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Special Edition: Frieze New York #2
by ArtSlant Team


Haroon Mirza at Frieze Sounds, by Ryan Wong

Haroon Mirza has made his reputation as an artist of the remix. He structures the unglamorous beeps and buzzes of antiquated audio technology into beats and melodies. But he also appreciates those machines for their sculptural qualities, synchronizing their sounds with lights and moving pieces – as if Kraftwerk were building a Rube Goldberg machine. Part music, part sculpture, part architectural intervention, Mirza remixes not just sounds but the spaces they inhabit.

For his Frieze Sounds commission, Mirza will be using the fair’s visitors as his medium. Realtime Binaural Envelope will be made up of a column of microphones that pick up the conversations and movements of passersby, to which Mirza will add beats and distortion. The sounds will be played into headphones which become progressively louder until they are silenced completely. The project is inspired by John Cage’s famous use of the audience to fill silences; as Mirza puts it, “all I'm doing with this work is composing or adding rhythmic structure to ambient noise.” Unlike the energetic, hermetic installations he has become known for in the past few years, the piece is equally at home in quiet or loud environments, and relies on audience activation...

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"FOOD 1971/2013", by Matthew Shen Goodman

This year’s Frieze New York fair sees the Projects portion of its programming celebrating FOOD, the historic restaurant-artwork hybrid most associated with artist Gordon Matta-Clark. While the Projects’ inaugural theme was turning Randall’s Island into a “fantasy world,” according to curator Cecilia Alemani, its second year focuses on “basic actions such as eating, drinking, speaking and praying… [engaging] the ritualistic dimension of the fair and the unique landscape of the island.” FOOD fits rather nicely in such a curatorial context, and is accordingly receiving this year’s tribute to local artist-run spaces and initiatives.

Cofounded by Matta-Clark with artist Carol Goodden in 1971, FOOD was a seminal piece of New York art. It occupied the corner of Prince and Wooster Streets, neighboring 112 Greene Street, the influential and prototypical art space extant today as the gallery White Columns. It’s easiest to describe FOOD as a restaurant run by artists, yet that definition elides the project’s many functions. It was as much a community center as a business. And though the business aspect was a great deal of its appeal, as a restaurant run by artists it was considerably more sympathetic to the caprices of an employee’s schedule. The food itself was as much an artistic medium as a form of nutrition. Exemplary of FOOD’s approach was Matta-Clark’s "bone" dinner: marrow and oxtail soup, the remains cleaned at the meal’s end and strung as jewelry for the diners, which mostly comprised fellow artists, musicians, and dancers from the downtown scene.

Frieze has enlisted a number of artists for its celebration, entitled “FOOD 1971/2013.” Founders Carol Goodden and Tina Girouard as well as artists Matthew Day Jackson and Jonathan Horowitz comprise the chefs...

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FRIEZE NEW YORK / Randall’s Island --- 5/10-12: 11am-7pm; 5/13: 11am-6pm/ $

NADA / Pier 36 --- 5/10: (Opening Preview 10-2pm) 2-8pm; 5/11: 10am-8pm; 5/12: 10am-5pm / FREE

COLLECTIVE .1 DESIGN FAIR / Pier 57 --- 5/8, 5/9: 11am-7pm; 5/10:11am-9pm; 5/11: 11am-5pm / $

CUTLOG / 107 Suffolk --- 5/10-12: 10am-8pm; 5/13: 10am-6pm (additional events until midnight) / $

WISH MEME / Old School, 233 Mott --- 5/9-12: 12-6pm / $

PULSE / Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th --- 5/9: 12-8pm; 5/10-11: 11am-8am; 5/12: 11am-7pm / $

SEVEN / The Boiler, 191 N. 14th St. Brooklyn --- Opening Reception: 5/10: 6-9pm; 5/11-12: 12-6pm (exhibition through 6/9) / FREE

POOL / Flatiron Hotel, 9 West 26th --- Vernissage: 5/10: (VIP)5pm (General) 6-10pm; 5/10-12 : 3-10pm / $ suggested donation

FRIDGE ART FAIR / 128 Rivington --- 5/9-12: 12-9pm / $ suggested donation

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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 5/13/13

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