Chessa installation, performance at CHURCH

Apr 10, 2018

Rockland — Steel House Projects will present “#00FF00 #FF00FF (people are trees),” a private performance event, Friday night, April 20, at CHURCH, 16 Brewster St. A suite of interactive sound and light pieces by artist, composer and musicologist Luciano Chessa will be shown in the former church building’s main hall. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for a viewing of the installation, and the performance will begin at sundown.

People of all ages are invited to attend and experience the event. Chessa is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist and pianist. His compositions include the opera “Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago,” a work merging experimental theater with reality TV that required more than 55 hours of fasting for the cast; and “A Heavenly Act,” an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy. Chessa has been commissioned multiple times by the Performa Biennial; and in 2014 he presented three events at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition “Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe.”

Chessa’s work has appeared more than once in Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America and Frieze; and has been featured in the Italian issue of Marie Claire and in the September Issue of Vogue Italia. He has been interviewed twice by the British BBC, and has been the subject of two short documentaries: one produced by RAI World (2014); and the other by Vietnamese State TV VTV1 in the occasion of his first trip to Viet Nam (2015).

Chessa is also a music historian specializing in 20th-century Italian and 21st-century American repertoire. He is the author of 2012’s “Luigi Russolo Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult,” the first monograph dedicated to Russolo and his “Art of Noise.” In 2009, Chessa’s Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best events in the arts; OFNI continues to tour internationally.

Chessa is currently an Artist in Residence at the Steel House in Rockland, where he developed the show on view at CHURCH while also preparing the edition of Julius Eastman’s Second Symphony, the world premiere of which he will conduct in September in New York City.

CHURCH is the private residence of Donna McNeil. Built in 1851, the building was formerly a church, mostly recently the Salvation Army’s. Steel House Projects is a multidisciplinary art space providing access to contemporary artists, thinkers and technologists through exhibitions, workshops, talks, events and more, co-directed by Alexis Iammarino and Maeve O’Regan.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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