December 17, 2016
5PM – 11PM
Free admission with RSVP
BSMT Nights: Year-End/New-Year Party!
Join Mana BSMT artists and friends to celebrate the end of the BSMT’s first year—and the start of a new year! The evening will feature a short film screening by BSMT Resident Yuliya Tsukerman, an audiovisual performance by Mark Niskanen and Jani-Matti Salo, and a pop-up show by Apostrophe NYC’s Base 12. A dance party will follow with DJ sets by current and past residents James Rubio, The Love Child, Sei Smith, Azikiwe Mohammed, and Cody Ranaldo. Plus, BSMT Resident Morell Cutler will design a special festive photo background you can use for your holiday snaps! Food and drinks will be served.
5PM Doors Open
5:30PM – 6PM Yuliya Tsukerman presents Violent Mercies
A baby is born in the desert, a mother assembled from the detritus of everyday life, a family healed by the waters of a toxic lake. Violent Mercies is a trilogy of short films that weaves a new American mythology through marionettes and handmade landscapes, exploring the intimacy and isolation of a fractured mother-daughter relationship.
6PM – 7PM Tête-à-tête: Introduction (Installation)
A prelude to the Tête-à-tête live performance, consisting of two live video feeds that will react to the sound of the BSMT space and guests in real time.
7PM – 7:45PM Tête-à-tête: A Performance by Mark Niskanen and Jani-Matti Salo
Tête-à-tête (‘involving or happening between two people’ or, literally, ‘head-to-head’) is an improvisatory, multi-modal performance by Mark Niskanen (Rhodes piano, live sampling, effects processing) and Jani-Matti Salo (light, videos). A dialogue about connection and otherness, involvement and exclusion, is at the heart of this site-specific piece, which derives many of its components directly from each space where it is performed.
8PM – 11PM DJ sets by James Rubio, The Love Child, Sei Smith, Azikiwe Mohammed, and Cody Ranaldo
Images: Installation view Tête-à-tête. Scene from the film trilogy, Violent Mercies.