VOLUME and the Hammer Museum presented Restless Brilliance, an evening exploring new trajectories in music and video. Showcasing new work in the emergent field of experimental electronic and audiovisual performance, Restless Brilliance presented artists that are blurring the lines between music, cinema, performance, and art.
This installment of our ongoing series with the Hammer Musuem presents a live performance by Shuttle358, and a screening of Colorfield Variations organized by artist Richard Chartier.
Also known as the critically acclaimed artist Shuttle 358 on the NY based label 12k and Fenton on the Japanese imprint Plop, Dan Abrams is among a new wave of artists bringing the aesthetic sensibilities of digital technologies to bear upon the styles of environmental space music first explored by the likes of Brian Eno, David Parsons, Michael Stearns, and Robert Rich. Abrams created quite a stir in the US minimal electronic scene with his debut release Optimal.lp in 1999 in which he seamlessly blended the soft sounds of ambient music with the granular aesthetics of modern digital minimalism. This release defined his style and gave birth to many imitators, with comparisons to the work of Eno and Global Communication proving as often, and appropriate, as those to Oval or Ryoji Ikeda.
The Colorfield Variations program, organized by renowned sound artist Richard Chartier, is a collection of audio/visual works reinterpreting the Color Field movement by an international array of critically acclaimed sound and new media artists including: Frank Bretschneider, Alan Callander, Chris Carter + Cosey Fanni Tutti (Chris & Cosey/Throbbing Gristle), Sue Costabile, Evelina Domnitch + Dmitry Gelfand, Mark Fell (SND/Blir) + Ernest Edmonds, Tina Frank + General Magic, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Stephan Mathieu, Steve Roden, and Bas Van Koolwijk. Colorfield Variation includes new works especially created for this program. Colorfield Variations in its original form was commissioned for Washington Project for the Arts and premiered at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, on April 25, 2007.