Monday, June 18, 2012

Kick Off Your AthFest with Monterey Pop

The Monterey Pop Festival took place 45 years ago this week on June 17-19, 1967, inventing the rock festival, kicking off the Summer of Love, and generally blowing the minds of an entire generation.  This week's Athens rock festival known as AthFest is part of this proud tradition, which was first documented by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker.   His film "Monterey Pop" is widely acknowledged to be the best rock documentary ever and the originator of the form that continues today.

In honor of AthFest, 6X6 is collaborating with Ciné to present this hallmark of counterculture at a special event on Wednesday, June 20th at 7:30 in the theater, free with an AthFest wristband or a reduced admission price of only $5.00.  Come immerse yourself in the moment when everything changed, including the introduction of Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding.

In addition to the usual 6X6 and Ciné fun (drinks, popcorn, door prizes) we are privileged to have esteemed speaker JoE Silva from the WUGA radio show Just off the Radar to help us understand why this movie is so special.  Come early and stay late...other AthFest FilmFest events follow in the lab and the theatre, including a showing of A Fighting Chance.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

6X6 Mazurka and the Best Song Ever: Wednesday April 4th

Waiting for the Piano Lesson

Set your metronomes: part 1 of the non-awaited and rapidly created 6X6 movie production "Mazurka," will be shown this week on Wednesday, April 4th at 8:30 PM in the Ciné Lab. The story of two siblings, their quests for love and serenity, and the best song ever, this production features a cast of Athens characters near and dear to us all, including Darin Beasley, Jim Willingham, Christina Cotter, Mike Landers, and many more musicians and music lovers. Your video responses to the Mazurka call will also be featured along with the usual ridiculousness. As always, fast, fun, and free -- please note that we will be starting later than usual, allowing you more time to practice.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

6X6 Call for Submissions: Mazurka

We are quietly pleased to announce the impending birth of the 6X6 movie production "Mazurka," the story of two siblings, their quests for love and serenity, and the best song ever. As always, 6X6 seeks to co-parent with the world, so we are also announcing a call for submissions for possible use in the movie, as well as in the associated 6X6 Mazurka event on April 4, 2012. We seek submissions in three categories:

* The Best Song (or Record) Ever: 30 second video about your choice for best song or record ever

* Piano Lesson: 30 second video about learning to play the piano

* Mazurka: media art responses to the Chopin Mazurka Op. 68, No. 2 (

Deadline: March 31, 2012
Submission Details and Entry Form
Fast, fun, and free: submit to 6X6 today!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ayers Occupies Ciné

The next chapter of 6X6 partners with the Ciné gallery to present the work of photographer Jeremy Ayers and his vibrant, textured, and topical images of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A natural extension of his daily practice of chronicling the streets and strangers of NYC with his camera and unique visual sensibility, Ayers was ideally positioned to dive into the populist occupation and outcry back in its inception in the early autumn 2011, becoming an ally to and photographer of the movement through the publication Occupy!, a semi-regular, forty-page broadsheet newspaper produced by n+1, the acclaimed print magazine of politics, literature, and culture.

Ayers will share slides and talk about the Occupy movement and his images on Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00 pm as a closing event for his exhibit, currently on view in the Ciné gallery. Plan to come and get a taste of what the wide world is doing out there in the big streets of the city, through the eyes of Athens' original hybrid talent, style icon, and gentle spirit.

More about the artist:
Jeremy Ayers is a writer/photographer/yoga teacher who lives and works in Athens, GA and New York City, NY. His work can be seen online at and in his books Aeronautica and Today in New York. His new book featuring his Occupy Wall Street photographs will be available in March 2012.

Friday, January 20, 2012

6X6 Kicks Off 2012 with Kai Riedl January 31

Music and Collaboration: Two Most Important Things To Kai Riedl
Photo by Jeremy Ayres

Get ready for the first 6X6 Media Arts Event of 2012, featuring the innovative musical collaborationist Kai Riedl. He will be sharing music from his latest collaborative project with Electrophoria and the premiere of his new generative audiovisual work. Additional video projections will feature the work of Nick Gould, Ken Henslee, Lauren Fancher, and Lisbon artist Jan Van Bruggen. Hai thee to see Kai et al at the Ciné Lab on Tuesday, January 31, 7-8 pm. As always, fast, fun, and free....

*******About the Featured Artist for the January 31 Event********

Kai Riedl is a musical collaborationist who seeks new approaches to cultural diplomacy through art, embracing geographic and creative constraints while connecting audiences and performers through electronic media.

Riedl's pioneering abstract rock music group Macha gained international acclaim for its stylized multiculturalism, which integrated Indonesian music styles and instruments. Riedl appears on many recordings by Athens bands, including the "supergroup" Tuatara (with members of R.E.M and the famed poet Coleman Barks). He also coordinates visits and performs with a variety of international musicians -- including distinguished artists from India and Indonesia -- at the University of Georgia.

Riedl recorded and produced Javasounds, a twelve-volume series of traditional Indonesian music, over the course of six years and multiple trips to western and central Java, Indonesia. This monumental work became the basis for "Our New Silence," through which Riedl and a collection of diverse local musicians built upon portions of the multi-track recordings to produce new works.

Riedl has received two research grants from the Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia, as well as a Project Development Grant from Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts.

See and hear more about Riedl's recent and upcoming music with his project Electrophoria at Mazarine Records.