New Artist in Residence: Adam Matta!

The Visible Futures Lab is proud to announce our newest Artist in Residence, Adam Matta. Adam will be conducting a short presentation to introduce himself, his work, and his plans for his residency. The presentation will take place this Monday January 14th at 1:00pm in the Visible Futures Lab, 132 West 21st Street, 7th Floor. It is open to students, staff, and the general public.

For his residency with the Visible Futures Lab, Adam plans to research the intersections of sound and the plastic arts (painting, sculpture, etc.) with respect to performance and emerging technologies. He seeks to draw from the VFL's culture, furthering his skills in Max/MSP and exploring how other artists use their language to create synaesthetic works. With the aid of the VFL staff and the lab's resources, he will experiment with the linking of sound, image and machine. Adam intends to build a digital interface that will allow him to trigger projections of urban imagery and scientific diagrams with the sounds he creates in a live beatboxing (vocal percussion) performance. He hopes to draw connections between the vocally-produced sounds and their non-narrative nature. Adam anticipates his interface will be used by actors, spoken word artists and musicians to augment their live performance with dynamic visual imagery. Adam Matta is a human beatboxer and vocal performance artist from New York City. His style fuses elements of hip-hop, rock, electronic, jazz, contemporary and Middle Eastern music, sometimes all in the same composition.

He has performed solo shows at Joe's Pub, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, Galapagos, PS 122, La Mama and Here Arts Center, and with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall and House of Music (Moscow).  He appeared with The Carolina Chocolate Drops, in concert, on their recordings including The Hunger Games Soundtrack and their 2012 release, Leaving Eden, which has been nominated for a Best Folk Album Grammy.
Adam's music has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and All Things Considered, in Benson Lee's documentary Planet B-Boy and in The L Word. He has also been featured as 'Boxman' in In Transit, an a cappella musical developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Festival in 2008, and in Beatbox Bard, a 2007 play directed by Bruce Levitt at Cornell University where beatboxing was mixed with Shakespeare. He has appeared on Damon Wayans' The Underground, CUNY-TV's Art or Something Like It, and on PBS's The Electric Company.

Adam has been an Artist in Residence at Cornell University, Here Arts Center, Gertrude Stein Repertory Theater's Digital Performance Institute and LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots).  He has collaborated with numerous artists, including tabla master and producer Karsh Kale, circus composer Sxip Shirey, avante-garde guitarist Eyal Maoz, poet/playwright Reg E Gaines, cellist Noah Hoffeld, new music composer Bora Yoon and multi-instrumentalist Michael Leonhart of Steely Dan, and has appeared at venues as diverse as Madison Square Garden, The Apollo Theater, Town Hall, Blender Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Stone.  Adam has conducted workshops and private sessions around the world, including teaching beatboxing to blind and multiple disabled youth at Lavell School for the Blind in the Bronx, with BeatNYC Beat Rockers.

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