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Guardian Alien in Times Square



On the eve of their performance at Primal Screams, Clocktower Founder and Director Alanna Heiss and Program Director Joe Ahearn host the band Guardian Alien for a fractal discussion of global travel, the Antarctic, Nico, women-fronted rock bands, and experimental metal. Band members Alex Drewchin and Greg Fox relate their recent trip to Antarctica and the unique soundscape of such a desolate and beautiful place. There, the band collected film footage which forms the basis of their projections in the AMC Times Square theatre for the Primal Screams Event.

Plus, a bonus story about Nico and the Velvet Underground, recounted by Alanna Heiss, and Drewchin and Fox's take on the evermore socially inclusive underground scene in Bushwick.

Including excerpts from the band's 20-minute epic Spiritual Emergency.

Comprised of prolific New York experimental musicians Greg Fox and Alex Drewchin, Guardian Alien is an ever evolving, far reaching, avant-garde machine. With equal nods to 80s minimal no wave and mid 2000s skronk, the duo effortlessly fuses the old and new schools of musical vocabulary in their kaleidoscopic explorations. Moving past foregone conclusions, they arrive in uncharted territory, where new discoveries can be made.
 

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The Clocktower Gallery was founded by the alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After a hiatus as a gallery space (after the Sept. 11, 2001 events nearby), the Clocktower Gallery reinaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of the newly founded Art International Radio (now Clocktower Productions). Clocktower Exhibits is home to interviews with and performances by its exhibitions' participating artists and curators over these many years.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart. .
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