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A Benefit Party for Triple Canopy, Light Industry, and The Public School
177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn – PLEASE NOTE NEW ADDRESS
8pm to the early a.m.
Light Industry is excited to announce that, following the next three screenings—Child Bride, Perfumed Nightmare, and Naomi Uman: The Ukrainian Time Machine—we will be moving from our current Sunset Park venue to a 5,000-square-foot storefront at 177 Livingston Street in downtown Brooklyn. We’ll be sharing our new home with two extraordinary groups, Triple Canopy and The Public School; on February 20 all three organizations will be throwing a party to celebrate its opening. The event—Light Industry’s 100th show!—will also serve as a benefit to help cover the costs of building out the space’s interior, which was designed by Common Room with Gabriel Fries-Briggs and Rachel Himmelfarb.
The evening will begin at 8pm with readings by Ed Park and Lynne Tillman. Next, there will be a rare stateside presentation of Lis Rhodes’s Light Music (1975, pictured above). Rhodes’s double projection is a seminal exploration of 16mm optical sound—the on-screen abstraction is “read” by the projector as audio—and a stone-cold classic of British expanded cinema. The “Anti-Matter Cabaret” of Ambergris and a set by the pop ensemble Skeletons will follow, as will DJ sets by Josh Kline and Gary Murphy & Tim Lokiec.
Who’s Who, What’s What
Triple Canopy works collectively with writers, artists, researchers and other collaborators on projects that deal critically with culture and politics, and the ways people engage them, both online and in the world at large. These investigations are realized in an online magazine as well as in public programs and print publications encompassing various fields and locales. We aim to present work and advance ideas informed by a multitude of disciplines and perspectives, and to disseminate them among a broad and diverse audience. Triple Canopy, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, was founded in late 2007; our first issue was published on March 17, 2008.
Light Industry is a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project has evolved into a series of weekly events, each organized by a different artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually, Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative art spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and other intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings, performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the presentation of time-based media. Bringing together the worlds of contemporary art, experimental cinema, new media, documentary film, and the academy (to name only a few), Light Industry looks to foster an ongoing dialogue amongst a wide range of artists and audiences within the city.
The Public School is a school with no curriculum. It has chapters in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Brussels, Paris, Puerto Rico, and other cities around the world. Via the Public School New York website and its discussion boards, members collaboratively generate ideas and curricula for free reading groups, skill-based workshops, seminar-style discussions, lecture-driven classes, and participatory projects. The Public School is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything. The Public School is a project of Telic Arts Exchange.
Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days and a founding editor of The Believer.
Lynne Tillman is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, and three nonfiction books. Her most recent novel, American Genius: A Comedy, was published in 2006 by Soft Skull Press.
Lis Rhodes has been at the forefront of British experimental cinema since the early 1970s, working as part of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op and later co-founding Circles, the first organization in the UK dedicated to distributing artists’s film and video made by women. She lives and works in London and teaches at Slade School of Fine Art.
Ambergris is a band conducting spelunking tours into fluorescent lagoons of narrative imagination. Citing influences from Gilbert and Sullivan to Flipper, Ambergris has performed its “Anti-matter Cabaret” in locations such as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Issue Project Room in New York, and the Fumetto Festival in Lucern, Switzerland.
Skeletons is a New York-based pop ensemble. The band’s sixth full-length record, Money, was recently released on Tomlab.
Common Room was established in 2006 as a space for collaboration with a focus on the built environment.
Tickets: $5-$20, pay-as-you-wish, available at door.”