Friday 22 April 2022, 8pm

Performers: Carolee Schneemann, James Tenney | Photo: Charlotte Victoria

Known/Unknown: A celebration of Carolee Schneemann

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Please note that this event has been rescheduled from Friday 4th February. All tickets purchased for the original date remain valid.

This event marks a celebration of Carolee Schneemann's pioneering work as a multidisciplinary artist as well as an exploration of her collaborations with composer, James Tenney (1934 - 2006) and filmmaker, Stan Brakhage (1933 - 2003). Curated by Dee Sada.

Special thanks to The Carolee Schneemann Foundation and Marilyn Brakhage for supporting this event.

'Infinity Kisses' (2008), 9 mins dir. Carolee Schneemann

'Up to and Including Her Limits' (1976), 29 mins dir. Carolee Schneemann

'Cat's Cradle' (1959), 6 mins dir. Stan Brakhage

Experiments in Saxony
Inspired by Saxony (1978) by composer James Tenney.

Noise Bodies
Inspired by the Noise Bodies (1965) performance by Carolee Schneemann and James Tenney in which
Carolee and James adorned their bodies with found objects creating sounds and rhythms.
Audience members are invited to bring along found objects and participate in the performance.

The legacy of Carolee - Rachel Churner, Director of The Carolee Schneemann Foundation.

Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann (1939–2019) was one of the most influential artists of the second part of the twentieth century. Her pioneering work in a range of media—painting, film, video, dance and performance, installations, and the written word—is characterized by radical formal experimentation and critical investigations of subjectivity, the erotic and taboo, and the social construction of the female body. Schneemann was the subject of numerous exhibitions and publications throughout her six-decade career, including the retrospective Kinetic Painting, presented at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in 2015–2016 and the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2017–2018. Her work has been shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Film and video retrospectives have been held at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Film Theatre, London; and Whitney Museum, New York, among others. Recent publications include the monograph Unforgivable (Black Dog, 2015) and a book of her early writings, Uncollected Texts (Primary Information, 2018). In 2017, Schneemann was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale. A major retrospective of her work will be held at the Barbican Centre in Fall 2022.

Stan Brakhage

Stan Brakhage is one of the most influential filmmakers in American avant-garde cinema, noted for his unflinching social commentaries and technical innovations.

Over his nearly 40-year career, he has made over 200 films of varying length. He made his first film, Interim (1952) at age 18 after dropping out of college. Brakhage films seek to change the way we see. They encourage viewers to eschew traditional narrative structure in favor of pure visual perception that is not reliant on naming what is seen; rather his goal is to create a more visceral visual experience, for he believes that a "stream-of visual-consciousness could be nothing less than the pathway of the soul." To this end, his films are shot in highly sensual colors and utilize minimal soundtracks.

James Tenney

James Tenney was born in Silver City, New Mexico, and grew up in Arizona and Colorado, where he received his early training as a pianist and composer. He attended the University of Denver, the Juilliard School of Music, Bennington College (B.A. 1958), and the University of Illinois (M.A. 1961). His teachers and mentors included Eduard Steuermann, Chou Wen-Chung, Lionel Nowak, Carl Ruggles, Lejaren Hiller, Kenneth Gaburo, Edgard Varèse, Harry Partch, and John Cage. A performer as well as a composer and theorist, he was co-founder and conductor of the Tone Roads Chamber Ensemble in New York City (1963-70).

He was a pioneer in the field of electronic and computer music, working with Max Mathews and others at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in the early 1960s to develop programs for computer sound-generation and composition. He wrote works for a variety of media, both instrumental and electronic, many of them using alternative tuning systems. He was the author of several articles on musical acoustics, computer music, and musical form and perception, as well as two books: META + HODOS: A Phenomenology of 20th-Century Musical Materials and an Approach to the Study of Form (1961; Frog Peak, 1988) and A History of ‘Consonance’ and ‘Dissonance’ (Excelsior, 1988).

A teacher since 1966, he was Distinguished Research Professor at York University (Toronto), where he taught for twenty-four years, and last held the Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition at the California Institute of the Arts. His music is published and distributed by Sonic Art Editions (Baltimore), Frog Peak (Lebanon, New Hampshire), and the Canadian Music Centre, and has been recorded on the Artifact, col legno, CRI, Hat[now]ART, Koch International, Mode, Musicworks, New World, Nexus, oodiscs, Soundprints, SYR, and Toshiba EMI labels.

Rachel Churner

Rachel Churner is the director of the Carolee Schneemann Foundation. She is also an art critic and editor, whose writings have appeared in Artforum and October magazine, among other publications. She was a recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2018 and was the editor of Hans Haacke (MIT Press, 2015), two volumes of writings by film historian Annette Michelson (MIT Press, 2017 and 2020), and Yvonne Rainer: Revisions (no place press, 2020), as well as books and exhibition catalogues on Jaime Davidovich, James Ensor, and Charlotte Posenenske. She owned and operated Churner and Churner, a contemporary art gallery in New York, from 2011–2014. Churner holds degrees in Art History from Stanford University and Columbia University and currently teaches in the Department of Visual Studies at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School.

Dee Sada

Dee is a musician and curator based in London. She currently performs in Paper Birch with Fergus Lawrie of Urusei Yatsura. The duo released their debut album, 'morninghairwater' via TAKUROKU and Reckless Yes records in 2021.

Dee has created an eclectic and diverse collection of work over the last 10 years through percussive noise band, An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump, electronic duo Blue On Blue and performance art band ORAL ORAL.

She has curated events at Whitechapel Art Gallery and Cafe OTO, and recently hosted a screening of Grant McPhee's 'Teenage Superstars' documentary for Raindance Film Festival.

Frederick Fuller

Frederick Fuller is an artist & musician who lives and works in London. He is a Goldsmiths BA Fine Art graduate who has exhibited in Mexico City, Chicago and the UK. As a musician, he has played shows in Portugal, Spain, Germany and toured the UK in an extensive list of bands and projects including Bones, Whales in Cubicles, Night Flowers and currently, with This be the Verse.

Frederick explored improvisation consistently for ten years in his band Kurtz, a two piece guitar and drum duo that would often perform parties and art shows, deciding when and where to perform conventially and when to let go of structure all together. Recently, he has been exploring production with his personal project Night Movies and producing the artist Rufus Miller.

Death Knell

Death Knell is Noel Anderson, who has sung in punx bands Facel Vega, Fex Urbis, Satellites of Love & more, founder of COP, Unwork Records & songwriting vehicle JC Flowers, as well as playing & writing for London noiseniks ADVERT. He recently launched solo project Death Knell’s Steel String Thing/DKSST & as of the end of 2021, has an album recorded but yet to be released. He was also a featured artist in the ICA’s I,I,I,I,I,I,I Kathy Acker exhibition, appearing in a video commissioned for Nowness magazine.  

The Carolee Schneemann Foundation

The Carolee Schneemann Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019). Established by the artist in 2013, the Foundation advances the understanding of Schneemann’s work through scholarship, exhibitions, and publications. Over the next few years, the Foundation will establish a residency program at Schneemann’s home in upstate New York in order to support artists whose work shares Schneemann’s commitment to new methods of aesthetic experimentation.

Lotte Johnson

Lotte Johnson is a curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London, where she is curating the forthcoming retrospective Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics, opening in September 2022. Her work as a curator, writer and art historian focuses on interdisciplinary artistic expressions, feminist practices and transcultural dialogues, with a particular interest in performance. At the Barbican, she has curated solo artist commissions by Toyin Ojih Odutola (2020), Jamila Johnson-Small (2019), Yto Barrada (2018) and Bedwyr Williams (2016) and contributed to a number of major exhibitions, including Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art (2019), Basquiat: Boom for Real (2017) and The World of Charles and Ray Eames (2015), editing and authoring publications for many of these projects. She previously worked at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, contributing to exhibitions focused on Jean Dubuffet, Ellen Gallagher, Paul Gauguin, Jasper Johns and Dieter Roth.

Cathy Wade

Cathy Wade is an artist and writer who investigates how practice can be created and distributed in collaborative partnerships and through the creation of commons. Their work seeks to understand the experience of contemporary conditions through exchange with others. They are course leader for MA in Arts Education Practices at BCU; and are currently curating new work with artist Hannah Sawtell at Vivid Projects alongside facilitating Black Hole Club, Vivid Projects’ artist development programme.

Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott is an animator and musician based in London.

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