Julia Santoli to perform in the Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Abstract Liberation this May

Portrait of Julia Santoli by  Jin Hee Kwak
Portrait of Julia Santoli by Jin Hee Kwak

Today’s post is a follow-up to Tuesday’s announcement of Julia Santoli’s Alumni Scholarship Award. Earlier this week, Julia sent me the following information about an upcoming performance project she’s working on:

I’ve recently been a confirmed to perform at Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Abstract Liberation at Knockdown Center this coming May, and will be doing a piece in collaboration with sound artist Maria Chavez. I will be doing something in relation to my thesis performance–creating audio feedback in relation to a free-standing speaker, using a body microphone and gesture. The festival will include acts from dozens of noise musicians and sound artists, including both legends and newcomers.

Ende Tymes

More information about Ende Tymes is available on its website and an IndieGoGo page that’s just been launched to help fund this year’s festival. Here an excerpt from the IndieGoGo page:


ENDE TYMES V is the fifth-annual celebration of NOISE, EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, and VIDEO ART. This event provides an active environment for artists and fans to celebrate some of the best noise artists in the world. This year the festival will happen May 13-17 at venues in Brooklyn and Queens, NYC

Hosted by SILENT BARN, OUTPOST ARTISTS RESOURCES, and KNOCKDOWN CENTER, Ende Tymes V will present more than 60 artists over the course of 5 nights. The schedule is a densely packed lineup featuring a wide variety of street-level experimental music and noise art: harsh noise, avant-garde, drone, modular synthesis, and our personal favorite “unclassifiable.”

Ende Tymes is curated and produced by Bob Bellerue, an active member of the noise community for decades, who has been producing DIY events since the late 80s. He runs this as a labor of love with the aid of the incredible artists, the magnificent fans, a crackpot team of interns, volunteers from beyond the dawn, and the 3 awesome venues.

The events at each location have their own particular flavor. Opening night will happen at Knockdown Center, which is a huge art space in Maspeth Queens. This event will include performance and installation works played over multi-channel sound systems as well as a massive main PA.  The installations will remain in place through the weekend. Silent Barn is located in Bushwick Brooklyn and is the original home of Ende Tymes.  It is a raging collectively-run DIY music venue.  The performances there run like greased lightning with new acts every 10-30 minutes in an intense and intimate environment.  Outpost Artists Resources is located in Ridgewood Queens, and is a video art resource center.  The work presented at Outpost will be video and film heavy, as they have a killer projector and screening room. The videos gathered from the public call for works mentioned below will be shown here. Each venue is thoroughly supportive of Ende Tymes on personal and institutional levels.

There’s a lot of additional information available on both sites, including archives of videos and press from prior festivals, and links to other writings about Noise Art.

I’ll post updates here as the festival approaches.

Julia in performance during the recent Carnivalesque reception


Julia Santoli receives the 2015 SVA Alumni Society Scholarship Award

A screenshot from a slideshow of the SVA Alumni Society’s 2015 award recipients (via the SVA website)

Yesterday the SVA Alumni Society sent out an e-mail announcing the recipients of its Alumni Scholarship Award for 2015, and we were very pleased to find out that VCS senior Julia Santoli is on the list of awardees.

Here’s a little more about the award from the Alumni Society’s announcement:

Each year the SVA Alumni Society awards scholarship funding to final-year undergraduate and graduate students in support of the completion of their capstone thesis/portfolio projects and/or components thereof. To be considered, students must submit an application, and also must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and remain in good academic standing. 

This year a record number of 289 students applied for funding. Fifty-four students were selected to receive awards, and $62,800 will be distributed from the Alumni Scholarship Fund and various memorial and named funds.

Please join the Alumni Society in congratulating this year’s Alumni Scholarship Award recipients. View the complete list of award recipients online.

Congratulations, Julia!

Monday evening: “Leo Treitler: Our Mimetic Heritage from Plato to Louis Vuitton” at 6:30 pm in room 101C

This Monday (February 23rd) at 6:30 pm, VCS presents the lecture “Reflections on Our Mimetic Heritage from Plato to Louis Vuitton” by Leo Treitler. The talk will take place in room 101C at 133-141 West 21st Street, and is free and open to the public. For more information, see this post from last week.


Caryn Moriah in PERFORMEANDO at Queens Museum, this Saturday from 3 to 6 pm

This Saturday, February 21st from 3 to 6 pm, VCS alumna Caryn Moriah will be participating in “Home,” a performance event at Queens Museum organized by PERFORMEANDO. The museum’s website provides the following information:

(via Queens Museum)
(via Queens Museum)

PERFORMEANDO (Spanglish word, coined by artist Hector Canonge in the context of Live Action Art) refers to the creation of an event, presentation, act, action, and/or artistic corporal expression. PERFORMEANDO is the first Performance Art project / program focusing on featuring works of performance artists who identify themselves as Latin/o/a or Hispanic living and working in the United States. Created in 2013, Canonge’s new initiative was launched in New York City based on his observations and reflections about the need to foster the production, development, and presentations of performance art works by artists of Hispanic origin.

PERFORMEANDO serves as platform for dialogue, exchange, and fosters collaborations based on the premise of experimentation and exploration of Live Action Art in the context of the Hispano-American experience in the United States. The presentations in the city and abroad have contributed to a better understanding of the concerns, experiences and creative processes of participating artists. Since 2013, PERFORMEANDO has been presented in collaboration with spaces in the NYC area in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. In 2014, the program was presented and introduced to worldwide audiences during the Month of Performance Art in Berlin, Germany. For 2015 PERFORMEANDO will broaden its scope reaching out to Latin America to work with artists from various countries who have been making an impact in the development of Arte Acción. The exchange of experiences, ideas, and practices in performance will further contribute to the growth of participating artists and independent art spaces in the Americas.

“Home” -PERFORMEANDO’s first event program for 2015 will take place at the Queens Museum. Participating artists have been selected from an open call invitation to explore the theme of “Home.” Works included in the program treat notions pertaining to questions such as: What is home? Where is home? Is home where the heart is or where the money is made? Is country analogue to the notion of home? How does one build notions of homeland?… The program consists of 15 min. performances created specifically for the event. Participating artists include:

Maria Builes (Peru)
Susana Cortez (Mexico)
Oscar Diaz (El Salvador)
Raquel du Toit (Mexico)
Camilo Godoy (Colombia)
Ma. Fernanda Hubeaut (Argentina)
Geraldo Mercado (Puerto Rico)
Caryn Moriah (Puerto Rico)
Lisa Parra (United States)
Claribel J. Pichardo (Dominican Republic)
Bryan Rodriguez (Peru)
Collective Marea Granate (Spain)

Note: country in parenthesis denotes Hispanic heritage, and in many instances, not place of birth.

More information: www.performeandousa.blogspot.com

Contact: performeando@gmail.com

photo credit: Richard Pucciarelli
photo credit: Richard Pucciarelli

For more information about “Home,” visit the PERFORMEANDO and Queens Museum websites. You can also catch up with Caryn at the following links and sites:


This Monday, February 23rd at 6:30 pm: VCS presents “Leo Treitler: Our Mimetic Heritage from Plato to Louis Vuitton”

On Monday, the Visual & Critical Studies program will present our second entry in this semester’s Art in the First Person lecture series:

Monday, February 23, 6:30 pm
Leo Treitler: Our Mimetic Heritage from Plato to Louis Vuitton


133-141 West 21st Street, room 101C
New York, NY 10011
Free and open to the public

The concept of “mimesis” comes down to us from Greek Antiquity, evidently deriving the connotation of its name from the word for actor, “mimos,” in the context of either ritual or entertainment dramas of the culture. Given that background it took on the connotation of imitation or representational action. In either sense “mimesis” has implied a dichotomy of appearance as against reality. And under a compulsion for seeing likenesses the embrace of virtual realities is encouraged–a realization of fears notoriously expressed by Plato. The paper explores these pathways and their issue in aspects of contemporary culture and policy–for example the Louis Vuitton phenomenon, but also the conception of war and peace in the eyes of American populations and their governments.

Leo Treitler was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1931 and emigrated to the US in April, 1938. He studied composition with Boris Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin 1957-58, received BA and MA degrees in music from the University of Chicago, MFA and PhD in music from Princeton University, and Doctor of Music /Honoris Causa /from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has held professorial positions at the University of Chicago, Brandeis University, Stony Brook University, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he is Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus since 2003, and guest professorships at Basel (Switzerland), Berkeley, Columbia, Frankfurt (Germany), Harvard, and Yale Universities. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Books published: Music and the Historical Imagination, With Voice and Pen: Coming to Know Medieval Song and How it was Made, Strunk’s Source Readings in Music History, Revised Edition, Reflections on Musical Meaning and its Representations.