Festival of Experimental Media

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Announcing Chris Kraus!


We’re happy to announce an addition to our 2015 schedule: feminist writer and filmmaker, Chris Kraus. She will read a selection of her forthcoming book of essays on Kathy Acker on Friday October 9 at 4p at the I-Fell building. Buy tickets in advance at the BCT Box Office.

The Myth-Science Ensemble

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One show we’re really excited about – but is perhaps a bit less high-profile than some of our other events – is the Myth-Science Ensemble. Combining sound design, aerial performance, and music, the show re-imagines scientific iconography to create a multi-sensory experience for the audience.

The Myth-Science Ensemble hails from Kansas City MO and consists of Thomas Aber (bass clarinet, Omaha Symphony) and Dwight Frizzell (reeds and Yamaha WX5, Kansas City Art Institute), along with supporting players from Bloomington, including reed player Marty Belcher, nationally recognized live sound effects artist Tony Brewer, and aerial silk performer Sue Rall. Myth-Science Ensemble incorporate 4-channel sound, movement, and projected images to create live immersive sonic environments inspired by intersections of myth and science.

To get a taste of their work, take a look at “Oceans of Kansas,” which they’ll be performing live at Wounded Galaxies on October 11. Already intrigued? Get your tickets here.

Downtown Film and TV Culture, 1975-2001


Our own Joan Hawkins has toiled away the past few years on a book project that focuses on the New York Downtown scene, and it’s just been released! Downtown Film and TV Culture, 1975-2001 brings together essays and interviews by both scholars and participants in Downtown culture, balancing academic research with the voices of people who lived this cultural moment. In it, you’ll find essays by J. Hoberman and Nick Zedd, and interviews with Bette Gordon and Beth B.

What’s unique about this collection is that it doesn’t just consider the scene within the bounds of New York City in the 1970s, but rather expands its scope to talk about multiple generations and regions involved in Downtown Culture.

The book is available for purchase through Intellect Ltd., University of Chicago Press, and online booksellers like Amazon.com.

The Burroughs Century will host a book signing and reading the week before Wounded Galaxies (stay tuned for details!). Then, in November, there will be book events at the Strand Bookstore in New York and at Fales Library at NYU.

John Zorn Events Canceled

We regret to announce that we will not be able to host John Zorn this year and must cancel his Jorgensen lecture at the IU Cinema and the Bladerunner/Simulacrum performance at the Buskirk-Chumley. However, we are still very excited to present the sonic and image experiments of great artists like Matmos, Barbara Hammer, Ahleuchatistas, and Andre Perkowski. We can’t wait to see you next month at Wounded Galaxies: Festival of Experimental Media.

Cyclobe Canceled

We’re sad to announce that due to complications with international visas, Cyclobe has had to cancel.

However, we have already found an exciting replacement for their Thursday, Oct 8 performance at the IU Cinema: Andre Perkowski’s 2014 film Nova Express. An adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ novel that does justice to Burroughs’ own cut-up technique, Nova Express is a collage of found and original footage that winds through grotesque, sci-fi, and homoerotic imagery.

Perkowski has been assembling and reassembling Nova Express online, but we’ll be showing the full 3-hour cut. Take a peek at one of the pieces:

Then, for the Friday, Oct 9 performance at the Buskirk-Chumley, we’ve added local band Drekka to the bill with Matmos, and we’re currently reaching out to another band that we’d be excited to add to the program. It’s all very hush-hush right now, but we’ll keep you posted when we’ve confirmed more details.

If you have any concerns about the change in the program, please reach out to us at theburroughscentury[at]gmail[dot]com.

IU Cinema Tickets On Sale!

Individual tickets for our 3 events at the Indiana University Cinema have now gone on sale online through the IU Cinema website. The shows include:

  • A screening of three rare Derek Jarman, 8mm short films, with a soundtrack played live by British soundscape artists, Cyclobe.
  • A program of contemporary, avant-garde short films, all of which somehow explore non-normative or queer histories, bodies, and ways of viewing the world.
  • A documentary about the legendary Brooklyn music studio, BC Studio, co-founded by two of Wounded Galaxies’ featured musicians: Martin Bisi and Bill Laswell. John Zorn has also recorded at BC Studio.

Tickets will also be available in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office starting September 1.

Wounded Galaxies Trailer

Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window

image by Karsten Wolniak

image by Karsten Wolniak

When we first decided on the name for our festival, we really only had William S. Burroughs in mind. It was more of a cosmic coincidence that one of the bands we would feature in our 2015 fest – Cyclobe – should have drawn from similar inspirational sources.

Their 2010 album, Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window, displays the kind of soundscape styling that we love about Cyclobe. The mix of electronic and folk instrument sounds pull you into a hypnotic universe filled with beady-eyed nymphs or dancing comets.

The epic invocation at the heart of the album, “The Woods are Alive with The Smell of His Coming”, was commissioned in 2010 by the Tate Gallery in St. Ives for the exhibition “Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art”. Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window saw contributions from fellow Cyclobe collaborators Michael J. York, Cliff Stapleton, Thighpaulsandra and John Contreras, with cover artwork generated by the artists Fred Tomaselli and Alex Rose.

An Afternoon of Direct Animation – June 13

Len LyeWe’re delighted to invite you to our first fundraising event of the summer, an afternoon of direct animation! Draw and paint your own animation design directly onto 16mm film, and project it immediately after you’re done to see how the film turned out. Fun for kids, adults, and people in between. Friend and family collaboration encouraged.

Curious, but not sure what to draw? We’ll have some suggestions to help get you started!

When: June 13, 2-5p
Where: Classroom Office Building at Indiana University, 800 E 3rd St

Free parking in IU parking garages without a permit on Saturdays and Sundays.

Suggested donation: $5/strip of film. Want to contribute more? We also welcome your tax-deductable donation during the event.

Passes on Sale!

Passes are now on sale for Wounded Galaxies! $100 gets you into 5 events, including all three music shows at the Buskirk-Chumley, an additional music show in a smaller venue, and a film event.

Want to reserve your seats for your favorite show now? Best thing to do is buy a pass, and come visit Bloomington for a few days to enjoy some excellent music, films, and spoken word!

Individual tickets will be released at varying times between July-September, depending on the ticketing schedule of individual venues. We’ll post updates as that occurs.

See the full 2015 Wounded Galaxies Schedule.

pssst… Certain donor levels include passes. Contact us now to reserve yours! Already bought your pass, but want to increase your support for The Burroughs Century? Your donation is tax deductible!