Subliminal History of New York State

Filed under: Projects,Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on May 30, 2007 at 9:43 pm

This summer I’m on tour with the Subliminal History of New York State, a tour with Carrie Dashow along the Erie Canal excavating subliminal histories and writing them into shape note songs, then presenting these songs with a video installation at final presentations in each location.

I’ll be too busy to post updates here along the way, but will have created a blog for the tour: Route of Progress which Carrie and I will be updating regularly.

Also on the web site for the tour is a complete schedule, podcasts, our press room, and lots of information about the project. Come see us this June and July in Troy, Schenectady, Rome, Palmyra, Lockport, or Lily Dale!

Artist’s Talk at Art Interactive

Filed under: Talks
Posted by jesse on February 13, 2007 at 12:17 am

I’m giving an artist’s talk this Thursday February 15 for Upgrade! Boston, held at Art Interactive in Cambridge, MA. The presentation starts at 7:00 and should last about an hour and a half.

I will be speaking about recent work of mine (both by myself and with Carrie Dashow and the Society for a Subliminal State) telling stories about history and geology through participatory performances featuring shape note singing, storytelling, and other interactive activities.

We will also sing a few original shape note songs that I’ve written for these projects.

Presenting along with me is Deb Todd Wheeler. Read on for more about her, me, and the event.

Visit the Upgrade! Boston web site for directions and more information.

Under Island Performance and Singing School at GAS

Filed under: Sacred Harp and Shape Note Music,Shows and Performances,Singing Schools
Posted by jesse on January 8, 2007 at 7:09 pm

Join me and Carrie Dashow on Thursday January 11, 2007, for a performance of Under Island and a shape note singing school at Gigantic ArtSpace in New York. The singing school will be held from 5-7 PM and the performance begins at 7:30 PM.

Singing school participants will learn the basics of shape note singing and will learn original shape note songs that will be featured in the performance later that evening. Carrie Dashow will join the singing school to give an introduction to the Under Island story and the practice of subliminal history.

During the performance of Carrie’s Under Island story, the singing school class will join Carrie, Jesse, and the audience in singing several shape note songs, from the workshop.

Limited Edition Under Island CD Now Available

Filed under: Projects,Sacred Harp and Shape Note Music
Posted by jesse on December 6, 2006 at 4:10 am

I’m proud to announce the release of a new CD, Under Island, in partnership with Gigantic ArtSpace. The CD, a collaboration with Carrie Dashow, features eleven original shape note songs telling the subliminal history of Roosevelt Island.

The limited edition CD comes packaged in a paperboard case with a screenprinted cover, and includes an editioned, hand-printed tunebook containing scores to the songs so you can sing along.

You can listen to the Under Island CD at Gigantic ArtSpace at 59 Franklin Street in Manhattan, where the disc is for sale through January. On December 9, you can buy the CD at La Superette at Eyebeam in Chelsea.

Mortal Mortar Made of Death

Filed under: Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on November 8, 2006 at 11:09 am

Documentation of the Subliminal History of New York State, Rosendale Edition, will be included this week in “LOOK@ROSENDALE,” a show at Rosendale’s No_Space Gallery. The show is a part of Listen with Your Eyes, a video festival held annually in Rosendale.

Our video is a three minute reprise of the event, featuring the song “Mortal Mortar Made of Death,” and edited by Carrie Dashow. The show at No_Space Gallery opens November 10, with a reception from 6-9 PM and will remain installed through November 17.

Visit the Festival web page for more information.

Under Island at GAS

Filed under: Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on November 6, 2006 at 3:46 pm

Gigantic Art Space is exhibiting Under Island, Carrie Dashow’s artist’s book featuring my typography and original shape note compositions. The show “Special_Reconnaissance” at GAS will also include new sound recordings of 11 songs from Under Island, recorded at the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, NY.

“Special_Reconnaissance” opens Thursday November 9 from 5-9 and stays open through January 19. On January 11, I will lead a shape note singing workshop at the gallery with Carrie, followed by a performance from The Subliminal History of New York State.

North Adams in North Adams

Filed under: Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on November 1, 2006 at 12:22 am

North Adams, a sound installation created in collaboration with Carrie Dashow, will be included in “Made in North Adams,” a show set to open this Friday November 3, at the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, MA.

North Adams is a sound installation featuring an original shape note song that I wrote in 2005 to a text written by Carrie Dashow. The song was a component of the sound for Pent-Up and Under Gone. The North Adams installation features a recording of the song sung by five shape note singers and is accompanied by a score, typeset for the show.

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