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Guess Who’s Coming to MEGADinner? It’s Nina Katchadourian!

We’re continuing to unleash some of the special people who will grace the 2013 MEGAFEST with pure goodness.

Nina Katchadourian works in photography, sculpture, video and sound. She installs subversive urban audio interventions, rigs cars with alarms that sound like jungle birds, documents crossdressing animals, creates telemarketing infomercials out of sound samples from John Cage, repurposes magnetic tape found in gutters, and re-edits recordings from moon walks into incomprehensible bits. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, New Langton Arts, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, the Palais de Tokyo, the Turku Art Museum in Finland, and the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs.

Nina will be installing something amazing secret yet un-secretly amazing. DON’T MISS.

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Radio is a Powerful Weapon

Unlike all those phallic destructive weapons, radio’s strength lies in its benign presence–its lack of corporeal force.

Secret Wars, an exhibition at Proteus Gowanus dissects the clandestine methods of modern warfare. It features work by Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse of smudge studio and neighbors Kevin Allen’s phonoscopic, Gowanus:Over/Under-Water.

David Goren encourages us to tune into strange dial chatter in his installation, “Atencion! Seis Siete Tres Siete Cero”: The Mystery of the Shortwave Numbers Stations. We hear an automated voice repeat a stream of digits, an indecipherable communiqué from some Lost corner of the globe. The precise meaning of these broadcasts remains unknown, but  enthusiasts suspect that they are (or were) artifacts from an invisible military campaign or political espionage.

The exhibition ends on April 7th.

**If you visit this Thursday night (Feb. 7), you can also catch an “intimate” performance by secret co-warriors, Blake Schwarzenbach and Kevin Mahon, who will consider “Death as Muse” in The Morbid Anatomy Library and Museum.**

 

Goren re-purposes his (and conet’srecordings for the gallery with the help of a behemoth vintage radio set.

 

Guess Who’s Coming to MEGADinner? Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson

HOLY. YES. We are readying to announce a string of fantastical sound explorers, audio visionaries, and purveyors of all things good for your earz who will be popping by MEGAPOLIS NYC during the weekend of April 19-21, 2013.

But first we must pimp this pre-festival teaser the weekend beforehand with our good friends Anna and Eric. Eric Leonardson = instrument builder, educator, president of the World Listening Project, more. Anna Friz = radio and transmission artist, a PhD in sound amazingness from York U. in Toronto, much more. Ppl whom we are lucky to feature and whom you want to know. They are swinging through NYC to initiate a nice discussion with students at the New School on Friday April 12th, and to naughtily install some radios and give us a wet and wild performance on the evening of Saturday April 13th.

Ticket and related information is forthcoming. EXCITEMENT IS HERE AND NOW! Listen to this piece featuring the both of them:

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Megapolisfestival x Dresshead Wrap Style Two Piece Swim Suit

Get ready for that super hot day at the beach or city pool with this lovely Megapolisfestival x DressHead Wrap Style Two Piece Swim Suit made of super durable high elasticity fabric which will fit your figure perfectly. This suit has a deep v-neckline to compliment your bosom with a crossover gathering on the left side which is slenderizing and slimming. The lower portion of the suit has a ruffled skirt which wraps around your body at the hip, lifting slightly on the right side to accommodate the gathering. The skirt is full and soft as it billows around your thighs. Sizes available for this swimsuit are XXL – 6XL. Order now for fast delivery and be ready for that dip in the pool! This Megapolisfestival x Dresshead Wrap Style Two Piece Swim Suit is on sale at dresshead now.

What I didn’t get for Christmas…

…brought to you by The House of Automata run by Michael and Maria Start (a name far too good to be true) of Scotland. Their website boasts an array of creepy and not-so-creepy automata sure to distract you for the better part of an afternoon.

Automata hold a special place in the history of sound art. Think of them as very early, highly anthropomorphized attempts at audio reproduction (tin cylinders didn’t just fall out of Edison’s brain, you know). Jonathan Sterne outlines this history in The Audible Past, a must-read for everyone who works with sound.

P.S. — It’s my birthday soon….

Have a Noisy Merzbow Day!

It’s the holiday season, which means time to flaunt New York City’s cultural diversity.

A person can buy a Christmas tree off the sidewalk, see a Menorah car parade, eat Chinese food, get drunk with Santa [NSFW], buy things, or attend any number of Winter Solstice concerts.

But we, at Chez MEGAPOLIS, are still recovering from our favorite holiday, Merzbow Day!

What’s that, you say, I have not heard of this….??

Well, I’m glad you asked. This brand spankin’ new addition to the holiday calendar honors the life and work of Japanese noise artist Masami Akita a.k.a. Merzbow.

Don’t know Merzbow? 

Then I have a gift for you… Because this guy’s been revealing the hidden beauty of noises and other living beings since 1979. This traditional Merzbow Day anthem should give you a pretty good idea of what he’s all about.