September 28th from 7:00- 9:00 PM MASS Gallery is proud to present the first public event for the Learning in Public performance series: COTFG’s Failure School is a humorous but sincere attempt to remove the stigma from our inevitable failures and reintroduce them as a significant and useful part in the development of any practice. COTFG’s event will feature collaborative works, a guided meditation, spoken word and audience engagements around the theme of failure and how it functions in our lives.
The evening will begin with a 20-minute guided meditation exploring techniques for sitting with the difficult feelings surrounding failure. The meditation will be led by MASS member George Pasterk, and is open to practitioners at every level of their practice, from the seasoned adept to the meditation-curious. Brief instructions for all techniques will be provided as part of the program. *
Following our mediation will be a talk by Austin TX based writer, art historian and independent curator Ariel Evans. Exploring the topic of success and failure, Ariel Evans will discuss her personal history as the founder of the Austin based non-profit contemporary arts publication Pastelegram. Founded in 2011, Pastelegram produces thoughtfully designed limited run annual print editions, digital projects and live events, all made in collaboration with contemporary artists and curators.
Our evening will end with an interactive improvised musical performance by an ensemble made up of flutist, music educator and improviser François Minaux, Artist Ted Carey’s abstract turntablist project Crickuts, George Pasterk on laptop and electronics and some surprise guests.
For this evening’s event seating will be on the floor and the meditation will be experienced lying down. The gallery will provide light floor covering but please bring any yoga mats, bolsters, pillows or blankets you might need to feel comfortable in a prone position. For audience members, who prefer to be seated, we will have a limited number of folding chairs available.
*If you intend to participate in the guided meditation, please arrive promptly, as we cannot seat late-comers once the meditation has begun. The meditation should start approximately at 7:15 PM.
Ted Carey (Austin, TX) is an improv sculptor and abstract turntablist, he earned a BFA from the University of the Arts and an MFA in Sculpture and combined new media and one of the newest members of MASS gallery. Carey has been DJing for the last 15 years. Beginning his practice as a techno DJ Carey eventually grew restless with the limitations of his genre. His current project Crickuts pushes well past those limitations, driving distressed vinyl and turntables to their limits to produce “sonorous topographies and shoving sound” through “improvisational record grinding.”
Ariel Evans (Austin, TX) is a writer, curator, and editor as well as a PhD candidate in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, where she specializes in the history of photography, feminist thought, and post-war American art. She is currently a Graduate Research Associate at the Harry Ransom Center; she is also the founder of Pastelegram magazine and the editor of Coronagraph. From 2012 – 2013 she worked at the University of Texas’ Visual Arts Center where she was the 2012-2013 Curatorial Fellow. Previously she was the Assistant Editor for Art Lies magazine. Her criticism has appeared in Art in America, Modern Painters, Art Lies, Mimeo Mimeo and … might be good.
François Minaux (Austin, TX) is the lyricist, flutist and vocalist of Leaf Chimes, a free improvisation project Based in Austin, TX created by Laura Brackney and himself in 2016. His improvisation and lyrics take inspiration from world events, human behaviors and emotions, and socio-political issues. Interdisciplinary collaborations have led him to perform at festivals such as New Media Art and Sound Summit and Fast Forward both in Austin, TX, and the 798 Art District in Beijing, China among others. He has performed with Michelle Schumann, line upon line percussion, SO Percussion, the Kraken Quartet among others. He is currently working on his newest piece “Harvey” with Leaf Chimes and “We are the Voices from the Plain of Jars” a musical adaptation of a collection of testimonies from the Laos Secret War. François Minaux can also be heard in “Daniel Carr: Works Volume 2 – Flute and Piano” released by MSR Classics-Discover label. He hosts monthly free improvisation sessions in his garage/recording studio where musicians, painters, dancers and everything in between meet to improvise free and guided improvisations.
George Pasterk is a MASS Gallery member and artistic director for the non-profit music and performance series COTFG.
COTFG (Austin, TX) is a volunteer run non-profit music and performance series established in 2003. Bringing together a myriad of approaches to sound-organization, COTFG is an opportunity to experience a constellation of diverse artists in new collaborations, electro-acoustic exploration, precisely-notated music, structured and unstructured improvisation, with a commitment to honest experimentation.
Conceived as a way of engaging with artists whose practices include live time-based phenomena, Learning in Public is a series of discrete public performances, collaborations, and community engagements taking place in the gallery from September 22 to October 28, 2017.
Our series will feature a diverse myriad of artists including Mosaico Experiencia (ATX), Daphane Park (CDMX), Saakred (ATX), Dorian Wood (LA) and is presented in collaboration with COTFG, an Austin-based volunteer-run arts organization supporting creative expression and counterculture community.
The work presented by the artists in Learning in Public grapples and engages with such topics as gender identity, power, gentrification, the built, natural and spiritual environments, and self-care. With the human body and psyche at its center, Learning in Public represents a variety of experiences from ritualistic and confrontational to healing and contemplative.
The series holds space for each guest artist to be in residence for an entire week during which time they will offer at least one opportunity for the public to engage with their practice. We hope you will join us for this unique experience and encourage you to stay tuned to our website and social media feeds for announcements on artists’ events and open gallery hours.