Total Body Conditioning -- Listening Party, Performances by New Humans and Alvin Aronson

Public Program
Oct 17, 2014

Mika Tajima, Total Body Conditioning, New Humans performance at Art in General, 2014.

Courtesy New Humans

Courtesy the artist and Art in General

Friday, October 17, 2014
Free Admission

Take Control
Lose Yourself
Day Night

For Mika Tajima’s Total Body Conditioning at Art in General, Alvin Aronson collaborated with New Humans on Leisure Drill (Cardio Dub), the soundtrack playing throughout the gallery space, that triggers lighting temperature shifts. Drum machine pulses periodically surface out of watery, microsound-processed recordings of a Toyota factory assembly line in Japan. Aronson will perform an extended live version of the composition in the exhibition space. New Humans will present a new vocal text for the listening party performed over “hanging strings,” an element of house music that becomes an auditory illusion–infinitely tensing and ascending without break.

New Humans performance in memory of Mike Skinner.

Alvin Aronson is a New York City based musician and sound designer. Aronson uses drum machines and expansive synthesizer drones to create music that is both futuristic and primitive, forming a sensory connection to a larger notion of time. Aronson’s forthcoming debut for White Material records is scheduled for release in 2014.

Formed in 2003, New York-based New Humans make collaborative works involving sound, installation, and performance actions. New Humans is a moniker for Mika Tajima’s projects with other musicians, artists and designers. Recordings include Disassociate (Avant/Savant), Undercover (Circuit), AKA (Semishigure), and Disallow (Planam). New Humans collaborations include projects with Vito Acconci, Charles Atlas, John Smith, Judith Butler, C. Spencer Yeh, James Hoff, among others. Members are Howie Chen, Mika Tajima, and Eric Tsai.

Total Body Conditioning — Listening Party is a What Now? public program presented in conjunction with Art in General’s annual spring conference. The What Now? conference is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, award MA-10-14-0304-14.

Special event support for Total Body Conditioning — Listening Party provided by Laughing Man Coffee & Tea

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General Support of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the Lambent Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Greenwich Collection; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The New Commissions Program is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; and Jerome Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters Sandra Ho and Jang Kim, and Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Leslie Ruff, and Jeremy E. Steinke.

Additional special event support provided by ROOT[Drive-In]

Additional support for Total Body Conditioning provided by Greehouse Media, Lucite Lux, and Dynasty Spas with special thanks to Eleven Rivington, Alvin Aronson, and Madeline Best

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Project Description:

Mika Tajima: Total Body Conditioning