New Uploads to the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Visibility Project

Just posted lots of new images to the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Visibility Project from my latest dig into the amazing Mary Hallock Greenewalt archive at Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Lots of interesting things this time, including Mary’s proposed nomenclature for light color play scoring, her patent dispute with Thomas Wilfred, her research on earlier color organs and rheostats, and more. So I’ll break things down into a few different posts on the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Facebook page. As always, you can find everything in the Visibility Project indexed by tag.

Or peek at all the new uploads together here and here.

Meanwhile, for starters..


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Video from Broad show and other news…

I’ve been especially sporadic about posting lately, but busy, I promise! Here’s video of the performance I did with Arshia Haq at the Broad Museum in August. I performed using my PIGS video drums system — this time working with YouTube videos from South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East to improvise visuals with Arshia’s musical narrative.

Postcards from the Disorient: Amy Alexander & Arshia Haq from Amy Alexander on Vimeo.

More PIGS-related activity brewing for the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, I’m busy at UCSD teaching a graduate seminar in expanded cinema, an undergrad senior projects seminar, serving as ICAM / Speculative Design area head, and on the gallery committee for Gallery @ Calit2.

More soon!

Collaboration with Arshia Haq at Montalvo Arts Center July 21

Jazzed to be collaborating with Arshia Fatima Haq​ for the “Now Hear This” show at Montalvo Arts Center on July 21st. Unfortunately I can’t be there in person, but I’ve recorded some custom PIGS visuals for Arshia’s performance.

Wish I could be there in person, as this should be a really cool event! But fortunately I’ll be performing live with Arshia at the “Summer Happenings at the Broad” event at the Broad in LA in August.

New Mary Hallock Greenewalt documents and postings

I’ve made some new additions to the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Visibility Project.
If you’d like more details, I’m posting about them on the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Facebook Page.

The most recent batch of uploads from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania includes a number of documents on Mary’s political involvements
(related to women’s suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, and other topics), as well as a number of texts of and notes from lectures she gave — mainly to the Illuminating Engineers Society of Philadelphia in the early 1920’s. The lecture texts are illuminating (pun intended) because she discusses her involvements in developing rheostats. (Mary did not “invent the rheostat,” but she did develop a specific type of rheostat that could be used for dimming lights in equal increments — important for her expressive color organ work.)

You can search the index of the Visibility Project images for tags like “rheostat” and “lecture” to find full lecture texts with more details.


Lecture Notes, March 1922.

PIGS at NIME in Brisbane!

The amazing Curt Miller and I will be heading for Brisbane in early July to perform at NIME 2016 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression.) Despite my terrible photos, it’s PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) 2.0! Curt will be performing his amazing Talk Box Clarinet (TBC), and I’ll be performing real-time visuals with my Not-Quite-Silent Video Drumset Featuring Drink Coasters and Hand Waving. (NQSVDFDCHW.) OMG!