Tonight, a chasm of art opens up in East Williamsburg. More specifically, tonight marks the beginning of CHASM, a four-day late-night multimedia/nightlife/performance/music event, showcasing some of the most groundbreaking artists working in the Brooklyn scene today. The experience is curated by Julia Sinelnikova, a multimedia artist who often creates under the name The Oracle and is drawn to the usage and interactions of light in her work, whether it be through curation or creation.
As with many buzzy and/or cryptically-cool Brooklyn goings-on, the “intimate” East Williamsburg location is secret. At least, for now. Sinelnikova tells me the space (the name of which won’t be disclosed until CHASM begins) opened earlier this year and has been putting on events for some time now, from “dark yoga sessions” and film screenings to underground dance parties. However, this is the most ambitious programming the venue has attempted thus far.
“We aim to create a safe and open space for creative dialogue with inclusive, diverse programming and to challenge the traditional venue model,” Sinelnikova explains.
Each day of this four-day event features a different grouping of about 7 to 10 artists, usually a combination of musicians, DJs, visual artists, performance artists, and multimedia creators. Several artistic and performative disciplines will be combined during each night, creating a diverse mix that will keep going all evening, until 2 or even 4 am.
Tonight, CHASM kicks off with a night of 10 artists: live sets by green-haired old-school rap performer Ahsh Eff, rapper Prince Harvey (who became notable for clandestinely recording an entire album in a Soho Apple store), and musician/performer JHVH, who combines J-Pop, fantasy, and choreographed dance; DJ sets by Fake Accent’s Tygapaw and Loveless Records’s Gooddroid; live visuals by Paul Leopold (aka Boywolf, one half of The Culture Whore) and digital artist Mary S; and a “dark dance duet” by Margaret Velvet and Laura Duvall.
Other CHASM performers and artists include choreographer/performance artist/musician Richard Kennedy, who recently dropped an EP with Brooklyn label Sweat Equity, Unsay (Tiffany Nicole of Dark Sister‘s industrial-electronic solo project), producer Celestial Trax, recent The Lot Radio guest Night Doll, surveillance-centric net artist Lulu Cipher, and many others.
On view through the entire festival will be an installation by gallerist and creator JJ Brine, best known for his odd persona, mysterious history, and involvement with neon-soaked soul-stealing “Satanic” exhibition/sovereign nation Vector Gallery, which opened its third iteration on East 3rd Street this summer. Sinelnikova has frequently performed at Vector as The Oracle. In addition to the installation, Brine will be adding new visual elements on the festival’s closing night, which also features DJs Lauren Flax, The Long Count, and Maŕa, live sets by darkly minimal Malory and energetically electronic Pləbian, live analog video by VIDEOPUNKS, and a performance by The Oracle herself.
CHASM, curated by Julia Sinelnikova, begins tonight at 9 pm at a secret East Williamsburg location, and continues through Saturday, December 10. Tickets ($10 per night or $25 for a week pass) are available via Resident Advisor.