Japanther live from EMPAC on WGXC
Nov 30, 2011 1:00 am
(NOTE: YouTube clip is slightly not playable on FM radio. Fine after 10 p.m.)
WGXC is working with Japanther and RPI's EMPAC for a live broadcast on WGXC 90.7-FM at 8 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 2. Japanther’s performance is commissioned in conjunction with "Quote Unquote: Experiments in Time-Based Text," an interdisciplinary series presenting work by artists that use an existing text as a departure point for installation, film, and performance. For this new performance, music, video, and performance draw parallel lines between the three industrial archetypes, with Japanther and collaborators utilizing fragments of their environment to envision a utopian creative endgame.
The Japanther performance at EMPAC will be broadcast at 8 p.m. if technology allows, on 90.7-FM. At 9:30 p.m., "Hotline Radio" comes on 90.7-FM, and the Japanther performance, if still going on, will be available on a webstream, at http://comm.free103point9.org:8000/troy.mp3.m3u.
Japanther is an art project established circa 2001 by Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to wild interactive live showings in unconventional settings, the duo has collaborated with Dan Graham, Gelitin, Eileen Myles, ninjasonik, and Spank Rock, among others. Japanther was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial as part of Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty and the 2011 Venice Biennial as part of Gelitin's Some Like It Hot performance. The duo has made a name for themselves through unique performance situations including shows with synchronized swimmers, oversized puppets, from out of the back of a moving truck, alongside giant dinosaurs, and with BMXers flying off the walls of the Whitney sculpture garden.
WGXC's parent organization, free103point9, has a long history with Japanther, collaborating on several projects. Japanther contributed tracks to two of free103point9's "Radio Action" CD compilations, and free103point9 also released a CD of a live performance at free103point9's Brooklyn location in 2003.