Dead Texan vs. Sagan
+ Porn Week
10-11 & 17-18, 2004
& Saturday, December 17 & 18
Porn Week offered a selection
of art inspired by porn juxtaposed against porn inspired by art.
Co-curated by Sam
Zimmerman and Montgomery Knott, the two nights featured
shorts by John Goras ("Chirpy"),
Bezreh, and Theo Angell ("Glory Whole");
as well as a sound installation by Jessica Vale (The
Sex Album). In addition, Sam created a 50-minute,
two-channel video (on four screens) collecting and contrasting
works from the "Vienna Action Group," 70s & 80s
"serious" porn, San Francisco psychedelia, as well as
more recent works by C-trl.
And Montgomery premiered a 4 screen video ("Murdering Your
Crows") trolling the bizarro beauty, unintentional camp,
and guiding malaise of contemporary internet porn; with music
by Stars Like Fleas.
Friday & Saturday, December 10 & 11
Dead Texan vs. Sagan
Dead Texan is an audio/visual collaboration between Adam Wiltzie
of the Lid and Greek video artist Christina Vantzos. Their
self-titled CD/DVD was released October 4th on Kranky.
(Adam and Christina played live on Friday and Saturday
to a 2-channel video installation that both repeated and expanded
many of the concepts from the DVD release.)
is an audio/visual quartet orchestrated by video artist Ryan Junell
and musicians Blevin
Lesser, and Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly).
Their "Unforseen Forces" CD/DVD was released in September
on the Vague Terrain label.
and The Bands
12-13 & 19-20, 2004
and The Bands
Four performances featured live bands and video, and showcased
Theo Angell's latest film, "Cicatrix Blastodisc,"
and a trio of phallic videos with music by Animal
Friday, November 12
Convoy played instrumental freak outs accompanied by
dancer Nicole Wolcott and three live video mixers.
Saturday, November 13
Like Fleas played experimental pop
music to scenes of thousands of moths flickering to death, bathed
in the Towers of Light.
Sayyid and Priest of Airborn
Audio performed a mostly instrumental
new beats, bleeps, and breaks. The band My
Best Fiend played loud, electro-rock as Color of Pomegranates
was played at double speed.
Saturday, November 20
Mira Billotte, from White
Magic, played an acoustic set
with Doug Shaw. It was rainy and cold outside. And if you were
unable to attend, we are very, very sorry. It was something very
at Monkey Town
October 30 & 31, 2004
A 4-screen, feature-length
meditative horror movie. Created by Ian Caskey and Adrian Rieder
with D. Carlton Bright. A Ranch House Production. Duration: 1
hr. 20 min.
October 15-16 & 22-23, 2004
Friday, October 15
Levin + Jake Klotz + Caspar
Stracke and Gabriela Monory
Golan Levin performed "Scribble" and showed
a demo of a new work using an overhead projector. Jake Klotz
showed a four-screen projection of his robot lecturing on the
band Rush and painting his Rush landscapes. The robot performed
live and spoke with the audience. Caspar Stracke and
Gabriela Monroy reprised an epic 20 minute, four-screen
work from last spring.
Saturday, October 16
Levin + Jake Klotz + Delia
R. Gonzales and Gavin R. Russom
Delia R. Gonzales and Gavin R. Russom
showed Initiatic Journey Through the Vibrational System of
the Planetary Mind (2002) and Day of Blood (2003).
See above for Golan and Jake.
Who Am I This Time? (1982)
Nest of Tens (2000)
Boy From Lam Kien (2003) sound only.
Saturday, October 23
Jeremiah Clancy, Mika Rottenberg, Theo Angell, Meredith
Drum, Mike Skinner, and Les Leveque
Four 4-screen videos created for Monkey Town. Plus, Mika Rottenberg's,
"Mary's Cherries" from her summer installation at P.S.1.
and Les Leveque's pulsating spectacles.
A Political Video Installation
September 30 - October 2,
Video Artist, Ryan
Junell created a 4 screen, quadrophonic installation
with the help of Matmos, Sagan, and Bjork collaborator J
Lesser. He covered dozens of protests. He gained access
to the Convention. His producer was arrested. And after his 3
nights at Monkey Town, Ryan takes his entire production on the
road for a monthlong tour of Swing States. Over those three nights
we raised over $1000 for Ryan's caravan. For more info visit the
Voice Review (June 7, 2004)
Restaurant critic Robert Sietsema put a flattering frame
on our enterprise.
Videos: 4 Easy Pieces
May 14-15 & 21-22, 2004
Enfants d'Orson Welles (2004)
by Montgomery Knott (50 minutes)
Set in Essaouira, Morocco but encompassing Berber singers,
skateboarding, and Barton Springs. Orson Welles casts a mighty
The Wanderer (2003)
by Theo Angell (45 minutes)
A trip through a countryside populated by giant
ostriches, giant women, flying pixies, and Van Dyke Parks.
Still Smoking and Happy (2000)
by Michael Oliveri (11 minutes)
Havana, Cuba. One man, his cigarillo, and the fine art of breathing
in and letting it all out.
by Meredith Drum (5 minutes)
The sounds and sights of humanity through suds, brushes,
towels and the sizzle of bacon.
Bathroom Sound Installation:
by Mike Skinner & Chris Bracco
with Amanda Barber
April 9-10 & 16-17,
12 video artists show 4-screen installations/performances.
Curated by Bob Stein and Monkey Town
Meredith Drum, Golan
C.(Antye Greie & Sue Costabile), MOSTRA
Monroy), Torsten Burns + David Larcher, Marie
by Shannon Fields and Ryan Smith
Gamers & Jammers
March 19-20 & 26-27,
4 gamers play Halo (Xbox) projected on our 4 screens
while different bands provide live soundtracks each night.
Bathroom Sound Installation:
"Masked Tapists Strike in Affenstadt"
by The Invisible Hand
Killer Capote + Escape Routes + and Porridge
February 20-21 &
Two new 4-screen videos by Montgomery Knott, 4 new porridges
by our chefs, and live dance by Felicia Ballos.
A Gamelan Xmas
December 24, 2003
4 screens of stop-motion holiday animation accompanied by DJ Salinger
spinning a Gamelan-soul-sound mix.
Monkey Town is Dead
November 1, 2003
Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Night of the Living
Dead on Day of the Dead
Pet Videos & Massage
October 3-4 & 10-11
America's Funniest Pet Videos slowed to 1/3 speed with
a soundtrack by Stars
of the Lid, Country
Teasers, and Stars
Like Fleas & James Powers. Live hot stone massage
Blevin Blechtum, J. Lesser, Sagan, Wobbly, and Ryan Junell
with Stars Like Fleas
July 26, 2003
Films by Ryan
Junell, music by J.
Blechtum, and Wobbly.
Excerpts from Stan
Brakhage with music from Stars
July 19, 2003
Episode 1 Live
June 12, 2003
w/ Blood on the Wall
Episode 1 The Feast
June 11, 2003
4 Courses, 4 Soundtracks, 4 Hours
Episode 1: Islands in the Stream
May 2 - June 5, 2003
Friday & Saturday
Montgomery Knott's inaugural four-screen installation. Shot in
New York, Nantucket, Cortes Island, B.C., and on a Jet Blue flight
to Oakland during Colin Powell's speech before the United Nations.
With four seatings per night each with its own soundtrack, recorded
by four separate quartets.