Alysse Stepanian & Philip Mantione | 1.9 – 2.1.2012

“ImXCocteau”, 2009
13:12 trt, color, stereo, DV, 4:3
Video: Alysse Stepanian, Music: Philip Mantione

While manipulating footage from Jean Cocteau’s “Blood of A Poet”, I sensed an excitement about the new technology that Cocteau must have felt eighty years ago, when he experimented with manipulating images through filming tricks and available technology of the time. (Alysse Stepanian) The music for ImXCocteau was created using custom software written in MAX/Msp that manipulated soprano sax samples (Eric Roberts) and field recordings made in the desert. (Philip Mantione)

Alysse Stepanian and Philip Mantione have collaborated on videos, mutimedia performances and installations since 1986. In 2005 -2007 they collaborated as BOX 1035, creating installations in Berlin, Beijing, and New York. Beijing’’s City Weekend Magazine listed their 2006 installation, “Don’t be afraid, be ready” as number one of the top 5 exhibits.

Atrium Gallery – Western Michigan University


Alysse Stepanian’s videos, installations, paintings, photographs, web art, and performances have been presented in over 30 countries. She is the creator and curator of Manipulated Image video screenings based in the US, and has participated in collaborative curations with VideoChannel Cologne. For October of 2012 she is curating a collection of videos for art:screen fest in Örebro, Sweden. Screenings of her own videos include: The Museum of Actual Art, Mexico City; Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland; Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires (as part of ECVP Vol. 3); Arad Art Museum in Romania; Anthology Film Archives, New York City; Vasteras Konstmuseum, Sweden; 4th Gaza International Festival For Video Art; Teatro Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Arte Cubano in Havana; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin.

Philip Mantione has composed music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, computer, fixed media, interactive performance, multimedia installations and experimental video. His music has premiered at such venues as Merkin Hall in NYC; the Bing Theatre at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; FILE 2011 and 2010 – Electronic Language International Festival – Hypersonica at SESI’ Cultural Centre in San Paulo, Brazil; the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM; European Media Arts Festival in 2001 in Osnabrück, Germany; and most recently a 16 channel audio piece at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània in Barcelona, Spain.


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