Luciano Chessa: #00FF00 #FF00FF (people are trees) at CHURCH

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Steel House Projects is pleased to present #00FF00 #FF00FF (people are trees), at CHURCH on 16 Brewster Street in Rockland, in a performance event Friday, April 20. A suite of interactive sound and light pieces by artist, composer, and musicologist Luciano Chessa will be shown in the main hall of CHURCH. Doors will open to the public at 7pm for a viewing of the installation; the performance will begin at sundown. We encourage viewers of all ages to attend and experience the event.

Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist, and pianist. His compositions include the opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago—a work merging experimental theater with reality TV which required from the cast over 55 hours of fasting—and A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy.

Chessa has been commissioned multiple times by the Performa Biennial, and in 2014 he presented three events at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe.

Chessa’s work appeared more than once in Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America, and Frieze; and has been featured in the Italian issue of Marie Claire and in the September Issue of Vogue Italia. He has been interviewed twice by the British BBC, and has been the subject of two short documentaries: one produced by RAI World (2014), and the other by Vietnamese State TV VTV1 in the occasion of his first trip to Viet Nam (2015).

Chessa is also a music historian specializing in 20th-century Italian and 21st-century American repertoire. He is the author of Luigi Russolo Futurist. Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012), the first monograph dedicated to Russolo and his “Art of Noise.” In 2009, his Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (OFNI) was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best events in the arts; it continues to tour internationally.

Currently an Artist in Residence at the Steel House in Rockland, Maine, here he developed the show on view while also preparing the edition of Julius Eastman’s Second Symphony, the world premier of which he will conduct in NYC in September 2018.

CHURCH at 16 Brewster Street in Rockland, Maine, is the private residence of Donna McNeil. Built in 1851, the building was formerly a church.