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Gamelatron Bunga Kota Opening Reception

A. Taylor Kuffner's newest installation The Gamelatron Bunga Kota (City Flower), a set of 30 Bronze gongs and 6 cymbals from Bali retrofitted with mechanical mallets mounted as an immersive experiential sound installation, opened at Times Sqaure's Icon Building on June 6, 2013.

The Gamelatron Bunga Kota plays continuously night and day, performing as an "auditory" clock and triggered by the audience to robotically playback a selection 9 original compositions ranging from 3 to 19 minutes in length. The installation opens to the public until July 26, 2013; Tuesday-Friday from 2pm to 8pm.

Presented in partnership with Times Square Arts and Massey Knakal Realty Services.

Times Square Arts: Gamelatron Bunga Kota

The Gamelatron Project by A. Taylor Kuffner, draws on the thousand-year-old sonic tradition of Indonesia, Gamelan, and the emerging field of robotics to create magical, viscerally-powerful, site-specific performances and temporary and permanent installations. Kuffner's newest installation is The Gamelatron Bunga Kota (City Flower), a set of 30 Bronze gongs and 6 cymbals from Bali retrofitted with mechanical mallets mounted as an immersive experiential sound installation scaling the walls in full surround sound of a vacant retail space in the heart of Time Square. The Gamelatron Bunga Kota plays continuously night and day, performing as an "auditory" clock and triggered by the audience to robotically playback a selection 9 original compositions ranging from 3 to 19 minutes in length. To hear one of the "modes" created by Kuffner for his Gamelatron installation at the Clocktower Gallery in 2012 click HERE. The Gamelatron Bunga Kota (Flower of the City) June 6 - July 26, 2013 785 Eighth Ave., between 47th and 48th Streets Exhibition is open Wednesdays to Fridays, 2:00 to 8:00 pm Presented in partnership with Times Square Arts and Massey Knakal Realty Services.
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Gamelatron: Clock Mode

A recording of the sounds from the Gamelatron Jalan Jiwo, a robotic, self-playing Gamelan hybrid, composed by artist A Taylor Kuffner as a site-specific installation for the Clocktower. Erected in 2012, Kuffner's installation in the Clocktower's main gallery included some forty instruments manufactured in Bali, including vibraphones, drums, chimes, bells, and resonating bronze gongs, installed on the walls and columns of the space. Visitors were invited to select from a menu of compositions ranging from contemplative to ritualistic orchestrations. When the pieces concluded, or when no visitors were present, the Gamelatron settled into a passive state, referred to as Clock Modeby Kuffner, which played day and night for months. At no time did the installation go totally silent. Clock Mode is a one hour cycle, extremely spare and mysteriously stimulating. The following recording is of that hour, formatted to run for 24 hours.
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The Gamelatron Interviews

Jeannie Hopper sits down with Clocktower curator Joe Ahearn and artist A. Taylor Kuffner to discuss the Gamelatron Bunga Kota (City Flower) installation. Kuffner's latest manifestation of The Gamelatron Project appears June 2013 in the Icon Building, a currently empty retail space in the heart of Times Square and was produced in collaboration with Times Square Arts. Joe Ahearn and Jeannie Hopper discuss the Clocktower and Times Square Arts Alliance's efforts to make Times Square a place for not only tourists, but contemporary artists and art world patrons, as well. They also discuss the other projects that the Gallery and the Alliance have worked to exhibit. During the interview, Kuffner reveals how he considers himself a conceptual artist, allowing him to be free of material associations. He stumbled upon the practices of the Gamelan while living in Indonesia and it was when he returned to New York that he found himself reminiscing about the exotic instruments of the Asian culture that he had left behind. After several incarnations of what Kuffner affectionately calls the Gamelatron, he brings Bunga Kota to NYC's urban center; to a space that was a concrete slab. The installation now transforms the physical space and those that experience it. It is located at 785 Eighth Ave. and can be viewed from June 6 - July 26, 2013.
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