Birds of the Feather




Apr. 17, 7 - 9 PM, Alison Knowles with Charles Curtis and Hannah Higgins
Birds of a Feather

Emily Harvey Foundation: 537 Broadway 2nd floor (corner of Spring st.)


About this show:

Fluxus with Tools - Performance with Hannah Higgins
Rice and Beans for Charles Curtis, (2008) - Performance with Charles Curtis (Cello)

Fluxus with Tools is a performance lecture/event combining vintage Fluxus scores with insightful writings - both scholarly and humorous - by Hannah Higgins. All this activity is executed on a tabletop with sound augmentation by Knowles.

Rice and Beans for Charles Curtis, (2008) is a handmade score created by Alison Knowles for the renowned cellist Charles Curtis, who takes pleasure in encountering and performing challenging musical notations made for him by composers and artists. This score is composed of wet flax pulp, lentils, rice and a tangle of strings poured out flat, pressed, and dried.





Alison Knowles is a Guggenheim fellow and a founding member of the Fluxus group, who also worked with John Cage, producing Notations, a book of experimental compositions (1966). She exhibited in "The American Century" at the Whitney Museum, "In the Spirit of Fluxus" at the Walker Art Center, and "Out of Actions" at LA MoCA, among others. London's Tate Gallery recently hosted her performance/proposition "Make a Salad" for 3000 people (2008). In 2009 she was a fellow at Harvard, and this year, she will show her work and perform in Postdam, Poland, and Madrid. She is a participant in the MOMA performance symposium.

The Cellist Charles Curtis performs a unique repertoire of major solo works created expressly for him by La Monte Young, Alvin Lucier, Eliane Radigue and Alison Knowles, as well as rarely-heard compositions by Terry Jennings and Richard Maxfield, and works by Cardew, Wolff, Feldman and Cage. A former faculty member at Princeton University, and for eleven years the first solo cellist of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, Curtis is now professor for contemporary music performance at the University of California, San Diego, and tours and records internationally. His performances in recent seasons have taken him to the Guggenheim in New York, the CAPC in Bordeaux, the the MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin, Dundee Contemporary Arts, the Kampnagelfabrik in Hamburg, and Harvard University. Eliane Radigue's recent Naldjorlak for solo cello has received over thirty performances worldwide and, as part of a new trilogy, was premiered in the Auditorium of the Musee du Louvre last October. He continues to perform and record the traditional repertoire for cello, both as soloist and as artistic director of the chamber music project Camera Lucida.

Hannah Higgins is the author of "Fluxus Experience", a history of the Fluxus movement published in 2002 by the University of California Press. Her recent "Grid Book" is an interdisciplinary history of this defining form in Western culture published by MIT Press (2009). She is co-editing an anthology of computer art titled "The Muse in the Mainframe" with Douglas Khan. She has a major article appearing in the May 2010 Art Journal, and presently is a professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago.






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