Future Tenant premieres performance exhibition ‘Trespass 2012’

Written By Adelyn Biedenbach

Lasers, fog and black light merge into improvisational sound. Percussion music with household objects is created on the spot. And then there are puppets.            Each of these artistic expressions combine to create Future Tenant Art Gallery’s three part performance residency entitled Trespass 2012.Located on 819 Penn Ave. in the Cultural District, the gallery will open up its doors to artists for three performances on Feb. 17, Feb. 25 and March 3.”[Future Tenant] is interesting, forward thinking art” said Ryan Emmett, creator of experimental sound, music and visual art for the first Trespass feature entitled “Hunted Creatures.””Hunted Creatures” is the first of the three projects in this residency installment.The sounds of it began as a solo act by Emmett about seven years ago. The combination of experimental music grew and developed, and Emmett expanded to work with Micah Pacileo and Amy Hoffmann.The name came about as part of Emmett’s style of “being weird and fun.” He also includes lasers, fog, black light posters and weird sounds as part of his experimental visual and auditory presentation.”We invited people down to do some jamming,” Emmett said.He said that a number of “cool” recordings or pieces may come from that collaboration to use in the Feb. 17 experimental performance, but that the show will also be in the moment.”There is always going to be an improvisational element with what we do. I have a fascination with it,” Emmett said.Marissa Cinquanti, performance programming manager for Future Tenant and master of arts student at Carnegie Mellon University, put out a call for artists and, after receiving applications, conducted a few interviews. “Trespass usually happens twice a year,” said Cinquanti, who put together the line up for the series.In addition to an experimental music residency, the second installment of the series features a percussion concert.”The whole idea of a residency is that you get the space for a week,” said Mike Perdue, musician and part percussion music piece known as “Avant-Garde Sandwiches”The performers will have the opportunity to use the space for a week leading up to their event in order to build and create their art.”Because much of our show consists of improvised music, we’ll really depend on the space’s dimensions and materials in an essential way,” Perdue said, “This means that the development and creation process has been brewing for about a month, but will really come together in the final week”Perdue and musical partner Matt Aelmore plan for the audience to hear “rhythmic percussion music and bizarre, indescribable sound coming from quotidian household objects” during the “Avant-Garde Sandwiches” performance.The name comes from a Fourth of July barbeque that Perdue attended but also interlaces with the structure of the show.”I made a very odd looking sandwich on a grill and someone described it as an Avant-Garde sandwich, and that stuck,” Perdue said, “There are sandwiches in the show; we’re not going to eat them.”The sandwiches in the show, however, will be constructed of pieces of music segmented with text which will be acted or read.Perdue, originally from Alabama, met Aelmore while studying music in Manhattan.”We were both kind of country dudes living in Harlem,” Perdue said.He explained that their similar life experiences and complimentary musical abilities brought them together as musicians.They plan to use the space and “whatever we find lying around in the basement” to help in the creation of their Feb. 25 performance at Future Tenant.The third and final part, “Luck of the Puppets” hosted by Tom Sarver and Mike Cuccaro, takes place on March 3. It is the second annual puppet performance featuring a carnival atmosphere; more information can be found at www.puppethappening.com.”It is a really great season with a lot of variety,” Cinquanti said. “I mean, everyone is looking forward to the last week and the puppet festival.More information can be found at www.futuretenant.org