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Pat Spadine & the Ashcan Orchestra

Ashcan Orchestra represents the audio and visual explorations of P. Spadine, using the tools of cassette tape, video feedback, mountains of televisions, hand bells, musical saw, and violin. The Orchestra visits the Clocktower Gallery just before the beginning of their 2012 residency to perform two compositions live in the studio. The recording also features an interview between P. Spadine and Joe Ahearn, the Clocktower Gallery's Curator of Performance and Installation, that sheds light on the origins of this project and how the monks in the middle ages used bell towers and repetition to play drinking games across great distances. It also features a reading of the prologue from Apollo's Accidental Answer, Ashcan Orchestra's opera which debuts at The Clocktower Gallery on September 12, 13, and 14th 2012.


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


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. .