JG Thirlwell Dinoflagellate BloomsJun 23 7:30pm

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street
Part of a shared evening co-presented with Pace University and Harvestworks as part of the New York Electronic Art Festival

JG Thirlwell’s chamber ensemble version of his Manorexia project perform selections from the acclaimed surround sound album Dinoflagellate Blooms as part of an evening of concerts and performances, providing audiences with an opportunity to experience cutting-edge electronic artwork from artists working across the arts and technology spectrum. The New York Electronic Art Festival brings talent into Lower Manhattan from around the globe to showcase new technologies and new artistic practices, and to celebrate the transformational intersection of the two. During the evening, JG Thirlwell’s chamber ensemble will also perform other pieces from the Manorexia oeuvre including the premiere of a new arrangement of Plastic Island In The Pacific.

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Manorexia is the experimental instrumental project of JG Thirlwell, a composer, producer, and performer based in Brooklyn NY. Manorexia was conceived by the composer in the year 2000 as an electronic and sample based project exploring a spatial quality non-existent in the composer’s other work. Arrangements of some Manorexia compositions for string quartet with percussion and laptop have been performed since 2006 in Russia, New York City, and London. Manorexia has played at All Tomorrow’s Parties, The Whitney Museum, Bang on a Can Marathon, and Brainwaves Festival. In 2010, an album representing the first wave of chamber arrangements was released by Tzadik.

JG Thirlwell was born in Melbourne, Australia, where he studied art at Melbourne State College for two years before moving to London in 1978. After working with experimental group Nurse With Wound, Thirlwell started making his own records in 1980, initially releasing them on his own Self Immolation label. He was inspired by the post-punk explosion of creativity in the UK that engendered the accessibility of DIY, as well as the writings of John Cage and systems music, among other things. He relocated to New York in 1983 where he still lives and works today.

He completed Dinoflagellate Blooms, and released it as a double disc consisting of a CD plus a DVD with the album in 5.1 surround sound. The surround version was inspired by, and was an extension of his works in multi-channel sound installation. Begun in Berlin in 2005 and completed in 2011, the album was recorded at the composer’s Self Immolation Studios in Brooklyn, and the 5.1 mixes were made at Harvestworks Studio with Paul Geluso.

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The New York Electronic Art Festival (NYEAF) was created to provide a responsive public context for the appreciation of cutting-edge electronic artwork through concerts, panels, workshops, and exhibitions of the highest quality across the arts and technology spectrum. Attendees get an overview of how technology is being used in various artistic disciplines, and have the opportunity to take part in a discussion about how these technologies will continue to shape contemporary art practice.

NYEAF is produced by Harvestworks, an international digital media arts center with over 30 years of experience helping artists to get “inside the electronics” and to develop a hands-on, experimental and explorative approach to making art with technology.


Founded in 1977, Harvestworks offers an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media. Harvestworks helps the community at large to understand, assimilate, and make creative use of new and evolving technologies. Harvestworks creates a context for the appreciation of new work, advances both the art community and the public’s agenda for the use of technology in art, and brings together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts by fostering collaborations across electronic media.

For more information about this partner: harvestworks.org