Presented as part of Mixology Festival 2019: Signaling – artists whose work in sound and media contains embedded truths, both heartening and startling. Active for over 25 years, Roulette’s Mixology Festival celebrates new and unusual uses of technology in music and the media arts. Primarily a snapshot of current activity, the festival strives to reflect both the history and trends of innovation that impact the Zeitgeist. Curated by David Weinstein.
Lily Jue Sheng presents “Five Movements”, a diaristic interpretation of Wu Xing, a Chinese system of energies, roughly meaning, ‘five kinds of qi prevailing at different times’. Two characters explore phantasmagoric interiors and exteriors, activating objects, rituals, and spaces. It is a loose story with a fluid presentation, as both a theatrical film and multimedia performance. This iteration features projection performance by Lily Jue Sheng, with live music and sounds from Nyle Genevieve Kim Kaliski.
Lily Jue Sheng works across film, video, 2D, performance, and installation. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and is currently based in New York City & New Jersey. Her work has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Parrish Art Museum, Knockdown Center, Eyebeam, Artbook @ MoMA PS1, and Microscope Gallery in New York City; Mana Contemporary in Jersey City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in Montreal; the 1933 Slaughterhouse (老场坊) and West Bund Art & Design Fair in Shanghai; and 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo.
Matt Romein is an artist and performer working at the intersection of live performance, generative computer art, and multi-media installation. Originally trained as an actor, he has worked in NYC’s downtown theater and dance community as a sound and video designer while also making his own technology-centric live performances. He attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts ITP, a graduate program focusing on experimental and artistic uses of technology. He now teaches there as an adjunct professor with classes focused on live video performance and the usage of avatars in an artistic practice. His current artistic research explores how the physical body is represented in digital spaces and how those bodies can be manipulated in evocative and unsettling ways in order to challenge ideas of identity, autonomy, and ethics.