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Joe Ahearn

Joe Ahearn, Curator, is an explorer of the interdependence between lifestyle, community, and arts practice. Since 2008 he has been a resident curator of the Brooklyn/Queens performance and arts collective Silent Barn, a leading voice in the new national network of music spaces. Ahearn spent six years as the Managing Director of Showpaper, a non-profit, bi-weekly arts and music newsprint. Ahearn is a frequent participant on panels and public programs focusing on the "DIY" phenomenon. He is also expert in inter-organizational, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative cultural events based in unusual locations throughout the city.

 

Programs

MVT3 (Music Video Time 3)

Clocktower presents MVT3, the third program of the MVT trilogy series highlighting new and innovative music across all genres, celebrating the musicians and directors that create them in a way that is lost in an age of YouTube distribution and smartphone viewing. Screened in a one-night-only set of a dozen "living rooms" equipped with televisions, couches, and coffee tables for you and your gang to commandeer while watching all 32 music video cuts. See full list of music videos below. Both before and after the screening, performances live-score new video work. Click HERE for the Facebook event! Living Room Set Performances: Before - RONiiA with live video by Ginny Benson After- Todd Chandler and Marshall LaCount livescoring a film by Todd Chandler Music Videos: (Director) // (Band) // (Song) Carson Mell // Bobby Bird // Rock N' Roll Carson Mell // Bobby Bird // Album Covers Ian Vañek // Cheeky Blakk // Ride Fah Jay Buim // College ft. Nola Wren // Save The Day Andrew Jeffrey Wright // Dan Deacon // Feel The Lightning Nick Chatfield-Taylor // Dan Friel // Thumper Fletcher Wolfe // emilyn brodsky // Born Again Serban Ionescu // Fantasmes // The Shadow Self Ryan Muir // Fat Tony // BKNY

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AUDITORIUM

AUDITORIUM is an extended evening of site-specific electronic and electroacoustic performances organized by artists/curators Lea Bertucci and Tristan Shepherd. The focal point for this event is a custom 10-channel sound system installed throughout the 50,000 square feet of Knockdown Center. This system will act as the point of departure for multichannel works by innovative sound-based artists Nate Wooley, Sabisha Friedberg, Marina Rosenfeld, Woody Sullender, Phill Niblock, and Katherine Liberovskaya. Bertucci and Shepherd commission new works from the composers, instrumentalists and audio artists to develop works uniquely suited to the site.

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MV Carbon, Beyond the Dimensional Slope

MV Carbon is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist and composer who is recognized for her autonomous approach to music and performance. She uses magnetic tape, sculptural sound objects, field recordings, hand-built circuitry, projection, and reactive mediums in her performances and installations. Experiential situations are a significant component to her work as she embraces the immediacy of the situation at hand. Concepts are developed based on the environment and situation in which they will occur. The deviation of space is assessed and used as a source for the work. Participant’s actions affect the outcome of the pieces though reactive mediums, sound recordings, and physical interaction.

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Cross-Cuts

Joel Shapiro and Richard Nonas are two sculptors who emerged during the early 1970s in New York City, as pioneers of non-traditional sculptural installation. Both artists are now internationally recognized, with work in private and public collections. They have made significant contributions to our understanding of space, scale, and structure, and Clocktower Productions is proud to have them on view in the magnificent Knockdown Center space. Exhibition on view at Knockdown Center Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 pm, or by appointment. Knockdown Center 52-19 Flushing Ave Maspeth, NY 11378 Call (212) 233-1096 (Clocktower) or (347) 915-5615 (Knockdown).

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Ursula Scherrer, afloat

The artist Ursula Scherrer presents an extended form installation event for one night only featuring a near-holographic, animated, multiple projection video environment and a live soundtrack performed by percussionist Brian Chase (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs) and bassist Kato Hideki (of the Tokyo and New York noise scenes). The event is a steady-state, durational, evolution of time, space, light, and sound and visitors are invited to attend any portion of the four-hour event: linger, come and go, or absorb it all. Suggested donation $8-15. Ursula Scherrer is a Swiss artist living in New York City. Her work has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums internationally. Her aesthetic training began with dance, transitioned to choreography and expanded to photography, video, text and mixed media. The poetic quality of Scherrer's video work is one of moving paintings, drawing the viewer into the images. She transforms spaces and landscapes into serene, abstract portraits of rhythm, color and light - inner landscapes in the outside world where the images have less to do with what we see than with the feeling they leave

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Anxious Spaces: Performance Festival 2015

Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst is Clocktower's annual performance and installation festival that introduces a new generation of artists who are based in New York, partner regularly with alternative event spaces and collectives throughout Brooklyn and beyond, and utilize installation work as a platform for performance. The exhibition brings a dynamic selection of these artists onto Knockdown Center's dramatic compound for a month of on-site development, and kicks off the exhibition with a July 5, 2015 celebration of the work and its fluid transformation from environment to stage. RSVP: HERE The opening event features live presentations by Aurora Halal, Lucas Abela, and Prince Rama, who use video, sculpture, and sound artwork in site-specific installations at Knockdown Center as a point of departure for their exploratory performances.

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Melissa F. Clarke

Melissa F. Clarke is an educator, curator, and an interdisciplinary artists working at the intersections of research, data, science, and design. She extrapolates research and observation into multimedia, participatory installations, generative video and sound sculptures, performances, and printed images. Her installation projects reconnect scientific data to an organic source using sound and images collected in the field. She creates immersive neolandscapes giving physical form to the information pulled from giant landmasses and the terrain beneath the seas surrounding us. Clarke was formerly an artist-in-residence at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University. She has performed and exhibited her work at Eastern Bloc, Montreal, Interactive Art Fair, FL, 319 Scholes, NY, Eyebeam, NY, Issue Project Room, NY, Reverse Art Space, NY, the Queens Museum, NY, the Electronic Music Foundation, Suny Stony Brook, NY, and the International Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA-2010, Venezuela. She successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her arctic travels and research. Her work has been featured by the Creators Project and with publications such as the Village Voice, Kickstarter, Art 21, Blouin Art Info, Impose Magazine, and Columbia University’s State of the Planet.

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Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst II

Clocktower presents the second annual group exhibition Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst, featuring a selection of artists whose work incorporates dynamic and time-based elements, ranging from robotic interactivity to performance events to social intervention. Knockdown Center's cathedral-like complex, with its breathtaking expanse, mysterious sub-chambers, surprise annexes, and hidden pockets is a dream environment for site-specific and installation art. Taken together, the architecture and the artworks transform the space into a surreal bazaar of curiosities for the adventurous. Anxious Spaces exhibits and installations by Will Ryman, Molly Lowe, Tim Bruniges, Aurora Halal, Lucas Abela, Prince Rama, Audra Wolowiec, and Ben Mortimer are on view at Knockdown Center through July 26, 2015 Saturdays and Sundays, from 2 to 6pm. Or by appointment. More on the installations:

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James Mercer, Landfill

Sculptor, visual and sound artist James Mercer has created a speculative project about waste management and garbage set in the year 2157. Presenting trash from both the present and future, a multitude of tiny stories are spread along the axis between real and fake, found and crafted, observed and speculated. This installation unites a host of objects scrounged from the street corners and basements of New York City with drawings and sculptures. A video plays on a "discarded" flatscreen inside the installation to provide more hints about this future world. This installation is on view on the third floor of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, just a few steps from the Clocktower Radio studios. Mercer gives a short performance at 6:30 on June 8 during the Second Sundays festivities at Pioneer Works.

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IdeasCity Radio

IdeasCity Radio is a collaboration between the New Museum's IdeasCity initiative and Clocktower.

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Hanging with IdeasCity at Pioneer Works

On December 9, 2016, fellows from various IdeasCity residencies came to the Clocktower radio studio to share their experiences living and making art in New York City, Detroit, and Athens, Greece and how their time at IdeasCity has impacted their lives since. The fellows address questions like: How do you live in New York after living somewhere else? How do you live somewhere else after you've lived in New York? How do you not become a robot living in any city when you have to work for a living? How are we going to survive through a Donald Trump presidency? IdeasCity is a creative, collaborative, civic platform of the New Museum on the Bowery in NYC that starts from the premise that art and culture are essential to the future vitality of cities.

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IdeasCity Arles Preview

Vere van GoolAssociate Director of IdeasCityLadi'sasha JonesProject Manager for IdeasCity, and Clocktower's Program Director Joe Ahearn convene in the Clocktower station to discuss plans for IdeasCity Arles.

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Chavela

Clocktower's Founder, Alanna Heiss, and Program Director, Joe Ahearn, sit down with Catherine Gund ("Cat Gun"), Filmmaker and Founder of Aubin Pictures, to discuss her career as a documentarian and her "new" film Chavela.

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Zoe Friedman & Peals, Time is a Milk Bowl , curator

Zeljkovision Tarot Parlor , curator

Yoga For Two, curator

Weekend, The Band , host

Video Program, Come Home, curator

Turner Williams Jr., host

Transmissions, Long Tones in A and E, curator

Transmissions , curator

Times Square Arts: Gamelatron Bunga Kota, curator

Thu Tran & Christopher Duffy, Thanksgiving Deux, Dinnervisuals, curator

The Spookfish, Recorded Live, host

The Now Age, curator

The New Dreamz: The Idea, curator

The New Dreamz, curator

The Music Box, New Orleans, host

The Leonard Cohen of Sandwiches, host

The Innernet, host

The Gamelatron Jalan Jiwo: Opening Reception, curator

The Gamelatron Jalan Jiwo, curator

THE BOY, host

The Babies, curator

The Ashcan Orchestra, curator

Thanksgiving Deux, Dinnervisuals, curator

Taraka Larson, The Now Age, host

Tara Jane O'Neil Performs, curator

Tara Jane O'Neil Live, host

Taco Truck Torta, host

Tabor Robak's SHOWPAPER, host

SXSW 2011: Sun Araw, Prince Rama, and Weedeater, host

SXSW 2011: Quiet Hooves, Ryan Schreiber (Pitchfork), Pictureplane, Lord Scrummage, host

SXSW 2011: Nick Purdy of Paste Magazine, Hunx & His Punx, Jeff The Brotherhood, host

SXSW 2011: Japanther, Sweet Bulbs, No Age, host

SXSW 2011: Enchanted Forest, John Vanderslice, King Tuff, host

SXSW 2011: Black Congress, Parts & Labor, host

SXSW 2011: Ava Luna, Folly House, Hermit Thurshes, and Unstoppable Death Machine, host

Sumi Ink Club, curator

Streamcast, Concert & Open Studios: Weekend , curator

So Percussion, It Is Time, host

So Percussion, curator

Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, VnessWolfCHild & Terence Caulkins: Crystal Cavern, host

Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Crystal Cavern, curator

September Open House, Open Studios, curator

Second Sundays: June 2015 Mixtape, host

Second Sundays: James Mercer, Bradley Pitts, Lulu Miller, Redu NYC, host

Second Sundays: Artist Interviews, December 2014, host

Sandy Stories: Artists in a Storm, host

Ron Regé's SHOWPAPER, host

Richard Nonas, Because Everything, producer

Reception: Nomi Ruiz, Borough Gypsy , curator

Reception: Byron Westbrook: Interval/Habitat, curator

RAFT: The Stranger, host

RAFT as the Stranger, curator

Rachel Mason: The Lives of Hamilton Fish , curator

Prince Rama: Never Forever and Astral Projects, curator

Playing Hooky: Hurricanes of Love, curator

Playing Hooky: DJ Dog Dick, curator

Playing Hooky 2015: Zeb, The Spy from Cairo, curator

Playing Hooky 2015: Noveller , curator

Playing Hooky 2015: Ned Rothenberg, curator

Playing Hooky 2015: Ikue Mori , curator

Playing Hooky 2015: Helado Negro, curator

Playing Hooky 2015: Frankie Cosmos , curator

Playing Hooky 2015: Ben Seretan, curator

Playing Hooky, host

Phone Tag, Live, host

Peter Edwards: Casperelectronics, host

Pesto Manifesto, host

Performance & Open Studios: MV Carbon, Ganjatronics, curator

People Get Ready , curator

People Get Ready, curator

People Get Ready, host

Peals, Time is a Milk Bowl, producer

Peals & Romantic States, host

Pat Spadine & the Ashcan Orchestra, host

Paradise II: Dream Driver , curator

Paintings and Other Indulgences: Jeffrey Deitch, Walter Robinson, and Alanna Heiss, host

Open House, Open Studios 24 January, curator

Open House, Open Studios 13 August , curator

Open House Open Studios, 27 March 2012, curator

Open House Open Studios 7 August 2012, curator

November Open House, Open Studios , curator

Nomi Ruiz, Borough Gypsy, curator

Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor, Do The Devo, curator

Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor, host

Neon Marshmallow: C. Spencer Yeh and Zarzutzki, host

NEON MARSHMALLOW: Audible Silence, curator

NEON MARSHMALLOW: Audible Silence, curator

MVT3: Nick Chatfield-Taylor, Jay Buim, and Joe Ahearn, host

MVT 2, curator

Muck Performance, curator

Muck Interview, host

Muck, curator

Moral Kombat: Taraka and Nimai Larson vs. G Lucas Crane , curator

Moral Kombat: Pete Nolan vs. G Lucas Crane, host

Moral Kombat: Matt Mondanile vs. G Lucas Crane, host

Moral Kombat: Darren "Driphouse" Ho vs. G Lucas Crane , curator

Moral Kombat: Darren "Driphouse" Ho vs. G Lucas Crane , curator

Moral Kombat: Darren "Driphouse" Ho vs. G Lucas Crane, host

Moral Kombat: Daniel Carter vs. G Lucas Crane, host

Moral Kombat: Cameron Stallones of Sun Araw vs. G Lucas Crane, host

Moral Kombat: C Spencer Yeh vs. G Lucas Crane, host

Moral Kombat : Casper Electronics vs. G Lucas Crane, host

Moral Kombat, artist

Moms & Monterrey, host

Mikkel Hess & the Hess Is More Ministry of Integration, curator

Maya Hayuk reception & Uumans performance, curator

Maya Hayuk , curator

Maximillian Lawrence , curator

Maria Chavez Performance: Improvised Spaces, curator

Maria Chavez Performance: Improvised Spaces, curator

Maria Chavez & Daniel Neumann: Improvised Resonance Compositions # 2-6, host

Lucky Dragons & David Behrman/Ben Vida, curator

Lucky Dragons, host

Lily Padula's SHOWPAPER, host

Lary 7, A Tip of the Hat, curator

Kría Brekkan, curator

Kazue Kobata on Performance, host

Judith Supine Reception with Ed Schrader's Music Beat , curator

Judith Supine , curator

John Supko & Bill Seaman: s_traits, with Wet Ink Ensemble , curator

John Orth, Holopaw, host

John Mejias, I'm Wurried +, host

John Mejias, I'm Wurried, curator

Joe & Ginny's Jam Sandwich, host

Jesse Hlebo, Habit Towards Obedience, host

Jay Buim , curator

Javelin, The Interview, host

Javelin Cowboy Music, host

In Your Defense, curator

Honey Locust Tree Relocation, curator

Holiday Giveaway Party, curator

Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Stranger Visions, curator

Habit Towards Obedience, curator

Guardian Alien in Times Square, host

Grandwizzard Theodore Live, producer

Gamelatron Bunga Kota Opening Reception, curator

G. Lucas Crane, curator

Frieze: Downtown Night, curator

Flock House Living System Pods, curator

Fat Tony, curator

Ebe Oke , curator

Dustin Wong, curator

Dustin Wong, host

DroneScape, curator

Dream Driver: Video Paradise, Julian Bozeman & Javier Morales, curator

Dispatches from SXSW 2011: Preview, host

Diamond Terrifier, host

David Horvitz: Fifty-Five Honey Locust Trees, curator

Data, Science, and the City, host

Dana Dart-McLean & Lauren O’Conner's SHOWPAPER, host

Dan Friel, Live, host

Dan Friel, Ghost Town, host

Dan Friel & So So Glos, host

Dan Friel, curator

Crystal Stokowski, Shark's Tooth, host

Crystal Stokowski Reception and Concert, curator

Crystal Stokowski, curator

Crystal Cavern Opening Reception, curator

Crystal Cavern - Closing, curator

Cross-Cuts Opening Reception , curator

Concert & Open Studios: Hess Is More (& More), curator

Closing Celebration for Shoplifter's Nervescape with Hess is More and Listening Center, curator

Clocktower People & Project Updates 2014, host

Christopher Garrett's SHOWPAPER, host

Chris Kontos DJ Set , host

Chelpa Ferro , host

Casperelectronics, curator

Carly Ptak, Idea Machine Reception, curator

Carly Ptak, Idea Machine, curator

Carly Ptak, curator

Canyon of Burning Water, curator

Cammisa Buerhaus, Chroma Color Organ, host

Calder Foundation: My Life in 19 Minutes, Ava Luna & Headless Horseman, host

Byron Westbrook: Interval/Habitat, curator

Borden Capalino, Ballyjamesduff, curator

Ben Vida, Bird Show, curator

Ben Vida Performance, curator

Bacon, Egg & Cheese, host

Babyharvester, Opening Reception, curator

Babyharvester, curator

Babycalzones Pizza Potluck #23, curator

Ava Luna, host

Ashcan Orchestra Performance, host

Apollo's Accidental Answer , curator

Anxious Spaces: Zero to Infinity , host

Anxious Spaces: Raul de Nieves , producer

Anxious Spaces: Performance Festival, curator

Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst , curator

Anxious Spaces: Desi Santiago, Mummy Procession , producer

Anxious Spaces 2015: On View , curator

Anxious Spaces 2015 Closing Party , curator

Amy Yao's SHOWPAPER, host

After Hours: Cabin Fever, An Alpine Fantasy, curator

After Hours, The Drums , curator

After Hours, Sky Lines , curator

After Hours, Room Mate Grace Hotel, curator

After Hours, Nomi Ruiz at BB Kings!, curator

After Hours, Ebe Oke , curator

After Hours, Corporeal-Symphonics, curator

After Hours, Bouquet , curator

After Hours, An Evening at the Lambs Club , curator

aclu benefit, host

Above The Law: So Percussion, curator

Above The Law: So Percussion, curator

Above the Law: Kids Puttin' on the Ritz, curator

Above the Law: Fat Tony, curator

Above the Law: Fat Tony, curator

Above the Law: Fat Tony, host

Above the Law: Dustin Wong, curator

Above the Law: Dustin Wong, curator

Above the Law: Dan Friel, curator

Above the Law: Dan Friel, curator

Above the Law, curator

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