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The result of Neely and Nathanson’s work was a remarkable four-hour composition that seemed to narrate our journey across the intercity landscape. - Big Red and Shiny

 

Fan Letters is an audiovisual collaboration between musician Dylan Neely and multimedia Alex Nathanson. Their work combines sound, video, and handmade electronic instruments into playful and thought-provoking interactive multimedia performances. Shows oscillate between noise and chamber music, from experimental cinema to Saturday morning cartoons, and political negotiations to schoolyard games. Their work has been described as “that secret alchemical intersection between music performance, video games, good art, digital animation, multiple screens, and tech,” and as “difficult to describe.”


Based in NY, Fan Letters has played in squats, DIY spaces, museums, and concert halls throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Notable performances of their work have occurred at the Museum of the Moving Image, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Silent Barn, and Flux Factory; their work has been presented by MATA Interval and Queens New Music Festival, and supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Past collaborators include steel pan player Kendall Williams and turntablist Maria Chavez. Most recently, they were awarded a residency at The Watermill Center, to develop their upcoming opera, titled Autocomplete.


Alex Nathanson is an artist, curator, and educator whose work spans electronics, video, sound, and performance. In addition to Fan Letters, his collaborators include Kid Millions, Carina Kaufman, Will Owen, Kendall Williams and others. His artwork has been featured at Anthology Film Archives (New York, USA), PS122 Gallery (New York, USA), and the Art Prospect Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia). He was one of the long-term artists in residence at Flux Factory, in Queens, NY from 2012 to 2016. As an educator, he works with students as young as 7 to graduate students and working professionals, teaching skills related to sound, light, mechanics, and electronics through creative projects. He spends the rest of his time, engaging with a variety of community building and collective living projects. He has been hyperbolically described as a, "video effects guru," and poorly described as, "difficult to describe."


Dylan Neely is a composer and sound artist whose projects include film and theater scoring, interactive audiovisual performance, opera, and installation. A Fulbright Fellow, Dylan has participated in residencies/programs through The Watermill Center, SiMN, The New York Youth Symphony, Flux Factory, mpa-B, and highSCORE, with performances at venues including Symphony Space, The Museum of the Moving Image, Issue Project Room, Lincoln Center Film Society, The Stone, MoMA PS1, and La MaMa. His music has been played by groups including Mills Contemporary Performance Ensemble, Ensemble Móbile, The American Composers' Orchestra, and The Salome Chamber Orchestra. He received a B.A. from Bard College at Simon's Rock and M.F.A. from Mills College. He's based in Brooklyn, NY, where he creates sound for Fan Letters and works in film music.

 

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alex@alexnathanson.com | dylanneely@gmail.com

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Press

2017 "Ridgewood Radio: Electricityscape, July 5th" WFMU, https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/73474
   
2016 "Space Jams: Episode 2," WMPG90.9FM, http://www.wmpg.org/show/spacejams/
   
  "An Art Show on Wheels Highlights Fears of Displacement," Big Red and Shiny, http://bigredandshiny.org/24778/an-art-show-on-wheels-highlights-fears-of-displacement/
   
  "Artists Pay Tribute to No-Frills Chinatown Bus, Discomforts and All," NPR Morning Edition, http://www.npr.org/2016/03/29/472232857/defunct-chinatown-bus-line-celebrated-by-performers-ex-riders
   
  "When Art Imitates Life on a Chinatown Bus," Next City, https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/art-exhibit-new-york-chinatown-bus
   
2015 "Fan Letters Feature," Show Spark, http://showspark.co/fan-letters-feature/
   
  "Legende DIY Performance," Kunsten, http://www.kunsten.nu
   
  "Pick of the week," The Wire, http://www.thewire.co.uk
   
  "Experimental Sound at the Museum of the Moving Image," Omni Reboot, www.omnireboot.com
   
  "This Week's Must-see Art Events," Art F City, www.artfcity.com
   
  "Experimental Sound, Dance, And Video Comes To Museum of The Moving Image Saturday March 7th," We Heart Astoria, www.weheartastoria.com
   
2013 "Off Beat: Deep-six the deep freeze with 'Thaw' and more," Portland Press Herald, www.pressherald.com
   
  "Moving performances at SPACE," Portland Phoenix, portland.thephoenix.com