DELHI – âThe Manual Projectâ, an experimental sound and video project created by Christina Hunt Wood, Julie Licata, Darwin Marcus Johnson and Andris Balins, debuted on Saturday December 18th at the Bushel Collective in Delhi.
âThe project borrows from the practical video genre and examines the normalization of the absurd – and the disorientation felt during dialogue with it,â Wood said in a press release.
The manual project provides instructional storytelling to accomplish specific tasks, such as saddling a horse. The stories are deconstructed and reconstructed to appear both believable and absurd. Conceptually, the project is dynamic and includes several variations currently with room for additional videos and / or live performances in the future.
Wood is a multimedia artist who explores her predominantly white rural community’s relationship to race and everyday expressions of power. His work has recently been exhibited at Collar Works in Troy, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, and the Painting Center in New York. Wood received his MA in Visual Arts from Lesley Art + Design and his BA in Studio Art from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Licata is a percussionist, improviser, collaborator and music teacher. She pursues an active performance career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing improvisational soundscapes, musical theater, solo marimba, working with live digital and analog processing. Licata is Associate Professor of Percussion at SUNY Oneonta where she teaches Percussion and Drums, West African and Brazilian Percussion, Balinese Gamelan, West Sumatran Folk Percussion Music, and a Musical Cultures Seminar. worldwide.
Johnson, from Delhi, is an experimental musician. In the 90s, he was the lead singer of the Brooklyn Pleasure Unit post-funk underground group. It produces live music shows in and around Delaware County. Johnson’s main instruments for his musical exploration are acoustic and electronic banjos. He runs a data-driven IT consulting firm and is the co-founder of an education-focused arcade game development company.
Balins is a recording studio professional with over 15 years of experience. During his career he has worked with artists such as Nels Cline, Lana Del Ray and Sean Lennon. Balins teaches audio arts at SUNY Oneonta and recently graduated from Cooperstown’s graduate program. He was the sound engineer for The Manual Project.
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