N.E.S.T.

 
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N.E.S.T. (The North East Sticks Together) was an effort by TD Sidell, EXiMiOUS Productions (Deb), Bodies of Water Arts & Crafts (Dan Shea) and myself to do a non-festival of sorts. We’d all done a lot of local event planning and thought to just bring as lot of artists together in one week across a few venues to highlight all the different stuff going on in Boston. Some shows were at DIY venues, some at proper clubs. The N.E.S.T. logo was drawn by Ron Regé, Jr.

The lists below are not perfect; I looked through old docs and press to remember what we did but the records are a bit incomplete– please hit me up w/ any corrections, commissions, etc.

 

2005 Lineup:

Abhorred, About, Age Rings, Alek K Redfern, Alex Onslaught, Anderson Comedy, Animental, Aquanet, B.E.A.R.D., Bad Jaime, Badman, Bakula, Beauty Pill, Bent!, Big Digits, Black Forrest Black Sea, Black Helicopter, Blanks, Boston League of Women Wrestlers, Brenden Wesley, Bury the Needle, Certainly Sir, Cheer Accident, Christians and Lions, Clawjob, Colin of USAISAMONSTER, Conquistador, Conversions, Crystal Understanding, Cul de Sac, Dania Shapes, David Day, Diamonds in the Back, Dilly Dilly, Dirty on Purpose, DJ Casey, DJ David Dancer, DJ D'hana, DJ Frank White, DJ Joseph Colbourne, DJ Juan Maclean, DJ Ken, DJ Knife, DJ Morgan, DJ Paul Foley, DJ Sir Loins, DJ Tommee, DJ Yard, Donna Parker, Dust Galaxy, Eggplont, Eli Reed and the True Loves, Ernesto Gianola, Ettrick, Ex Models, Extinction Agenda, Faces on Film, Full Grown Spiders, Future Classics, Geoff Farina, Hallelujah the Hills, Harris, Harry and the Potters, Hats and Glasses, Headband, Heathen Shame, Hekersi, Helms, Hirudinea, Ho-Ag, Hot Lunch, In Black and White, Jana Hunter, Jason Forrest, Judah Johnson, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Kids on T.V., Kites, Lazy Magnet, Legends of Style, Lip Service, Lorna Doom, Mahi Mahi, Major Stars, Make a Rising, Mark E. Moon, Mark Robinson, Matters and Dunaway, Meanings, Mike Joy, Mittens, MMM's Live Archive, Mo Juice Mike Costa, Musk, Neptune, Nicky Click, Noosebomb, Oliver North, Our Lady of Bells, Pants Yell!, Polaris Mine, Ponies in the Surf, Punk Rock Flea Market, Rahim, Reports, Reverand Glasseye and His Wooden Leg, Revocation, Rose Melberg, San Serac, Sheperdess, Shrinking Islands, Snakes Say Hiss, Square Productions, Squids, Steve Brodsky, Sweet Theives, Thalia Zedek, The Abraham Lincoln Brigade, The Beat Awfuls, The Body, The Chinese Stars, The Desert Sea, The Elephants, The Hidden, The In Out, The Konks, The Pill, The Student Council, Tiny Hawks, Tony Gong, Traniwreck, Tristan da Cunha, Truth Serum, U.V. Protection, USAISAMONSTER, Varietae, Victory at Sea, Villains, VJ Matt Boch, Volatile , Watchmaker, Well I Never and the I (Do) Declares, Why Twist the Hair, Yoni Gordon

Media Sponsor: The Boston Phoenix

A 2005 Sampler CD was produced but I can’t find the artwork.

 

2006 Lineup:

40 Watts, Achillies, Alek K Redfern and the Eyesoars, Animal Hospital, As Long as We're All Living We're All Dying, B.E.A.R.D., Badman, Big Bear, Black Helicopter, Blacktail, Bones Brigade, Bread and Roses, Brown Bird, Cassette, Certainly Sir, Cornucopia, Crank Sturgeon, Crystal Cocks Over Canada, Devil Music, Disappearer, DJ Caulder, Juan Maclean, DJ Ken, DJ P , DJ PTVN, Donna and Kate, Ed Gein, Electrosocial, Fat Worm of Error, Fatal Flying Guilloteens, Fiasco, Fruit Salad, Get Killed, Get Smart, Ghetto Fighters, Goat of Arms, Hats and Glasses, Hivemind, Ho-Ag, Isolee, Jacob Berendes, Jason Anderson, Karlheinz, Kayo Dot, Khanate, Landing, Luasa Raelon, Mad Man Films, Made in Mexico, Magic People, Mahi Mahi, Major Stars, Mark Robinson, Meli, Minamata, Mittens, Night Rally, No Idols, Nurse and Soldier, Octave Museum, Organelles, Pants Yell!, Parts and Labor, Piles, Plunge into Death, PosiXforce, Pragnus Grey, Presley, Protokoll, Punk Rock Flea Market, Purity's Failure, Rainbow Bright, Ramona Cordova, Raw Radar War, Regeneration Records, Reports, Ringers, Roh Delikat, Shanghai Valentine, Shore Leave, Sinaloa, Soul-le-lu-jah, The 9 Billion Names of God, The Butcherings, The Carslile Sound, The Chinese Stars, The Gossip, The Hound, The Invisibles, The LUVs, The Mules, Oxford Collapse, The Pill, The Reputation, The Sanguine, The Teeth, The Westward Trail, They and the Children, Throne of Blood, Tigersaw, Tiny Hawks, Titty Cakes, Toxic Narcotic, Travers, Tunnel of Love, U.V. Protection, Victory at Sea, We Are Wolves, Where Are You From? Are You in School?, Wilderness, Wildlife, x-04, Yoni Gordon

Media Sponsor: The Weekly Dig

 
This CD was put out by our sponsors, The Weekly Dig, in advance of the series.

This CD was put out by our sponsors, The Weekly Dig, in advance of the series.

 

Venues

Great Scott (2005, 2006), O'Brien's Pub (2005, 2006), P.A.'s Lounge (2006), The Middle East (Corner), T.T. The Bears (2006), The Middlesex Lounge (2005, 2006), The Cyclorama (2006), ZuZu (2005), The Midway Cafe (2006), The Milky Way Lounge (2006), YWCA (Central Square, Cambridge MA) (2006), Massachusetts College of Art ((2005, 2006), Northeastern University (2005), Regeneration Records (2005), Chez Vous (Skate Rink) (2006), The Brattle Theatre (2006), Jacque's Cabaret (2006)

Partners

Mass Art Eventworks (2005, 2006), Alex Onslaught (2006), Truth Serum (2006), EXiMiOUS Productions (2005, 2006), Honeypump (2005), Bodies of Water Arts & Crafts (2005, 2006), Hot Lunch (2006), The Student Council (2006), The Pill (2005, 2006), The Plan (2005, 2006), The Dear John Letter Lounge (2006), Bent! (2006), Ernesto Gianola (2006), MUSK (2006), Varietae (2006), Corleone Records (2005, 2006), Square Productions (2005, 2006), Aquanet (Jamaica Plain) (2006), Clawjob (2006)

 

Now Dance (for Capri by Night)

Capri by Night is a series of public video screening at Schauspiel Köln / Offenbachplatz. Located in the heart of Cologne, Germany, the one hour program runs daily from dusk till dawn. The program is curated and organized by Lyoudmila Milanova in cooperation with Schauspiel Köln, with the support of Sparkasse KölnBonn, Kulturamt Stadt Köln, RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur. I had the opportunity to curate a selection of videos for one month.

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Now Dance borrows it’s name from a song by the same title, released in 1987 by Byron Davis & The Fresh Krew on the 4 Sight Records label. Like many early Miami Bass artists, Davis packed his work with samples from sources like Ohio Players’ Love Rollercoaster and Roger's unforgettable 10+ minute rendition of I Heard it Through the Grapevine. Now Dance is both an original composition and an index of sorts, enticing listeners to learn more about the genre’s roots and influences.

I think of this collection of videos for Capri by Night in a similar way — a mixtape of ideas, samples, artists and presentation styles that offer a window into the wider world of dance as I’ve come to know and appreciate it. My thanks to the talented artists and organizations who accepted my invitation to participate.

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Videos on View:
+ avail to view online

AUNTSAUNTS realness, 2013
Jérôme BelPichet Klunchun and Myself, 2005 (excerpt)+ 
CHERYLHOW TO CHERYL, 2008 +
The Merce Cunningham TrustVariations V (excerpt), 1965
Cynthia DavidsonUrban Punk Ballet in Second Life, 2013 +
Beth Gill, Catacomb NDP 3, 2016 +
Jerron Herman, Phys Ed (excerpt), 2017 +
Makeya Kaiser, Tribute to Whitney Houston, 2016 +
Alice Sheppard, DESCENT, 2017
Ben Sisto featuring SR PalmWhat I'm Trying to Say, 2014 +


Credits:

AUNTS realnessAppears courtesy of AUNTSVideo by Marin Media Lab

Originally part of American Realness at Abrons Art Center, New York City, 2013

Featuring Emily Wexler, Leslie Cuyjet, Stacy Grossfield, Milka Djordevich, Geo Wyeth, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Yackez, Aaron Mattocks, Jen Rosenbilt, Jillian Pena, Lindsey Drury, Tara Aisha Willis, Lily Gold, Maggie Bennett, Gillian Walsh, Shizu Homma, Owen Weaver*Pichet Klunchun and Myself: Captation Intégrale (excerpt)Appears courtesy of Rebecca Lee and Sandro Grando for Jérôme BelFeaturing Pichet Klunchun and Jérôme BelMusic: Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack)

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HOW TO CHERYLAppears courtesy of CHERYLChoreography and performance by Destiny Pierce, Stina Puotinen, Nick Schiarizzi and Sarah Van BurenMusic: Fancy Footwork (Chromeo)

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Variations V (excerpt)Appears courtesy of the Merce Cunningham TrustMusicians: John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon MummaChoreography: Merce Cunningham / The Merce Cunningham Dance CompanyFilmed Projections & Visual Effects: Stan VanDerBeek and Nam June PaikLighting: Beverly EmmonsDirected for Film by Arne Arnborn

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Urban Punk Ballet in Second LifeAppears courtesy of Cynthia DavidsonDirected by Cynthia DavidsonFeaturing Serena GuardianChoreography by Vista AnimationsSpacesuit: Nicky ReesLocation: WodkaMusic: Second Life Radio live stream

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Catacomb NDP 3Appears courtesy of Beth GillChoreography by Beth GillPerformed by Heather Lang and Stuart SingerMusic by Jon MoniaciCostume design by Baille Younkman

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Phys EdAppears courtesy of Jerron HermanChoreography and performance by Jerron Herman

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Tribute to Whitney HoustonAppears courtesy of Makeya Kaiser and Creativity ExploredDirected by Makeya Kaiser with technical assistance by Veronica GrahamStarring Makeya Kaiser as Whitney HoustonGuest starring Marie Fong as “Announcer"

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DESCENTAppears courtesy of Alice SheppardChoreography & Performance: Alice Sheppard in collaboration with Laurel LawsonLighting, Video, and Projection Design: Michael Maag

Video images inspired by selected sculptures of Auguste Rodin. Original images provided by Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center For Visual Arts at Stanford University. Additional video courtesy of MANCC, Chris Cameron.

Kinetic Light Team

Artistic Director: Alice Sheppard; Deputy Director: Lisa Niedermeyer; Project Manager: Marýa Wethers; Production Manager: Joseph Futral; Fundraising Consultant: Benvenuti Arts; Marketing Consultant: PURPOSE Productions; Production Coordinator: Stephanie Byrnes Harrell; Website Design:  CyCore Systems

Writing Fellow: Mariama Noguera-Devers

RAMP Design Team

Sara Hendren, Yevgeniya Zastavker, and Katie Butler, Daniel Daugherty, Duncan Hall, Andrew Holmes, Erica Lee, Scott Mackinlay, Apurva Raman, March Saper, Alexander Scott, Kimberly Winter, Rachel Yang, Jingyi Xu, with support from Olin College. Ramp Engineering and Fabrication: Rooster Productions, LLC

Funding

DESCENT was made possible, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Dance/NYC’s Disability. Dance. Artistry Fund, made possible by the Ford Foundation with additional support provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University. DESCENT was also supported by Dancers’ Group’s CA$H grant program, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., and the Yip Harburg Foundation.

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What I'm Trying to Say appears courtesy of Ben SistoChoreography by Ben Sisto and S.R. Palm; based on the works by John JacobsonPerformance by S.R. PalmMusic: What I'm Trying to Say (Robert Burton Hubele)

Not Really Confident

Looking at Abstract Art with Microsoft CaptionBot, April 17-28 2016

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For Not Really Confident, I've run 267 images of abstract art through CaptionBot (© Microsoft 2015), an image caption-generating AI that came online late March 2016. In CaptionBot's "own" words,  "[I] was created to showcase some of the new capabilities of Microsoft Cognitive Services. These new capabilities are the result of years of research advancements ... Specifically, I use Computer Vision and Natural Language to describe contents of images. I am still learning, so sometimes I get things wrong."

My starting place was this list of abstract painters on Wikipedia; most images of the artworks themselves were found using Google's image search.  I was familiar with maybe 15% of the artists in advance, and selected images by looking at several works by each and trying to find a decent example that summed up a main body of work, or style. Images were downloaded, then uploaded to CaptionBot for processing. You can also provide CaptionBot with an image's URL, but I opted for the upload route on the off chance the AI might search the contents of related pages for context-clues. I then took screen shots of the resulting captioned-images and organized all the before / afters into some shared folders.

As the process went on, I thought of some related works (poems, exhibition strategies, etc) which you can see under the Ideas section above. If you have any corrections, questions, or ideas shoot me an email.

Contents:

SOURCES

ORIGINALS

CAPTIONED

RESULTS

OTHER IDEAS