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.
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
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.
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;
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.