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Installation Performances, Night One

Soon/ Now/ Gone
Mary McCool and Carolyn Gennari. 6–6:30 p.m. / 7–7:30 p.m. / 8–8:30 p.m. / 9–9:30 p.m.


Aspect 281
BEEP, directed by Adam Vidiksis. 6:30–7 p.m. / 8:30–9 p.m.

Thomas Kraines (cello) and Kinan Abou-afach (cello and oud), playing music by Kinan Abou-afach and others. 7:30–8 p.m.


Moon Viewing Platform
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society. 6:37 (sunset)–9 p.m.


Thomas Kraines & Kinan Abou-afach
Thomas Kraines is the cellist of the Daedalus Quartet, familiar to fans of classical and contemporary music in Philadelphia. Kraines is joined by the Syrian-born cellist and composer Kinan Abou-afach to play original compositions by Abou-Afach, who explores contemporary classical and Arabic music styles. Abou-afach is a Pew Fellow and has been widely recognized for his music. This is the world premiere performance by these extraordinarily talented musicians.

BEEP (Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project), directed by Adam Vidiksis
Founded in 2013 by Adam Vidiksis at Temple University, BEEP embraces a variety of aesthetics and styles, from EDM to the avant-garde. They function in varied forms: from a laptop orchestra, to fusion of computers and traditional instruments, to an electronic music band. BEEP uses the laptop orchestra model, an ensemble of computer-based meta-instruments, as but one of many possible modes of music making using computers and other electronics.

For their performances at Aspect 281, Vidiksis and BEEP are creating special compositions that relate to railroad communications systems, which anticipate the computer-based communication systems we use today. They will use some of the same source material as artists Carolyn Healy & John JH Phillips have used to create Aspect 281.

Mary McCool
Acting as a docent and subtle provocateur to those experiencing the Soon/ Now/ Gone audio-visual installation, Mary McCool shares facts, stories, and asks questions to help visitors uncover the history of the very spot on which they are standing. McCool is a writer, actor, and comedian, and professional Philadelphia history nerd. She’s performed on Philadelphia stages since 1998, as well as Off-Broadway and regional theaters, and on national and international tours as a frequent collaborator with Pig Iron Theatre Company and cofounder of New Paradise Laboratories (NPL). Favorite projects include Planetary Enzyme Blues with NPL, Swamp Is On with Pig Iron and the rock band Dr. Dog, and the English-language premiere of Vaclav Havel’s final play, Leaving, at the Wilma Theater. In 2019, you’ll find McCool out of character performing standup, or hosting Big Mystery Game Show Jawn as the big, anonymous creature from THIS INFO WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Peruse her work online at

Carolyn Gennari
Carolyn Gennari will present an immersive magic lantern performance that explores the temporal and perceptual landscape of the Rail Park site. The performance will run in 10-minute intervals and include a set of original glass slides. Gennari is an interdisciplinary artist working across video, performance, photography, and sculpture. Using the archive as source material, her creative practice is heavily research-based and explores how performance and storytelling can generate new ways of thinking about the past. Often beginning her projects within archives and museums, Gennari traces objects back to present-day communities, sites, and events, positioning the archive as an active site in which to consider history and its relationship to the contemporaneous. In her work, it is no longer important that dominant historical narratives be portrayed as much as the interpretation of those narratives spun from a process of fragmentation, imitation, and re-imagination. Gennari received her MFA from Stamps School of Art & Design in 2017 and her MA certificate in Museum Studies in 2018 from the University of Michigan. She lives and works in Central Falls, RI.

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
In rare octet formation, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society will share an infinite session as our dot on the planet turns away from the sun, and guide us as we begin our search for moonbeams.