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MV Carbon

New York City based, interdisciplinary artist and composer.  Her work is comprised of animation, film, installation, multi-layered projection, performance, sculpture, and sound.  Embracing a non-traditional approach to music, she plays cello and crafted instruments through hand built circuits and  electronics. These sounds are combined with vocals that are recorded and played back with reel-to-reel tape machines. Layered intonations are formed with analog synthesizers and oscillators. Her work carries the viewer through different realms of consciousness by using repetitive variations in frequency, symbolic imagery and patterns. She aims to deviate and transform space with the use of sonics and projection.

Carbon’s solo LP, The Dislodged Perihelion has been released on the Ecstatic Peace label and can be purchased  here.  Her new LP will be released on Discombobulate (UK), in the winter 2015. For a complete discography of solo and collaborative work see this link. Metalux releases can be found here.

Her present work embodies magic, multidimensional travel, interchangeability, the neurological mechanism, and the empirical force of nature. The intention is to provoke an extrasensory awareness through disorienting “reality.” She  endorses a fluid exchange between the spectator and the art form and often calls for participation from the viewer. Sonics and visuals are used to transcend  the limitations of categorization and to contrive a sense of attainability.  Her work embraces intuition and the notion of innate uncertainty.

Carbon has had the opportunity to collaborate with many of her favorite artists including:  Aki Onda, Audrey Chen, Brian Chase, C. Spencer Yeh, Carlos Giffoni, Charlemagne Palestine, Evan Parker, Henrik Rylander, Jenny Gräf Sheppard, John Edwards, John Wiese, Lary 7, Lesley Flanigan, Maria Chavez, Mario Diaz de Leon, Nick Zinner, Okkyung Lee, Shelly Hirsch, Tony Conrad, Tristan Perich, Twig Harper, Zach Layton, and many more.

Carbon teaches Animation, Sound Design, Performance Practices,  and Video Editing.


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2016

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Stony Brook University’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, NY
Resonant Structures Group Show
February 24th and March 2nd
The Museum of Morbid Anatomy, NY
live score to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
 

Past Events:

2015

HARVESTWORKS, NY, NY, Quadraphonic cello-Lea Bertucci in collaboration with MV Carbon and Tommy Martinez
Roulette, NYC, with Ursula Scherrer and Shelley Hirsch
EI Performance Series, NYC, with Richard Garet
MICROSOPE GALLERY, NYC, Audio-Visual collaboration with Michelle Handelman and Brock Monroe.
FILM CO-OP BENEFIT PARTY, NYC
 The Museum of Morbid Anatomy, NYC, live score  performed to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
ALLGOLD, MOMA PS1 Printshop
The Stone, NYC, with Mario Diaz de Leon
Fridman Gallery, NYC
Stadslimiet, Antwerp, Belgium, with Metalux
Studio Chanslös- Gothenburg, Sweden, with Metalux
EMS Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, Sweden, Composer Residency
Kägelbanan,  Stockholm Sweden, with Liturgy
Ende Tymes Festival, NYC, with Metalux
Roulette, NYC, Long Range-Order and the Telekinesisynth
Greene Naftali Gallery, NYC, “Tony Conrad’s 75th Birthday”, with Dan Conrad
Fridman Gallery, NYC, Permeable Rites, with Richard Garet
2014
Invisible Exports, NY
Botanica, group show
Film-Maker’s Coop Benefit, NY
Sound/Source, Moma PS1, NY, with Lesley Flannigan, Maria Chavez and MV Carbon
Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
Fields Festival, Baltimore, MD, with Metalux
Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, with Lesley Flannigan, Maria Chavez and MV Carbon
Wharf Chambers, Leeds, UK
Audacious Space, Sheffield, UK
Fuse Art Space, Bradford, UK
The Hotspur Press, Manchester, UK
The Drippy Cave, Edinburgh, UK
New Castle, UK
Treize, Paris, France
Cafe Oto, London, UK
Mayhem, Copenhagen, Denmark, with Metalux
Ende Tymes Festival, NY, with MV Carbon and Bill Nace
Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY, with MV Carbon Phillip White
Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY
Mick Barr / Vampilia (Japan) / Kevin Hufnagel / MV Carbon
Grace Exhibition Space, NY
Eighth White Columns Annual, NY, NY, with Maria Chavez, Lesley Flannigan
285 Kent Ave, NY. with Wolf Eyes / Noveller / Alberich / MV Carbon / Lussuria / Sugarm
2013
Beyond the Dimensional Slope, Clocktower Gallery, NY – Artist in Residency
Swedish Energies, Issue Project Room, NY, with Henrik Rylander
Volumes for Sound, Zabludowicz Collection, NY – with Lesley Flannigan and Maria Chavez
2012
String Theories,  Issue Project Room and The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
 If we Could see Out the Tomb, new composer commission
Dia Art Center, NYC – with Tony Conrad
Obelisk, Knockdown Center, NYC – site specific installation
Precognition, New York University, ITP Winter Show
Lettered Address, The Swiss Institute, NY- with MPA
Harvestworks, NY – with Lesley Flanigan and Maria Chavez
The Kitchen, NY- with Bradley Eros and friends
The Stone, NYC
Roulette, NYC
2011
Performa 2011, Clemente Soto Velez, NYC
Guggenheim BMW Lab, NYC
Cinema 16, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
2010
Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY – 3 month Artist in Residence
Shattered Patterns, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NY
2009
The Drone People, Nefertiti Jazz Club, Sweden Kulturbolaget, Sweden
2008
Play the Building, Maritime Building, NY, cello performance in David Byrne’s sound installation
The Tate Modern, London, UK, Tony Conrad: Unprojectable: Projection and Perspective, cello performance
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, MA,  with Tony Conrad
High Zero Festival, Baltimore, MD – with Tony Conrad
Café Oto, London, UK
2007
Copenhagen Music Theater-Copenhagen, Denmark – with Tony Conrad
RIXC, Latvia, Riga – with Tony Conrad
Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI – with Tony Conrad
Tesla, Berlin, Germany
 Tony Conrad’s Forty Five years on the Infinite Plain (1972-2007), cello performance
Argos/ Bozar- Belgium, Brussels, Tony Conrad’s Forty Five years on the Infinite Plain, cello performance
Sonic Circuits, Washington, DC, with Tony Conrad
Tryptych Festival, UK, Free Noise tour
The Point- Cardiff, UK,  Free Noise tour
The Sage, Gateshead, UK,  Free Noise tour
Wardrobe, Leeds, UK,  Free Noise tour
Arnolfi, Bristol, UK, Free Noise tour
ULU,London, UK,  Free Noise tour
2006
Extrapool- Nimegen, Holland, Metalux
Worm, Rotterdam, Holland,  Metalux
2005
Zedosbois-Lisbon, Portugal,  Metalux
Casa des Artes, Familicao, Portugal, Metalux
No Fun Fest, NY, Metalux,
Roulette, NY
2004
Solo Show Solo Soul, Vedanta Gallery – Chicago, IL, curated by Chris Johanson, Metalux
2003
Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL, Community Arts Assistance Program
2002
Media Convergence on the future of the Digital Commons, Museum of Cont. Art -Chicago, IL, Metalux
All Tomorrow’s Parties, UCLA- CA, Bride of No No
 Doc Films, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, The Bridge, 16mm film
Carbon and C Spencer Yeh with ESP TV

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Tony Conrad and MV Carbon

Dia Art Foundation, NY, NY 2012

80 WE, NY, NY 2012

Ramiken Crucible,  NY, NY, 2010

Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY, NY-11/9, 2009

The Tate Modern, London, Tony Conrad’s exhibition, Unprojectable: Projection and Perspective, Turbine Room,  06/14/08

No Fun Fest, Knitting Factory, NYC, 2009

Harvard Film Archive, Cambrige, MA- 03/05/08

Issue Project RoomBrooklyn, NY-01/03/08

WFMU, 2007

Copenhagen’s Music Theatre,  Copenhagen, Denmark, 2007

RIXC, Latvia, Riga, 2007

Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan, 2007

Argos/Bozar, Belguim, Forty-Five years on the Infinite Plain (1972-2007) by Tony Conrad, 2007

Sonic Circuits, Washington, DC, 2007

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Cinema 16 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brian Chase, Nik Zinner, Shahin Motia, MV Carbon

curated by Molly Surno

METALUX 

Operating under the creativeness of esteemed avant-navigators, MV Carbon and J. Gräf, Metalux is undoubtedly responsible for some of the most distinctly unusual experimental music of the past decade.  Ever since banding together, the duo’s numerous recorded and live works have rendered a suitable explanation of all that encompasses their vanguard productions.  The disjointedly colliding yet ingeniously intersecting torrents of homemade electronics, tape delay, blaring riffs relayed via both guitar and synth, and subsonic rhythms are all masterfully rendered into a peculiarly riveting design which only Carbon and Gräf seem to hold the secret to.  While potentially resembling some of the mechanization of accustomed song-forms, Metalux’s inventive abstraction carries the finished exclamations past whatever barriers divide familiarity and innovation.  Metalux has 27 releases including LPs on Hanson, Load, 5rc, Rescipiscent and Veglia, and self-released limited edition pieces.

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