RhizomeDC is a nonprofit community space located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. We are a hub for experimentation, community collaboration and social engagement.
Upcoming at Rhizome (click on event for more details):
Maple House Collective and Select DC present...
Thomas Helton (double bass), solo and in duo with Susan Alcorn (pedal steel)
Ghost in Salad (electronics, performance)
Jim Strong (self-built instruments)
Thomas Helton (bass) "pursues an agenda of decisive indeterminacy, within the lineage of jazz’s post-1960s avant-garde." Solo and in duo with Susan Alcorn (pedal steel) - "I view the instrument I play, the pedal steel guitar, not as an object to be mastered, but as a partner with which to share with the listener a meaning, depth, and hopefully profound awareness of each fragile moment we’re together." Plus straight-up indecipherable wildness out of Philly, in the forms of Ghost in Salad and Jim Strong.
CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, October 28, 2016, 7-9pm
Mei Mei Chang 'Shapes without Shape - Installation with audio and video projections.
Reception will feature a short talk by Mei Mei about the work, plus a performance of music & her live video projections (talk & performance expected to begin approx. 8pm).
Mei Mei will also host a workshop on Friday afternoon before the reception, from 4:30-5:30, for kids of all ages. We will discuss what installation is and do some drawings and activities.
(Installation will remain on view until 10/31)
Movement Material is a 60-minute program of video, 16mm projection, and live performance that highlight transfigurative gestures via the collision of camera and dance. This program explores the roles and functions of both the cinematographer (Jeremy Moss) and the dancer (Pamela Vail) while engaging questions of space, movement, and the ways in which the frame and the cut create alternate walls and rhythms. The progression of this camera/dance collaboration has led the artists to pointedly examine equality, balance, interactivity, and reciprocity between both forms.
Please join us Sunday evening November 6th as we welcome Ebitsam Abdulaziz for an artist talk and opening reception for her new exhibition at Rhizome. Ebitsam will also present a short video performance, Structures.
Ebtisam Abdulaziz is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and writer. Reflecting her degree in Science & Mathematics, Abdulaziz incorporates her unique perspective on mathematics and the structures of systems to explore issues of identity and culture through installations, performance pieces and works on paper. Her works are evidence of a fascinated with systemic ways to produce emotionally or intellectually meaningful forms of expression. Abdulaziz has exhibited as part of the Inaugural UAE and ADACH Pavilions at 53rd Venice Biennale, as well as at the 7th & 10th Sharjah Biennial; Languages of the Desert, the Kunst Museum, Bonn, Germany; Dubai Next at the Vitra Design Museum, Basel 2008; Arab Express, a group exhibition at The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; 25 years of Arab Creativity, The Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Inventing The World: The Artists as a Citizen, Benin Biennial 2012, Kora Centre, Benin.
EVE of DESTRUCTION, tax deduction, Suicide, too many pills, young folks moving to the hills. People all over the world trying to END the WAR, (horn couplet) and the band plays on…Ball of Confusion/Temptations/1971
Art wells up in Society’s least-guarded crevices at precisely that moment when politics has failed and failed utterly. And now comes the time when our creative force is released to forge after futures and alter destinies out of the grimy residue of political discourse. Uniquely malleable as a material for ontogenetic prosthetics, tone science/sound art/non-idiomatic music offer enormous promise for rehabilitating our temporal disorder and reestablishing our evolutionary tract towards truth/beauty/justice. So, we struggle with weapons, now, that spit sound and not lead, ordnance whose boom brings healing and not destruction. Join Luke Stewart and Thomas Stanley (a/k/a Bushmeat Sound) of MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND in a unique intervention at Rhizome on Monday, November 7. The Eve of Construction will be structured as follows:
7:30 doors open
7:45 smudging and prayer in yard
8:00 alter destines and after futures (Dr. Stanley’s workshop)
8:45 tone science as prepared and delivered by Stewart and Stanley
Bushmeat Sound: efx/samples
Luke Stewart: bass/samples/efx
Schnellertollermeier's recent album, X, is a masterful work of instrumental musical intensity. The songs, whether long or short, crushing or ambient, have absolutely no padding on them. The challenging, sometimes downright confrontational mix of jazz, minimalism, experimental rock, noise, punk, free improv, modern composition, avant-garde and electronic influences erupting throughout X is what this genreblind trio of 30-year-old musicians effortlessly, even unconsciously, does, obeying only internal logic. Refreshing, highly-energized and original...
Learn the basics of propane vapor flame effects and get hands-on building experience in this weekend workshop taught by members of the Site 3 Fire Arts team. In the morning we'll cover safety, more safety, the basics of using LPG (propane) as a fuel, how flame effects work, more safety, solenoid valves and ignition systems. The class will go over NFPA 160, the standard for flame effects before an audience, so that you can learn the terminology and know how to pitch these legal and (if built properly) safe devices to the local fire department for approval. In the afternoon, we will build and test a small flame effect. If you have your own project, this is where you start. While we won't be selling kits, a parts list for a simple flame effect is available upon request. Due to venue constraints, live flame tests may be run at low pressure and may be called off due to unsafe weather conditions.
Sunday will be another day to work on your project and get it to a proof-of-concept state. We'll also talk about logistics for Burning Man and other events that enjoy fire: experiences with insurance, transportation, fuel delivery, anything else you're wondering about.
Sonic Circuits presents
Public Speaking is the music of Brooklyn composer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Anthony Harris. Working with voice, electronics, piano, guitar, and percussion, he crafts meticulous experimental music that focuses on rhythm and texture. Harris balances adventurous methods with an intimate compositional aesthetic.
Like a Villain "The alter ego of Holland Andrews, Like a Villain is fragile, sparse music that's then set alight by Holland's tremendous voice, often looped and layered into thick, extravagant canvases. Embracing the often-minimalist sensibilities of 20th and 21st-century avant-garde composers, Andrews uses clarinet and glockenspiel to provide backing for her vocal aerobatics, but the end result is something entirely new and strange and wonderful" / PORTLAND MERCURY
Analog Tara (Tara Rodgers) is a composer, historian and critic of electronic music, originally from upstate New York and now based in the Washington, DC area. She is the author of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (2010) and numerous articles on the history of sound and synthesizers.
Elmapi...Synthpop electropop from Paris.
Maple House Collective presents...
"Tom Blancarte scribbles a continuous line of amplified upright bass without ever taking his pen from the metaphoric paper, a twisting, turning stream... that leaves the listener to pick a path through it... small gritty sounds are scraped, twisted and plucked from Blancarte's bass, with frequent sudden leaps from the minuscule to flamboyant. " --The Wire
Sarah Hughes is an alto saxophonist, composer, improviser, educator, and art adventurer hailing from Maryland. She obtained her MM in Jazz Saxophone at the New England Conservatory in May of 2015. She has performed in and around DC and New York City with ensembles including the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra and the Brad Linde Ensemble, a Washington D.C.-based collective dedicated to exploring and expanding the styles of jazz that emerged in the 1950s including bebop, cool jazz, third stream, and free jazz.
Daniel Barbiero, Gary Rouzer and Nate Scheible are three stalwart DC musicians who have performed in many area venues and spaces. Improvisation exploring texture, pitch and ready-made sounds for strings, objects and percussion.
Maple House Collective presents...
Kyle Eyre Clyd, plus Pony Moon (Baltimore) and Weed Tree (DC)
In 2008 then-performance artist and DIY curator Kyle Eyre Clyd began her solo noise project using unclaimed electronics left behind at her residence, Brooklyn's Silent Barn. Since then, her semi-outsider status—as a Southerner among the Northeast's local scenes, a non-musician amongst musicians, a woman amongst men—has allowed her to develop a unique voice, tangential to the harsh noise genre. She has played for audiences at the Stone, PPOW Gallery, Sculpture Center, live on WFMU, on the Columbia New Music Hour, on US tours, and at festivals including Ende Tymes and INC NOLA. (notes via Issue Project Room)
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