July 27, 2015 –
Nate Wooley will perform acoustic improvisation on trumpet as well as with the guitar amplifier sculpting feedback in ways alien to the language and history of jazz trumpet. Tamio Shiraishi will be moving throughout the gallery in a set combining computer software and alto-saxophone to explore possibilities of sound distortion through space in a set combining computer. Leila Bordreuil uses a variety of microphones and carefully positioned amplifiers to create a wide range of textures for her performance on amplified and prepared cello.
August 3, 2015 –
Microscope continues its YES program of emerging artists with new and recent moving image works by Christy Shigekawa and by Mike Newton.
Shigekawa’s short films and videos begin with images recorded in life which she then manipulates until what is observed and what is imagined become indistinguishable. Newton incorporates video, 35mm photographic slides and prose poetry into his projected works to find beauty and peril at the intersections of potentially incompatible systems, such as using right-wing conspiracy theories to discuss the body. The Bushwick-based artists and long-time friends see their works as overlapping in the themes of “polysemy and uncertainty” reflecting on the “strangeness, the unknowability” manifest in their visual world(s).
August 7, 2015 –
Microscope is very pleased to welcome filmmaker and curator Roger Beebe back to New York and the gallery, this time for a rare program of his video works. The night features the debut of Beebe’s just completed “REVERSED RITES/RIVER RIGHTED”, which as indicated by the title re-reverses “River Rites” by Ben Russell; New York premieres of “Congratulations (One Step at a Time”), which will be playing pre-show, and of “Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part 2 “The Crying Game”; as well as a handful of earlier works made during the past decade or so, including “Touch Me Karakoke” (2008) and “Dirty Harry and the Hendersons” (1998).
August 10, 2015 –
Microscope Gallery is very pleased to present “Arab Avant-Garde: Reflections on Situated Time” a program curated by Samirah Alkassim and organized with Peter Buntaine featuring recent works by seven filmmakers from Iran, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon and Qatar.
August 12, 2015 –
We are happy to welcome to the gallery artists Shinya Sugimoto and Jeremy Young to present an evening of improvisation for piano, tapes and electronics. In his work, Sugimoto merges samples and improvised piano phrases into a polyphonic structure of obscure audio layers, while Young's practice focuses on reel-to-reel tape collage, sound-poetry and audio-visual scoring. The two, who have performed extensively in US and abroad but always separately, will be improvising here together for the first time.
August 14, 2015 –
Gallagher’s Castle Dracula is a nine-episode experiment in narrative and analog effects, inspired by the burned down amusement house in Wildwood NJ, applied to original material shot by the artist and completed over the past four years. The evening also includes selections from Gabriel Lyons Loeb’s home system series, a VHS project that merges questions, sometimes humorous or philosophical, with reworked footage from cassettes of Hollywood movies and TV programming including cartoons and fashion shows.
August 28, 2015 –
Mekas experiences the hot summer swinging in a hammock in Montauk, watching morning rain in Japan, eating wild strawberries in Paris and back home at Sunny’s in Red Hook.
Again, music is everywhere in Mekas’ world from the streets of Provence to Williamsburg, Brooklyn as well in the lobby of Anthology Film Archives and a formal violin recital featuring his then teenage son Sebastian. Other days feature clandestine tapings of Marcel Proust’s hangout in Paris and a Joseph Cornell exhibit, discussions about LOVE and a day when Mekas has for the first time “nothing to give”. The month also includes Gozo Yoshimasu at work, an interview with Peter Kubelka and Mekas on old battles of the avant-garde, a drive with Lee Radziwill, and more jokes with Phong.
September 4, 2015 –
Microscope welcomes Roger Beebe back to the gallery for the last Event of our 2014-15 Season. For the evening, Beebe has curated a night of selections from a decade of FLEXFest by filmmakers working outside of the tradition epicenters of experimental film New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago.