Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Smash it Dead Fest


March 25, 2012 - Krystina Krystiak performs with her hardcore band Curmudgeon at Smash it Dead Fest on Sunday at the Democracy Center on 45 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, Mass. Krystiak is also a member of the collective responsible for the planning of the punk-centric music festival. The three day music festival raised over four thousand dollars for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. The festival included workshops on consent, male privilege and supporting survivors of sexual assult in addition to musical performances by over 20 bands. "Issues like sexual assault affect mainstream society but they also affect our community. We're trying to raise awareness about these issues within out community," Krystiak said. Photo by Ali Donohue.




March 24, 2012 - Smash it Dead Fest zines can be seen at the front table at Smash it Dead Fest, a three day punk-centric music festival aimed to raise awareness about sexual assault while raising money for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Smash it Dead Fest raised over four thousand dollars for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. The festival included workshops on consent, male privilege and supporting survivors of sexual assault in addition to musical performances by over 20 bands. The self-published booklets provided patrons of the event with band lineup, places to eat and information about the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.



March 25, 2012 - Michelle Northam of the DC-based hardcore band Sick Fix performs at Smash it Dead Fest Sunday evening at the Democracy Center on 45 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge Mass., a music festival which aimed to raise awareness about sexual assault while raising money for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Fans of the band react to the performance. Photo by Ali Donohue.


March 24, 2012 - Jake Bison and Joe Inman host a workshop on male privilege at Smash it Dead Fest on Saturday at the Democracy Center on 45 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge Mass. The presenters used shadow puppets to act out scenarios involving male privilege such as men dominating conversations and making assumptions about women at concerts. Smash it Dead Fest is a three day punk-centric music festival aimed to raise awareness about sexual assault while raising money for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Smash it Dead Fest raised over four thousand dollars for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. In addition to the workshop on male privilege the festival included workshops on consent and supporting survivors of sexual assault. Photo by Ali Donohue.


March 25, 2012 - Michelle Northam of the DC-based hardcore band Sick Fix performs at Smash it Dead Fest Sunday evening at the Democracy Center on 45 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge Mass., a music festival which aimed to raise awareness about sexual assault while raising money for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Fans of the band react to the performance. Photo by Ali Donohue.


March 25, 2012 - Jessica La Hood performs with her Brooklyn-based hardcore band Death First during Smash it Dead Fest on Sunday at the Democracy Center on 45 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge Mass., a music festival which aimed to raise awareness about sexual assault while raising money for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Iron Pour


March 15, 2012 - Artists prep molten iron for an iron pour performance featuring Denver-based sculpture and performance artist Matthew Toole at the University of Colorado Denver, located at the Arts Building Loading Docks on Curtis Street in Denver, CO. Though many artists and students are involved in the pour, Toole orchestrates and conducts the event. Toole "presents a visual evolution of creation through destruction," according to the University's Art Department. Photo by Ali Donohue.


March 15, 2012 - A member of Denver-based performance and sculpture artist Matthew Toole's team prepares iron to be poured into a mold on Thursday at the University of Colorado Denver. Part of Toole's iron pouring apparatus can be seen on the left. The iron pour performance was organized by the Visual Arts Department at the University of Colorado Denver. The iron pour was the final of several events involving Matthew Toole that week including a lecture and free workshop on bonded sand molds. Photo by Ali Donohue.



March 15, 2012 - A member of Denver-based sculpture and performance artist Matthew Toole's team watches as an apparatus pours molten iron into a cast made of sandstone and wood at the College of Arts and Media Loading Dock on Curtis Street in Denver, CO. The wood from the cast burns and sparks fly when the cast comes in contact with the molten iron. When the wood fully burns away the sandstone can be removed to reveal a sculpture. Matthew Toole was invited by the university's Visual Arts Department to perform an iron pour, during which music played over speakers as audience members watched the performance. Photo by Ali Donohue.



March 15, 2012 - Denver-based sculpture and performance artist Matthew Toole preps iron to be poured at an iron pour performance on Thursday at the University of Colorado, Denver. Toole was invited by the Colorado University Denver Visual Arts Department. Toole hosted several events on the campus prior to the iron pour such as a free workshop on how to make a sand mold on March 13 and a lecture on March 14. Toole created a special apparatus for iron pour performances which he can be seen prepping above. The artist travels the country with his apparatus and performs iron pours for audiences. Photo by Ali Donohue.

March 15, 2012 - Sparks fly as molten iron is poured into a cast made of wood and sandstone at an iron pour performance featuring Denver-based performance and sculpture artist Matthew Toole at the University of Colorado Denver. "The sparks flew really close to the crowd," Sarah Berg, a University of Colorado graduate student said. "The sparks burned out before reaching the crowd but that didn't stop people from jumping back in fear." Photo by Ali Donohue.

March 15, 2012 - Denver-based sculpture and performance artist Matthew Toole can be seen on the left at an iron pour event hosted by the University of Colorado Denver on Thursday. Matthew Toole's iron pouring apparatus can be seen in the center as artists and students prepare iron in the background. The apparatus is Toole's creation and he uses it to do performance based iron events around the country. Toole was invited by the Visual Arts Department at the university to host several events including the iron pour performance, a workshop on how to make sand molds and a lecture on his work. Photo by Ali Donohue.












Monday, March 5, 2012

Allston's Underground Music Scene



March 4, 2012 - A crowd gathers around a makeshift stage area in a warehouse in Allston, Mass. on a Sunday evening for a do-it-youself concert. Allston has a rich history when it comes to underground music and underground show spaces with shows often taking place in unconventional places like warehouses and basements. The door to the warehouse space can be seen on the left is adorned with a flier for an upcoming show at a different underground venue. Photo by Ali Donohue.


March 4, 2012 - Pat Breen, right, shoots a video of the band Luau playing Sunday night in a warehouse space in Allston, Mass. Breen is the founder of Garbage Town Productions, a local video production group that focuses on documentary work and music videos. The group has been shooting a series of Sunday concerts at this particular venue in hopes of creating a video series of live videos showcasing what happens in this particular warehouse space. "I lit the space up so that I could have more control of how the video would look. I got tired of going to shows and trying to shoot video in low lights. Plus I think the lights make it easier for the crowd to see what is happening," said Breen. Photo by Ali Donohue.


March 4, 2012 - Matt Shearer, singer and guitarist of the band Battle Cries, performs at an Allston, Mass. warehouse space on Sunday night. Shearer has been involved with music for years and has performed with a number of bands, mostly in underground music spaces like warehouses and basements. During the day Shearer works at the Greater Boston Media Group as an on air producer. Photo by Ali Donohue.



March 4, 2012 - Jay Brown of Brighton, Mass. drinks a beer while watching a concert in an underground music venue on Sunday night. Do-it-yourself and underground music venues typically do not have legitimate staff and security like bars or other legal venues in the city. Patrons of these underground show spaces typically BYOB to these events. Photo by Ali Donohue.



March 4, 2012 - The makeshift stage area can be seen in this warehouse music space after a concert on Sunday evening. This warehouse space in Allston, Mass. hosts underground concerts and also serves as a practice space for several different bands when not hosting shows. The space tries to limit the numbers of concerts they do a month in order since noise complaints can lead to police showing up. The longevity of do-it-yourself and underground music spaces relies on their ability to remain under the radar. Photo by Ali Donohue.