Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party

Image from The Something, part of Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party

What: One-night-only special event exploring temporary multimedia abstract sound, video, and film installations.
When: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 9:00pm to 1:00am
Suggested donation $10-$5, no one turned away.
Advance registration recommended at

SOMArts Cultural Center’s Main Gallery Exhibitions & Programs presents “Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party,” a one-night-only special event exploring temporary multimedia abstract sound, video, and film installations set in the garden and gallery. “Night Light” presents site-specific film installations spilling through the bamboo grove and on monitors sprinkled throughout the driveway, as well as ambient sound performances and amorphous video projections.  The videos all feature a collection of locally produced video art installations with a grouping co-curated by Stephen Parr from the Oddball Films archive. Kerry Laitala premiere’s a new 3-D video projection titled “Afterimage: A Flicker of Life,” with soundtrack by Wobbly and Laitala, additional Laitala films to be screened include “Chromatic Cocktail Extra Fizzy” and “Chromatic Frenzy” accompanied by live sound by Cloud Archive as well as two new installations, “Mercurial Madness” and “Chromatastic.”

The one-night-only exhibition was conceived of by SOMArts Curator and Gallery Director Justin Hoover. Featured artists include Mauricio and Christine AncalmoLucca AntonucciPaul ClipsonJon GroverJustin HurtyScott KildallLynn Marie KirbyKerri LaitalaPeter Max LawrenceConrad Meyers IIStephen ParrSkye Thorstensen, and Bryan Van Reuter/Cloud Archive and a special live performance titled 100 Songs by Ajna Lichau and Bryson Hansen.

“Night Light” investigates a strong local subgenre of sound and installation art in San Francisco that explores visual, light and sound installation art from a place of true abstraction, unhinging the confines of their art from conventions such as painterly formalism, sculptural composition, and time-based editing formalism. The one-night event was timed to coincide with the month-long exhibition “Totally Unrealistic: the art of abstraction,” which will be on display in the SOMArts Main Gallery through July.

Hoover commented, “the artwork featured in ‘Night Light’ investigates the continuing need, for exploring abstraction through film, sound, installation and video art as evidenced in its current upsurge in contemporary culture. These works build off a legacy of film makers such as Stan Brakhage and painters such as Clifford Still and Rothko, yet move through to a contemporary place where the structure of the visuals and the auditory forms become site-specifically entangled, and equally reject conventional cinematic narrative, iconographic, and time structures.”

For more information about the event, call 415-863-1414 x110 or email SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan St between 8th and 9th. Detailed directions by bus, car and bicycle are available at