Chashama Presents
Live Video Performance Art Sonics Spoken Word

The Happening
A Leap Year Performance Extravaganza

Saturday Evening, February 28th, 2004
7-8pm       Terry Mohre & Pam Payne, Video Fly
8-9pm       Stefan Eins, Performance
9-9:30pm   Michael Carter, Word
9:30-10pm Patrick Brennan, Saxophone
10-11pm   Walter Wright, Video Shredder
11-12pm   performances continue into the morning


Chashama Theater
135 West 42nd Street
(Between 6th & 7th Ave)
New York City

For more information contact: Pam at Brickhaus dot Com
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Live Video Performance Art Sonics Spoken Word

Chashama Presents: The Happening
Come celebrate chashama's move with us at The Happening! Four days of fun, play and discovery in every nook and cranny of chashama's 7,000 sq foot headquarters. Paint and make music with artists of all genres at 135 W.42nd St. Come be a part of "open performance studios" at chashama. See for complete Happening information.

Saturday Evening Performance
Join us on Saturday evening for fresh and energetic improvised video, performance, and sound. The performance features veteran artists Stefan Eins, Patrick Brennan and Michael Carter, and highlights two customized video processing instruments, Terry Mohre and Pam Payne's "Video Fly" and Walter Wright's "Shredder". Though the performances are scheduled, the video visuals will be constant, and the performers will likely step in and out of the composition as it evolves throughout the evening.

Video Fly
Using a musical instrument as a metaphor, Video Fly is a set of interactive video processing tools that allow the performer to manipulate live or recorded video “on the fly”. Using pre-recorded clips or a live camera image, the performer selects color and spatial effects and is able to move the projected image in real time. The resulting image is displayed via video projection. The video cameras can remain stationary and focused on a single subject or can be moved. Using lightweight web cameras, the performer is able to smear the image into an abstraction by moving and swinging it wildly as a motion painting device. The designers, Terry and Pam, enjoy the “Fly” device as an improvisational instrument to produce experimental visual music.

The Artists
TERRY MOHRE, artist-engineer-musician has been experimenting with analog and digital video processing systems in New York City for 25 years. He worked as a video engineer on the TV-Cello project for Nam Jun Paik and Charlotte Moorman, performed at the Guggenheim and Whitney Museums. As an immigrant son at the Experimental Television Center, Terry produced experimental artworks while de-inventing video processing tools. As a member of the artists collective group "COLAB", he produced the NEA funded cable TV show "Potato Wolf". His commercial clients include AccuWeather, Pixar, Phillips Broadcast, NTV (Berlin) and American Express. He has shown his work and performed music throughout the United States and Internationally. He has received grants from the New York State Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts and Dyer Ives Foundation among others.
Artists have said to Terry:
Tuli Kupferberg - "You have got to give up cigarettes."
Nam Jun Paik -"This is YOUR daughter?"
Ralph Hocking -"Can't leave you alone for a minute."
Yoko Ono- "Have this piece."
Charlotte Moorman - "But..., you are always so helpful."
Alan Moore - " Distribution!!!"

PAM PAYNE is a digital media artist based in NYC. With a background in music, fine art, video and digital systems, she believes the cultural clash of electronic tools with traditional fine art tools, when used with skill and sensibility produces an exciting visual jazz. Pixels and scan lines expose the tone and quality of the electronic instrument. A blast of hot video color, or a cool digital glitch is as visually appealing as a well placed charcoal smudge. Blending traditional fine art techniques with video and computer imagery, she creates interactive multimedia pieces, motion paintings, and still images. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally. She received her Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in 1988. She teaches and works in video, mulitmedia and software development. Her commercial clients include Morgan Stanley, Paine Webber, The Ontario Science Center, and The NY Hall of Science. She recently produced a two-year series of video/digital media events called “Pixel Nation” with the non-profit video artists group “MWF Club” at the Scott Pfaffman Gallery in NYC.

STEFAN EINS has been living in New York City since the late 1960s. As well as making paintings and installations, he has produced television, curated group shows, and created and run artists' spaces, including the legendary Fashion Moda, a community-involving, multidisciplinary venue in the South Bronx. He has exhibited his works in NYC and internationally since 1972. His installations have often appeared in New York, in nightclubs and parks as well as galleries and museums. His projects have been funded by foundations and private contributions, including The New York State Council of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Republic of Austria.
Press Quotes:
"Organic imperativeness and esthetic validity" ARTFORUM
"Utopian" Art in America
"Influential style" The Village Voice
"Memories of everything other, truer, more conclusive" Die Presse, Vienna
"Most refined" Der Spiegel
“All together an idea man” The New York Times

MICHAEL CARTER was born in Glendale, CA in 1958. Lived in Southern Cal until 1969 when his family relocated to Anchorage, Alaska, where he spent his adolescence gold-mining, hod-carrying, falling down mountains, xc-skiing and did some writing for the Anchorage Daily News . Attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, 1976-1980 (B.A., 1981). Moved to New York City in 1980. Co-founded Redtape, a Literary /Arts occasional 'zine in 1982 (Seven issues published to date including Tragicomix, 1992). Has produced nearly one hundred performances, art curations, readings, musical performances, and video presentations at New York clubs and cafes, including Club 57, Mudd, Danceteria, Hotel Amazon, CBGBs, Max Fish, XOXO, the Living Theatre and many others, including Tam Tam and Radost in Prague. (Has performed in many of these places, too.) Since 1990 has been associated with a shadowy organization called the Unbearables and has fomented many shenanigans therewith. Lived in Prague with 30,000 other ugly Americans for much of 1994. A book of poems, "Broken Noses and Metempsychoses" is being published by "Fly By Night/Tribes Books" in September, 1996 (in which some of these poems will appear). Currently at work on two novels, of which Temporary Angels is one. Does not return phonecalls quickly.

PATRICK BRENNAN composes music for improvisers and plays the alto saxophone. With his ensemble, SONIC OPENINGS UNDER PRESSURE, he navigates the role of improvising composer/performer in a manner similarly explored by Ellington/Monk/Coleman/Mingus/Threadgill, etc. Brennan invents diverse, multileveled soundscapes often polyrhythmic, panharmonic and extended in form. The human, and dramatic, unpredictability of distinct individuals improvising together form an essential component of this music, and Brennan's compositions charge and calibrate the creative tensions of these moments. "I've always thought about music in terms of its overall impact, how sound functions as an image, how people interact with all this in terms of imagination, emotion, dialogue, participation. So, it's natural that I would think about any music in orchestral terms, and that I would be as interested in how the ensemble is speaking as in whatever solo issues might be at hand. Actually it's the ensemble, and how composition may coordinate that activity, that gives any moment's solo its pallette." - pb
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WALTER WRIGHT, a video artist, animator and software engineer, was one of the first video animators when he worked at Computer Image Corp. in the early '70s. His tapes were shown regularly at the Kitchen, where he was assistant director. As artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, NY 1973-76, he pioneered video performance and toured public access centers, colleges and galleries with the Paik/Abe video synthesizer. Wright performs on a weekly basis using his own digital software to manipulate video to produce a visual instrument. Just as an electronic keyboard allows the musician to play prerecorded sounds and samples, Wright processes prerecorded video images in real time. He is a member of the Boston area collective VideoSpace.
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