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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

Scherrer has worked with the composers/musicians Shelley Hirsch, Michelle Nagai, Brian Chase, John Duncan, Kato Hideki, Flo Kaufmann, David Watson, Michael J. Schumacher, Valerio Tricoli among others, in the creation of video and sound installations, live performances and single-channel videos. She has collaborated with the choreographers Liz Gerring, Sally Silvers and Susanne Braun as well as the light artist Kurt Laurenz Theinert. Together with Katherine Liberovskaya, Scherrer organizes OptoSonic Tea, a series dedicated to the convergence of live visuals to live sounds.

About the Pioneer Works Clocktower installation/performance Scherrer has written:

A black space. Time disappears. Space disappears. Movement is imperceptible.

Scherrer, Chase and Hideki are creating a space of floating sounds and images, the visible becomes invisible, the invisible becomes visible.

It is not about what the viewer sees and hears, it is about the feeling the images and sounds provoke, that which is beyond the surface.

A seemingly floating, structure of semitransparent black fabric that has sparkles woven into it is hanging in the space. The black absorbs the image, the image disappears. The silver sparkle within the black makes the image visible.
The audience is invited to sit and lie on the floor.

The images are organic shapes filmed in nature and architecture, abstracted to extract the essence of them. Sometimes the images and sounds become very active and there are times of no sound and no image. The artists are holding the space.

The space is a space of pure being, a space where the audience feels comfortable to float, letting themselves go, loosing themselves in, loosing touch with time. There is a feeling of no gravity. The sounds are hanging in mid air. There is a moment when time dissolves.

When the visitors leave they have no idea if they stayed for 10 min. or several hours.

There is nothing happening and yet so much. A dream that becomes reality, reality that becomes a dream.

Other works by Scherrer and company:

Long duration video and sound installation Bologna Italy 2013

Giant LED wall projection in Seoul South Korea 2012

Anxious Spaces 2014: Brian Chase

The wonderfully talented and renowned drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Brian Chase, composed a piece for Hisham Bharoocha and Ranjit Bhatnagar's drum circle installation, Zero to 0 and we recorded it. Live from our July 2014 Anxious Spaces Performance Festival at Knockdown Center, these hypnotically peaceful beats will lull you into a trance.

Kato Hideki, Bayt

Music by Kato Hideki, the Japanese-born musician, composer and sound artist, who lives in Brooklyn. This nearly hour-long piece from 2006, called Bayt (the Arabic and Hebrew word for house), is performed by his project Green Zone with Hideki on electric bass, baritone guitar, violin, viola, analog synth and water, Otomo Yoshihide on electric guitar, and Uemura Masahiro on drums. Kato Hideki is the co-founder of Death Ambient with Ikue Mori and Fred Frith. His other groups outside of Green Zone are: OMNI wtih Nakamura Toshimaru and Akiyama Tetsuji. As a bassist, he has worked with Eyvind Kang, Karen Mantler, Zeena Parkins, Marc Ribot, Jim Pugliese, John Zorn among many others. Besides his own projects, Kato collaborates with Nicolas Collins, James Fei, Christian Marclay, Ursula Scherrer, Michael Schumacher & Esther Venrroy. He is also a member of analog synthesizer collective, Analogos.

Kato Hideki & Brian Chase, afloat

A recording of the live soundtrack accompaniment to afloat, a one night only extended form installation featuring a multiple projection video environment by artist Ursula Scherrer. Relive the mysterious performance with this wandering soundscape, created in collaboration between percussionist Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and bassist Kato Hideki (of the Tokyo and New York noise scenes.)