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FVPS 2019 | Full Schedule and Program

Image from the film  THE LAST KNOWN PERSON (2019)  director. Pat van Boeckel poet. Ester Naomi Perquin | Image of Hans-Georg Henke photographed by John Florea.

Image from the film THE LAST KNOWN PERSON (2019) director. Pat van Boeckel poet. Ester Naomi Perquin | Image of Hans-Georg Henke photographed by John Florea.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium | July 12 thru August 3, 2019 | MOSCOW · LOS ANGELES · NEW YORK CITY

The 2019 Film and Video Poetry Symposium has programmed over 30 international films to be screened in 3 cities. The symposium will feature 9 guest speakers, educational workshops, poetry readings, and a gallery exhibit celebrating the work of 18 artists and poets. Attendance will experience poetry films, performing arts, videopoetry, experimental media, live readings, art installations, essay films, and films from the avant-garde.


THERE ARE NO NEUTRALS HERE | Film Screening and Poetry Reading
Friday, July 12, 2019 doors at 7pm. Our program begins at 730pm.
$5 - 10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

PERILOUS EXPERIMENT (media artist. Ruth Hayes, U.S., 2016)
MOTHER (d. Graeme Maguire, p. Tim Atkins, U.K., 2015)
CHILDREN ARE THE ORGASM OF THE WORLD (animator. Frances Haszard, poet. Hera Lindway Bird, U.K., 2016)
THE FAMILY HOME (d. Chad Attie, U.S., 2017)
OPERATION CASTLE (d. Filip Gabriel Pudło, Poland, 2013)
BLUE SILVER (d. Jean Sanchez, Spain, 2019)
THE LAST KNOWN PERSON (d. Pat Van Boeckel p. Ester Naomi Perquin, Netherlands, 2019)
I AM THE HUNTER (director & poet. Isabella Obel, Italy., 2019)
EXILES (d. Amirul Rajiv, set to the poetry of Areseny Tarkovsky, Bangladesh, 2017)
BITTER FRUIT (d. Avital Oehler, set to the poetry of Abel Meeropol, U.S., 2019)

THERE ARE NO NEUTRALS HERE
live poetry reading of original work presented by
Dez’Mon Omega Fair & Sarah Morris
additional text read from.
STAN BRAKHAGE - Telling Time | O.M. BAKKE - When Children Became People


PAM RESIDENCIES
5810 1/2 N Figueroa Street 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, California 90042

730pm - 930pm


Image from the film  HOUSE FOR THE AUTUMN EQUINOX  (1992) written & directed by Kristy Edmonds & Helen Lessick.

Image from the film HOUSE FOR THE AUTUMN EQUINOX (1992) written & directed by Kristy Edmonds & Helen Lessick.

ANALOGUE SUN, DIGITAL MOON | FVPS Opening Reception and Gallery Event
Saturday July 13, 2019 doors at 600pm. Light snacks and beverages will be served.
There is no cost for admission

Analogue Sun, Digital Moon is the FVPS 2019 principle exhibition and opens on July 13, 2019. This gallery program is comprised of digital art, augmented reality inspired by poetry, video art, poetry films, essay films, live poetry readings, and media installations commenting on the convergence of the analogue and the digital. The goal of this exhibit is to not only present both poetry and media accomplished through exceptional artistry and perspective, but to also bring the poets, filmmakers, video artists, and new media makers into a public dialogue focused on the dynamic mergence of these practices.


ANALOGUE SUN, DIGITAL MOON

REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO . DANIEL LIEGHTON . BILL BARMINSKI . KAZMIER MAŚLANKA . JODY ZELLEN . LYNNE SACHS
LILI WHITE . PAULO JAVIER . MARLON RIGGS . ANNA LIEGHTON . SUSAN LIN . HELEN LESSICK. KRISTY EDMONDS
RG CANTALUPO . ERIC DUVIDIER . SARAH MORRIS . DEZ’MON OMEGA FAIR . SEAN HANLEY


THE LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR DIGITAL ART

104 E 4th Street
Los Angeles, California 90013

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday July 13, 2019 is opening night and reception from 600pm to 900pm. Light snacks and beverages will be served. Analogue Sun, Digital Moon runs from July 13, 2019 thru August 3, 2019. Gallery is open Wednesday thru Saturday 12noon - 500pm. Closed on holidays. There is no cost for admission.


Image from the film  SELAH (2017)  director. Maya Cryor poet. Jayme Meri Grant

Image from the film SELAH (2017) director. Maya Cryor poet. Jayme Meri Grant

THE FILM AND VIDEO POETRY SYMPOSIUM IN MOSCOW
Sunday July 14, 2019 Program begins at 7:00pm (MOSCOW STANDARD TIME)
There is no cost for admission

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium will present the following films with Kinopoesia, a cultural and educational project founded by actor and poet Anatoly Beliy. The platform specializes in the development and distribution of poetry film and videopoetry in Russia. The Film and Video Poetry Symposium created the film program below to be presented to the Kinopoesia community in Moscow. The program is curated from the full body of films FVPS presented during the 2018 symposium. This effort is a cultural exchange and deliberate engagement between our platforms to further develop an international dialogue regarding poetry film and videopoetry.

DOG DAZE (director & poet. Ian Gibbins, Australia, 2017)
MOVING SOUTHWARK (director & poet. Jevan Chowdhury, U.K., 2016)
OCEANIK (d. Lucia Sellars, p. Nia Davies, U.K., 2017)
DEEP SEE (writer & director. Virginia Lee Montgomery, U.S., 2016)
TALKING SKULL (d. David Asher Brook, p. Hanna Brook, Australia, 2015)
F*CKING HIM (directors. Adrian Garcia Gomez & C.O. Moed, USA., 2015)
JOHNNY THINKS (d. Malcolm Rumbles, p. Sam Small, U.K., 2017)
WHA_I_l_OLD YOU A __ORY IN A LANGUAGE I _AN _EAR (director & poet. Liza Sylvestre, U.S., 2015)
DRUNKEN LAUNDRY DAY WITH CHARLES BUKOWSKI (d. Fiona Tinwei Lam, p. Henry Doyle, Canada, 2016)
STANZA (director. Alicja Jasina, set to the poem written by Aldous Huxley, U.S., 2017)
X - FILM (d. Iñaki Sagastume, p. Cyr. Spain, 2015)
SELAH (d. Maya Cryor, p. Jayme Meri Grant, U.S., 2017)
CAPRICORN (director & poet. Greg Budanov, Russia, 2017)
TO ALYA (writer & director. Ivan Oganesov, Russia, 2017)


CINEMA KOSMOS MOSCOW
Prospekt Mira Avenue, 109
Moscow, Russia 129515

7:00pm - 9:00pm


Image from the film  The Earth (2016)  directed by Aksinya Gog and set to the poetry of Boris Pasternak.

Image from the film The Earth (2016) directed by Aksinya Gog and set to the poetry of Boris Pasternak.

10 POETRY FILMS FROM MOSCOW | Film Screening and Poetry Reading
Sunday, July 14, 2019 Program begins at 3:00pm
$5 - 10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium will present the following Russian language films produced by Kinopoesia. These ten films have been selected by FVPS from the Kinopoesia catalog and represent Russia’s prominent poetry films. The majority of the films will be projected without english subtitling as the hosts will lead the audience to interpret, review and discuss each film. The screening will be accompanied by poetry readings in both the Russian and English language. This screening celebrates the works of the Russian poetry masters and the further development of international exchange.


I LOVED YOU
(d. Victor Vokhmincev, set to the poetry of Alexander Pushkin, Russia, 2016)
VIOLEN & A LITTLE NERVOUS (d. Ivan Oganesov, set to the poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russia, 2016)
THE EARTH (d. Aksinya Gog, set to the poetry of Boris Pasternak, Russia, 2016)
POEMS ABOUT THE BIG BALLET (d. Svetlana Chernikova, set to the poetry of Inna Zagraevskaya, Russia, 2017)
WHAT WAS IT? (d. Ilya Yepishchev set to the poetry of Danill Kharms, Russia, 2017)
RASH, ACCORDION! (d. Ivan Oganesov, set to the poetry of Sergei Denisov, Russia, 2019)
WHAT IS HAPPINESS? (d. Svetlana Koroleva, based on the poetry of Nikolai Aseev, Russia, 2018)
JOYCE (d. Mikhail Larionov, set to the poetry of Aleksey Pleshcheyev, Russia, 2017)
HE LOVED (d. Anna Simakove, set to the poetry of Anna Akhmatova, Russia, 2018)
DREAMS OF LIVING IN A ZOO (d. Svetlana Chernikova, Animation. Francesco Sons, p. Konstantin Khabensky, Russia, 2018)


10 POETRY FILMS FROM MOSCOW
live poetry readings presented by
Jesse Russell Brooks & RG Cantalupo
additional text read from. ISAAC BABEL - Guy de Maupassant | VLADIMIR NABOKOV - The Art of Translation


THE LITTLE THEATER SANTA MONICA

12420 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025

3:00pm - 4:50pm

2019 GUEST SPEAKERS & ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING

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Poetry, Privacy, and Permission to Enter
Thursday July 18, 2019 Program begins at 1:00pm.
There is no cost for admission.

Focused on Eshel’s award winning documentary film Maria (2016) about a young immigrant’s struggle to find her identity in New York City, Eshel’s film provides a lens for the audience to observe modern images of poverty in New York that often remain well disguised.  The film chronicles the transformation of the young poet as she successfully finds equilibrium with cultural barriers, mental health realities, family dysfunction, social isolation, and the fears that accompany coming of age.  Maria finds structure in her life and society through the power of writing poetry.

FVPS will be in dialogue with filmmaker Shiri P. Eshel and poet Maria Valle regarding their journey together making this film.  This event will feature a movie clip, new poetry work read by Valle, and details regarding the production of the film. We will examine the filmmaker’s concept of poetry within the documentary genre as well as learn how Maria and her family processed the revealing nature of this project and the poems written for it.

SHIRI PAAMONY ESHEL, born and raised in Israel, citizen of Angola, and current resident of New York City, Eshel received her Masters in Documentary Film at the NY School of Visual Arts. Eshel garnered 20 years of experience as a journalist and content provider specializing in the promotion of African culture and a variety of related social projects in both Israel and Africa.

Maria (2016) has won several prizes including the prestigious Best Short Documentary - Nepal International Film Festival in 2018.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes


THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT AND CULTURE

18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

Poetry, Privacy, and Permission to Enter takes place in room: Modern Studio

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Outlining ASELF | An Expressive Poetry Workshop
Thursday, July 18, 2019 Program begins at 3:30pm
There is no cost for admission.

Fair will utilize therapeutic and expressive art exercises such as reflective writing and embodied storytelling to engage participants in a self-expressive poetry workshop. Through the creative explorations of body movement, the human voice, and free writing, participants will howl, shake, jump, sketch, speak out, and review important life moments and experience.  Participants will reference this internal material to compose a poem representing the self-image, and create a self-portrait. (Paper and pens provided.)

DEZ’MON OMEGA FAIR is the 2019 Film and Video Poetry Symposium Poet in Residence.  He is a practicing interdisciplinary artist and poet living in Long Beach, California. Fair’s work explores self-reflection, behavioral observation, and the cathartic, achieved through brushless ink on traditional Japanese paper, collaborative film projects, as well as experimental forms of poetry. He is pioneering works in a new genre he has titled novel sonic, which implores the use of long form audio recordings of readings paired with public performance. These showings are set within large-scale immersive installations, which consist of figurative watercolor and poesy sourced from personal geographic and emotional histories.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT AND CULTURE
18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

Outlining ASELF takes place in room: Modern Studio

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OPEN GENRE | Modes of Experimental Media
Friday, July 19, 2019 Program begins at 1:00pm
There is no cost for admission.

Alex Cole will lead a group discussion focused on trends in experimental video making and how these new directions inform self-image, influence media, and genre.  He will explore the definitions assigned to video-poetry, poetryfilm, video art, and experimental filmmaking and how these associations relate with various progressive states of media. The goal is to activate the audience through dialogue in an investigation of how and why genre is applied to assorted creative approaches. Cole will share the following films as reference:

· THE FAMILY HOME (d. Chad Attie, U.S., 2017)
· OPERATION CASTLE (d. Filip Gabriel Pudło, Poland, 2013)
· WHA_I_l_OLD YOU A __ORY IN A LANGUAGE I _AN _EAR (media artist. Liza Sylvestre, U.S., 2015)

ALEX COLE, received a BFA from the Expanded Media Program at Alfred University, a Bachelor of Art in Film Studies and Video Production from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Depth Psychology and Media Art from Pacifica Graduate Institute~ Alex is a practicing video artist, university professor, and media theorist.  He owns Sun Echo Media in Rochester NY which is a post and production facility providing media services for a diverse client base. He is a guest curator with The Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts and produces media for fine art programs internationally. Alex is currently a lecturer at Alfred State College in the digital media and animation department as well as an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University within the Department of Transmedia.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT AND CULTURE
18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

OPEN GENRE takes place in room: Vibrant Studio

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IMAGINING BACKWARDS | A Conversation with Experimental Filmmaker Lili White
Friday, July 19, 2019 Program begins at 3:30pm
There is no cost for admission.

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium is proud to present a public dialogue with artist and experimental filmmaker Lili White.  Since 1978 Lili has been exploring origins of myth, primacy of memory, exercises in self and counter self-imagining, and dreaming through her work with 8mm film, 16mm film, sound, and video. She is a fixture in the history of avant-garde filmmaking, and throughout her career she has maintained a dedication to experimental work created by women filmmakers. FVPS will screen several short works by White while delving into topics that include in-camera editing, “automatic” editing, and authentic movement technique. We will examine reoccurring elements in images found in her films and talk about the importance of production audio and color. Our program will screen and discuss the following work:

· EVERYTHING, BUT (d. Lili White, U.S., 2006)
· I CHING TRIGRAM: MOUNTAIN BOUND (d. Lili White, U.S., 2006)
· CRACKED (d. Lili White, U.S., 2006)
· GOOD BYE EARTH, GOODBYE SKY (d. Lili White, U.S., 2006)

LILI WHITE, received a BFA University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art with a four-year study in painting. White is a practicing performing artist, experimental filmmaker, media artist, writer, and producer. Her films and selected videos have exhibited with the Shanghai’s Duloun Museum of Contemporary Art, the American Museum of the Moving Image, the Museum of American Art in Philadelphia, Newhouse Center Of Contemporary Art, Millennium Film Workshop, and The Jersey City Museum.  In 2010 White developed the platform ANOTHER EXPERIMENT BY WOMEN which promotes and screens experimental films quarterly at Anthology Film Archives. AXW has since become a Fractured Atlas Fiscally Sponsored Campaign and a recipient of the LMCC’s MCAT Arts Fund Grant.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT AND CULTURE
18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

IMAGINING BACKWARDS takes place in room: Vibrant Studio

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MOTION POETRY | A Brief Discourse on Poetic Imagery in the Cinema
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Program begins at 1:00pm.
There is no cost for admission.

An orator may stun an audience with their words, carefully selecting the timing of speech, knowing the depth of a word, and instinctually finding a precise tone.  Great poets win favor through readings, recordings, and publications, though words are not necessary for communication.  Our written language is not essential for connection. In this workshop, Brian Ratigan will guide a group discussion on poetic imagery and share 5 short films that present methods of poetic communication.

· Applied Pressure (d. Kelly Sears, 2018)
· Jar (d. Raven Jackson, 2017)
· Underbelly Up (d. Josh Yates, 2016)
· Violently (I) (d. Sara Suarez, 2017)
· Saw/Ate Sad Bird (d. Lauren Flinner, 2019)

Brian Ratigan is an award-winning animator and director of stop motion films and experimental work. He is the founder of Non Films, a label for ephemeral animation and experimental cinema in New York City. Ratigan is established in the film festival circuit as a programmer and jury for Slamdance Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and the London Indie Festival. Ratigan serves as Director of Animation for Kumar Pictures, co-founded Atlanta production company Sugartooth Group, and co-manages the online platform Chaotic Cinema.
 

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT AND CULTURE
18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

MOTION POETRY takes place in room: Vibrant Studio


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Videopoetry 2050 | An Exercise in World Building
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Program begins at 3:30pm.
There is no cost for admission.

Tony Patrick will lead a group discussion through an introductory world building exercise designed to conceptualize the cultural purpose and technological influence of video poetry in the year 2050.  World building is the process of constructing an imaginary world or fictional universe based on real world cultural issues, necessities, and limitations. The results from this exercise will be compared with modern perspectives, social structures, and methods of resolution that are active with in the communities of those participating with the workshop.

 

TONY PATRICK, Graduate of the Dramatic Writing Program from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Tony Patrick is an award winning writer and educator. His film Black Card has aired on HBO as well as Cinemax. In addition, his comic book series X’ED is published by Black Mask Studios. Tony currently is the co-writer of DC Comics' Batman and The Signal along with New York Times best-selling author Scott Snyder.  He is a Sundance Institute New Frontier World Building ambassador and the founder of the Tenfold Gaming Initiative, which fosters community learning for disenfranchised youth in the New York area through video game programming, design, and play.


Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT AND CULTURE
18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

MOTION POETRY takes place in room: Vibrant Studio

Featured Film Screening | Tip of My Tongue
a film by lynne sachs

Image from the film  Tip of My Tongue (2017)  directed by. Lynne Sachs

Image from the film Tip of My Tongue (2017) directed by. Lynne Sachs

Tip of My Tongue (80 min. 2017)
a film by Lynne Sachs

To celebrate her 50th birthday, filmmaker Lynne Sachs gathers together other people, men and women who have lived through precisely the same years but come from places like Iran or Cuba or Australia or the Lower East Side, not Memphis, Tennessee where Sachs grew up. She invites 12 fellow New Yorkers – born across several continents in the 1960s – to spend a weekend with her making a movie. Together they discuss some of the most salient, strange, and revealing moments of their lives in a brash, self-reflexive examination of the way in which uncontrollable events outside our own domestic universe impact who we are. As director and participant, Sachs, who wrote her own series of 50 poems for every year of her life, guides her collaborators across the landscape of their memories. They move from the Vietnam War protests to the Anita Hill hearings to the Columbine Shootings to Occupy Wall Street. Using the backdrop of the horizon as it meets the water in each of NYC’s five boroughs as well as abstracted archival material, TIP OF MY TONGUE becomes an activator in the resurrection of complex, sometimes paradoxical reflections. Traditional timelines are replaced by a multi-layered, cinematic architecture that both speaks to and visualizes the nature of historical expression.

Screening | Tip of My Tongue (80 minutes, 2017)
at The Maysles Documentary Center NY
Sunday July 21, 2019 | Doors open at 1045am. Film begins at 11am.

There is no cost for admission. Light refreshments served.

Maysles Documentary Center
343 Malcolm X Boulevard | New York, NY 10027

NOTE: Filmmaker Lynne Sachs will speak about her film Tip of My Tongue immediately after this screening. Please see event below.


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TIP OF MY TONGUE | A Public Dialogue & Poetry Workshop with filmmaker Lynne Sachs
Sunday July 21, 2019 Talkback begins at 1230pm | Immediately following the screening of the film TIP OF MY TONGUE
(Please See Event Above)

Our cornerstone guest for the 2019 symposium is Lynne Sachs. Sachs’ work with documentary, poetry film and the essay film is consistently avant-guard. In this workshop, Sachs will be in open dialogue regarding her film “Tip of My Tongue” (80 min. 2017), which accentuates the poetry and essay film within its structure.  She will also read from her new book Year by Year Poems (Tender Buttons Press, 2019). Sachs will further guide the workshop discourse through an exploration into the hybridization of poetry film and essay film, and the meaning of these genres individually as well as combined.  After screening her film, Sachs will ask participants a question as a prompt for writing a poem: How has one moment in your life been affected by a public event beyond your control? 

Lynne Sachs, graduate of Brown University receiving a BA in history, inspired by the works of Bruce Conner, who would become her mentor, and Maya Deren. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in film and video, collaborated with Chris Marker on the 2007 remake of his 1972 film “Three Cheers for the Whale”, and co-edited the 2009 Millennium Film Journal issue #51 titled “Experiments in Documentary”.  Sachs’ work has established support with fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as residencies at the Experimental Television Center and The MacDowell Colony. Sachs’ films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.

Maysles Documentary Center
343 Malcolm X Boulevard | New York, NY 10027
There is no cost for admission. Light refreshments served!

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ART TALK | Mathematical Visual Poetry
Saturday August 3, 2019 Program begins at 1pm
There is no cost for admission.

Kazmier Maślanka will explain mathematical visual poetry and the tools used to create and understand the form visually. Mathematical poetry functions by placing concepts within mathematical equations enabling the math structure to function as a vehicle for metaphor, along with the visual poetics that conflate the aesthetics of cognitive science, mathematics, poetry, and visual art, to provide a unique experience. His practice brings us into the crossfire between the aesthetics of direct sensory experience and the aesthetics of analyzation and thinking. Kaz's work falls in a similar genre as Guillaume Apollinaire and Rene Magritte though his inclusion of the mathematical is an approach all to his own.

Kaz Maślanka, received a BFA in Sculpture from Wichita State University where he also studied music, mathematics and physics. He has pioneered mathematical visual poetry since the early 1980’s. Maślanka has garnered a strong international presence not only through his blog “Mathematical Poetry”, but also with exhibitions of his framed visual work and installations. He currently lives in San Diego California and works as an aerospace engineer and creates leading edge computer modeling techniques for aerospace manufacturing.  Kaz has served on the board of directors for the San Diego Sonic Arts Studio and on the advisory board of the Bronowski Art and Science Forum in Del Mar, California.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

THE LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR DIGITAL ART
104 E 4th Street
Los Angeles, California 90013

SYMPOSIUM PERSONA : TWO PERFORMANCES
NEW YORK | LOS ANGELES

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SYMPOSIUM PERSONA: A NOVEL SONIC
The Film and Video Poetry Society presents Symposium Persona created and performed by visual artist and 2019 FVPS resident poet Dez'Mon Fair. Fair experiments with time based audio recordings of prose, poetry, riddles, and verse. Through interlacing this range of sound; hybridizing musical album, book on tape, soundscape and meditation, and audience participation; Fair proposes a new genre of storytelling: Novel Sonic.

SYMPOSIUM PERSONA: A NOVEL SONIC

Friday July 19, 2019 Doors @ 730pm. Program begins at 8:00pm.
ARTS ON SITE NYC
12 Saint Marks Place
Studio 3F
New York, New York 10003

Saturday August 3, 2019 Doors @ 730pm, Program begins at 8:00pm
LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR DIGITAL ART
104 East 4th Street
Los Angeles, California 90013

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