Tracy & the Plastics

Tracy & the Plastics

October 13, 2004 8:00 PM - 11:00 AM

LOCATION: WEST HALL AUDITORIUM 110 8th Street Troy, NY (corner of 8th and Federal) For more information, call (518) 276-4778 (For disability services for this event, including wheelchair access to West Hall, please call 276-2746 for information and assistance.) Tracy and the Plastics is a fun, low-fi, art punk band, consisting of Tracy, Nikki, and Cola. All three are alter egos of Wynne Greenwood, who assumes the role of bandleader Tracy; Nikki and Cola are present only as video projections. The electronic keyboard and drum-machine music is complemented by the offbeat interactions between Tracy and her virtual band members. Part grunge rock, part video installation, and part one-woman play, Tracy and the Plastics explore and question the role of interactivity, subjectivity and false dichotomies between fact and fiction in pop culture. Visit www.TracyandthePlastics.com for more information. Planet Out profile: www.planetout.com/entertainment/music/buzzworthy/article.html? sernum=785 Planet Out interview: www.planetout.com/entertainment/music/buzzworthy/article.html? sernum=776 Planet Out slideshow: www.planetout.com/content/slideshow/splash.html? coll=324&order=1&navpath=/entertainment/music/buzzworthy Tracy and the Plastics downloadable mp3s: www.planetout.com/richmedia/mp3/buzzworthy/ Tracy_and_the_Plastics_-_City.mp3 www.planetout.com/richmedia/mp3/buzzworthy/ Tracy_and_the_Plastics_-_Henrietta.mp3 Venuszine interview: venuszine.com/stories/music_interviews/864 Articles by Wynne Greenwood: www.tracyandtheplastics.com/writing/pausethat.htm www.tracyandtheplastics.com/writing/videoair.htm Women in new media and digital technology: www.digitaleve.org/ Article on art and feminism by Katy Deepwell: web.ukonline.co.uk/n.paradoxa/arco1.htm Links: grrrlzines.net/resources/feminism.htm Review of Tracy & The Plastics at Harvard: www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2003/12.11/15-plastic.html Arizona Wildcat preview: wildcat.arizona.edu/papers/97/130/text/04_3.html New Orleans Gambit magazine preview: www.bestofneworleans.com/dispatch/2004-04-06/ae_feat.html Preview in the Las Vegas Weekly: www.sfbg.com/38/29/art_music_three.html TMU 127 TRACY AND THE PLASTICS "Culture for Pigeon" LP+DVD/CD+DVD TRACY AND THE PLASTICS finally release a new record after almost two years. This special release is being released in both vinyl and CD format, with a BONUS DVD containing two original full length films designed to be played along with the record. Don't worry, the vinyl will come with a DVD as well. TRACY AND THE PLASTICS is an electronic art/new media punk band conceived and performed by Lesbian Feminist video artist Wynne Greenwood (originally from Washington State). Greenwood started the band in 1999, while running an underground moviehouse called 'The Murdra', dedicated to showing independent films and videos by Women and Queers. The music on this record is a combination of a stumbling fury of sampled drums, insistent bass loops, and weary keyboard melodies. Drum sounds sampled from Rachel Carns (KING COBRA, THE NEED), bass grooves and beats with JD Samson (LE TIGRE), and vocals recorded at Studio G by Joel Hamilton and Tony Maimone of PERE UBU. The DVD released with Culture for Pigeon includes two videos by Greenwood. TRACY AND THE PLASTICS has performed as part of the 2004 Whitney Biennial and Greenwood will complete her MFA from Bard College this summer. TRACY AND THE PLASTICS has performed at and been presented in venues all over the country including Harvard University, LTTR (the radical feminist art journal), CCA in Detroit, and Ocularis in Brooklyn. Available from www.troublemanunlimited.com From NY Rock & Roll Confidential, November 16, 20001, by Jeanne Fury: "Tracy and the Plastics are the incarnation of electro-punk daydreams. Tracy could be the girl who didn't pay shit attention in any of her classes, but instead stared out the window, plotting a creative revolution. Warhol would've loved her. Tracy, a.k.a. Wynne Greenwood, is the singer/programmer. And the Plastics ­ Nikki and Cola ­ well, they come alive on a movie screen behind her. (Tracy plays the pre-recorded parts of the Plastics.) Tracy sings over rapid-fire beats, and dances like a half-hearted Jazzercise aficionado. Between songs, the hilarious, bizarre dialogue of the, um, band coupled with images of the Plastics staring blankly out at you make you feel gloriously uncomfortable. It was like having a staring contest and knowing you were going to lose, but you played anyway because it's fun. Tracy and the Plastics' secret weapon is your funny bone. You're laughing at the weirdness, then you realize that you're part of the weirdness, and the music is heightening everybody's excitement. The absurd, banal conversations and pictures of the band run headfirst into throbbing music, and you're caught somewhere in the wreck." www.nyrock.com/conf/fury16.asp
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