The Wind Up Series Presents Mystic Crystal Ball, Inspired by threeASFOUR Comes to Jewish Museum 10/24
The Jewish Museum presents Mystic Crystal Ball from 8pm to 11pm on Thursday, October 24. This entertaining evening is part of The Wind Up, the popular series of after-hours events with art, music, performance, drinks, and socializing, and is inspired by the avant-garde fashion collective threeASFOUR. Partygoers will celebrate high fashion, futuristic architecture and a meeting of cultures, and threeASFOUR - Gabi Asfour, Adi Gil, and Angela Donhauser - will be in attendance. Attendees can dance to music by The Crystal Ark with a DJ set by Gavin Russom; view the exhibition, threeASFOUR: MER KA BA; participate in a screenprinting activity using mystical patterns featured in threeASFOUR's latest collection; and see a special screening of collaborative video works by threeASFOUR and Jessica Mitrani. There will be an open bar with wine and beer.
Tickets for the October 24 event are $12 in advance; $15 day of event. For further information, the public may call212.423.3337. Tickets for this program can be purchased online at http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/TheWindUp. The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan.
threeASFOUR: MER KA BA
Currently on view at The Jewish Museum is a multimedia installation by the adventurous fashion collective threeASFOUR that fuses avant-garde couture, architecture, and video projections. Blending ancient symbols with new technologies to evoke a timeless desire for cross-cultural unity, the exhibition includes examples from threeASFOUR's new spring-summer 2014 collection, featuring 3D-printed textiles made in collaboration with the architect Bradley Rothenberg. The clothing line and its environment are inspired by sacred geometry and tile patterns found in synagogues, churches, and mosques around the world. threeASFOUR: MER KA BA is presented by The Jewish Museum and Art Production Fund, and is on view through February 2, 2014.
Immersing visitors in an ethereal and meditative environment, the installation features a "temple" in the shape of half a three-dimensional six-pointed star designed in collaboration with Studio Christian Wassmann. A patterned floor of mirrors creates the illusion of a complete six-pointed star, while selections from threeASFOUR's newest collection are positioned throughout the gallery. Visitors are invited to enter the mirror-lined interior of the "temple" structure. Video projections of the five Platonic solids, created with the 3D animation designer Alex Czetwertynski, and specially commissioned sound by composer Raz Mesinai further enliven the space.
The Crystal Ark is a collaborative, body-centric, New York pop project of Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz. The group began when Russom asked Ruiz to write and sing Spanish lyrics over a pair of instrumentals he had created, blending his signature hypnotic synthesizer sound with distinctly movement friendly beats. Ruiz's vocalizations, which blended song, spell and rallying cry, became the group's first two singles released on New York's DFA label: "The City Never Sleeps" and "The Tangible Presence of the Miraculous." The second single featured percussionist Alberto Lopez's polyrhythmic drumming as a supplement to the driving electronic pulse, forming The Crystal Ark's sound. A desire to expand this sound solidified Russom and Ruiz's collaboration, establishing Lopez as a member of the group and leading to additional members: vocalists Jaiko Suzuki and Sokhna Heathyre Mabi, bassist Tyler Pope and Eliza Douglas, and electronics expert Matt Thornley. The Crystal Ark's first full length album was released in October 2012, and launched a live show, featuring the full band plus dancers Irene Discos and Alberto Cortes, and a video crew comprised of Bec Stupak and Johnny Woods. This line up has appeared at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Palais De Tokyo, The Hirshhorn Museum, and MOMA PS1.
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