Friday, April 22, 2011

New Web Address

Visit our new Tumblr website here for more up to date show listings. Thanks.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nourishing Sounds April 17th

Skylab is excited to announce the first Nourishing Sounds, a series of workshops, performances and lectures exploring different ways of incorporating sound into art. Each event hopes to spur dialog and creativity among participants. We'll even serve a local organic dinner to try and encourage people to sit down together.

The first Nourishing Sounds brings Ed Bear and Lea Bertucci, AKA Twisty Cat, to Columbus from Brooklyn, NY to do a workshop and performance using re-purposed i-trip FM transmitters.


Modern low power FM radio transmitters are ubiquitous in the consumer market and ripe with creative applications. One example is the iPod accessory branded the iTrip. Every generation of this device is specifically designed for each version of the iPod, leaving previous iterations of the iTrip obsolete and very cheap!

The act of reprogramming and m...odifying the iTrip to work without an iPod is a unique and simple introduction to FM transmission and digital electronics with practical and creative motivations. This workshop requires no previous knowledge of programming, electronics, electromagnetism, etc. We will go through the reprogramming process, from breaking into the casing to reprogramming the chip. At the conclusion of this three hour workshop every participant will have one hacked iTrip transmitter. We will demonstrate various uses of the device including generating feedback, using the transmitter as a wireless microphone, and altering the range though antenna manipulation. Additionally, we will emphasize the ease and importance of repurposing obsolete electronics for creative/subversive actions.

About the Instructors

Ed Bear and Lea Bertucci have performed as a Bass Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone duo for approximately four years under the moniker TwistyCat. TwistyCat's compositions explore themes such as electronic abstraction of acoustic timbre, the bleed between the senses of sight and hearing, post-industrial dissonances, and radio as a vehicle for displacing sound.

Lea Bertucci is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn NY who works with photography, video and sound. She is a 2007 Tierney fellow, a 2009 Smack Mellon Artist in Residence, and has received a degree in photography from Bard College. The emphasis of her work lies in the creative description of space, whether through light, movement or sound.

Ed Bear is a musician and engineer working with found electronics, video, transmission and collective improvisation. As an educator and artist, he aims to technologically empower everyone as scientists and magicians and investigate the questionable calibration of human perception. He has toured extensively in North America and Europe as a former member of the group Talibam!; performing at major venues such as Issue Project Room, free103Point9, Tonic, The Montreal Pop Festival, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Duke University. In 2009 and 2010 he received NSF funds to study software defined radio and novel energy harvesting techniques using ionic polymers and metal composites.

Starts at 7 PM. Get here early for a delicious organic vegan dinner provided by Nourishing Sounds. $6 Suggested Donation.

Nourishing Sounds is made possible by a grant from the Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Program of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Gallery Hours

This week we'll be open three days for viewing of Berry Van Boekel's Top 100.

Wednesday, March 16th - 3 PM - 7 PM
Friday, March 18th - 4 PM - 7 PM
Saturday, March 19th - 3 PM - 7 PM

Please feel free to stop on by!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Berry Van Boekel's Top 100 2010

The Art Ensemble of Chicago. Berry van Boekel, 2010.

    Since 1983, Berry van Boekel has been making lists of his top 100 favorite songs or musical artists for each year. Eventually, he started making drawings and paintings of these artists, and the idea came to him to have an exhibition at the end of each year showcasing the work. The first of his "Top 100" exhibitions was held at Skylab in 1999, and we are proud to once again be hosting Mr. Van Boekel's ambitious undertaking.

The opening reception will be held Saturday, March 12th from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Be sure to join us as we celebrate this annual work and dance to Berry's top 100 songs of 2010. Check out Berry's Blog for more information.

Image from Folk and Popular Music Albania - Berry van Boekel, 2010.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven / Seven Dreams at Skylab

From the Bureau for Open Culture...

WHAT: Opening Reception for Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven

WHEN: January 27, 6-8 p.m.

WHO: Guy Ben-Ner, Joachim Brohm, Gerard Byrne, Malcolm Cochran,Peter Dayton, Ben Kinsley, Lara Kohl, Jeremy Kost, Mark Leckey, Mary Lum, Dennis McNulty, Timothy Nazzaro, Johannes Nyholm, Pipilotti Rist, Cassandra Troyan, Jeffrey Vallance, Alejandro Vidal

Curated by James Voorhies

WHERE: Canzani Center Gallery
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, Ohio

Taking its title from the 1984 album of the same name by the British pop band Love and Rockets, Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven explores the way life is charged with an underlying awareness of the passage of time marked by the physical, aural, and visual residues of our culture. These inquiries are situated within larger contexts of modernism, postmodernism and what has been called the condition of super-hybridity. The exhibition considers how we relate to the past, live in the present moment and think about the future.

January 27, 8 p.m. Immediately following the opening, artist Ben Kinsley and psychic Larry Copeland lead a participatory event of paranormal proportions to initiate Kinsley's ongoing exhibition work exploring the sonic means of transdimensional influence. All are welcome and encouraged to take part!

January 27, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Join us afterward for

Seven Dreams at Skylab (exhibition after party)
Anna Ranger, DJ Scott Neimet, DJ Self Help and DJ Seabat
Skylab Gallery
57 E. Gay St., 5th Floor, Columbus, Ohio

Dance your way through a fog of new wave, industrial, pop, screwed jams and a laser light show.
Some refreshments provided but BYOB encouraged


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ESP Helmets for Improved Interpersonal Communication

A collaborative installation by John Also Bennett and Dina Sherman.

Participants were invited to try on the helmets and sit on either side of a wooden door, attempting to exchange thoughts or feelings using extra-sensory communication. Connecting the two minds with a copper wire, the helmets also emitted soothing tones to entrain participants into a more relaxed state.