Fad Gadget/Frank Tovey tribute in New York – March 2012

February 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Europe had it’s 2 Days Of Mute and now New York City will have FGFt, a three-part project series in homage to Frank Tovey – founder of the 1970s/1980s British electronic group Fad Gadget. FGFt will mark the 10 year anniversary of the pioneer’s death. Fad Gadget was Mute’s first signing in 1979, and an enormous influence on a whole host of electronic artists. Summoning a diverse group of artists and musicians who have been both directly and indirectly influenced by Tovey, the series will take place from March 1st through to April 8th, 2012 featuring a group exhibition, live music performances, and a film screening. All events are free and open to the public.

  • March 1st – Group Exhibition Opening – envoy enterprises
  • March 3rd – Live Performances – Dixon Place
  • March 10th – “Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey” film screening – Anthology Film Archives

FGFt was inspired in 2010 by the film “Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey”, a documentary produced by the Frank Tovey Estate and Mute, and directed by Frank’s son, Morgan Tovey Frost.

The group exhibition, on view at envoy enterprises from March 1st through April 8th, will feature new work inspired by Frank Tovey and specifically made for FGFt, including works by Olaf Breuning, Kelsey Henderson, Erika Keck, Robert Knoke, Terence Koh, Alex Rose, Desi Santiago, Matt Sims, Liz Wendelbo, Granth Worth, Una Szeemann, and Fischerspooner.

The opening reception is on March 1st from 6-8pm. On March 3 at 10:30pm, Xeno & Oaklander and Ike Yard will each give live performances at Dixon Place as part of the music program. Additionally, “Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey” will make it’s US premiere at Anthology Film Archives on March 10th at 8:00pm, alongside short films from artists in the exhibition.

Here’s the complete list of participating artist: Matthew Sims, Martynka Wawrzyniak, Erik Hanson, Slava Mogutin, Una Szeemann, Olaf Breuning, Stephanie Snider, David Flinn, Kelsey Henderson, Grant Worth, Nathan Cash Davidson, Alex Rose, Liz Wendelbo, Brian Kenny, Terence Koh, Nick Cash, Gail Stoicheff, Desi Santiago, Robert Knoke, Erika Keck, Micky Pellerano, Thomas Dozol, Conrad Ventur, Edwin Pouncey, Lovett/Codagnone, Fischerspooner, Morgan Tovey Frost, Xeno & Oaklander, Ike Yard.

Mute was founded by Daniel Miller in 1978, and since then has signed and developed some of the world’s most influential recording artists – including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Goldfrapp and Erasure – and become home to a crop of emerging talent and recent signings including Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, Apparat and S.C.U.M. Whilst maintaining a firmly eclectic roster, from the earliest days of The Normal, Fad Gadget and DAF through to the techno era with artists such as Plastikman / Richie Hawtin and Speedy J, and to the present day artists such as Yeasayer, Josh T. Pearson and Liars. Mute also looks after a catalogue of artists such as Can, Cabaret Voltaire, and The Residents.

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