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Crossing the Line 2009 | Raimund Hoghe – Boléro Variations

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Last night my wife Amelie and I attended Raimund Hoghe’s, Boléro Variations at The Dance Theater Workshop. This was his premiere tour in the US and this fact created major excitement throughout the theater. People were extremely elated, especially the theater loyalists. After finding out that Homeland Security would not allow one of the French performers to enter the states, because of “passport issues”, we were presented with a strong piece of organic, honest and vulnerable art. In my mind this was not a performance, but an art piece. The reason I make this distinction is because to view this as a performance, would not set your frame of reference properly. Many people where not prepared for the deliberate pacing and freedom that the piece established from the very beginning. I for one had difficulty dealing with the first act due to the fact that most of the things you see in this city are set to entertain the audience. We are not used to a slow pace, slow makes us uncomfortable, it’s almost a dirty word. When you speak about pace, you start to think about performance, when you think about art you lose the reference of pace. If you where in a museum and were looking at something that unfolded at it’s own pace, you probably wouldn’t make judgments about the timing. It is when you are seated in a theater, where the elements of time and audience engagement are considered. These things are difficult to grapple with when you witness something like Boléro Variations, that doesn’t even consider time on purpose. Overall, the experience was refreshing, unique and moving. The beauty and strength of the piece where exceptional. I hope that you all can see it tonight and let us know what you think!

Performer and choreographer Raimund Hoghe’s work questions conceptions of difference and expectations of the dancing body, advocating inclusive views of humanity and acceptance and celebration of self and others.

Created in Paris in 2007 and co-presented with Dance Theater Workshop, Boléro Variations features the music of Ravel’s Boléro, folksongs, and the soundtrack from the TV broadcast of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s ice-dancing performance at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo.

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September 25, 2009 at 16:21

“Horse Racing in Winter” a painting by Clarence Gagnon in Toronto, Ontario

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September 24, 2009 at 01:06

From La Rochelle to New Rochelle

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September 24, 2009 at 01:03

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Metamkine | Crossing The Line Festival

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Last Friday, I had the pleasure of experiencing the visual and auditory performance of Metamkine. As is my habit, I often try and come under-prepared for performances such as these. I try to not learn too much about what I am about to experience. This helps me feel what I personally feel, not clouded by reviews and preconceived notions of what I should look for and what the critics say is noteworthy. I don’t mind a trailer, but full previews are out.  I arrived at the FIAF to find that the show was about to begin and that my wife was stuck in a cab 10 minutes away, so I headed in solo, because the guy was giving me a look that said “you should get a seat because….” – I told her I would hold some seats and down I went. As I rode down the escalator, I noticed the beautiful videos of Marie Maillard and was delivered down into the theater ready and open for what was next.

The lights went out. The visuals and sounds entranced the audience into a hallucinogenic rabbit hole experience that pierced my ears, soothed my eyes and had a few people behind me looking like the guy from the Maxell commercial seen here:

The three artists performed live with vintage cinema projectors and other non identifiable (it was very dark, so dark that I never found my wife) pieces equipment positioned around the stage and theater and manged to “play” their instruments through the help of over 50 extension cords (so I was told). They used their hands, bodies and audio/video fragments to create an ambiance of tension and euphoria that took over the theater. Overall the entire experience was extremely interesting and creative and my only gripe was that “performers” where a bit out of view. I would have liked to have seen them more in the work. The visuals and audio where tremendous, but this is after all a “live” show in which people are part of. Perhaps I should have sat in the front row? Did you see the show? Let’s us know what you think in the comments below!

Founded in 1987 and based in Grenoble, Metamkine (known in French as La Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine) is made up of musician Jérôme Noetinger and filmmakers Christophe Auger and Xavier Quérel. The trio’s research into the relationship between image and sound has resulted in works they refer to as live “musico-cinematic” creations. Through the use of mirrors, multiple projectors, a live soundtrack of tape fragments, and ingenious on-stage editing, they produce and direct a new film live—simultaneously a performance and its document. A sensory immersion that must be experienced to be believed, Metamkine is brought to Crossing the Line in cooperation with Anthology Film Archives.

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September 22, 2009 at 16:22

Marie Maillard Opening at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (Luxe)

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Last night was amazing! The new Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (aka Luxe) on Orchard street is an incredible space. Nestled in on the first block of Orchard above Canal, on arrival, the street was glowing with art lovers and the artists whom they adore. The opening of Marie Maillard was beautiful, hypnotic and exceptional. The clear blue light and stunning imagery mixed with ethereal sounds produced a feeling of floating on a cloud, made just for you. After this initial transformation, the gallery space leads you down the stairs to the “secret” second gallery where the contrasts are strong. Brick walls, industrial appliances and a crowd that rivals any speakeasy in the time of prohibition. The cozy, homespun, creative feeling encountered brings us to a different time. A different feeling. A place where the art speaks to each of us and provides us with a much needed break from the white walls of the outside scene. Enjoy!

This opening was part of the Crossing The Line FestivalLuxe Gallery (new location)
29 Orchard Street, [MAP]
Between Hester & Canal St.

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September 10, 2009 at 15:14

LUXE/ STEPHAN STOYANOV GALLERY – New Space/ New Exhibition/ New Beginnings

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LUXE/ STEPHAN STOYANOV GALLERY   29 Orchard  Street, New York, NY 10002 M: 646 407 2932  

Luxe Gallery has moved and is changing its name. Having vacated its Stanton Street premises, the gallery is now located at 29 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, where its collaboration with the French Institute Alliance Francaise—Marie Maillard’s Wall 0909—is currently on view. At the conclusion of the show, the gallery will take the name of its director of seven years, Stephan Stoyanov, and resume its program of group and solo shows of gallery artists.

Please join the gallery for it’s inaugural reception celebrating Marie Maillard’s exhibition WALL 0909 on Wednesday September 9th from 6 until 8pm at 29 Orchard Street between Hester and Canal on the Lower East Side.

For Immediate Release: 

Marie Maillard 
« WALL 0909 » 
At a time of radical evolution in our information society, Marie Maillard transcribes the futures of an image that suddenly emerges in reality in order to reshape it. She anticipates the consequences of virtual reality’s intrusion in the day-to-day spaces of our lives. Her artworks test the becoming-image of our realities.
With the new century came the age of the iconocrash. This confrontation between heterogeneous and apparently incompatible regimes of representation is based on an imaging principle at the heart of the functioning of hypermodernity. Reality generates its own representations in a continuous and simultaneous flow. In this context in which the image goes so far as to anticipate the event in order to engender a heightened reality, the frameworks of our lives are reshaped in terms of their physical and perceptual coordinates.
Maillard’s Video-Wallpaper expresses the idea of an inhabitable, enveloping image that moves beyond the screen to take over architectural space. It is no longer an image that is looked at or read but rather an image one inhabits. The image is superimposed over reality, redefining it aesthetically.
The artist’s collaborations with Jean Nouvel display this incorporating of the image into the experience of the contemporary city. The architectural building becomes a disseminator of an image that creates an interaction with its immediate environment while making it part of the atmospheric ambiance. Maillard’s works filter reality live in order to give back a representation of it that is informed by digital protocols.
A similar effect appears in her photographs, where the pixels are stretched and elongated one by one to produce an extruded image, like an acceleration of iconic cells, offering a representation of the new digital horizon.
Maillard’s chair and table sculptures seem to be infected with a virus generating the proliferation of bubbles on their surfaces, like a swelling of the object that reveals the vitality of the atoms composing it.
Through these intrusions of an image that is endowed with an intelligence all its own, Marie Maillard introduces a doubt into our understanding of what distinguishes virtualities from realities. Welcome to the enigma of the virtual.
Pascal Beausse

Romina Djelosevic
Gallery Manager

Luxe/ Stephan Stoyanov Gallery
29 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
T: 646 407 2932
M: 310 877 6904

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September 8, 2009 at 13:50