Live Visual Art for Music
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Live Visual Art for Music
Music Community Lab presents an afternoon of artist talks from three pioneering live visual artists. They’ll discuss their techniques, their collaborations with musicians, and the analog and digital live performance tools they have invented.
Joshua White is best known for the improvised abstract visuals he created and performed with his ensemble Joshua Light Show at concerts with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Ravi Shankar, Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, Tim Buckley, and others. He performed at Woodstock in 1969, created visuals for the Oscar-winning film Midnight Cowboy, and during a thirty-year career as a director was nominated for two EMMY awards, with directorial credits including the video for Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman,” The Max Headroom Show and Seinfeld. He has also created large-scale art installations in collaboration with Michael Smith, Gary Panter and Guy Richards Smit. White’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hirshhorn Museum, The New Museum, The Hayden Planetarium, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Exploratorium, The Barbican Centre and the Centre Pompidou. In recent years, he has performed with Joshua Light Show at contemporary music festivals in the United States, Great Britain, Italy and Mexico, and has lectured at Yale University.
Deborah Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist and designer specializing in stage design and performance visuals. She has worked with musicians including Sufjan Stevens, Ray LaMontagne, M83, Sofi Tukker, St. Vincent, Bang On A Can, Lambchop and Wilco, with performances at Coachella, Disney Concert Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Museum of Modern Art, MASS MoCA, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Fillmore, The Ryman, and Wiener Konzerthaus. She has created site-specific installations for events at SXSW, 92Y Tribeca, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chicago’s Millennium Park and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and completed residencies at MASS MoCA, The Experimental Television Center and The Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is a professor of Time and Movement at The Pratt Institute and Live Performance Design at NYU Tandon.
David Lublin is the creator of the VJ software VDMX, and co-founder of VidVox, where he focuses on making tools and building communities for visual artists around the world. As a visual artist, he has collaborated with musicians including Girl Talk and Jon Hopkins at venues such as Lincoln Center, EMPAC and Mapping Festival.