Story about UNDERWATER on ORF Radio in Austria

I’m thrilled about the wonderful story that aired on March 21 on ORF Radio: Ö1 in Austria about UNDERWATER: an operatic disco at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif. Many thanks to Hanna Ronzheimer for interviewing me and Robby Greif and for putting together the story! Listen to it via this link through March 28: http://oe1.orf.at/programm/20180321/509144

 

UNDERWATER: an operatic disco opens on March 8 in Vienna at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif

I’m really excited that my new project, UNDERWATER, is premiering this Thursday! It’s a 7-channel video installation that’s also an operatic disco. A fusion of environmentalism, trance music, and mysticism.

Watch the preview video to hear me singing about global warming like a Jewish cantor on the Day of Atonement.

And read more – press release below – about the project and its premiere at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif in Vienna.

Hope to see you soon!


Joel Tauber | UNDERWATER

KOENIG2 by_robbygreif

March 8 – April 21

Opening: March 8, 6-9 pm

UNDERWATER brings environmentalism, trance music, and mysticism together; as it suggests, in interactive and immersive ways, that we’re all connected to each other and to the land / sea – even if we have largely forgotten that and even if we have to collectively change our ways. As people dance in the UNDERWATER operatic disco, their movements – which echo Tauber’s – blur the distinctions between our bodies. The boundaries between the Self and the Other collapse; just as the distinctions between people / marine life blur, and the distinctions between the human built environment of the exhibition space and the underwater video world merge.

In the 7-channel video installation, 5 videos focus on what Tauber finds underwater: pollution, death, nausea, a beautiful sea turtle, and swaying kelp… A 6th video shows him disappearing into a cloud of air bubbles; and a 7th video shows a visual map of his 40 scuba dives, which slowly moves into existence from left to right in real time with the 51 minute musical piece.

The composition arises from depth readings recorded during every second of Tauber’s dives. Tauber assigned each dive an instrument and a beat and translated the movements of each dive in real time into music: the deeper the depth reading, the deeper the note. Sometimes, all 40 dives play together. Other times, a “band” of dives are heard. And, then there are moments when individual dives have “solos”. Tauber sings his dive depths (higher notes for the higher depths, deeper notes for the deeper depths) (“43 feet”… “80 feet”…) at various intervals to emphasize the relationships between his movements underwater and the music.

Tauber sings about seeking the Other (which is the chorus) in ways that evoke the Jewish cantorial scales; and he sings about pollution and global warming in ways that evoke the iconic old melody “Kol Nidre” from the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. So, there is a prayer-like / collective atonement element to this underwater rave.

8 drawings of the musical notes and lyrics in the composition will surround the videos, and overhead neon blue lights will illuminate the space.

Participation in the show can happen both directly, by experiencing the installation and dancing to its music; and also remotely, by responding to the call to send personal stories about global warming, marine life, seas rising, and hurricanes to koenig2@christinekoeniggalerie.at  These stories will be included in the show.

The show will be visible 24/7 from the street via the gallery’s large windows; and on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm, the gallery will open its doors so visitors can more fully experience the UNDERWATER operatic disco and dance in the space. Please contact the gallery to enter at other times as well.

KOENIG2 by_robbygreif  •  margaretenstraße 5 | 1040 vienna | austria  •  +43 1 585 74 74  •  +43 677 61 38 31 76  •  koenig2@christinekoeniggalerie.at   •  http://www.christinekoeniggalerie.com   •  http://www.koenig2.com

 

Talking about The Sharing Project in Aiken on Tuesday the 16th

I’m doing a talk on Tuesday the 16th at 10:30 at the Aiken County Historical Museum in South Carolina about The Sharing Project installation and the forgotten socialist Jewish commune of Happyville — which existed for a short period (1905-1908) near Aiken — in advance of the exhibition of the installation at the Aiken County Historical Museum this summer. If you’re in the area on the 16th, it would be great to see you there!

Searching For The Impossible: The Flying Project at the Moonens Foundation in Brussels

My film, “Searching For The Impossible: The Flying Project“, is on view through January 12 (by appointment) at the Moonens Foundation in Brussels. It’s part of the show, curated by Odie Cash / Platform 102, “There Is Always An Alternative.”

Communal sculpture sharing event this Friday at Appalachian State University

I’m excited about the communal sculpture sharing event this Friday from 5-6:30 at the Smith Gallery, as the finale of the exhibition of The Sharing Project installation at Appalachian State University. If you live near Boone or will be in the area, come check out the 15 videos, 21 interviews and communal sculpture in the installation – and then help distribute / share the objects gathered over the course of the exhibition.

Talking about The Sharing Project and my other work at App State this evening

I’m looking forward to doing a talk about my work at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) this evening (Thursday) at 6 pm at the Turchin Center Lecture Hall. I will be talking about the exhibition of The Sharing Project installation that is on display at the Smith Gallery at App State through October 27, as well as the rest of my work; framing what I’ve done in terms of ethics, environmentalism, and mysticism and in relationship to some of the artists and teachers who’ve inspired me over the years – like my mentor at Yale, Ronald Jones; my teachers at Art Center, including Stephen Prina, Diana Thater, Mike Kelley & Patti Podesta; Bas Jan Ader; Felix Gonzalez Torres; and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. For those of you who will be in the area… I very much hope to see you at App State this evening!

Sick-Amour movie, German Tree Baby & A Photo of The Tree in exhibition “la > x” in Berlin

There’s certainly a lot of things to worry about right now. Increased hate speech and hate crimes; fascist, racist rallies; a terrifying US president and cabinet; deportations; global warming; hurricanes… Yet, somehow I retain hope. I’m encouraged by the resistance here and I’m buoyed when I hear about how many of the Tree Babies are thriving. When I started taking care of The Tree in the middle of the parking lot, I never thought that The Tree would have so many offspring and that so many people and institutions would be kind enough to adopt them. Not all of the Tree Babies are still with us, but many are and many of them are thriving. One of them lives in Germany, far apart from its many siblings in Southern California. Smaller than its siblings, it must still be quite happy; as it has been cared for wonderfully by the Haubrok Foundation. This small German Tree Baby can be seen in front of Stephan Adamski’s new gallery space in Berlin as part of an impressive exhibition, organized by film curator Marc Glöde and collector Axel Haubrok with Black Flamingo Projects, called “la > x” – which focuses on artistic viewpoints from LA. The show includes the movie version of Sick-Amour as well as a large photo of The Tree. The opening is tonight (September 12) from 7 – 9 pm at FAHRBEREITSCHAFT (herzbergstraße 40-43, 10365 Berlin). The exhibition, which features works by my former teachers Stephen Prina and Christopher Williams as well as Margaret Honda, will run from September 15 to December 2. The show is open on Saturdays after 3 pm (pre-registration necessary; visit@haubrok.org). It’s also open on september 15 from 7 – 9 pm and on september 16 and 17 from 12 – 6 pm for Berlin Art Week.

Sharing Project installation opens at Appalachian State University this Friday

The Sharing Project installation is traveling to the Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. If you’re in the area, I hope you can join me and gallery director, Jennie Carlisle, at the opening event, this Friday from 5-6:30 pm. The show features 15 videos – and 21 interviews – that explore the meaning of sharing and the forgotten Socialist Jewish commune of Happyville (1905-1908) in South Carolina.

A communal sculpture of shared objects has already started growing. Please consider contributing to it by bringing toys, tools, or other domestic items. You will have the opportunity, at the end of the show, to take these things and give them away to whomever you think will enjoy them.

After the opening, there will be a series of other events, including a lecture / discussion, a full day symposium on sharing, and a visit to a NC intentional community. More info and press release, below.

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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
SMITH GALLERY
Contact: Jennie Carlisle, Director
The Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University
215.421.7118 / carlislejk@appstate.edu 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Exhibition at the Smith Gallery Addresses the Personal and Political Dimensions of Sharing
Joel Tauber: The Sharing Project
September 1 – October 27, 2017
Opening Reception, September 1, 5-6:30pm at the Smith Gallery

The​ ​Smith​ ​Gallery​ ​is​ ​pleased​ ​to​ ​announce​ ​the​ ​opening​ ​of​ ​​The​ ​Sharing​ ​Project​,​ ​a​ ​multimedia documentary​ ​installation​ ​by​ ​Winston​-Salem​ ​based​ ​artist​ ​Joel​ ​Tauber,​ ​which​ ​grapples​ ​with questions​ ​of​ ​how​ ​and​ ​why​ ​we​ ​share​ ​in​ ​the​ ​context​ ​of​ ​family​ ​and​ ​political​ ​life.​ ​The​ ​project features​ ​a​ ​set​ ​of​ ​fourteen​ ​paired​ ​videos​ ​that​ ​present​ ​challenging​ ​episodes​ ​from​ ​the​ ​artist’s​ ​life​ ​as a​ ​parent​ ​teaching​ ​his​ ​young​ ​son​ ​about​ ​the​ ​social​ ​virtues​ ​and​ ​limits​ ​of​ ​sharing,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​a central​ ​video​ ​projection​ ​detailing​ ​visit​s ​to​ ​the​ ​site​ ​of​ ​the​ ​historic​ ​Jewish​ ​commune​ ​of​ ​Happyville, in​ ​South​ ​Carolina​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​land​ ​where​ ​a​ ​utopian​ ​social​ ​experiment​ ​briefly​ ​flourished. Tauber​ ​underscores​ ​the​ ​complex​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​sharing​ ​by​ ​including​ ​a​ ​diverse​ ​array​ ​of​ ​expert opinions​ ​from​ ​fields​ ​ranging​ ​from​ ​History,​ ​Anthropology,​ ​Education,​ ​Political​ ​Science,​ ​and Philosophy.​ ​These​ ​are​ ​presented​ ​through​ ​an​ ​iPad​ ​app​ ​that​ ​allows​ ​visitors​ ​to​ ​peruse​ ​interviews according​ ​to​ ​their​ ​own​ ​interests.

The​ ​final​ ​component​ ​of​ ​the​ ​installation​ ​is​ ​a​ ​community​ ​sculpture​ ​that​ ​will​ ​evolve​ ​as​ ​visitors contribute​ ​toys,​ ​tools,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​domestic​ ​items.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​close​ ​of​ ​the​ ​exhibition,​ ​all​ ​items​ ​collected will​ ​be​ ​redistributed​ ​through​ ​a​ ​community​ ​sharing​ ​event.​ ​All​ ​who​ ​attend​ ​the​ ​opening​ ​on September​ ​1st​ ​are​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​something​ ​from​ ​their​ ​own​ ​homes​ ​to​ ​help​ ​create​ ​the foundation​ ​for​ ​the​ ​sculpture.

While​ ​​The​ ​Sharing​ ​Project​ ​​originated​ ​from​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​personal​ ​place​ ​for​ ​the​ ​artist,​ ​Tauber​ ​has been​ ​quick​ ​to​ ​ground​ ​the​ ​project​ ​in​ ​larger​ ​concerns.​ ​“​The​ ​question​ ​of​ ​how​ ​much​ ​we​ ​should share​ ​is​ ​interconnected​ ​with​ ​the​ ​question​ ​of​ ​what​ ​political​ ​system​ ​we​ ​should​ ​adopt.​ ​Inequity​ ​is not​ ​just​ ​a​ ​political​ ​problem—it’s​ ​also​ ​an​ ​ethical,​ ​philosophical,​ ​historical,​ ​economic,​ ​biological (perhaps),​ ​psychological,​ ​and​ ​pedagogical​ ​one.​ ​I’ve​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​expose​ ​the​ ​complexities​ ​of​ ​this problem​ ​through​ ​a​ ​rigorous,​ ​personal,​ ​and​ ​interdisciplinary​ ​examination​ ​of​ ​what​ ​is​ ​inseparable from​ ​any​ ​possible​ ​solution—the​ ​meaning​ ​and​ ​value​ ​of​ ​sharing,”​ ​the​ ​artist​ ​said.

The​ ​Smith​ ​Gallery​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​host​ ​the​ ​exhibition​ ​for​ ​just​ ​these​ ​reasons.​ ​Gallery​ ​Director,​ ​Jennie Carlisle,​ ​noted​ ​that​ ​much​ ​of​ ​the​ ​current​ ​political​ ​polarization​ ​taking​ ​place​ ​at​ ​local,​ ​state,​ ​and national​ ​levels​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​center​ ​around​ ​questions​ ​of​ ​how​ ​best​ ​to​ ​allocate​ ​resources,​ ​who deserves​ ​these​ ​resources​ ​and​ ​why.​ ​“Tauber’s​ ​project​ ​is​ ​a​ ​very​ ​approachable,​ ​intimate​ ​view​ ​of an​ ​issue​ ​we​ ​are​ ​called​ ​to​ ​make​ ​decisions​ ​around​ ​every​ ​day​ ​in​ ​a​ ​myriad​ ​of​ ​ways,’’ ​she​ ​said. “Beyond​ ​this,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​thrilled​ ​to​ ​present​ ​the​ ​installation,​ ​because​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​rare​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​see​ ​an outstanding​ ​example​ ​of​ ​expanded​ ​documentary –​ ​a​ ​new​ ​field​ ​of​ ​art​ ​production​ ​that​ ​blends​ ​video, audio,​ ​and​ ​web​ ​based​ ​interactive​ ​technology.”

This​ ​exhibition​ ​and​ ​its​ ​programs​ ​are​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​a​ ​North​ ​Carolina​ ​Arts​ ​Council​ ​grant​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as the​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Fine​ ​and​ ​Applied​ ​Arts​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Art​ ​Department​ ​at​ ​Appalachian​ ​State​ ​University.

Related​ ​Programs

Artist​ ​Talk​ ​with​ ​Joel​ ​Tauber​ ​|​ ​​September,​ ​21,​ ​6pm​ ​|​ ​Turchin​ ​Center​ ​Lecture​ ​Hall
Tauber​ ​will​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​public​ ​lecture​ ​about​ ​the​ ​project,​ ​his​ ​career,​ ​his​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​new​ ​media production,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​way​ ​that​ ​his​ ​Jewish​ ​cultural​ ​heritage​ ​informs​ ​the​ ​work​ ​he​ ​makes.

Field​ ​Trip​ ​to​ ​Earthaven​ ​Ecovillage​ ​|​ ​September​ ​23,​ ​9-​4pm
The​ ​gallery​ ​hosts​ ​a​ ​field​ ​trip​ ​to​ ​Earthaven​ ​Ecovillage​ ​in​ ​Black​ ​Mountain,​ ​NC​ ​​​to​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​one of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​established​ ​intentional​ ​communities​ ​in​ ​Western​ ​North​ ​Carolina,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​hear community​ ​members​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​their​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​resource​ ​sharing,​ ​the​ ​challenges​ ​they​ ​face, and​ ​the​ ​role​ ​that​ ​artmaking​ ​and​ ​creativity​ ​plays​ ​in​ ​their​ ​community​ ​building. Contact​ ​Jennie​ ​at​ ​​carlislejk@appstate.edu for​ ​more​ ​information​ ​and​ ​to​ ​reserve​ ​a​ ​spot.

Family​ ​Activities​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Gallery
September​ ​25​ ​and​ ​October​ ​4.​ ​Times​ ​to​ ​be​ ​announced.
Join​ ​Brooke​ ​Hofsess​ ​and​ ​students​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Art​ ​Education​ ​program​ ​for​ ​morning​ ​and​ ​afternoon playshops​ ​that​ ​incorporate​ ​art​ ​making,​ ​games,​ ​and​ ​stories​ ​on​ ​the​ ​theme​ ​of​ ​sharing.​ ​Perfect​ ​for families​ ​with​ ​children​ ​5​ ​and​ ​under.​ ​Contact​ ​Jennie​ ​at​ ​​carlislejk@appstate.edu ​for​ ​more information​ ​and​ ​to​ ​reserve​ ​a​ ​spot.

Symposium:​ ​Sharing​ ​&
Friday,​ ​October​ ​20.​ ​Time​ ​and​ ​Location​ ​to​ ​be​ ​announced.
A​ ​one​ ​day​ ​panel​ ​discussion​ ​series​ ​addressing​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​sharing​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​a​ ​range​ ​of contemporary​ ​social​ ​concerns -​ ​immigration,​ ​education,​ ​healthcare,​ ​and​ ​environment.​ ​The emphasis​ ​of​ ​the​ ​event​ ​will​ ​be​ ​to​ ​present​ ​cross-disciplinary​ ​and​ ​divergent​ ​perspectives,​ ​to​ ​focus on​ ​local​ ​and​ ​statewide​ ​concerns,​ ​and​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​forum​ ​to​ ​think​ ​through​ ​the​ ​interconnection between​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​political​ ​belief​ ​systems​ ​related​ ​to​ ​resource​ ​sharing. More​ ​information​ ​coming​ ​soon.

Free​ ​Market:​ ​Community​ ​Sculpture​ ​Distribution​ ​Event​ ​|​ ​Friday,​ ​October​ ​27,​ ​5-6:30pm
Come​ ​celebrate​ ​the​ ​close​ ​of​ ​the​ ​exhibition​ ​with​ ​a​ ​meal​ ​sharing​ ​event​ ​and the​ ​redistribution​ ​of items​ ​collected​ ​for​ ​the​ ​making​ ​of​ ​a​ ​community​ ​sculpture.​ ​Take​ ​home​ ​a​ ​hidden​ ​treasure,​ ​toy,​ ​tool or​ ​household​ ​item​ ​to​ ​share​ ​with​ ​a​ ​friend​ ​or​ ​family​ ​member.

About​ ​the​ ​Artist
Joel​ ​Tauber​ ​is​ ​an​ ​artist​ ​and​ ​filmmaker​ ​based​ ​in​ ​Winston​-​Salem.​ ​He​ ​teaches​ ​experimental​ ​film and​ ​orchestrates​ ​the​ ​video​ ​art​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Wake​ ​Forest​ ​University.​ ​His​ ​work​ ​has​ ​been​ ​shown​ ​in solo​ ​art​ ​exhibitions​ ​at​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​locations,​ ​including​ ​Galerie​ ​Adamski​ ​in​ ​Berlin​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as Aachen,​ ​Germany;​ ​the​ ​University​ ​Art​ ​Museum​ ​at​ ​Cal​ ​State​ ​Long​ ​Beach;​ ​the​ ​Helen​ ​Lindhurst Fine​ ​Arts​ ​Gallery​ ​at​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Southern​ ​California;​ ​the​ ​Rocky​ ​Mountain​ ​School​ ​of Photography;​ ​and​ ​Susanne​ ​Vielmetter​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​Projects.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​been​ ​included​ ​in numerous​ ​group​ ​art​ ​exhibitions​ ​including​ ​the​ ​2004​ ​and​ ​2008​ ​California​ ​Biennials​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Orange County​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Art;​ ​“The​ ​Gravity​ ​in​ ​Art”​ ​at​ ​the​ ​De​ ​Appel​ ​Centre​ ​For​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​in Amsterdam;​ ​and​ ​“Still​ ​Things​ ​Fall​ ​From​ ​the​ ​Sky”​ ​at​ ​the​ ​California​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Photography.​ ​Film Festivals​ ​include​ ​the​ ​Sedona​ ​International​ ​Film​ ​Festival,​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Documentary Festival,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Downtown​ ​Film​ ​Festival​ ​–​ ​Los​ ​Angeles,​ ​where​ ​his​ ​movie,​ ​“Sick-Amour”,​ ​was awarded​ ​“Best​ ​Green​ ​Film.”​ ​Tauber​ ​won​ ​the​ ​2007​ ​Contemporary​ ​Collectors​ ​of​ ​Orange​ ​County Fellowship,​ ​the​ ​2007-2008​ ​CalArts​ ​/​ ​Alpert​ ​Ucross​ ​Residency​ ​Prize​ ​for​ ​Visual​ ​Arts,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​2015 grant​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Andy​ ​Warhol​ ​Foundation​ ​For​ ​The​ ​Visual​ ​Arts​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​a​ ​residency​ ​from The​ ​Grand​ ​Central​ ​Art​ ​Center.

About​ ​the​ ​Smith​ ​Gallery
The​ ​Smith​ ​Gallery​ ​is​ ​a​ ​vibrant​ ​contemporary​ ​art​ ​space,​ ​housed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Schaefer​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the Performing​ ​Arts.​ ​It​ ​presents​ ​original​ ​and​ ​travelling​ ​exhibitions,​ ​features​ ​work​ ​by​ ​faculty​ ​and students​ ​at​ ​the​ ​university,​ ​and​ ​commissions​ ​daring​ ​new​ ​art​ ​in​ ​all​ ​of​ ​its​ ​forms.​ ​The​ ​gallery​ ​is​ ​open Monday​ ​through​ ​Friday​ ​from​ ​10​ ​AM​ ​to​ ​5​ ​PM​ ​and​ ​during​ ​special​ ​events​ ​scheduled​ ​at​ ​the Schaefer​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Performing​ ​Arts,​ ​731​ ​Rivers​ ​Street,​ ​Boone,​ ​NC​ ​28608.​ ​Admission​ ​is FREE.

Art. Environment. Action. Sick-Amour movie screening and USC Tree Baby Celebration

I’m heading to LA next week to visit The Tree in the middle of Rose Bowl parking lot K and to celebrate one of its 200 Tree Babies that is growing so beautifully and tall at USC.

The Tree and its Tree Babies began teaching me about love, devotion, and activism quite a long time ago, and they continue to do so today.

They also continue to teach me about family, community, and collectivism. I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has offered hugs, water, and other forms of nourishment to the Tree and its Tree Babies.

We are gathering on April 27 in LA for a discussion about what we can do for our environment and for each other, both individually and collectively. We will screen my film Sick-Amour, celebrate the USC Tree Baby, and offer it both water and affection.

It would be wonderful if you could join us.

Click here for details and here for even more info.

3 videos from Sick-Amour in a show at USC

Three videos from the Sick-Amour installation will be on display in the show, “Dirty Talk: Art. Environment. Action” at USC. There will be a current photo of the USC tree baby — which is now quite big! — and a map of its location on campus.

The show is going to be wonderful, and I hope to see you at the opening tomorrow night!