From our friends at Hosted by Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center:
Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center's 30th Anniversary Exhibition
Curated by Squeaky Wheel’s 30th Anniversary Committee
On View Friday, October 9, 2015–Sunday, January 24, 2016
Fall 2015 marks Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center’s 30th year as a pioneering media art presence in Buffalo and beyond. The 30th Anniversary Exhibition celebrates the past, present and future of this acclaimed, grassroots media art center.
Work by founding members, former and current staff, resident artists, and media mined from popular programs; is brought together to comprise a rather inclusive survey. Highlights from Squeaky's myriad youth media initiatives, AxleGrease/ArtGrease public access broadcast (and later Web) TV, Channels: Stories from the Niagara Frontier, and Squeaky Wheel’s DIY media art publication, The Squealer – provide a window into the organization's rich history, many influences and evolutions, and impacts within the broader media art worlds.
In Squeaky Wheel’s spirit of accessibility and community participation, the public will also be invited to make their own media by recording 30-second videos to a station installed in the Project Space.
At 8pm there will be a special performance in The Front Yard at the Burchfield by the Reactionary Ensemble, which is a multimedia ensemble consisting of musicians Jim Abramson, David Adamczyk, Don Metz and T Andrew Trump, with video artist Brian Milbrand. The group will present a collection of new works ranging from a minimalist interpretation of Hitchock films and Herrmann scores to a raucous celebration of Italian giallos with vocals by Holly Johnson. Reactionary Ensemble, utilizing software designed by Milbrand, create a synesthesia where the instruments' volume and frequency directly control the effects on the video ranging from brightness to speed to color. The tying of music to visual creates an audiovisual assault on the senses that is sometimes psychedelic, sometimes apocalyptic and always critical of the reactionary media from which the videos are sampled. Other pieces in the show include Thunderbird, a look at the appropriation of Native American gods for selling material good, and Godzilla, an ode to the destructive forces created by nuclear radiation. In the event of rain/poor weather, this performance will occur in the TV studio in 103 Savage Theater Arts Building.
For more information visit, www.squeaky.org.