Bruce McClure: "Parallel Rows Cover Every Foot" + David Grubbs + Geoff Mullen
August 12, 2015 (Wed) - 8:00pm, Le Laboratoire
$15 general, $10 student/Non-Event member ($10, $8 when purchased in advance)

Balagan is pleased to present another exciting collaboration with experimental music series Non-Event, with a radically varied triple-bill merging music and film performance, set to take place at the recently opened venue in Kendall Square, Le Laboratoire.

The inimitable Bruce McClure will make his welcome return with a new 16mm projector performance entitled "Parallel Rows Cover Every Foot," fresh from it's premiere at the 2015 Media City Festival.  As with other performances by Bruce, one can expect a multisensory bombardment of pulsing light and sound, via bi-packed film loops filtered through an array of guitar effects pedals and played back at soul-shaking volume. Bruce will also open the evening with "Preludes in Arabesque for 35mm," utilizing a semi-portable 35mm projector placed in the same room as audience (an extreme rarity for 35mm).

Also performing that evening will be musicians David Grubbs (Squirrel Bait, Bastro, Gastr del Sol) and Geoff Mullen.

Advance tickets available here.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

BRUCE MCCLURE, an architect turned filmmaker with a penchant for thunderous noise, utilizes multiple 16mm projectors and short film loops to create rhythmic strobes and drones, all filtered through an array of guitar effects pedals and turned up to 11. The sound-image relationship slowly evolves as the loops drift through different phases of syncopation. The physicality of the flashing light and penetrative audio results in a visceral, transcendent experience.

Bruce McClure graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1985 and worked for 23 years in small firms on residential projects. In 1994 he redirected his attentions toward “the immateriality of [cinematic] pursuits,” building simple devices using light intervals to affect the perception of motion and space. Eventually the film projector was adopted as his primary tool. Incandescent light and optical sound were organized into “projector performances.” McClure’s unconventional use of optical sound in conjunction with shuttered light has earned him a unique place at festivals in the United States and abroad. His exploitation of the film projector as a picture and sound device has enabled him to move from “cinema” to the music hall. In 2009 he was the opening act in Brooklyn and Chicago for a reunion of seminal Industrial music group Throbbing Gristle.

DAVID GRUBBS is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press).

Grubbs has released twelve solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings. He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer.  His work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and he has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, among many others. He is a grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; a contributing editor in music for BOMB Magazine; director of the Blue Chopsticks record label; and a member of ISSUE Project Room’s Board of Directors.

GEOFF MULLEN is an artist and musician from Providence, Rhode Island. Recent projects have included site-specific installation, sculpture, photography and video, collage, educational workshops, and performance. Geoff has presented work throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe—in venues ranging from concert halls, clubs, museums, galleries, basements, schools, streets, and city gardens. His music has been released on most available audio media, and he is the founder of Rare Youth, an independent record label dedicated to the support of local (RI) underground music. Geoff completed his MFA at Bard College, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

- See more at: http://nonevent.org/#mcclure-grubbs-mullen

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

BRUCE MCCLURE, an architect turned filmmaker with a penchant for thunderous noise, utilizes multiple 16mm projectors and short film loops to create rhythmic strobes and drones, all filtered through an array of guitar effects pedals and turned up to 11. The sound-image relationship slowly evolves as the loops drift through different phases of syncopation. The physicality of the flashing light and penetrative audio results in a visceral, transcendent experience.

Bruce McClure graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1985 and worked for 23 years in small firms on residential projects. In 1994 he redirected his attentions toward “the immateriality of [cinematic] pursuits,” building simple devices using light intervals to affect the perception of motion and space. Eventually the film projector was adopted as his primary tool. Incandescent light and optical sound were organized into “projector performances.” McClure’s unconventional use of optical sound in conjunction with shuttered light has earned him a unique place at festivals in the United States and abroad. His exploitation of the film projector as a picture and sound device has enabled him to move from “cinema” to the music hall. In 2009 he was the opening act in Brooklyn and Chicago for a reunion of seminal Industrial music group Throbbing Gristle.

DAVID GRUBBS is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press).

Grubbs has released twelve solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings. He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer.  His work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and he has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, among many others. He is a grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; a contributing editor in music for BOMB Magazine; director of the Blue Chopsticks record label; and a member of ISSUE Project Room’s Board of Directors.

GEOFF MULLEN is an artist and musician from Providence, Rhode Island. Recent projects have included site-specific installation, sculpture, photography and video, collage, educational workshops, and performance. Geoff has presented work throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe—in venues ranging from concert halls, clubs, museums, galleries, basements, schools, streets, and city gardens. His music has been released on most available audio media, and he is the founder of Rare Youth, an independent record label dedicated to the support of local (RI) underground music. Geoff completed his MFA at Bard College, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

- See more at: http://nonevent.org/#mcclure-grubbs-mullen

ABOUT THE ARTISTS 

BRUCE MCCLURE graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1985 and worked for 23 years in small firms on residential projects. In 1994 he redirected his attentions toward “the immateriality of [cinematic] pursuits,” building simple devices using light intervals to affect the perception of motion and space. Eventually the film projector was adopted as his primary tool. Incandescent light and optical sound were organized into “projector performances.” McClure’s unconventional use of optical sound in conjunction with shuttered light has earned him a unique place at festivals in the United States and abroad. His exploitation of the film projector as a picture and sound device has enabled him to move from “cinema” to the music hall. In 2009 he was the opening act in Brooklyn and Chicago for a reunion of seminal Industrial music group Throbbing Gristle. 

DAVID GRUBBS is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press).  Grubbs has released twelve solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings. He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer.  His work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and he has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, among many others. He is a grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; a contributing editor in music for BOMB Magazine; director of the Blue Chopsticks record label; and a member of ISSUE Project Room’s Board of Directors. 

GEOFF MULLEN is an artist and musician from Providence, Rhode Island. Recent projects have included site-specific installation, sculpture, photography and video, collage, educational workshops, and performance. Geoff has presented work throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe—in venues ranging from concert halls, clubs, museums, galleries, basements, schools, streets, and city gardens. His music has been released on most available audio media, and he is the founder of Rare Youth, an independent record label dedicated to the support of local (RI) underground music. Geoff completed his MFA at Bard College, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Program

“ . . . Gannets who come by the thousands as far away as Cape Kidnapper in New Zealand forming an immense community of birds. Thousands of nests set out in almost parallel rows cover every foot of available land. On each nest . . . (cut).”

the underlined are used as key words when searching Finnegan's Wake.

"Parallel Rows Cover Every Foot" (2015)

Soft morning, city! Local option, birds’ lodgings in colonies and empire, they are always with assisting grace, thinking up but not forgetting the boon of promise by virtue of creation. Hold hard! They move in vicious cycles renewing bird repetition in corrosive sublimation from one continuous present tense to voicing, mood moulded in a cycle wheeling history. His floodlights approved accidental shows of gannets, darkles in our phenomenal world, migratory all listening. We think it well to add, a chorale in canon, good for us all. Songs be tune acts by the ambiamphions. Look, there are yours off, high on high, sweet good luck they’re cawing, gannets and migratory auspices, birds sighing and sob and listening. That insister, dolled up and beating time, is a lookout whose title is the true-to-type thatchment painted with one darkness like a snake of birds in the rookery. Winging ones, birds of the sea trolled out dark circling, turned again to the whole of the wall as light born up.

Reeled and screened in a title roll opposite a brace in silver on the screen sequenced from set moves in vicious cycles yet renewed just the same. Photo-flashing time is a tradesmen’s entrance; heard in camera excoriating all suns in the ring system. Clear the line, priority call. Among countless occasions of failing I have not left temptation in the path of the sweeper of the threshold. Rise, O fair assemblage!

–Bruce McClure

Preceded by  "Preludes in Arabesque for 35mm" by Bruce McClure

and musical performances by David Grubbs and Geoff Mullen