"Serving New York‚s Gritty Backstage"
Dates : This manifestation of Dencity ended 12/16.
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Location: Tour started and ended @ Parker‚s Box
(Between Bedford and Driggs),
Willimasburg/Brooklyn (L train Bedford Avenue)
A special thanks to Earwax Records, Parker's Box, and to a host of others
including our friends, people we met working on collecting the sounds,
developing the route, and the local businesses that helped support the
ABOUT THE BUS TOUR
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS OF THE TOUR
SOME POINTS OF ENTRY INTO THE TOUR
is the DENCITY
DENCITY is a live performance of electro-acoustic music on a nightly
bus tour through New York's hidden landscapes. It is the contemporary
urban equivalent of an explorer's notebook- a kind of Huck Finn on land.
The producers of the DENCITY project are interested in exploring the
relations between our point of departure, Williamsburg and some of the
surrounding neighborhoods that have remained on the periphery of most
experiences of NYC.
Rather than guide you through these spaces as a standard tour would,
your "tour guides" will navigate you through these spaces with sound
that is generated on the bus and sounds that have been collected "on
site". Your audio "tour guides" will be Heimo Lattner and Erin McGonigle.
Two artists who have significant experience performing in a variety
of contexts/spaces. They, along with Rene Gabri, have also composed
s route that they hope will stimulate new or interesting questions about
these peripheral spaces.
DENCITY can be seen as a point of entry into these spaces. The artists
involved create a "public" project and a "social" space that provokes
the "tourist" or traveler to ask questions about the significance, history,
and relationship of these spaces to the spaces they/we normally occupy
and navigate through in the City. They also create a context in which
the very act of "touring" is both an answer and a question. Sound, architecture,
landscape and this tour bus are the forms that will open up these lanes
Dencity is presented by: e-Xplo
Who is e-Xplo?
alterrain eXplo.rations Ų a joint project conceived by the sound
and visual artists Heimo Lattner, Erin McGonigle and Rene Gabri. This
trio has produced compelling work to a wide audience, with their stylistically
provocative presentations and innovative responses to contemporary social
conditions. e-Xplo is vitally interested in presenting works of art
that capture the spirit of adventure implicit in exploration. e-Xplo
is created as a platform to produce and present innovative works which
respond to contemporary social conditions.
Heimo Lattner, Visual and sound artist. A notorious protagonist of minimal
electronic music. His installations and performances have been presented
at: ICA, London; PS1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Lyon; The
New York Kunsthalle, (selection) Radioworks for: WFMU, WKCR, Kunstradio/Vienna,
Radio Orange/Vienna, Radio Tilos Budapest, Radio Nova, Paris.
Erin McGonigle, Environmental and sound artist, Uses the process of
receiving the urban environment as an extension of social production,
formally known as Alien Action. Her solo and collaborative works have
been presentedat: Abandoned industrial spaces, NY; Kunstraum Goethestrasse,
Austria; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; Lugar Commun, Portugual; Tanz
Rene Gabri, Visual artist. Whitney Independent Study Program Alum and
on of the initiators of 16 Beaver. His work has been screened, exhibited, and
„taken placeš in a variety of spaces and locations both in the US and
Who can we contact if we have
further questions about the project?
We encourage those interested in the finding out more information about
the project to contact us by:
Some points of entry into the
DENCITY bus tour?
Recently, cultural critic/historian Steven Morton conducted a series
of interviews with the participants of the
e-Xplo project, the contents of which should be posted on the web the
week after the first bus tour. For the sake of brevity and clarity,
we have decided to highlight some of the themes of the discussion and
in turn some of the ground covered on the tour itself.
The spatial history of the neighborhood. How the architectural and visual
surfaces of the blocks and streets encode a cultural memory of labour
and productivity. And how a re-visitation of these urban sites might
enable a better understanding of the shifting dynamics of gentrification
in the present. Both Williamsburg and Blissville retain visible architectural
signs of labour and industrial productivity. If the spaces and buildings
of Blissville or Lost City lie derelict or contain materials that are
potentially hazardous to the public, the industrial lofts and warehouses
of Williamsburg have been recently transformed into desirable real estate
for artists and increasingly, young professionals who cannot afford
to live in Manhattan. By starting and finishing the tour in Williamsburg,
we want to explore how some of the spaces the „touristsš will encounter
can inform some of the social and economic concerns which have been
forgotten in the gentrified spaces of Williamsburg.
questions, site, context, movement, public, art, sound. The context
of the tour calls into question not only the „sitesš that the tour covers,
but also the sites of art production as well as the site of electronic
sound/music performance. How does one use public space in new ways for
the production of artwork that opens new paths for engaging with contemporary
social conditions? How does one shift the context of music or sound
work away from the club or bar context? What happens, when the social
contexts for sharing/experiencing art or music are placed in another
context (a context that is both fixed, namely inside a bus & perpetually
re-orienting, namely by navigating through the industrial periphery
of New York City). The DENCITY bus tour is a live performance similar
to one at a concert hall or an art opening. What is unique here is that
this performance is taken out of the fixed boundaries/borders of the
interior of a building/hall, and taken outside. The artists use „public
spaceš as the ground to engage with landscape and architecture by physically
traversing through it.
as a vehicle for conceptual, site-oriented art. The őtour‚ as a form
has been developed in time-based, conceptual art to explore different
aspects of urban space. In the early 90s, for example, the UK-based
group, Locus + organized a series of events called Hidden Cities, where
various artists used open-top tour buses and audio elements to re-map
forgotten parts of cities around Britain. This project develops and
departs from such conceptual concerns by transforming the relationship
between the acoustic and the visual in response to the contemporary
sites of waste that permeate our lived environment.