MATTE Projects, the curators behind Full Moon Festival, are bringing their immersive arts and multimedia party, BLACK, back to New York City. BLACK aims to unify music, design and art for a one-night-only blow out at Brooklyn Hangar on April 8th. With performances scheduled by rapper Tommy Genesis, British grime act Trim, art from Hubert Dobler and a light show by Montiel, BLACK is guaranteed to ignite all your senses.
We chatted with MATTE’s curators, Max Pollack and Brett Kincaid, after BLACK took place in Mexico City, to talk about their plans for the event when it comes to Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Magazine: What makes mixed medium performances special? How have you seen immersive experiences and performances enhance with new technologies?
I think ‘experiential art’ has been having its moment for a couple years now. The Instagram effect has definitely amplified it, but at its core people respond to transcendental moments and thats what they’re now seeking from a concert or an art exhibit. The bar is higher. Technologies like AR, VR, interactivity, and new lighting tech are tools that are making that more accessible and pushing boundaries. But mixed media and experiential art has been happening for years and years and sometimes the use of old technology is even more powerful.
The mixed media performances also apply to the types of artists we book—Max Cooper’s performance is a live visual show, Tommy Genesis describes herself as a rapper and visual artist, and Tale of Us are about to open a gallery in Berlin and have a sharp eye for their visuals and sound.
When curating, do you base the performance around a concept and then find artists to help depict this message? Or build the experience around a central artist?
We start with a central concept—a mood, vibe, or aesthetic. Then, we find like-minded artists who can help paint that concept. The way it’s interpreted and the mixed palette (sonic or visual) of the artists makes the experience more interesting and helps refine the concept, as well.
Do the artists work together when executing the piece?
Sometimes. Ultimately, we’re looking to make that happen more and more, but aside from a few audio-visual installations that are collaborations, BLACK is more of a group show with a theme running through it.
What is the ideal takeaway/experience for an attendee?
I want BLACK to inspire. I want it to leave people with a new perspective or with the experience of seeing or participating in something progressive. When I go to an incredible show or a powerful exhibit, I leave wanting to express my vision more clearly, so I hope that BLACK does that for the attendees. To inspire their own creative process. We also want to expose our guests to new genres of music and have them experience artists they may not have always been interested in but they come to BLACK, see Grime music set within an art context and have a new way of thinking about that music.
BLACK comes to Brooklyn Hangar on 4/8/2017. Tickets are on sale here.