Surrogate Activities: Industrial Society and Its Future An Exhibition of New Works by Martin Chittum.

Surrogate Activities: Industrial Society and Its Future
An Exhibition of New Works by Martin Chittum.

November 1-30, 2019, at eyevee arts +media. 657 Elmira Rd. Ithaca, NY
In his most famous publication, Dr. Theodore J. Kaczynski writes about the phenomenon of engaging in “Surrogate Activities” to make up for the loss of meaningful goals which disrupts the natural “Power Process.” Not claiming to be original in his theories, this echoes the ideas expressed by Freud in Civilization and its Discontents and by philosophers such as Nietzsche.
While different thinkers may have competing ideas regarding the causes of this phenomenon, they are disturbingly in accord when it comes to the effect this has on the human psyche. Georges Bataille called this the “Cursed Share” and believed it to be an over-abundance of psychic energy that must be spent, either creatively or destructively. Without a creative outlet, the eventuality of cataclysmic destruction is almost assured. There is near universal agreement
that artistic creation is one of the most overt of Surrogate Activities.

In analyzing my own compulsive motivations for photographic experimentation and creation, I cannot help but find myself agreeing with them as well. Photography, and specifically the obscure and historical processes by which I print my photographs, is my Surrogate Activity of choice. Though it is easy to condemn Kaczynski’s personal choice of Surrogate Activities, hisbroader statement about the potentially destructive effect of technology and industrialization, not just on the health of the planet, but on the mental health of the human race as a whole, is absolutely worthy of serious consideration. At a time when concern about climate change and the destruction of the environment is at an all-time high, we must not overlook the effects that technology and industrialization has also been having on our minds.

With these new pieces, I am asking the question of whether technology can find a comfortable place of mutual existence with wild nature. The subject of the photographs are trees, presented out of a deep love for Wild Nature. They are printed using various difficult and time-consuming techniques for the sake of fully engaging with the Power Process of my personal Surrogate Activity. There will also be an occult performance where I conjure the Spirit of the Forest through sound and “capture” it with digital storage, which is then embedded in a totem-esque object that will serve as the forest’s presence throughout the run of the exhibition.
-Martin C, October

Human Host, Bubba Crumrine, Tender Cruncher at Grayhaven Motel

Human Host began in December 2002. The creative core of the group includes Mike Apichella and a rotating ensemble of diverse collaborators and figments of your imagination.

Multi-instrumentalist, Bubba Crumrine has been a catalyst in CNY’s underground music community since 2008, composing & performing dense soundscapes, threading through ambient, industrial, new and old music.

One dynamic and crucial element to Ithaca’s avant-garde electronic experimentalist Penelope Lindsay, the musician behind Tender Cruncher, is the resolution to simply go for it. The music she creates is strange, but vivaciously real. Minimalism meets Dada in some nexus of weirdo electro acid pop: the results are often lifting and always unique. Lindsay manages to blend high art and punk mentality into a boiling abstraction. There’s an honesty to Tender Cruncher that shines through in the poetry, the oddness, and the nakedness of the compositions. The music attracts through intensity.

EyeVee is the Inlet Valley Arts Center of Ithaca, NY for traditional and new media arts, exhibitions, performances and residencies. We received non-profit status as of June 28th, 2019. Since 2017 EyeVee has exhibited artists, hosted artist residents, held audio/visual performances, and hosted various workshops. EyeVee engages with global and local arts communities to create a space for learning and experimentation.


Grayhaven Motel 

657 Elmira Rd 

Ithaca NY 14580


Apologist, Kyle Press, Charmion

Apologist (Philadelphia, PA): Highly confessional ambient music focused on particular internal examination. Her work on No Rent (which she runs cooperatively) and Alien Passengers are examples of personal development through sound work.

Kyle Press: I met Kyle Press in 2008, when I saw his freak-rock band The Love Club for the first time. Kyle always seemed like the most inventive person in a room full of rockers, if that makes sense. In all of the bands he’s involved with (Impressionist, OhBree), he’s constantly pushing the sound further “out-there” and the results have been often excellent and always interesting. In parallel, as a active participant in Philly’s vibrant free jazz / improvisation scene, Kyle has reliably pushed against the more academic trappings of the genre; focusing on creating giant walls of sound rather than re-contextualizing jazz/classical norms in an improvisational environment.

Electronic Drag Opera

Tatsuya Nakatani, Russ Waterhouse, Donna Parker, Cheli/Law Duo

Tatsuya Nakatani will perform at set of solo percussion at Eye Vee Arts & Media in Ithaca, NY! Opening sets by Russ Waterhouse, Donna Parker, and Tom Law & Kevin Cheli

Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde sound artist, composer, and master percussionist. Active internationally since the 1990’s; Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. A master of extended percussion techniques, it can be difficult to understand the genesis of his sounds. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.

Russ Waterhouse:

Donna Parker:

Tom Law:

Kevin Cheli:

Anthropology of Television Noise & EyeVeeTeeVee Launch

Please join us for an amazing evening at the Grayhaven as we launch EyeVeeTeeVee, our analog video transmitter on-site and video stream off site. We will have curated video and media art content 24/7 streaming from The Grayhaven with artists:
Erin Gee, Mike Sidnam, Jonas Bers, Hali Palombo, KPG, Sara Goodman, Spreaders, Paloma Kop, Eric Souther, Sofy Yuditskaya, Mike Mazzota, Id M Theftable, Matt Luczak, Al Margolis, + more
Please consider donating to help us raise money to keep this going and check out the studios and transmitter at the motel.

The Anthropology of Television Noise – Park Doing
Grayhaven Motel, October 5, 7:30-9 PM

Part 1: (50 minutes) Video with Interactive Commentary – The Anthropology of Television Noise

The historical evolution of television as told by the visual ‘noise’ generated by the evolving broadcast technology. We have all been exposed to the rhythms, colors, textures, motions, and other formal elements of different periods of television noise. What is the effect of this shared technological “unconscious”? Was the noise the real culture all along?

Part 2: (20 minutes) The Birth of Television

Live performance by Park Doing “playing” a “mechanical TV” from the 1920s and Ithaca Grayhaven Artist in Residence Jen Kutler playing her own collection of electronic noise-making devices. An enactment of “The Birth of Television”

Relive the history of television through the artistic noise made by the machines themselves and celebrate our continued cultural collaboration with them!

Park Doing is a philosopher, engineer, and artist whose works have been performed at The Anthology Film Archives in New York City, The Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY, Cornell Cinema in Ithaca, NY, and Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA.

Jen Kutler is a multidisciplinary artist and performer. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments and sculptures. Her performances feature many of her instruments incorporated with immersive field recordings to explore common and discrepant experiences of familiar social tones in immersive sound and media environments.

RUMMAGE: Walls & Decor by Kaleb Hunkele

RUMMAGE: Walls & Decor is the recomposition of Kaleb’s catalogue(hoard) of print/art work and found materials, to create wall panels and accompanying decor.

Opens October 4th at Grayhaven Gallery (Ithaca, NY)
Grayhaven Motel 657 Elmira Rd. Ithaca,NY

Gallery Night: New Paintings by Frank Shifreen

New Paintings by Frank Shiffreen
Opens August 2nd at Grayhaven Gallery (Ithaca, NY)
Grayhaven Motel 657 Elmira Rd. Ithaca,NY
Frank Shifreen an American artist, curator, and teacher. Shifreen played a significant part in the art movement of New York City in the early 1980s, organizing massive artist-run shows that brought thousands of people to Gowanus, Brooklyn. Since then, he has organized socially conscious art exhibitions across the United States and abroad, including From the Ashes, a massive exhibition organized in the aftermath of 9/11.

Meet the Eyecillator – Workshop with Travis Johns

Meet the Eyecillator – a small, yet surprisingly complex
little light-sensitive noise maker from VF designed for weirdos, STEM evangelists, musicians and other folks who just aren’t all that into the weekend sports routine. So what is it? Let’s go the portmanteau route – eye + oscillator = Eyecillator. Clever, right? Or at least it was when I first started making this kind of thing back in 2012-ish as an excuse to use up left over pieces of faux fur from an art installation. That later evolved into a small, budget-friendly table-top synthesizer for the creative musician crowd that I built for a good second until my daughter’s naps became too few and far between to keep up steady production. Once I finally realized that, I decided to take a break from building to figure out how to make this design easier to produce while also navigating school activities, play dates, sports, violin lessons, a full-time job and the occasional weekend jaunts to various regions to build instruments with new friends and play a show or two – not to give too much insight into my personal life or anything. That might’ve been a run-on sentence. The good news for those who made it through that diatribe and/or skipped ahead is that I do believe I’ve come across a design that will allow all the previously-mentioned activities to occur unfettered. Not to mention that as an added bonus, once my kid is old enough to join some scout troop, I can wheel these out as some sort of STEM-inspired badge-giving project of sorts and forever cement my reputation among the other parents as that weird dad – like I needed any help with that.

So here it is – a small, Tom Bugs inspired 4-oscillator, cascaded NAND opto-synth with controls over pitch and voltage sag, as well as the modern addition of a third control over the frequency of a misappropriated telephone chip that acts as a somewhat strange filter of sorts. When used properly, it can chirp along with the best of them, as well as do its utmost to sound like that motorized garbage can robot from that one space movie…but with a drug problem. Not to mention that for this build, there are no wires. There is no case. Just a cool little light controlled circuit, some components and the guarantee that you’ll be able to spark at least two and half minutes of unbridled joy out of this thing before you have to pack up and get serious about the week ahead.

As usual, the logistics: the workshop will go from 2 PM – 4 PM and all materials will be provided. No prior electronics experience is needed and yes, you get to keep this synth at the end of the workshop. Price is $40 and since its an autonomous noisemaker, no guitar, etc is needed unless you really, really want to share something. As with previous VF workshops, we strive to keep the atmosphere casual, informative and friendly – so feel free to bring a snack and a story and hopefully we’ll all leave as buddies at the end of the day. For this workshop, attendance will be limited to 8 and a small VauxFlores pop-up shop will also be on-site for anyone interested in nabbing a box without having to solder it themselves.

Form Hunter, Scald Hymn, Donna Parker, Trevor Clement

Monday, July 22nd 2019

Local harsh noise duo of Stefan Aune and Weston Czerkies. New tape out on Oxen Records and last show in Ithaca for some time.

Murky and contemplative harsh noise from Erik Brown, the head of Belchertown’s Cold Spring Hollow.

Long-running noise alias of Mary Staubitz, electronics and feedback master manipulator from Massachusettes.

Synth and tape work performed as the auditory component to his collaboration with Gregory Halpern’s photo work, “Zzyzx”. Clement hails from Syracuse and is best known as his alter-ego, Faith Void.

The Grayhaven Motel
657 Elmira Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

7pm doors – $6 for the touring artists

Refreshments available at the Motel with proper ID, NOT BYOB. Bring a couple extra bucks and support these folks!

Gallery Night: I’m soft for you by Sophia Starling

I’m soft for you
New work by Sophia Starling
Opens July 5th at Grayhaven Gallery (Ithaca, NY)
Grayhaven Motel 657 Elmira Rd. Ithaca,NY
Born in Norfolk, UK, Sophia Starling is a London artist currently living and working in the US. Working inside the lexicon of abstraction Starling’s grounding in painting has led her to push at the boundaries of critical classifications set within the discourse. Expanding the language of Minimalism the work addresses sculptural concerns such as volume and weight as well as the tangible relationships between materiality and form. Gender, humour, philosophical enquiry and material investigation assert themselves within her practice, in search of the uncanny and unspecific.
Starling received her MFA from Cornell University MFA’19, BA in Painting from Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London in 2011. Chelsea College of Art and Design,UAL, London, 2007.
Exhibitions include: 2019 Creekside Open selected by Sacha Craddock, APT Gallery, Deptford, London, UK. Or Hight Water, Safe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. USA UK/RAINE at Saatchi Gallery, London, 2015.UK/RAINE at Saatchi Gallery, London, 2015. Corporeality, Objects and Other Stuff, FOLD, London, 2015. Time to Hit the Road, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, 2014. A Better Door than a Window, Solo at Horatio Jr, London, 2015. Painting and Structure, (curated) Kennington Residency, London, 2017. Starling was awarded the Jerwood Painting Fellowship, UK in 2013, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship May and November 2016, Cornell Council for the Arts grant 2018, Cornell Research Travel Grant, 2018, John Hartell Graduate Award for Art. Cornell University 2018. The Dedalus Foundation M.F.A. Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture Nomination 2019.