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bibabellAfter Hours: Biba Bell, Plume, February 19, 2014; R Lounge, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. Photograph by Carolina Sandretto

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 
10:00pm - 12:00am
R Lounge, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel
714 7th Avenue W 48th St, New York, N.Y.


Biba Bell, Plume

In the first event of the 2014 After Hours series, produced in collaboration with Times Square Arts, dancer and choreographer Biba Bell presented a site-specific performance at the R Lounge. In her piece entitled Plume, Bell engaged the lounge’s vaulted walls, broad windows, and dramatic views of Times Square into her choreography.

The piece was accompanied by a live performance by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, for movement and modular synthesis. The modular synthesizer patch piece was built to act as a physical and gestural partner to the dance.

Bell's work examines the presence of the body as object in its dual relationship with a surrounding space and the viewer's gaze. Her performance process pushes the bound structures of framing in artwork and reshuffles relational understanding. She is a founding member of the collaborative performance group MGM Grand (Modern Garage Movement) and has performed at such venues as the Kitchen and Dance Theater Workshop.

The program is curated by Clocktower in partnership with Times Square Arts. The curatorial team is Alanna Heiss, Clocktower Director; Joe Ahearn, Clocktower Curator of Performance and Installation; Beatrice Johnson, Managing Director and Associate Curator; and Jim Toth, Curatorial advisor.

Each After Hours program is included in a documentation film. The live radio stream and broadcast are organized by the Clocktower Radio and production team, David Weinstein, Jeannie Hopper, and Willis Arnold.

Listen to the live radio streamcast at Clocktower.org

Video by Brian Gonzalez for @TSqArts

after hours biba bell r loungeAfter Hours: Biba Bell, Plume, February 19, 2014; R Lounge, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. Photograph by Carolina Sandretto

after hours biba bell robert lowe r loungeAfter Hours: Biba Bell, Plume, February 19, 2014; R Lounge, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. Photograph by Carolina Sandretto

biba bell after hours r loungeAfter Hours: Biba Bell, Plume, February 19, 2014; R Lounge, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. Photograph by Carolina Sandretto

after hours biba bell r loungeAfter Hours: Biba Bell, Plume, February 19, 2014; R Lounge, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. Photograph by Carolina Sandretto

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About the Artists 

Biba Bell (b. 1976, Sebastopol) lives and works in Detroit and NYC. Bell’s performance work has been shown at Visual Arts Center UT Austin, Insel Hombroich Germany, NADA Fair NYC, Detroit Institute of Art, The Garage for Contemporary Culture Moscow, Centre Pompidou Paris, The Kitchen NYC, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, PaceWildenstein Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery, Callicoon Fine Arts amongst others. She spent years dancing all over the place in galleries, theaters, libraries, spas, gardens, garages, and homes as a founding member of MGM Grand (Modern Garage Movement) with Jmy James Kidd and Paige Martin. The New York Times noted her “thrilling dancing” as one of the highlights of 2011, writing “it’s invigorating to watch someone who borders on wild.” In addition, she dances internationally with choreographer Maria Hassabi. Bell writes about para-studio dance practice as a PhD candidate (ABD) in the department of Performance Studies at New York University, and is on faculty in the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (b. 1975) is an artist and composer that works with voice in the realm of spontaneous music often under the moniker of Lichens. Most recently, creating patch pieces with modular synthesizer and tonal vocal work has been a focus of live performance and recordings. Quality of sound through the marriage of synthesis coupled with voice has allowed for a heightened physicality in the way of ecstatic music, both in a live setting and recorded. The sensitivity of analogue modular systems echoes the organic nature of vocal expression which in this case is meant to put forth a trancelike state. To usher in a deeper listening through sound and feeling. Most recently as artist in residence at EMPAC, Robert produced in collaboration with Sabrina Ratté, "Peradam", a performance piece for  modular synthesis (both audio and video) and voice. Through collaboration Robert has worked with Ben Russell, Ben Rivers, Sabrina Ratté, Rose Lazar, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Tarek Atoui, Evan Calder Williams, Lucky Dragons, Doug Aitken, Patrick Smith, Monica Baptista, Kevin Martin, Chris Johanson, Tyondai Braxton, David Scott Stone, and Rose Kallal, as well as many others.


About After Hours

After Hours is a series of ephemeral installations and performances hidden amongst the Times Square district’s diverse venues, recorded for radio and video dissemination. The Spring 2013 series takes place once a month across two unique locations. Taking advantage of the twilight moment before midnight, and a surreal array of different settings nestled throughout the Times Square area, the Times Square Alliance, in partnership with Clocktower, offer tantalizing glimpses of these spaces as creative catalysts. Pairing  musicians and artists with each of these unique contexts, the artists create work specifically designed to draw on the neighborhood's history as a social and artistic melting pot. The fleeting nature of these late night experiences highlights the power found in taking the synchronicity and spontaneity of an After Hours encounter beneath the bright lights, and using it to inspire and indicate future audio, video, and performance work.
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About Clocktower Productions

Clocktower Productions is an art production institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, and radio. Founded in 1972 in Lower Manhattan by Alanna Heiss, Clocktower is the oldest alternative art project in New York. For 40 years, the institution has produced seminal exhibitions and performances by some of the most important artists of our time. After leaving its historic Tribeca tower in December 2013, Clocktower immediately engaged in contracted program partnerships with six cultural institutions in three boroughs. Clocktower produces multidisciplinary art projects all over the city through these creative collaborations with Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Knockdown Center in Queens, Playland Motel & Gallery in Far Rockaway, and Times Square Arts, Neuehouse, and Red Bull Studios in Manhattan. These spaces host Clocktower exhibitions, performances, residencies, radio, and administrative activities. Visit Clocktower.org for more information. Follow @Clocktower_NYC.