• No Age at STS

    Levi's Station to Station Brings Art, No Age, Chaos, Yoshimi, Branding to Brooklyn Happening

    When it came, the wave of cognitive recognition was brief but intense. The scene was the end of Station to Station, a self-proclaimed "nomadic happening" (or "public art project made possible by Levi's," depending on which piece of printed matter you've read) that came to pop-up life at Brooklyn's Waterfront Studios on Friday. We were watching the two septuagenarians of Suicide scare a few strapping Brooklyn beardos out of their fashionable stupors, by performing haranguing synthetic noise-bursts before artist Doug Aitken's backdrop of film projections of commercial signage, while standing next to acclaimed gallerist, curator, and disbarred museum director, Jeffrey Deitch.

  • Kraftwerk / Photo by Katherine Glicksberg

    Kraftwerk Invade MoMA for Residency: Byte at the Museum

    Face it, mensches: The concept of Teutonic technologists Kraftwerk performing eight live shows, each based on a single album, at New York's Museum of Modern Art could have packed all the surprises of Wagner's Ring cycle — just substitute robots with computers for the fat lady and the symphony. If you'd tinkered even slightly with any rhythm music made since 1975 (minimalism, disco, hip-hop, EDM), or dabbled in dime-store futurism aesthetics of any other discipline, Kraftwerk's devices have infiltrated your world, either first-hand or via your favorite composer/DJ/producer/developer/designer. Which is why you could reliably assume that what the MoMA shows might lack in innovation (especially since co-founding mastermind Florian Schneider would not be taking part) it would make up for in production.

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    The Orb Look Back on 20 Years of 'Little Fluffy Clouds'

    In the early '90s, "What were the skies like when you were young?" was the new, "Can you pass the acid test?" — the question that separated the turned-on from those left behind. Britain's 1988 Summer of Love and acid house's ascent as the soundtrack the English anti-mainstream updated hippie-spiritualist concepts for an increasingly digital generation. But the Orb's "Little Fluffy Clouds" took this druggy-cum-artsy utopian outlook, fed it through new technological methodology, and came out with a masterpiece.

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