ALEXANDER HAHN

electronic media artist

VIGNETTES

Short, epistolary videos created for social media from 2008 to present

(List in progress)

2020 - A Space Swept Clean

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York

Aug 20, 2020


2020 - A space swept clean to the tune of Daisy Bell. Composed by Harry Dacre in 1892, this version was sung in 1961 by the IBM 7094, the first computer to sing. Daisy Bell is also the swan song of Hal 9000 in Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey.

Evenrain

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York

Jul 22, 2020


Evenrain, to the tune of Rossini's William Tell Overture part 2 The Storm, played by the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, recorded in 1915.

Walk on Allen Street

Allen Street, New York

Jul 19, 2020


A warped timeline of US immigration acts

Fay - A Tropical Storm

Lower East Side to China Town, New York

Jul 11, 2020


On my way to the studio during the storm - a dramatization ...

Boogie Woogie Upstairs by "Cake" Wichard, recorded in 1949.


Plein-air

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York

Jul 04, 2020


Someday I may find a trail that leads me to the land where dreams come true. Painting pretty pictures of tomorrow, that is all I do ...

Robert Olsen, tenor, recorded in 1928

Hymn to the Night

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York

Jul 03, 2020


Henry Wadsworth's poem read by Donald Crisp, 

published Dec 12, 1945



Sporting Life - with Eileen Fowler

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York

Jun 30, 2020



What Have You to Show for Picking?

Chrystie Street, New York 

Jun 29, 2020


Music from Edward R. Murrow's 1960 Harvest of Shame, a documentary about the plight of migrant workers.

Essential Industries & Workers - the Painter

Bowery & Grand Street, New York

Apr 17, 2020


Artist, painter & owner of an automobile

Essential Industries and Workers III

Chrystie & Delancey Street, New York, 

Apr 16, 2020


Men in hazmat suits.

Continuous traffic noise from an undated shellac recording.


The Sporting Life

Sara Delano Roosevelt Park

New York

May 02, 2020


Raid on the Park

Sara Delano Roosevelt Park

New York

Apr 01, 2020


1953 shellac recording by Jimmy Coe & his Gay Cats of Rhythm

Visions dans la Fumée - Visions of Smoke

Sara Delano Roosevelt Park

New York

Mar 27, 2020, 16:40 & 19:00


View from my studio.

Visions dans la Fumée  sung by soprano Lucienne Boyer & Orchestra, published 1930.

Sunday in the Park

Sara Delano Roosevelt Park

New York

Mar 22, 2020, 16:40


Once upon a time in the East …

Eternal Public

Sara Delano Roosevelt Park

New York

Mar 20, 2020, 16:39 & 18:36


Various exercises in social distancing, seen from my atelier window .

Eternal Secret, the score, performed by the Victor Salon Orchestra, published 1925-03-18.

Erosion

40°50'36"N 0°39'14"E 268m

Spain

 Jan 01, 2020, 20:43 PM


The swift erosion of a crater through human intervention

2020

40°50'36"N 0°39'14"E 268m

Spain

 Dec 31, 2019


Social Media post of 2020 wishes, shot with a Dobby drone.

Score William Tell Overture - part 2, by G. Rossini, performed by Sodero's Band, recording date 1917

2020 - Blooper

40°50'36"N 0°39'14"E 268m

Spain

 Dec 30, 2019


My venerable Dobby cam crashed, was then salvaged from the depths of the cistern on Dec 30 ... flew and shot the 2020 wishes video the next day ...

Aïoli

Velvet Hotel 1928, 8 Gawad Housny, Al Fawalah, 

Cairo, Egypt.

 Sept 11, 2019, 10:43 AM


Emmy Destinn sings, rec. Feb 25, 1914

Noon Dance

Rapperswil, 2019


Noon dance to a theme by Max Goberman

An Autocrat’s Deposition?

New York, 2019

Apparent sign of the imminent deposition of an autocrat - just a trick of the eye …


Alma Gluck sings "L'Heure Exquise" while Boris Stanfield reminisces about Lenin

Dave Apollon & His Orchestra Play Zigiunerweisen

New York, 2019


Dave Apollon & his Orchestra play Zigiunerweisen - a medley. July 18, 2018, Allen & Stanton Street, New York

Aquatic Life - Oh Dry Those Tears

Rapperswil & New York

May 25 & Jun 01, 2019


Arthur Pryor, trombone, 1907-08

Raising the American Flag

New York, 2019


Raising the American Flag - the 1969 landing on the Moon repurposed

And Prof. D. Wormser Plays the Zither …

Ludlow Street, New York

May 05, 2019


A home-made case of time travel.

Instrument of Darkness - a study

Ludlow Street, New York

May 05, 2019


The instruments of darkness tell us truths.

William Shakespeare, 'Macbeth' (1606), act 1, scene 3, l. 123

Vicissitudes of Sanctitude

East 5th Street, New York

Jul 2018 


Sighted in the backyard garden of Swiss actress Linda Geiser;

the soundtrack In the silence of the morning sunrise by Agitation Free.of SanctitudeNew York, 2019

Matrix :: Re-loaded

2nd Ave, 14th Street | New York, 2017 


Matrix :: re-loaded - intermittent signage

The Albizia Julibrissin :: Ever Beautiful

Ludlow Street | New York

July 07, 2017

Snodust

Ludlow Street, New York

Nov 11, 2016

1971 Wimbleton Finals - 2016 replay

New York, 2016


Smarter Way to 2015

Bus 31, Zurich

Dec  31 2015



Smartphones, a new study finds, are forcing us to use our thumbs to convey season's greetings in novel ways and reshaping the way our brains respond to touch.

Helvetic Idyl #01

Behind the Swiss Federal Parliament, Bern,

09 13, 2015


Fare Dodger

Swiss train

Jun 05, 2015 

Art Core Hazards

159 Ludlow Street, New York

Oct 09, 2014


A work by Banksy, painted on a car and a truck trailer in the empty lot next to 159 Ludlow …

Albizia Julibrissin - Life Forms

Ludlow Street, New York

Aug 06, 2014

Palimpsest

1st Ave & 1st Street, New York

Dec 07, 2013


Drumming the Bronx

E 138 St and Canal Pl,  Bronx

Sun, Nov 03, 2013


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Seahorse Clouds

Red Square Building

Feb 18, 2013 at 5:02 a.m.


Lower East Side

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The Volatility of Monetary Weight

Orchard Street | NYC

Jul 07,  2013


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Rickshaw | Loop

Jan 03, 2013


Rickshaw driver crossing Mahatma Gandhi Road, New Delhi 

Shadow in Motion | Sketch 2

Dec 25, 2012


Outlined shadow of a ricksha driver on Feroze Gandhi Marg, Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi 


Shadow in Motion | Sketch 1

Dec 25, 2012


Shadow of a ricksha driver on Feroze Gandhi Marg, Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi

On Off Gate - Very Analog

Lodhi Garden, New Delhi , India

Dec 20, 2012

Discrete Steps

Varanasi, India

Nov 25, 2012


Arachnid keeping pace with the digital age.

Silk Seduction

Varanasi, India

Nov 27, 2012 


Road to fleeting happiness under the tutelage of 

a Banaras silk merchant.

The Guard

Benares Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Nov 25, 2012


Before the museum sits a guard. To this guard comes a man from another country who asks to gain entry into the museum…

Sitting in Close Proximity

Assi Ghat, Varanasi, India

Nov 04, 2012

Stand out from the Crowd

Assi Ghat, Varanasi, India

Nov 04, 2012


Stand out from the crowd by an act of charity

Trophic Levels in the Food Chain

Assi Ghat, Varanasi, India

Nov 01, 2012


Trophic levels in the food chain - a look from the terraced roof — at Alice Boner House, Varanasi, India

Video

Storm Brings Hail, Heavy Rain

Ludlow Street | NYC

Jul 18, 2012


While heavy rain and hail pelted the New York City area, briefly halting the Toronto Blue Jays-New York Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium, I caught this more intimate spectacle

And this our Life …

West 4th St subway station, New York

2012


And this our life, exempt from public haunt,

finds tongues in trees, ..

A Spring, a Pool among the Tracks ...

West 4th St subway station, New York

2012


A spring, a pool among the tracks - if there were the sound of water only ...


 The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot




Rat Like End

West 4th St subway station, New York

2012


Let music sound while he doth make his choice;

then, if he lose, he makes a rat-like end, fading in music ...


The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare

180 Ludlow

Ludlow Street, New York

Mar 30, 2012


180 Ludlow Street, New York. Deserted construction site of what is now a boutique hotel.


Roadside Attraction

Dahlgren Place between Verrazano Bridge and 92nd Street

Posted Mar 02, 2012


Shot on Nov 06, 2011 New York City Marathon

Ama Vita

St. Gallen, Switzerland

Jan 10, 2012 


Floral Entanglement & Communication

Ludlow Street, New York

Sept 08, 2012


24 Hrs

Cherry Street, New York

Nov 24, 2011


Pathmark sign, the supermarket shuttered and long since 

razed to be replaced by an 80-story luxury tower.

Aerial Debris

Ludlow Street view, New York


raw footage from May 12, 2007, 

video posted on Nov 17, 2011


Rapperswil Harbor

Aug 12, 2011


Refraction | Reflection

Ludlow Street, New York, 

Jul 13, 2011


View towards Norfolk Street


Stalactite | Stalagmite Formation

Ludlow Street, New York

Jul 08, 2011


Homespun Cosmology

Ludlow Street, New York

2011

NY | Sight | Seeing

Jul 03, 2011


Allen and Grand Street, Chinatown, NYC

Belt Driven Sounds

180 Ludlow Street, New York, 

Jun 05, 2011


Deserted construction site, now the boutique hotel The Ludlow.


Drive-by Shooting Perfect Still

East Fordham Rd | The Bronx, NY, 

around 10am on this rainy April 23, 2011.

Lower East Side Aerial

Ludlow Street, New York

2011


Shot before the advent of readily available drones, it took 8 birthday balloons to lift a spy key chain car camera up in the air,

the wayward craft tethered to a mini portable telescoping fishing pole.



Payless | Homeless

New York

2011


Shuttered Payless Shoes store and environs

Nun’s Habits

1988 | published 2011


Two nuns, Migros Supermarket, old part of Berne.

Polished Floor

Ludlow Street, New York

Mar 23, 2011


The Ludlow Street apartment, just after midnight..


Sisyphus of Grand Central

Grand Central Station, New York

Aug 24, 2011


Fish Tales

Whole Foods | Houston St | NYC

8:20p | Jun 26 2011

Loupe Bumbling Between Flowers

Ludlow fire escape | NYC

Jul 19 2011, 2h42p

Ice Cap Melt

Ave A, 9th St, New York

Jun 10, 2011 


3 of a Perfect Pair

Ludlow Street, New York

May 13, 2011 


3 of a perfect pair at Steve Madden on Ludlow and Rivington Street, New York, May 13 2011.

Huan Yuan - Return to Normal

Shanghai

May 19, 2011 


Loupe Bumbling between Flowers | part 2

Ludlow Street, New York

Jul 19, 2011 


The swift end of the parsley section in the Ludlow Botanical Gardens project, Jul 19, 2011, 5h57 pm

Loupe Bumbling Between Flowers | part 1

Ludlow Street, New York

Jul 19, 2011 


Ludlow Street fire escape pollinator, Jul 19 2011, 2h42p


Mars in Opposition

2nd Ave, 1st St, New York

Aug 30, 2011 


The Mars Bar slated for demolition - a hoax? …

Trading a UV-lit scorpion for 

a peacock moving in circles

Bronx Zoo, New York

Aug 30, 2011 


If the UV-lit scorpion attraction,  …

Wait | Watch

Hohlstrasse | Güterbahnhof, Zurich

Sept 1988, published 2011 


Initially drawn to this shop window because of the flickering red neon lights, an incidental shift in my position revealed

a woman waiting across the street, then a pan and a focal twist changed to a look into my own eye.

Camarles

Camarles, Spain

2010


Village fountain - a natural way to video glitches 

Sno | Part 

Schweipelstrasse, Hinwil, Switzerland

Dec 26, 2010 


A Small Time Piece

Captured between 19h56'00" & 19h56'24" 

Jul 02, 2010

Latitude: 40.723841

Longitude: -73.992394

The Hague | Black Hole

Feb 28, 2010


Discovery in sVHS footage from The Hague (1990) of a small black hole, posted on Feb 28, 2010.

Video

Roma | Black Hole

Istituto Svizzero, Rome, Italy

Jan 21, 2010 


Discovery in Hi8 footage from my time in Rome (1990) of a small stray black hole, posted on Jan 21, 2010.