FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2013
Electronic Music Duo Matmos to Perform at Dia Fall Night After Party on November 11, 2013
Music Performance of New Work Featuring Sounds Collected at Dia’s Future Project Space in Chelsea
NEW YORK, NY — Dia Art Foundation is pleased to announce that it has commissioned experimental electronic music duo Matmos to create a new work on the occasion of Dia Fall Night. Drew Daniel and M. C. Schmidt will perform the new work on November 11 at the Dia Fall Night After Party, hosted by Dia Young Associates.
The After Party will take place in the former Alcamo Marble Building at 541 West 22nd Street, New York City, which will be transformed for the occasion. Matmos’s set will begin with an eight-person chorale performance, leading into a new work that will mix sounds collected from Dia’s future project space with other industrial sounds and projections, including a dramatic real-time alteration of the facilities within the space, whose specific nature we have been asked not to reveal.
This new commission continues Dia’s commitment to presenting new music. In 2012, Dia commissioned Tony Conrad and friends to create an original performance for Dia Fall Night After Party.
Tickets for Dia Fall Night After Party on November 11 are $150 and include an open bar. The After Party runs from 9:30 pm to midnight. The event is limited capacity. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.diaart.org/fallgala.
Matmos consists of M. C. (Martin) Schmidt and Drew Daniel. Recording together since 1997, the two artists create electronic collages out of diverse real world sound samples, including liposuction and hissing gas, simultaneously evoking the musique concrète of Steve Reich and contemporary electronic pop music. They have collaborated with Icelandic singer and musician Björk on many occasions, and recently released an album titled The Marriage of True Minds (2013), based upon a series of telepathy experiments.
The duo was originally based in San Francisco, where Schmidt taught in the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute and Daniel earned a doctorate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. They have since relocated to Baltimore, where Daniel currently serves as an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University and a contributing writer to the online music magazine Pitchfork Media. In 2008, Continuum Press published his first book 20 Jazz Funk Greats, a study of the industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle.
Dia Art Foundation
Dia Art Foundation, founded in 1974, is committed to initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving extraordinary art projects. Dia:Beacon opened in May 2003 in Beacon, New York. Dia also maintains several long-term, site-specific projects including Walter De Maria's The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), Max Neuhaus's Times Square (1977), Joseph Beuys's 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) (1988), and Dan Flavin's untitled (1996), all in Manhattan; the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, New York; De Maria's The Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977) in Kassel, Germany; Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970) in the Great Salt Lake, Utah; and De Maria's The Lightning Field (1977) in Quemado, New Mexico. Dia also commissions performances, original artists' projects created for the web, and produces scholarly publications.
Dia currently presents temporary installations, performances, lectures, and readings on West 22nd Street in the Chelsea section of New York City, the neighborhood it helped pioneer. Plans for a new project space are underway.
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