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ASSEMBLE XII: A Sonic Experiment at the Ace Hotel

The avant-garde collective gathers for another explosive, one-of-a-kind performance in NYC

by Gabriella Garcia in Culture on 23 October 2014

Ace Hotel, Apps, CMJ, Events, Experimental Music, NYC, Performance Art, Music


It's CMJ week in NYC, meaning the streets are flooded with thousands of artists vying for attention. In a festival that offers more music than anyone can possibly endure, avant-garde performance experiment ASSEMBLE puts on a sonic experience like no other.

ASSEMBLE, created by Pat Noecker (who performs as an experimental cell phone musician under the name RAFT), is a series of improvisational collaborative round-robins started in 2012. Coming out of a "need for intimacy" that was missing from the music scene's status quo, Noecker tells CH that he wanted to, "design a situation that would illuminate process, medium and performance that would function as an intimate gathering of peoples." The name really does say it all. ASSEMBLE is also a practice in the value of the ephemeral encounter. For each event, Noecker selects participants from a diverse rotation of musicians and performers, creating hyper-unique pieces each and every time.


ASSEMBLE is gathering for its 12th iteration on 25 October 2014, coming to the Ace Hotel lobby in NYC as part of the hotel's unofficial CMJ showcase for its second year in a row. "I like to mix up my choice of spaces to perform in," Noecker explains. "A hotel lobby is an unexpected spot to witness performances, but perfect for an ASSEMBLE event where people can walk around a large space and observe the musician and sound artist's varying approaches and mediums."

Similar to last year's performance, ASSEMBLE XII will feature "Transmissions in A and E" where musicians improvise on their selected instruments using only those two notes, reaching harmony by the end of the piece. "You'd be surprised what happens with such a simple umbrella to improvise under," Noecker says. As an added bonus, audience members are invited to join in by using the TRANSMISSIONS iPhone app, which was specifically created with this event in mind. In addition to RAFT, participants include Talk Normal's Sarah Register, Ashcan Orchestra members Pat Spadine and Austin Vaughn, and performance artist Sto Len.


Last year's Ace Hotel performance was undoubtedly a success, reportedly bringing some audience members to tears. With the artists set up throughout the entire lobby, ASSEMBLE engulfed a crowd that contained intentional attendees and unsuspecting hotel guests alike. While the common area chatter initially drowned out the music, the performance slowly crescendoed into what Noecker describes as, "a daunting, haunting, uplifting gentle giant." By the end of the hour-long show, the lobby was completely drawn in and even participating themselves, playing with bells that were handed out by one of ASSEMBLE's musicians.

Check out ASSEMBLE XII on Saturday, 25 October 2014, at the NYC Ace Hotel. The performance is free and open to the public.

Images courtesy of ASSEMBLE

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CHV: Kawasaki Jet Ski Assembly Line

The surprisingly complex process behind creating the jet-propelled personal watercraft

by Cool Hunting Video in Design on 23 October 2014

CHV, Jet Skis, Kawasaki, Maritime, Production, Video, Watersports, Industrial Design, Industrial Manufacturing, Personal Watercraft, Factory Tour

The third video from our visit to Kawasaki's labyrinthine production facility covers their jet ski assembly line. Perhaps unknown to most water-faring hobbyists, constructing a jet ski is a rather complicated process involving a multitude of impressive industrial processes. The most compelling is the 3,000 ton custom press which almost instantaneously converts flexible fiberglass fabric into a resilient hull.

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The Haas Brothers Volume 1

A beautiful, comprehensive monograph accompanying the artists' solo NYC show

by David Graver in Design on 23 October 2014

Monographs, Artists, Designers, Furniture Design, R&Co., Surrealism, The Haas Brothers


With wildly imaginative designs and an eye for material, The Haas Brothers have been redefining home decor, art and furniture since 2010. Whether they're tackling sexuality, science fiction or wild animals across vases, benches and lamps, each piece in their portfolio represents a distinct vision and care for the craft. Accompanying their first ever solo NYC exhibition, "Cool World," debuting on 4 November 2014 at R & Company Gallery, they're releasing a stunning monograph entitled The Haas Brothers Volume 1. Their art, over 176 full color pages, is accompanied by a foreword from R & Company founders Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers and essays by actress Laura Dern and designer Berthold Haas.


The exhibition itself will feature never before seen works, and a comprehensive collection of pieces across all their acclaimed series. The range of art shown aims to demonstrate the depth and breadth of the brother's catalog. Beast series furniture—a beautiful amalgamation of functional benches and stools with the body structure and attributes of wild animals—will rest along a dinner table setting. Their installation, the highly sexual Advocates for the Sexual Outsider, will be seen for the first time since this year's Design Miami/Basel. Handmade oddities across all their artistic pursuits will dot the space between, including new Accretion ceramics, which have become known for their "growth-like" texturing.


All these works, and more, are visible in The Haas Brothers Vol. I monograph. There, the LA-based fraternal twins shed light on their inspirations and interests. And even offer context on the works within each series. While their art has been shown around the world, it's not always easy to pop over and see it. This book, co-published by R & Company and Damiani, definitely delivers their wild wonders.

"Cool World" will be on view at R & Company from 4 November 2014 through 10 January 2015. You can purchase The Haas Brothers Volume 1 online through R &Company online for $50.

Images by Cool Hunting

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