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Khal Scores performed around the globe – 2015

December 19th, 2015

In September 2014, Helga Fassonaki sent scores in the form of sculptures from Tabriz, Iran to sixteen female artists and musicians living abroad to perform in public in lieu of her ability to do so legally in Iran.

Artists who received Fassonaki’s scores include Rachel Shearer & Beth Ducklingmonster (Auckland, NZ), Kali Z Fasteau (NYC, NY), Kelly Jayne Jones (London, UK), Heather Leigh (Glasgow, Scotland), Jenny Graf (Copenhagen, Denmark), Zaimph (Brooklyn, NY), Chiara Giovando (Los Angeles, CA), Shana Palmer (Baltimore, MD), Purple Pilgrims (North Island, NZ), Rachael Melanson (London, UK), Christina Carter (Austin, Texas), Gabie Strong (Los Angeles, CA), Ashley Paul (London, UK), Angeline Chirnside (Auckland, NZ) , Matana Roberts (NYC, NY), and Kathleen Kim (Los Angeles, CA).

Additional participating artists include Suki Dewey (Califon, NJ), Fariba Safai (San Francisco, CA), Nazanin Daneshvar (NYC, NY), Yasi Alipour (NYC, NY), Laura Sofia (NYC, NY), Julia Santoli (NYC, NY), Stainer Black-Five (Christchurch, NZ), Mela (Christchurch, NZ), Misfit Mod (Christchurch, NZ), French Concession (Christchurch, NZ), Instant Fantasy (Christchurch, NZ), Hermione Johnson & Zahra Killeen Chance (Auckland, NZ), Liz Maw (Auckland, NZ), and Piece War (Auckland, NZ).

Upon Interpreting the scores, the participants performed them publicly in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. The following videos document their performances and actions.

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Khal at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision – November 18 – December 11, 2015

November 15th, 2015

‘8 Pillars’ Score for Rachel Shearer

‘8 Pillars’ Score for Rachel Shearer

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8 Pillars – A Free Score at Viewfinder window
November 11 – 24
Auckland Central Library, 46 Lorne Street, Auckland

Khal at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

November 18 – December 11
300 Karangahape Rd Newton, Auckland NZ
Launch – November 17, 6pm
Performances
– 8pm

Nga Taonga Blog 

KHAL continues to document a living score as a language used to tell a story, communicate a process, and provide instructions while remaining transient and undefined.

Presented alongside Fassonaki’s filmed reinterpretation of her score 8 Pillars will be Khal Open Book – an archival box filled with score images, text, notes, interviews, and performance stills collected from September 2014 to current and includes conversations, exchanges, and actions that took place between Fassonaki and the sixteen plus artists involved.

Angeline Chirnside, Purple Pilgrims, and Rachel Shearer – three of the original score recipients have chosen three new Auckland-based artists to perform the scores for the opening:
Tuesday November 17, 8pm
featuring:
Hermione Johnson & Zahra Killeen Chance will perform ‘Hypocrisy’
Elizabeth Mary Maw will perform ‘Hum Hum Hum Hum Hum’
Piece War/ Live Visuals by Cutss will perform ‘8 Pillars’

8 PILLARS – A FREE SCORE
Working with the idea of a score as a living force containing the power to shape and reshape what enters our senses, Helga Fassonaki reinterpreted one of her scores ‘8 Pillars’ (originally created for New Zealand artist Rachel Shearer) into a performance composition for seven women. It was filmed on Independence Day 2015 in a forested area in Oldwick, New Jersey. The women (each representing a pillar) move in a slow and deliberate motion mirroring their meditative wordless humming of the Star Spangled Banner as they form a circular shape around the forest trees. The cameraperson is also one of the pillars whose motion and view is revealed through another camera frame that remains still, documenting the process of a composition being created but never finished. The group voices fade as one voice (the missing eighth pillar) continues chanting the anthem until the song becomes unrecognizable.

Presented as a kind of paradox, the ‘8 Pillars’ composition explores two sides of freedom – personal vs political, whilst stripping content from song until the sacredness of a singular voice is revealed. A solo voice whether banned by political law or censored by our own fears is a vessel for a powerful recalcitrant freedom, one that is always vulnerable to attack no matter how ‘free’ a country is.

Performers featured in the film include: Yasi Alipour, Julia Santoli, Gabie Strong, Nazanin Daneshvar, Laura Sofia, Suki Dewey, and Helga Fassonaki (also as cameraperson)

Solo Vocals: Julia Santoli

Watch 8 Pillars – A Free Score 

8 PILLARS LIVE PERFORMANCE (September 26, 2015)
Julia Santoli (solo vocals) alongside Helga Fassonaki performed the next sequence of the ‘8 Pillars’ filmed composition at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon. As Santoli continues to hum a deranged Star Spangled Banner anthem, the notes are elongated and blurred into solid tones of color.

KHAL OPEN BOOK
Presented as an unpublished book – an archive open to edits, renewal and dialogue. Contains notes, interviews, spoken words, score drawings, performance stills, and past exhibition iterations gathered from September 2014 to present from original score recipients:
Kali Z Fasteau (NYC, NY), Kelly Jayne Jones (London, UK), Heather Leigh (Glasgow, Scotland), Jenny Gräf (Copenhagen, Denmark), Zaïmph (Brooklyn, NY), Chiara Giovando (Los Angeles, CA), Shana Palmer (Baltimore, MD), Purple Pilgrims (North Island, NZ), Rachael Melanson (London, UK), Christina Carter (Austin, Texas), Gabie Strong (Los Angeles, CA), Ashley Paul (London, UK), Angeline Chirnside (Auckland, NZ), Matana Roberts (NYC, NY), Rachel Shearer with Beth Ducklingmonster (Auckland, NZ), and Kathleen Kim (Los Angeles, CA).
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additional participating artists:
Suki Dewey (Califon, NJ), Fariba Safai (San Francisco, CA), Nazanin Daneshvar (NYC, NY), Yasi Alipour (NYC, NY), Laura Sofia (NYC, NY), Julia Santoli (NYC, NY), Stainer Black-Five (Christchurch, NZ), Mela (Christchurch, NZ), Misfit Mod (Christchurch, NZ), French Concession (Christchurch, NZ), Instant Fantasy (Christchurch, NZ), Hermione Johnson & Zahra Killeen Chance (Auckland, NZ), Liz Maw (Auckland, NZ), and Piece War (Auckland, NZ).

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YEK KOO / GABIE STRONG / JULIA SANTOLI / BOB BELLERUE / THURSDAY JULY 2

July 2nd, 2015

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Yek koo
Gabie Strong
Julia Santoli
Bob Bellerue

TRANS -PECOS
Doors: 8PM
ALL AGES
9-15 Wyckoff Ave (L) to Halsey (M) to Myrtle/Wyckoff

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Matana Roberts performs One Song Two Sides Bold Breathing –

January 17th, 2015

A score created by Helga Fassonaki part of Khal project

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sketch of ‘One Song Two Sides Bold Breathing’
Original Score made with felt and wire

Performed on January 14, 2015 by Matana Roberts:

KHAL Project

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Crystalline Morphologies sound+vision on KCHUNG TV

July 23rd, 2014

CRYSTALLINE MORPHOLOGIES
“This is an experiment in sonic feedback set against visual dissonance. Features videos and camera work by John Pearson, with sounds by Ted Byrnes, Aisling Cormack, Helga Fassonaki, Matthew Hebert, Greg Lenczycki, Jorge Martin, RJ Russell, Andrew Scott, Jared Stanley, Gabie Strong. Live video production by Jens Jonason, Luke Fischbeck and Margie Schnibbe”
Saturday July 26 2-14
12:30 – 1:30 pm PDT
UCLA Hammer MuseumAdmission to the Made in L.A. exhibition is free. Parking is $3.Live sound and video performance for KCHUNG TV
2014 Made in L.A. exhibition @ UCLA Hammer Museum
Broadcast live on http://kchung.tv 

KCHUNG TV – Episode 8 – July 26, 2014 from KCHUNG TV on Vimeo.

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FIELD STUDIES 2014

June 7th, 2014

LONDON 14 – 17 APRIL
Cours de Poetique 
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DUETS – Performance Excerpts, 6-22-13

September 4th, 2013

DUETS took play on June 22, 2013 at The Fields in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The duos included:
yek koo + Zaimph
Tom Carter + Tom Surgal
Ashley Paul + Greg Kelley
and DJ/video unit: tren::azul

Hosted by EMM
Curated by Helga Fassonaki

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yek koo + Caitlin Mitchell – live @ Human Resources gallery 9-21-12

September 25th, 2012

Documentation (excerpt) of live performance collaboration between yek koo and Caitlin Mitchell. The actual performance was 15 minutes long and featured a radical symbiotic relationship between drum and guitar sounds as the drumming vibrations were picked up by the guitar and further layered and distorted, building up till the projected video showing white noise/light for 12 minutes suddenly became a fire with a burning photo of Mitt Romney.

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Dawn Kasper w/ Lady Noise @ Whitney Biennial 2012

June 3rd, 2012

Lady Noise performing w/ Dawn Kasper, Whitney Biennial ’12

Dawn Kasper Performance at Whitney Biennial 2012

More photos of this performance found HERE
Dawn’s installation and the Lady Noise collaboration is discussed in ARTFORUM

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hafezeh V

December 13th, 2011

jump cuts obliterate objects and information coming into view. possible narratives are fragmented into violent disjunctions in space and time. ‘hafezeh V’ represents the fifth version of a series of five films in which each film is a deteriorated version of the one before. the sound follows the same pattern of deterioration as the visuals, becoming more and more abstracted into granules of noise as memory (hafezeh) itself is translated into mere sensory filaments. The original ‘hafezeh V’ was exhibited and later screened in 2004 in Auckland, New Zealand but then went missing and was never recovered. Finally in 2011, using the footage from hafezeh IV, I recreated the fifth film.

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FOOD 4

December 24th, 2010

AMERICAN MINIMALISM:
THE PICNIC

FOOD 4 was presented by Alice Tseng & Jeremy Rotsztain on December 5th at the Elysian Park tree grove. They invited participants to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon under the trees in an effort to celebrate Americana, Minimalism, and Picnics. Installed in the tree grove were piñatas made for Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, and Anne Truitt filled with grill cheese sandwiches, lemonade, corn dogs, pickles, and various real American food snacks.

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FOOD 1

October 21st, 2010

An essential human experience, how can artists mobilize the democratic possibilities of the discourse around food cultivation and eating? What do we have to share? Experienced pickler Jen Smith asked participants to bring ideas, inventories of artist projects and community resources, interest and/or something to eat to contribute to this gathering within the temporary autonomous institutional space of Elysian Park Museum of Art.
Participants met October 17 from noon to two at the Solano Canyon picnic tables for a full course lunch prepared specially by Jen Smith.

Solano Canyon picnic tables

Jen Smith preparing

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Finding the Echo in Echo Park

October 19th, 2010

Original (longer) version showing at L A C E galleries as part of EPMoA, Oct 13 – Dec 19 2010, Los Angeles, CA
Finding the Echo in Echo Park (excerpt), 2010

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