Live Video by Katherine Liberovskaya, with
Live mixing of audio pieces by Phill Niblock
In this live set Niblock mixes between audio pieces based on diverse field recordings which are very different from his music compositions. Liberovskaya mixes video with Jitter/Max/MSP from a vast personal database of clips shot over the past fifteen years.
Music by Phill Niblock
Hurdy Hurry (1999, 15:30) Jim O'Rourke, hurdy gurdy, recorded samples
Not Yet Titled (22:20, 2003) Franz Hautzinger, trumpet, recorded samples; Gordon Allen, live
Poure (2008, 23:28) for cello, Arne Deforce, cello; recorded samples ; commissioned by the Centre de Recherches et de Formation Musicales de Wallonie, CRFMW, Liege, Belgium
Images by Phill Niblock
Video from the "Movement of People Working" series
Phill Niblock makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time. Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time. He was born in Indiana in 1933. Since the mid-60's he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world among which: The Museum of Modern Art; The Wadsworth Atheneum; the Kitchen; the Paris Autumn Festival; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; ZKM; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard; World Music Institute at Merkin Hall NYC. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York (<http://www.experimentalintermedia.org/>) where he has been an artist/member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1000 performances) and the curator of EI's XI Records label. In 1993 he was part of the formation of an Experimental Intermedia organization in Gent, Belgium - EI v.z.w. Gent - which supports an artist-in-residence house and installations there. Phill Niblock's music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels. A DVD of films and music is available on the Extreme label.
Katherine Liberovskaya is a video and media artist based in Montreal, Canada, and New York City. She has been working predominantly in experimental video since the late eighties. Over the years, she has produced many single-channel videos and video installation works, some of which have earned awards and mentions in Europe and North America. Her works have been presented at a wide variety of artistic venues and events around the world among which: Diapason Gallery, NY, Netmage, Bologna, MUU Gallery, Helsinki, Bunkier Sztuki National Gallery, Krakow, M'ARS Gallery, Moscow, Gallery 21, St-Petersburg, Gallery Ssamzie, Seoul, Stazione di Topolo - Postaja Topolove, Italy, Institute for Transacoustic Research (Iftaf), Vienna, Balazs Bela Studio, Budapest, Gallery Parzival, Berlin, Erasing, Belgrade, ISEA 2004, Helsinki, The Subtropics Experimental Music Festival, Miami, Images, Toronto, FCMM, Montreal, Osnabrück European Media Art Festival, VIPER, Basel, offline@online Media Art Festival, Tallin, WRO Festival, Wroclaw, Festival Internacional de Nuevo Cine, Havanna, VideoMedeja, Novi Sad, Mass Cultura, Lisbon, Les instants vidéo de Manosque, France... She has held numerous grants and arts awards in Canada and in France where she studied media arts. In addition to her art practice she has concurrently been involved in the programming and organization of diverse media art events, notably with Studio XX in Montreal (programming coordinator 1996-1998, president 2001-2003), Espace Vidéographe, Montreal and Experimental Intermedia, NY (Screen Compositions 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) as well as the OptoSonic Tea series at Diapason in NY since 2006. Her articles on video and media art have been published in ESSE-Arts + Opinions, la Revue Électronique du CIAC, the Banff Center's HorizonZero and the Canadian Journal of Communication. In recent years her work mainly revolves around collaborations with new music composers, notably Phill Niblock ('Babel-On', 2004,installation, 'Painting the Painting', 2003, single-channel video, 'Topolo: de Passato a Avvenire', 2005, installation, 'Four-Wheel Drive', 2007-08, single-channel video and installation), as well as Al Margolis/If, Bwana ('Take-off', 2006, installation), David First ('Mountain/Reflex and River/Wind' performance, 2008), David Watson ('Bagpipe Extrapolations' performance, 2007), Zanana ('Sub-Veillance' performance, 2008), o.blaat ("LandFilles/dis-(p)lay waste" performance, 2009) Anne Wellmer and Hitoshi Kojo. In 2003 she began exploring live video mixing, using MAX/MSP and Jitter, in improvisation with live new music/sound. Since, she has performed live video mixing at a variety of venues in NY, Montreal and Europe with a number of music/sound artists including: Margarida Garcia, Barry Weisblat, Vortex (Satoshi Takeishi + Shoko Nagai), Mary Halvorson, Toshio Kajiwara, Shelley Hirsch, Anthony Coleman, Tiziana Bertoncini, Thomas Lehn, Urkuma, Angelica Castellò, Micheal Delia, Antonio Della Marina, Giuseppe Ielasi, Renato Rinaldi, Richard Geret, Gill Arno, Ben Owen, André Gonçalves, Matt Pass, Monique Buzzarté, Alessandro Bosetti, Audrey Chen, murmer, Max Shentelevs, John Grzinich, the Notekillers, Marina Rosenfeld, Jim Bell, Jason Kahn, Tom Hamilton, among others.