- A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia) Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin
- Artaud in the Black Lodge David T. Little
- Botch Joe Diebes
- Chang(e) Soomi Kim
- City Council Meeting Aaron Landsman
- GENET PORNO Yvan Greenberg/Laboratory Theater
- Glass Mouth Leyna Marika Papach
- Keep Your Electric Eye On Me Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty
- Lost Property Unit Mei-Yin Ng
- Restless Nest Rebecca Davis
- Science Fair Hai-Ting Chinn
- Send for the Million Men Joseph Silovsky
- The Pigeoning Robin Frohardt
- The Scarlet Ibis Stefan Weisman & David Cote
- Trade Practices Kristin Marting & David Morris
- Weights and Balances Bora Yoon
- You Are Dead. You Are Here. Christine Evans & Joseph Megel & Jared Mezzocchi
Botch • Joe Diebes
BOTCH is a hyper-administrated performance system made of bodies and voices. Multi-tasking with microphones, loudspeakers, paper, and charcoal an agile ensemble of performers play with and against a matrix of procedures drawn from the field of corporate “performance management”. Someone draws a bold line to the rhythm of a metronome, another fast-forwards her partner's live voice like a tape machine, a third sings a bureaucratic duet with a small loudspeaker. BOTCH lifts the lid off the apparatus to find a torrential sewer of sound, brain leaks, and the power of human error.
Joe Diebes creates works that converge around the categories of visual art, music and performance. From 1996-2003 he was a core member as well as the musical force behind the hybrid arts group GAle GAtes et al. described by The New York Times as “an adventurous troupe with one foot in the world of postmodern art and the other in downtown theatre.” Since then his own work has been shown equally in performing arts and visual art venues. His opera environment, STRANGE BIRDS, received its UK premiere in 2005 at Tramway (Glasgow) and his sound-theatre collaboration with Phil Soltanoff, I/O, was presented at Fusebox (Austin 2007) and Theatre Garonne (Toulouse 2008). He has also exhibited internationally his sound installations, video, and works on paper in galleries, museums, and public spaces including Paul Rodgers/9W (New York), The ’06 Olympics (Torino, Italy), PrixArs Electronica (Linz, Austria), Yuanfen Gallery (Beijing), and the Liverpool Biennial.
breathing. scattering. cacophony. rendezvous.
- “The air simply thrums with a ravishing, uplifting meld of live song and electronic orchestrations -- it's opera, but not as we know it . . . a memorable excursion into New Territories. ”
- — Mary Brennan, The Herald, Scotland
An interview with Pete McCabe about my showing of BOTCH (Stereo Version) at HERE's CultureMart 2011... http://artonair.org/show/culturemart-2011-joe-diebes-botch
Over the summer I spent two weeks at STEIM developing some early concepts for BOTCH. STEIM is a research and development institution based in Amsterdam that focuses on human interfaces with music making machines, and so given the ideas behind...
In July I'll be travelling to STEIM (the studio for electro-instrumental music) in Amsterdam with performer Okwui Okpokwasili to begin exploring possibilities of human-machine interaction. This is the first research phase for this project. http://steim.org
I've been spending a lot of time reading the collected critical writings of the founder of Italian futurism F.T. Marinetti. By most accounts the man was a psychopath, war-mongerer, misogynist, and bad poet. He was also a major catalyst in...