the co-incidence festival is a gathering of experimental composer-performers hosted by Non-Event at Washington Street Gallery in Somerville, MA.
This project is based on an expanded view of what constitutes art, music, and the traditional concert. Following the example of the revolutionary arts community Black Mountain College, it will bring together a group of radical artists operating in the boundary-zones of their practice to take part in a festival curated as ‘social sculpture.’ Reflecting the values of experimental music, co-incidence will be allowed to grow organically, strongly influenced by the artists who attend: the directors simply provide a time, space, and loose framework. There will be encouraged but not required peer-to-peer meetings between artists in lieu of official lessons, the people attending will not be labeled as student or faculty.
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The second season of the `co-incidence festival` will take place from January 19—28, 2018, at Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, MA. As with last year, the overarching goal of the festival is to bring together experimental composer/performers/artists to focus on collaboration, critical discussion, workshopping, and performance. In 2018, this will last 8 full days (not including arrival and departure days). The festival is directed by experimental composer/performers aaron foster breilyn and luke martin.
Though we have general conceptual areas that we would like to explore during the festival, we are open (and eager) to expand from there and allow the attending artists' constellations of concepts to influence the direction of the festival. We begin with an interest in the 'bridge', the 'swarm', and 'social sculpture'. These concepts can be found within one another as well as growing into one another (bridge to swarm to sculpture). The bridge becomes the swarm becomes social sculpture; yet the swarm is always implied by the bridge just as social sculpture is implied by both.
Common to all of these processes is the act of listening. The 'bridge', 'swarm', and 'social sculpture' all arise from different modes of listening; namely: 1) listening to things, hearing their minute, ordinary, explosive sounds, building a relationship with their sounds, yours, and those of the environment; 2) listening into things, hearing potential meanings, listening past the sounds, balancing this listening with that of the first (prior) order; 3) listening to an inner voice(s), a moral listening/judgement, energy flowing between inside and outside.
We are extremely pleased to announce that interdisciplinary artist / ‘social engineer’ Joachim Eckl will be our Resident Artist for 2018. This position was held by Michael Pisaro in 2017 and we expect Joachim to bring yet another important perspective and artistic focus to the festival.
Washington St. is home to 20 artists who work in a broad range of media. From sculpture to paper cutting, painting to book binding and everything in between - the collaborative houses a cornucopia of creatives from many different backgrounds. With its own photo lab, Washington St. also hosts photography members who share the darkroom and photo studio. Additionally, Washington St. has served for many years as an experimental music venue, directed by composer/performers Michael Rosenstein, Jesse Collins, and Morgan Evans-Weiler.--
Non-Event is a Boston-based concert series devoted to the presentation of the finest in experimental, abstract, improvised, and new music from New England and around the world. Founded in 2001, Non-Event has presented over 260 concerts in and around Boston in a wide variety of venues from coffee shops, galleries, and loft spaces to former movie palaces, university lecture halls, museums, night clubs, 19th-century ballrooms, a Victorian-era pumping station, and inside Boston's iconic City Hall. In addition to working with numerous venues and organizations over the past 15 years, Non-Event organizes a longstanding series of informal monthly coffee house concerts featuring local musicians and sound artists, held at Café Fixe in Brookline and made possible in part by the Brookline Commission for the Arts.
Based in Austria, Joachim Eckl was brought up in Haslach on the Große Mühl river. Joachim Eckl’s work is based on an extended understanding of art which is substantially inspired by Joseph Beuys’ term ‘social sculpture’. Eckl generates impulses for social sculptures through the creation of joint experiences. He regards himself as a ‘social engineer’. Water also plays a central role in this work: he understands and uses it as basic element of human interaction. Eckl currently works as a freelance artist under the label HEIM.ART® and runs “Die Station—Neufelden”, a former warehouse on the Große Mühl, as an art space.--
Fill out your application here. We are most interested in your project proposal for the festival. Our main advice is: think big, think radical, and be idealistic. Your portfolio functions as supplementary material that will give us a better chance to get to know you as an artist.
Applications due on October 29th, 2017, by 11:59 PM (EST)
Results sent via e-mail November 6th, 2017
Confirmation of Attendance due November 15th, 2016
Arrive on January 19th, 2018 in the afternoon
Depart anytime on January 28th, 2018
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Over coffee in Maine in the Summer of 2015,
had a far too grandiose idea: "let's do our own music festival!" (Un)fortunately, they don't know when to stop. And here we are, with the co-incidence festival which kicked off its first season in January 2017. We wanted to fill a perceived gap in support for experimental composer/performers in the U.S. with a music festival focused on experimental music and built as an experimental composer might build a piece.
You can check out our article in the Boston Globe here .
If you would like to support co-incidence please donate to Non-Event and include a note that you'd like your funds to help with the festival.
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