INDEX Festival New York 2011

VJ Carrie Gates performs live at the INDEX Festival in New York at the [Mis]Adventures In Manipulation event

Two evenings of performances are dedicated to artists who repurpose, hack or deconstruct tools to produce sound and/or light for time-based performances. The selected artists have built instrumentation using various and varied media formats. In a Frankenstonian spirit, these artists fashion composite instruments, for the purpose of engaging further into the intangible experience. Expanding out, these events will be broadcast both on radio and public television.

Curated by Victoria Keddie

Below: VJ Carrie Gates’ live video mixing performance at the INDEX Festival in New York, August 2011. Video captured from a camera phone by Jonathan Capra. Music by Phlegm Gadget (Saskatoon), Trancer (Saskatoon), VC Vibes (Saskatoon), DJ Kero (Detroit), a_dontigny (Ottawa), and Encanti (Boston).

TITLE                                    [Mis]Adventures in Manipulation  part 1 + 2

AUG 19 : Shelley Burgon, Future Archeology, Twistycat, Liz Wendelbo, Carrie Gates

AUG 20: Byron Westbrook, Maria Chavez, MV Carbon, Bruce McClure

WHERE: Millenium Film Workshop 66 E 4th St (between Bowery and Second Ave)

WHEN 7pm doors open. Performances start at 8pm sharp   $10. per night.

ESP  TV will be recording performances for broadcast on Time Warner channel 67 on September 27th and October 4th 2011


Liz Wendelbo is an artist based in Brooklyn whose practices include photography, electronic music and film. Her filmmaking predicates resistance to cinema as a virtual medium – this resistance in film is what she refers to as Cold Cinema. It is a sentiment and a philosophy which places the artist in a position of resistance.

Twistycat  is Ed Bear and Lea Bertucci.  Together they perform  Bass Clarinet/Baritone Sax site-specific electroacoustic performances, limited edition recordings and custom electronics.

Future Archaeology is a collaborative of Brooklyn-based artists exploring the cybernetic nature of ecosystems. We work on public installations combining light and sound, electronics and nature, into experiential environments.

Shelley Burgon is best known for her improvisatorial work using harp and laptop. Burgon’s work utilizes the acoustic harp as the primal sound source for her computer music. Her focus is to manifest the computer as an extension of her harp in a way similar to that of traditional extended harp techniques.

Carrie Gates creates an ever-changing live mix of visuals to react to the music and atmosphere, stimulating the mind and the senses. Abstract digital glitchery is juxtaposed with hand shot, performance-art-influenced footage of experimental sensual delights to create a space of hypnotizing bent reality that is infused with concepts of visual music. Carrie investigates non-linear narrative and performative physicality, set within visualizations of a world of disembodied technological mis/communication. She embraces the fantastic as a means for exploration of perceived personal and societal limits, adding excitement to the atmosphere.

Byron Westbrook is an artist working with the dynamic quality of physical space using multi-channel sound, images, and objects. His audio/video performances are oftenunder the name CORRIDORS. His work involves the distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings through a multi-channel environment. His installation-based work explores unique and participatory listening formats utilizing common technology.

Maria Chavez, Born in Peru, avant-turntablist Maria Chavez currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Chavez’s work is focused on short solo electro-acoustic sound pieces using a collection of new and broken needles that she calls “pencils of sound” and a selection of records, which provide the palette. Many of her live sound installations have focused on the paradox of time and the present moment, with many influences stemming from improvisation in contemporary art.

MV Carbon   MV Carbon is a Brooklyn based musician and artist. She is recognized for her unconventional and conceptual approach to music. Her compositions are woven with electric cello, tape machines, voice, analog synthesizers, and field recordings, along with hand built and circuit bent electronics. She frequently incorporates 16mm film and video projections into her performance.

Bruce McClure  lives in Brooklyn, New York. McClure works with sound and film technologies such as experimentation with spinning discs and the xenon flash technology developed by Harold Edgerton in the 1930s. McClure is best known for his groundbreaking multi-projector performances that interrogate the very substance of film and its mechanical supports. His work has featured in film festivals and art institutions, including the last two biennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

ESP TV  is a Manhattan cable access program and live taping event which showcases NYC based performers, video, film and graphic artists in a variety show format with rotating guest hosts. Formed by Louis V ESP Gallery.

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