Program Announcement

Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain

Sat, August 31, 2013 to Sat, October 26, 2013

In Fall 2013, ISSUE Project Room celebrates its ten year anniversary with Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain— a two-month festival revisiting seminal past projects and initiating new relationships with over 60 emerging and established artists working across and between the disciplines of sound, dance, film, performance, and literature. Across 24 performances August 31 - October 26, the festival both reflects upon the last ten years and looks towards the future, as ISSUE prepares to occupy a newly-renovated historic theater in Downtown Brooklyn.

Since its inception in 2003 under the vision of late Founder Suzanne Fiol, ISSUE has evolved from a small East Village garage to an internationally-recognized leader for fostering experimental cross-disciplinary performance. Across 10 years of programming, music- and sound-based practices have served as the essential core of ISSUE’s programming, with explorations of language, theory, movement, and image folded into the overarching examination of innovative sonic art.



Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain is made possible, in part, by “Lead Presenter” support from Robert Bielecki and HBO; “Festival Sponsor” support from Robert Longo, Margo Somma & John Hamilton, and Sixpoint Brewery; with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; with the support of the Casement Fund, Ltd.; and with the support of ISSUE Project Room’s Members. Media Partners: Bomb, Brooklyn Rail.

Minor Musics Japan opens with Ché-Shizu, an improv-folk group led by Chie Mukai. Since 1981 they have recontextualized folk instruments and electronics in spontaneous actions that are lyrical, compelling, and endearingly unpolished. Mukai also plays duo with LLILW GRAY, alias of No-Neck Blues Band's Keith Connolly.

Chie Mukai leads an improvisation workshop, sharing experiences from thirty years of site-specific performance and improvisation. This workshop continues a teaching practice begun in 2001, it is free and open to 25 practitioners of sound and movement (RSVP required), and also to an audience of observers.

The artistic alter ego of Tori Kudo, Maher Shalal Hash Baz are a fluid large ensemble of untrained musicians that create arresting indie-pop embracing error, structure, and structurelessness. Accordionist and vocalist à qui avec Gabriel creates stark, ethereal and whispering melodies evoking European folk.