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Friday, February 5, 2010

119 Gallery February Newsletter

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XFest Art Exhibit


Mobius Group Quartet
Fri, Feb. 5, 8pm

The Big Big Bucks, Luau, Bar Sinister, birdorgan
Sat Feb 6, 8pm

The Stress Factor WUML

Thu, Feb. 11, 7pm

Kevin Frenette with Dr T
Sat, Feb. 13, 8pm

Circut Bending  with Crank Sturgeon
Sun, Feb. 14, 11am

Black Steel Peacock, BirdOrgan, Ununi, and friends
Fri, Feb. 19, 8:00pm

Spiral Event
Sat, Feb. 20 7:30pm

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119 Gallery presents XFest 2010!
The second annual XFestival of improvised music, visuals and dance. The format of the festival is simple yet challenging: 15 visiting artists and 60 local artists perform. Friday and Saturday evenings each feature 10 half-hour sets that include a visiting artist and two or three local artists.

Artists include musicians, visual artists and movement artists. Every set is an improvisation; the artists are playing together for the first time.

What is improvisation?

"Improvisation can give us the skills to deal with many of the social and aesthetic issues of the twenty-first century. Although we have become adept at talking about aesthetic hybridity, cultural alerity, crossing borders (both earthly and cyber), and global fusion, few of us have really studied what physical and intellectual practice will make our bodies and minds ready for this brave new world... Improvisation can lead us out of our habitual responses by opening up alternative experiences - new physical sensations and appetites... Although this practice begins with an attentiveness to corporeal experience, it also develops a mental flexibility that can provide a sort of intellectual map with which to chart new pathways for negotiating awkward and difficult crossings." --- Ann Cooper Albright in Taken By Surprise

Circuit Bending Workshop

Squawk-a-Doodle Workshop!

Noise artist Crank Sturgeon instructs this workshop on how to build a Squawk-a-Doodle, which is a simple tone generator using an ordinary speaker cone and 9 volt battery. Also known as a "Victorian Synthesizer", the class delves into building a lo-fi noise instrument using a 19th Century technological approach. For all experience levels, the workshop will also teach proper soldering techniques; and everyone will get to take home their very own!

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Additionally, Crank will show microphone techniques with the synth (using contact microphones); so bring your own mic! Crank will have mics available at reduced pricing.

$20 per person, limited to 20 persons! To reserve a spot email me artguy[at]119gallery[dot]org.

Sun Feb 14, 11:00am


Mobius Group Quartet
February 5, 8pm
Mobius Group Quartet: [Boston]Tom Plsek - trombone, James Coleman - Theremin, Derek Hoffend - electronics, Jed Speare - laptop + Coleman/Dulburger/Wright Trio: [Boston, Brooklyn NY, Lowell] James Coleman - Theremin, Shayna Dulberger - double bass, delay & video, Walter Wright - analog synths
The Big Big Bucks, Luau, Bar Sinister, birdorgan
February 6, 8pm

Kevin Frenette Group with Dr T

February 13, 8pm
Kevin Frenette Group: [Boston] Kevin Frenette - guitar, Forbes Graham - trumpet with Dr T - video mix + RobotMonkeyArm: [North Andover] Ryan Baker, Tanner Upthegroove, Jon Briggs, Bucky Waters and the amazing Mike D. Featuring Childhood nostalgia and other coping mechanisms A celebration of joy and the inconsolable music for people and robots!

Black Steel Peacock, UNUNI, birdorgan, and friends
February 19, 8pm

119 Gallery promotes contemporary and new media art, innovative ideas and cutting-edge techniques with a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, performances and community-based arts services. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and means to explore and experience new, innovative art.
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