What: Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8pm–midnight, performances 9pm–midnight
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th) San Francisco, CA 94103
How Much: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, cash bar; get tickets here
What Else: Hashtag #nightlightparty
ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door, the box office will open at 8pm. One night only, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8pm to midnight, the group exhibition Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party blankets SOMArts in site-specific luminous art installations, live music and performances, and digital and cinematic projections by more than 50 artists.
This year Night Light features four experimental audio-visual performances by Pod Blotz, ChuCha Santamaria y Usted, Stephen Parr/Oddball Films, and Francois Chaignaud and Marie-Caroline Hominal from 9pm to 12am. Three of the performances will be broadcast live on SF Commons, San Francisco’s public access television station.
Oakland based multimedia artist and musician Sofia Córdova of the disco-inspired dance music duo ChuCha Santamaria y Usted performs as a mutable figure serving as receptacle for the histories of Caribbean colonization and diaspora. In her performance “Odas Al Fin De Los Tiempos (#3)” ChuCha Santamaria y Usted moves conceptually into a future in which an unidentified apocalyptic event has rendered our present as the last moment of culture. ChuCha Santamaria y Usted appoints herself as guardian of the past and troubadour, spreading her message through pop songs translated from english to spanish. The performance site features chromatic video projections and “Odas,” a shadow opera performed behind a giant projection screen modeled after the sails of a ship.
A custom-built, revolving mirrored sculpture designed after geometric crystal systems will be the site of a performance by Oakland based artist Suzy Poling that assimilates the order of the natural and the digitized world. Performing electronic music in a mirrored dress under the name Pod Blotz, Poling projects video onto the reflective surfaces of the built environment to cast light apparitions on the surrounding walls and audience.
French and Swiss artists François Chaignaud and Marie-Caroline Hominal perform the United States debut of an unlikely and hypnotic, meditative nude dance involving the hula hoop, a symbol of sexual liberation and choreographic device. The sparsely lit durational performance evokes the instantaneous and incessant, dissolving notions of past and future, and examines notions of gender presentation, sexuality and identity.
Night Light includes a film projection performance by Stephen Parr/Oddball Films titled “Sonic Oddities,” a cinematic and auditory collision of film shorts, clips, fragments and reprocessed sounds set to live improvisational electronics by Jakarta musician Iman Fattah. Drawn from Parr’s company, Oddball Films’ 16mm film archive of 50,000 works, this cinematic trek through the auditory oddities of film history features bizarre commercials, religious propaganda films, campy movie trailers and Italian spy films colliding with scenes and sounds of bush-devil dancers, audio test tones and European animation.
In Amy M. Ho’s video projection “Wave” features video and audio footage of crashing waves slowed to 5% of real time, allowing the viewer to examine the details of waves as they move and morph. The viewer experiences the sound of the waves as a low, ominous drone, highlighting the body’s physical relationship to time.
“Garden of Forking Paths” an installation created by Philip Alden Benn and Pete Belkin with a video performance by Ethan Dunn, draws inspiration from Jorge Luis Borges’ short story of the same name. The story’s narrator, Yu Tsun, proceeds through a labyrinth that operates as a visual metaphor for the abstract notion of time and the infinite. Bamboo with LED lights serve as the projection surface, blending with the existing bamboo growing in the SOMArts garden.
Audiences can interact with “ChrysalisBoom – tweetCocoon,” engineered by Erik Johnson, designed by Kristin Neidlinger and worn by an elevated model. Tweets with the hashtag #nightlightparty will be displayed on LED matrix panels created by Project Light Bright. The exoskeleton cocoon of the sensitive technology garment is expandable and collapsible to expose or diffuse the tweets. Lucas Krech transforms the annex of the Main Gallery into an interactive environment in which motion sensing cameras manipulate multiple mirrored projections based upon how many people occupy the room and the speed of their movement.
Dorothy Santos and, separately, Paul Baker and Ryan B. Wylie of The Free Form Film Festival (FFFF) contribute a curatorial subsection to Night Light to appear alongside works selected by Justin Hoover, who conceived of Night Light and continues in the role of exhibition director and primary curator. FFFF’s “Transcosmic Geometry” is an installation comprised of multiple CRT TV screens deconstructing video works using analog and digital video static, feedback, interference and reception.
Exhibiting Artists Include:
Philip Alden Benn
Pod Blotz (Suzy Poling)
Allen Ellison (Photonburst)
ChuCha Santamaria y Usted (Sofia Córdova and Matt Kirkland)
Daniel Healey and Micheal Deane
Amy M. Ho
Allison Leigh Holt
Justin Carl Hurty
Liz Larsen (LZX Industries)
Oddball Films (Stephen Parr)
Sensoree (Erik Johnson and Kristin Neidlinger)
Benjamin Vilmain & Et Al.
Bryan Von Reuter
As part of an ongoing partnership between SOMArts and Bay Area Video Coalition, three of four performances will be broadcast live on San Francisco’s public access station SF Commons (Comcast Channel 76, Astound Channel 30) and will stream online here. Support for Duchesses, a performance by François Chaignaud and Marie-Caroline Hominal, is provided by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.
Top image: Land of Mirrors by Suzy Poling