Dev Hynes and More at Suzanne Geiss Company's Blasting Voice
By Rebecca Smeyne
The Suzanne Geiss Company, the gallery launched this Spring in the old Deitch Projects Grand Street space by its former executive director, recently initiated a sound art performance series (July 11-28th). It's called Blasting Voice, and curated by Ashland Mines (aka the artist/DJ Total Freedom). Some notable performers on the roster include James Ferraro, Kyp Malone, Lizzie Bougatsos, Raul De Nieves and Butchy Fuego. Last night, another highlight of the program, Dev Hynes (of Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion, Test Icicles) headlined a 4-person set that also featured Analisa Bien Purificacion Teachworth, Phoebe Jean and the Airforce, and J. Patrick Walsh III. Dev performed on a white grand piano; the other sets took place inside a metal lighting-rig/one-person stage of sorts. Phoebe Jean, from Baltimore, sang some rowdy raps and swung around on the contraption. Annalisa stood quietly inside, engaged in a dialogue with a robot (they discussed purpose, death, suffering) amid a slideshow of images, and then spray-painted some flowers before handing them out to the crowd and arranging others in Perrier bottles. Klaus Biesenbach, curator of MoMA PS1, showed up during Annalisa's set and snapped some cell-phone pics. The lights and fog, all part of the rig, designed by visual collective Thunderhorse, stole the show. Dev's performance was bathed in a deep red glow, though to him, it probably looked different, since he has a condition called synesthesia, in which sounds are seen as images and colors. There's a fascinating interview with him about that here. Below, photos from last night.