THIS SUNDAY! Legendary Choreographer Elaine Summers Returns to Solar One with Skytime

 
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Skytime 2014 / Moon Rainbow is an ongoing series of collaborative Intermedia artworks conceived in 1982 by choreographer, filmmaker, and Intermedia pioneer, Elaine Summers. The project explores the collaborative process with emphasis on the interrelationship between art and technology. Summers’ SKY works have seen many incarnations, varying from site-specific multi-disciplinary performance events, to a web-based concept artwork (skytime.org) – all of which are based on the sky as the origin and continuum of time in the human experience.
 
For the history of this project, please visit: http://skytime.org/skytime_history.html
 
The project is made possible by the NYSCA Grant – Film & Media / New Tech Production.
 
Skytime 2014 / Moon Rainbow
7-9 pm, Sunday September 28, 2014
at Solar One: Stuyvesant Cove Park, 24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East, NY, NY 10010 (East River near 23rd Street map)


Director: Elaine Summers
 
Choreographers: Elaine Summers, Kiori Kawai and Thomas Körtvélyessy
 
Dancers: Kiori Kawai, Thomas Körtvélyessy (via streaming from the Netherlands), Kanako Yokota and Logan Scharadin
 
Composers: Pauline Oliveros, Carman Moore, Ione
 
Musicians: Pauline Oliveros, Carman Moore, Ione, Marianna Rosett, Premik Russell Tubbs, Eli Fountain and more
 
Visual Artists: Raphaele Shirley, Aaron Sherwood, Richard Jochum
 
Documentation: Paula Court, Adolfo Estrada Vargas and more
 
Principal Collaborators:
Elaine Summers: She has worked in a variety of forms, including dance, experimental film, Intermedia, and the internet. After her groundbreaking first large-scale Intermedia concert Fantastic Gardens (1964) she founded the Experimental Intermedia Foundation and continued to produce work both nationally and internationally with her Elaine Summers Dance & Film Co. She originated the movement approach Kinetic Awareness® and in 1987 founded the Kinetic Awareness® Center.
 
In addition to creating new dance and Intermedia work, Summers works closely with Tanisha Jones, Director of the Moving Image Archive of the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts where her work is being archived.
 
For more information: http://merrydancing.tumblr.com, http://elainesummersdance.com, http://skytime.org,http://kineticawarenesscenter.org


Pauline Oliveros: Pauline Oliveros (1932) is a composer/ improviser/ and educator. She teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Arts Department. She is the Founder of Deep Listening®.
 
For more information: http://paulineoliveros.us
 
Pauline Oliveros will direct the performance of three of her scores from Anthology of Text Scores with more than thirty performers spread through the audience area at Solar1. First is In Consideration of the Earth for voices and instruments. Second is Rock Piece for pairs of resonant rocks, third is Environmental Dialogue for voices and instruments.


Ione: Ione is an author, playwright/director and improvising sound/text artist who performs internationally. Her works include the critically acclaimed memoir, Pride of Family Four Generations of American Women of Color, Listening in Dreams and the recently released Spell Breaking; Remembered Ways of Being – An Anthology of Women’s Mysteries. She is playwright and director of Njinga the Queen King (BAM’s Next Wave Festival) and the dance Opera e (Union Theatre, Madison, WI) and Lunar Opera; Deep Listening For Tunes (Lincoln Center Out of Doors). Her two experimental films are Venezia e L’egitto and Dreams of the Jungfrau. Ione and Pauline Oliveros are currently collaborating on The Nubian Word for Flowers, A Phantom Opera.
 
Ione will perform:
Water Above/ Sky Below;
On Being
 
Pauline Oliveros: Music, Harmonica
Ione: Text, vocals


Carman Moore: Recent Guggenheim and MacDowell Fellowship winner, was the composition student of Hall Overton, Vincent Persichetti and Luciano Berio at The Juilliard School. Moore has commissions and performances to his credit by the N.Y. Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Dayton Opera Company, and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, among others. His multimedia MASS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY was commissioned by Lincoln Center and premiered outdoors in 1994 before audiences of thousands. Carman Moore has taught at the Yale University School of Music, Queens and Brooklyn Colleges, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Manhattanville College. He and the Skymusic Ensemble, once Artists in Residence at St. John the Divine Cathedral, performed his THINK IN A NEW WAY and FLOWING ROCK/STILL WATERS (joined by Kiori Kawai and Elaine Summers Dance) August 1st at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.
 
Recently Mr. Moore has co-created and toured with Danish singer Lotte Arnsbjerg the multi-media song cycle GIRL OF DIAMOND MOUNTAIN, a work concerned with the world-wide scourge of sexual child abuse. He is presently at work on TATA MADIBA honoring the late Nelson Mandela, which will be premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in February.
 
The 5-member Skymusic Ensemble conducted by Carman Moore will perform 3 works: POST-ROCK PEACE PIECE, which will morph out of Pauline Oliveros’ audience-generated ROCK PIECE with Ensemble’s percussive playing rising into an unusual kind of rock statement.
 
Also performed by the group will be Mr. Moore’s FLOWING ROCK/ STILL WATERS which received its world premiere performance recently at Lincoln Center with dance featuring Kiori Kawai.
On their third offering Moore will perform with pianist Marianna Rosett, woodwind specialist Premik Russell Tubbs, and percussionist Eli Fountain a piece honoring Elaine Summers’ life-long love of the sky and the waters called HEAVENLY BODIES.


Kiori Kawai: As an dance performer, Kiori has had the professional pleasure of working with Carman Moore, Elaine Summers Dance, Pauline Oliveros, Azule Dance Theatre, HT Chen Dance Company and many more. In 2011 Kiori co-founded Purring Tiger with Aaron Sherwood, an experimental multimedia installation and performance group. In a review, Ignite.me magazine said “Not only does their art challenge us…, but it’s also beautiful.” She has received grants and honorarium from Brooklyn Museum, Burning Man/Black Rock City LLC, Puffin Foundation Dance Grant, Tribeca Performing Arts Center and Kinetic Arts and Sciences.
 
For more information: http://kiorikawai.com
 
Kiori Kawai will choreograph and solo-perform with the installation, Archetype made by Aaron Sherwood. Also will direct and perform with three dancers in improvisatory setting.


Aaron Sherwood: He is a Brooklyn based new media artist exploring cause and effect through the mediums of sound and light. This takes the form of large scale audio/visual installations, sound sculptures, guerilla art interventions, and performance. His work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Google, Future of Storytelling conference, Scopitone Festival (France), Burning Man Arts Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal), Festival of Curiosity (Ireland), Currents New Media Festival, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and many more.
 
For more information: http://aaron-sherwood.com


Thomas Körtvélyessy: He is re-balancing dance as a way of life and as an artform for performance. An accomplished improviser, dance-artist, choreographer, and teacher, his works explore the various conditions of dance-making and happen in public space, site-specific locations, fringe venues, galleries and theaters. Support came in the past from the Rotterdam Arts Council, Emily Harvey Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, Stichting Sanne, aisthesis foundation (stg. in oprichting), and Kinetic Arts and Sciences.
 
For more information: http://realdancecompany.org
 
Thomas Körtvélyessy will be participating from the Netherlands via live-stream through the internet, in the live-videography of Adolfo Estrada. The stream can be seen globally at http://realdancecompany.org/skytime2014streamingpage.html
Thomas will also contribute photos and videos of earlier dance events for Skytime2014, among others dance on the beach of Hoek van Holland and in Venice, Italy. For more information about the Dutch part of this concert visit http://hemellopers.blogspot.nl


Adolfo Estrada Vargas: He is a Mexican filmmaker based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He works in collaboration with visual artists, musicians, dancers and architects to develop audiovisual products that support the creators’ visions and message. Besides that he is busy with documentary and fiction projects to be produced in Latin America and Europe.


Raphaele Shirley: Raphaele is a French-American multi-media artist based in New York. Her practice ranges from light art, sound, public art, social interventions, collaborative works and performance. Addressing topics such as history, archeology, religion, cosmology and art history, Raphaele seeks to analyze these subject matters in a contemporary manner studying them through materials, form and technology. She takes archetypical and historical imagery and reinterprets them using elements such as neon, laser, water or LED, or common sculptural materials such as wood or plaster, revisiting their meaning in a present day context. Her temporary interventions and work has been shown in venues such as the Museum of Moving Image, S.R. Guggenheim, Chelsea Art Museum and Post Masters Gallery in New York, the NCCA Moscow, 2nd Moscow Biennial and the Hermitage St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Museum of Modern Art, Linz, Austria and Art Basel.
 
For more information: http://www.raphaeleshirley.com
 
“Moonbow for Elaine”, Video projection, Water mist. by Raphaele Shirley
Taking inspiration from pre-renaissance paintings and in particular those of Giotto, Raphaele recreates in a multi-media public installation, a fragment of a mystical painting focusing on the obscured background, the distant minimal landscape. Generating a contemporary, yet timeless sculptural painting, Raphaele blends the elements of time, light space and nature, quietly echoing the natural phenomena of a “moonbow”, a rainbow created by the light of a moon on a misty night, and brings it to the water front, in the heart of New York City, immersed in Stuyvesant Cove/ Solar One’s garden.


Richard Jochum: “Airplanes for Elaine” is a site-specific installation with a table, chairs, and participants constructing paper planes, kites, and flying objects, which will be launched at SolarOne and projected onto the performance site and the East River. The flying objects will be partially equipped with sensors and LEDs.
Airplanes for Elaine honors the imaginative, inspirational and visionary Elaine Summers, who continues to make her mark across spaces and time.
 
This contribution to Skytime 2014 is organized by Richard Jochum (Austria), media artist and educator, and undertaken in collaboration with Deren Sibel Guler (Turkey/USA), tangible interaction designer, and Lise Kjaer (Denmark), artist and art historian.
 
For more information: http://richardjochum.net/, http://cranked-out.me/, http://lisekjaer.tumblr.com/
 

Intro to Green for Coops & Condos: Meeting Your Building’s Special Needs

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How can I make my heating system quieter? Reduce my bills? Eliminate drafts? Stop smelling foul smells from my neighbors?
 
In this educational evening, you will learn some basic building science and solutions to your heat and comfort problems, techniques for working with your building residents, and state monies available to help make everything work better.
 
October 1
6:30-9:30pm
at NYSERDA
1359 Broadway bet 36th and 37th Sts
 
Attend as our guest for FREE by using the discount code “Solar1″ when you register here.
 

Let the World Know How You Really Feel About Climate Change- Join the People’s Climate March!

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On Sunday September 21, you can be part of what looks likely be the biggest march for climate justice EVER.
 
The March will kick off Climate Week in NYC, as world leaders converge on the UN to try, once again, to craft a global response to the climate crisis. The March begins at Columbus Circle at 11:30am (groups will be assembling on Central Park West between 59th and 86th Sts) and will proceed east on 59th Street to 6th Ave, south on 6th Ave to 42nd St, and west on 42nd St to 11th Ave. You can find full details and sign up here.
 
Organizers 350.org is calling for this March to be the biggest, the most beautiful and the most impactful demand for a serious plan for the global environment. Don’t miss it!
 
Poster by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.
 

Clean EC Panel Series Returns Sept 22 with The Utility Business Model: Evolution or Revolution?

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After more than a century of thinking in a certain way about electricity and how it is delivered and sold, things are changing. Every day seems to herald a new milestone in renewable energy, and in distributed generation in particular. The role and leverage of the utilities seems like its about to undergo a fundamental change, and in New York State, the NY Sun Initiative is poised to invest never-before-seen sums into expanding the use of solar power through community solar initiatives and microgrid projects.
 
As Climate Week kicks off in NYC, Solar One and NYC-ACRE bring back the Clean Energy Connections panel series with a discussion of the next steps for the utility business model and what kind of changes we might see in the years to come.
 
The panel includes energy superstars and policymakers such as Jigar Shah, Audrey ZibelmanSergej MahnovskiStephen Lacey and Katherine Hamilton.
 
Tickets are going fast, and are available here, so get yours today!
 
The Utility Business Model: Evolution or Revolution?
Monday, September 22, 2014
7:00-9:00pm
The Greene Space at WNYC
44 Charlton Street at Varick Street
 

Catch & Release Fishing at Solar 1 on Saturday September 13

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Come to Solar One for your last chance to try fishing in the East River until next summer! Our friends at Lower East Side Ecology Center will be bringing over everything you’ll need to learn to bait, cast, reel in and unhook a fish. Whatever we catch will be ion display in a tank until the end of the event, so kids and adults can check them out up close. In past years, we’ve caught bluefish, bass and a crab.
 
Event starts at 11am and goes until 1pm, and kids of all ages are invited. RSVP to daisy[at]solar1[dot]org.
 

Solar and Wind Are Up; Gas, Coal and Nuclear Are Down

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While fewer new electricity generation projects came online in 2014 than in 2013, there’s been a major shift in which new projects are actually coming to fruition. Solar, wind and geothermal outpaced coal and natural gas by so much, you can hardly consider it a contest. And this is not just pr boasting or anecdotal- it’s been confirmed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
 
As you can see from the chart, new natural gas capacity declined by two thirds compared to 2013, and coal declined by 100%- no new coal generating plants came online in 2014. Nuclear stayed flat at 0%. And while solar and wind didn’t increase as much as last year, new solar capacity only declined by 5%, and new wind capacity by 27%. And geothermal was the only technology to add new capacity in 2014, with four new plants coming online in 2014.
 
Thanks to Phil Radford for posting this on the Clean EC LinkedIn discussion page, which you can join here. You can read his analysis here.
 
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Last Chance to Kayak in Stuy Cove in 2014

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After two highly successful rounds of public kayaking events in Stuyvesant Cove this summer, this event series is drawing to a close on Sunday August 10. This event is completely free, and you can sign up on Eventbrite for your 20 minute slot here.
 
You will need to be 18 or older, or else accompanied by a parent or guardian, know how to swim (although life jackets will be provided) and sign insurance waivers. If you can print them out and sign them before you arrive, you’ll be able to get on the water that much faster (links to download the waivers can be found on the Eventbrite ticket page).
 
Boats and gear are being provided by the Long Island City Community Boathouse (LICCB), and the event is a joint project of LICCB, the New York City Water Trail Association, and UrbanSwim, in conjunction with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and with the support of Solar 1, and NYCEDC.
 
Kayaking is great exercise, sustainable transportation and a chance to get a brand new perspective on our city. See you on Sunday, the forecast looks gorgeous!
 

 

Come Volunteer in Stuyvesant Cove Park This Saturday

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How did it get to be August already? It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating Memorial Day and dreaming about sweet corn. Now the sweet corn is ripe (and really delicious this year, so go get some at the Greenmarket) and the late summer flowers are blooming in the Park. Before we know it, fall will kick in and the Park will enter its sleepy wintertime phase. So now is the perfect time to come out and enjoy the Park, while helping to ensure its continued health and beauty!
 
Park volunteers meet at Solar One at 9am and work on tasks like weeding, mulching, clearing paths, putting up signage and making sure fences and barriers are in place to keep dogs and humans out of the plant beds. A pizza lunch will be served, courtesy of the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. The workday ends at 1pm.
 
If you’re interested, please RSVP to Park manager Daisy Hoyt at daisy[at]solar1[dot]org to be part of the fun!
 

Solar One In the News: NYSERDA EDGE Edition

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What do you do with a 350+ unit, 52 year old condominium on one of the most valuable corners in Manhattan, when you realize it needs a top-to-bottom modernization and energy efficiency upgrade?
 
You call the NYSERDA EDGE Team! In this great piece by Amy Zimmer for DNAInfo.com, you can learn how Carnegie House got help from NYSERDA to pay for their upgrades, which helped cut energy bills by 15%, enabling the building to pay for their upgrades in only six years.
 
While there are a host of incentive programs out there for all kinds of buildings and businesses, applying for one kind of incentive can make a building ineligible for others. That’s why it’s important to talk to a specialist, like Solar One’s own Matthew Rolnick, quoted in the article. Matthew is one of the Regional Outreach Contractors (ROCs) who help guide building owners through the NYSERDA programs and figure out which incentives are the best fit for their individual situation. Depending on where you live in the “downstate” region (New York City, Westchester and Long Island), there’s a ROC available to help you make your building more efficient and reduce your operating costs.
 

Public Kayaking Returns to Solar One on Sunday July 27

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The second round of public kayaking events is happening in Stuyvesant Cove on Sunday July 27. This event is completely free, and you can sign up on Eventbrite for your 20 minute slot here.
 
You will need to be 18 or older, or else accompanied by a parent or guardian, know how to swim (although life jackets will be provided) and sign insurance waivers.
 
Boats and gear are being provided by the Long Island City Community Boathouse (LICCB), and the event is a joint project of LICCB, the New York City Water Trail Association, and UrbanSwim, in conjunction with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and with the support of Solar 1, and NYCEDC.
 
Kayaking is great exercise, sustainable transportation and a chance to get a brand new perspective on our city. See you next Sunday!