ROBERT A. A. LOWE (LICHENS) + BEN RUSSELL at the Middlesex Lounge
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Non-Event, Balagan, the DocYard, and WZBC present

ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE (voice, synthesizer, visuals)
BEN RUSSELL (16mm projections)

Hot on the heels of their collaboration on the film, A Spell to Ward of the Darkness, Lowe and Russell will join forces once more to present an evening of improvised vocalizations and musical compositions accompanied by live-manipulated 16mm film projections.

Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
(617) 868-MSEX
Doors: 9pm
Admission: $10 / 21+

ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE is an artist and composer who works with voice in the realm of spontaneous music often under the moniker of Lichens. Most recently, creating patch pieces with modular synthesizer and tonal vocal work has been a focus of live performance and recordings. Quality of sound through the marriage of synthesis coupled with voice has allowed for a heightened physicality in the way of ecstatic music, both in a live setting and recorded. The sensitivity of analogue modular systems echoes the organic nature of vocal expression which in this case is meant to put forth a trancelike state to usher in a deeper listening through sound and feeling. His works on paper tend towards human relations to the natural/magical world and the repetition of motifs. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

BEN RUSSELL is a media artist and curator whose films, installations and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. Formal investigations of the historical and conceptual relationships between early cinema, documentary practices, and structuralist filmmaking result in immersive experiences concerned at once with ritual, communal spectatorship, and the pursuit of a “psychedelic ethnography.” A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI Award recipient, Ben has had solo screenings and exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), the Viennale (Austria), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York).  He began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, was a co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, has toured worldwide with film/video/performance programs, and played the light-sensitive skull in a double drum trio called BEAST. He currently resides in Paris, France.

Related events

March 23 - A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013), 7pm at the Harvard Film Archive
March 24 - Short Films by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, 7pm at the Brattle Theatre