound mirrors the visual net of “the structures” by utilizing an algorithmic process of evolution of a complex modular texture based on simple rules. Intersection with the visual is established through sonic material, entirely derived from the sound samples of objects used for the installation and their interaction. The resulting sonification of the visual separates sounds from their objects and projects them into the space creating a living acoustic environment of shadows and echoes.

Composer Katarina Miljkovic investigates interaction between science, music and nature through collaborative musical performance. Miljkovic has been working on sound mapping of the elementary rules from Stephen Wolfram’s New Kind of Science. Her work in this field has been presented at conferences and festivals in the US and Europe.

Katya Popova is multidisciplinary artist, working at the intersection of physical texture, shadow, and sound. Her works explore what could have been by tracing the physical gestures and material qualities of everyday things. She often works in collaboration with sound artists. Her installations have been exhibited locally and internationally.

Katarina Miljkovic and Katya Popova both teach at the New England Conservatory. Miljkovic is a Chair of the Music Theory Department. Popova teaches courses on Visual Art.