(Film still, Matin Zad)
Oct. 22 to Nov. 4 2016
in collaboration w/
Various Projects, Inc.
38 Orchard Street
_ GLASSER took residence at the downtown Project No. 8 space, doing a series of performative exhibitions entitled Vestige _ showcasing songs from her album she was currently working on Ruins.
Ashley Helvey, Eleonore Oppenheim, Robbie Lee, Marisa Competello, Matin Zad, Russell Greenberg, Dimes, Eva Salina, Roula Nassar
_ VESTIGE is a speculative exercise to explore new undefined and transitive formats. We all consume culture and value things that we know won’t last. Our collaborative aspiration is to create an instant platform of cultural production where the process of creation is the crucial outcome and where ephemerality is the most valued.
A Performance opened the residency on October 22 where the audience was invited to an immersive set. Other performances with special contributors followed on October 28 and November 4.
While working and composing at the space, Glasser performed as well impromptu sets to an audience of passers by in the street _ adding a new musicality to the urban soundscape.
︎ film by Matin Zad
October 28 and November 4 (9.30pm)
From October 31 to November 4 (daytime)
Glasser is the ethereal electronic project of Cameron Mesirow, a Los Angeles native surrounded by classic and more challenging music since birth. Mesirow's father is a member of the Blue Man Group, while her mother played with Human Sexual Response in the '70s and '80s. She grew up listening to Motown and new wave, but in her teens she discovered punk, grunge, and ska. By the time she was in her twenties, Mesirow felt ready to make her own music and, inspired by a vision she had of a figure hovering over water, her nom de musique became Glasser. She crafted GarageBand demos that pitted her delicate, swooping vocals over spare electronic rhythms and circular melodies that evoked avant-garde music and global folk at the same time. These tracks made their way to the labels True Panther and Young Turks, which released the Apply EP in 2009 and the Tremel single in 2010. Glasser toured with the xx and Sigur Rós' Jónsi with a rotating cast of supporting players, including producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid, who worked with her on her debut album, Ring (so named for its flowing structure), which arrived in September 2010. Re-teaming with Rivers, Mesirow continued her focus on the emotional and physical aspects of structures with her 2013 album, Interiors, which was inspired by her move to New York and Rem Koolhaas' book Delirious New York, among other influences. ~ Heather Phares.