Still Life?  

Friday & Saturday March 30-31:
Two full days of Panels and Discussion

Opening Reception for Still Life? Exhibit
Thursday March 29 6-8PM 
(Exhibition dates March 29-April 21, 2012)

(starting at 5:30pm @ the AC Institute)

April 5, 2012
    SECONDS: a film and food double feature
Tampopo (1985) & The Biggest Little Chinese Restaurant in the World (2008) organized by Kelly Rae Aldridge, Department of Art History & Criticism, Stony Brook University 

April 12, 2012
figure drawing workshop for beginners & friends organized by Shannan Hayes, Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

April 19, 2012
   Book Release: Heidegger Among the Sculptors: Body, Space, and the Art of Dwelling 
by Dr. Andrew J. Mitchell, Department of Philosophy, Emory University. Organized by the Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

All events take place at the AC Institute and are free and open to the public!
Questions: Contact conference coordinators Shannan Hayes and Darla Migan at

Iktus Percussion Quartet
Saturday, February 18 at 7:30pm
Admission: $15/$8 Students and Seniors

Milton Babbitt’s All Set

And Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise
With Special Guests:
Lonely Brook
Levy Lorenzo – “New Electronic Instruments”

Based in New York City, the Iktus Percussion Quartet is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre.  As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to commissioning new compositions from emerging artists.  Since its inception, the quartet has commissioned over fifty new works for percussion quartet, including works by Angélica Negrón, Aaron Siegel, Lisa R. Coons, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Stefan Weisman, and Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin and Wood), among others.  

Iktus’ wide range of repertoire has brought them to perform at such venues and festivals as the Bang on A Can Marathon, Galapagos Arts Space, Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, Symphony Space, and Trinity Church.  Iktus has held residencies at SUNY Purchase College, where they performed Laura Kaminsky’s Terra Terribilis, a concerto for percussion quartet and orchestra, as well as residencies at CUNY Brooklyn, and the Pre-College music program at Stony Brook University.   

In the Spring of 2010, Iktus was selected as a TimeOut NY Critic's Pick: Top Ten Concert of the Year, and received high acclaim from the NY Times for their performance with the St. Petersburg Chamber Symphony in Symphony Space's "Wall to Wall" series: Music of the Soviet ERA.  

This past summer, Iktus established Iktus+: a collective of outstanding musicians, composers and conductors that regularly collaborate with the group.  As performer-educators, Iktus has also given master classes to various enthusiastic elementary school audiences.  Iktus is endorsed by Mike Balter Mallets and Grover Pro Percussion. 

Lonely Brook:

We ditch our tuxes, take of our shoes, grab our instruments and tell stories that infect you with love, sooth you with passion, and simply make you want to smile and dance.  

Lonely Brook is Australian singing cellist Richard Vaudrey, American trombonist/vocalist James Hubbard and electronic producer/percussionist Steven Sehman moulding influences from classic early cinema, funk and indie folk song into the popular alternative form. 

Their unique genre defying instrumental and vocal writing has been turning industry heads at live shows throughout New York City over the past six months. All hailing from graduate music performance study at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York, these three exciting performers know how to take a stage. Their high energy with untouchable intimacy is as if Arthur Russell and Trombone Shorty joined Jamie XX and set up in a Brooklyn Loft. Since forming their early foundations in 2010, Lonely Brook has played venues throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. In February 2012 they released their debut EP ‘Do For You’ - a five track EP with infectious depth of original sound and musicality, making them an undeniable pick as one of Brooklyn’s breakout bands of 2012.   

Based in Brooklyn New York, Lonely Brook is currently booking festivals and shows throughout the US. 

Born in Bucharest, Filipino-American Levy Marcel Ingles Lorenzo, Jr. is an electronics engineer and percussionist living in New York. 

Specializing in microcontroller and Arduino-based systems, he performs and composes live-electronic music using new, custom electronic musical instruments that he designs. His electronics work has been featured at STEIM's 2011 Patterns and Pleasure Festival in Amsterdam, the Guthman Musical Instrument Design Competition, the International Computer Music Conference, the International Society for Improvised Music, the G4TV network,, the 2007 Geneva Auto Show, and BBC Ecuador. An advocate for interdisciplinary arts, he has collaborated with dancers, video artists, installation artists, mathematicians, sculptors, engineers and dramaturgs. 

As an active performer of modern classical music for percussion, he has performed at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music (DE), the International Ensemble Moderne Academy (AT) and gave the US Premiere of Martin Matalon's TRAME VIII Marimba Concerto. Outside of the western classical tradition, his musical background includes free improvisation, Afro-carribean drumming, and drumset for rock and jazz ensembles. Levy is particularly interested in performing pieces that use both percussion and electronic elements. 

Levy further combines electronics and music by approaching Live Sound Engineering as a performance role. He specializes in engineering complete concerts of electro-acoustic music with experimental and non-traditional configurations. He was a lead engineer for ICMC 2010, and is currently the Live Sound Engineer for the International Contemporary Ensemble. 

Levy was an embedded systems engineer for Bose. He holds Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University where he was awarded the Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize for music in both 2002 and 2003. He also earned a Master of Music (M.M.) degree from Stony Brook University in Percussion Performance, where he is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree. Currently, Levy is active as a freelance electronics engineer, as well as a calculus and physics tutor.

Lars Graugaard's and Hans Tammen's INFERNAL MACHINES
Wednesday, October 19
7:00 PM
Admission: $15/$8 students and seniors

“These talking machines are going to ruin the artistic development of music in this country. When I was a boy ... in front of every house in the summer evenings you would find young people together singing the songs of the day or the old songs. Today you hear these infernal machines going night and day. We will not have a vocal cord left." (John Phillip Sousa, testifying before the US Congress 1906).

Lars Graugaard's and Hans Tammen's INFERNAL MACHINES are characterized by vicious beats, rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive noises, quiet pulses and bizarre timbres. They explore sonic spaces through codes for algorithmic rendering of basic artistic ideas, contrasting them with noises created from mechanical preparations of a conventional guitar, morphing them into a maze of infinite complexity.

When performing laptop music Lars Graugaard often uses the alias Lars from Mars. Releases under this alias have been released on the online netlabel Pueblo Nuevo. This music is characterized by an often very strong grounding in rhythms, combined with at times quite abstract sound-worlds.

Hans Tammen creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations – through means of his “Endangered Guitar” and interactive software programming. Signal To Noise called his works “…a killer tour de force of post-everything guitar damage”

Thursday October 20th

Seating is limited, please RSVP

Chess with Duchamp, Readymade Art

A Project by Holly Crawford

 “…the metaphysical chess game called ‘art history’…”

—Adam Gopnik, New Yorker 6/27/11

What’s your position?  What do you want to be?  Do you have a gambit? 

We invite all comers to participate in, or observe, a game of chess with living chesspersons.  People will move around the big board on the floor, in a timed game of no more than 20 minutes per game. Come in costume, if you wish! You may also participate by playing a game from afar by texting the moves and following the game on twitter @acdirect   All participation and participants will be documented. 

"The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chess-board, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. ... I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists."

— Marcel Duchamp

Groups are welcome. Some props will be available, such as crowns and swords.

RSVP not later than October 13 to

Anyone wishing to produce this project elsewhere may do so, so long as (1) there is no charge for the event; it is free; and (2) you  to send information about  place and time before the event , and documentation after the event, to Holly Crawford  (