November 15 - November 21, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 15, 6 - 9 pm
Including panel discussion about the art works and the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Panel will include Jonathan Bach, Associate Professor at the New School and chair of the Global Studies program, the co-editor of Learning from Shenzhen: China's Post-Mao Experiment From Special Zone to Model City.
Performances by Jeff Snyder, Cenk Ergün and Philip White.
Event: Sunday, November 19, 4 pm
Performances by Alec Hall and Martin Hiendl, Sam Yulsman, Gabrielle DaCosta and Justin Cabrillos
Event: Monday, November 20, 7:30 pm
Performance by Weston Olencki and Brandon Lopez
Open Hours: Thursday, November 16 - Tuesday, November 21, 1 - 6pm
Installation "11,000 sq ft of Air" will be visible 24/7 will be on view 24/7, through window.
Liminal describes that which occupies both sides of a boundary or a threshold; Qubit is excited to exhibit four physically immersive works from a team of diverse artists, musicians and architects working at the far reaches of their respective fields.
The exhibition places a central focus on the Chinese border city of Shenzhen, the first of the Special Economic Zones. In her 2014 book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, American architect Keller Easterling writes poetically about free trade zones. “For all of its efforts to be apolitical, the zone is often a powerful political pawn. While extolled as an instrument of economic liberalism, it trades state bureaucracy for even more complex layers of extrastate governance, market manipulation, and regulation. For all its intentions to be a tool of economic rationalization, it is often a perfect crucible of irrationality and fantasy.”
Liminal is a meditation on entry and exit points, movement and stasis, illusions and reality.
About the Artists
Alec Hall is a New York based composer whose work attempts to re-imagine the possibilities of acoustic materials in the post-Avant-Garde musical landscape. He is a 2017 Guggenheim fellow in music composition, the co-founder of Qubit, and holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Columbia University.
: (pronounced colon) is a collective workshop on architectural practices and ideas based in New York City; right now, : is a strictly nocturnal enterprise that incubates post-disciplinary dark plays. As a publication and a platform, : aims to carve out a space for critical reflection within architecture by interrogating the vocabulary, rhetoric, and boundaries that constitute it. The collective includes: Cecil Barnes, Wade Cotton, Isabelle Kirkham-Lewitt, Ricardo A. Leon, George Louras, James Quick, Lorenzo Villaggi, and Lily Wong.
Mengtai Zhang was born in China in 1990. A current MFA Sound Art candidate at Columbia University, he holds a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, and an MFA in Fine Arts at School of Visual Arts. Working with a multidisciplinary approach in sound and installations, he creates comprehensively and meticulously rendered allegories of microscopic power, that makes unfamiliar familiar and raises the awareness of social issues. His works have been presented in MOCA Shijiazhuang in Shijiazhuang, Handshake 302 and Art Shenzhen at Shenzhen, Space Heater Gallery in New York, Sound and Music Computing in Helsinki.
Dani Dobkin is a sound artist and composer from Philadelphia, PA. She received a BA in Experimental Music and the Electronic Arts from Bard College where she studied under Bob Bielecki, Marina Rosenfeld and Richard Teitelbaum. Always in search of new ways to engage and interact with sound, she works with installation, modular synthesis, handmade circuits, live electronic improvisation, and interdisciplinary projects with dancers, musicians, poets, and visual artists. Dobkin has an MFA in Sound Arts from Columbia University.