Finite - Visible Cloaks, Film by Brenna Murphy, Motion Graphics
March 4th // Doors: 7:30pm // Concert: 8pm
FINITE is a quarterly concert series focusing on exhibiting weird music and sound.
[ RVNG Intl. | Portland ]
VISIBLE CLOAKS is an experimental electronic duo based out of Portland, Oregon. For a new, two-track release on New York label RVNG Intl., they teamed up with Japanese pop duo dip in the pool. The first, "Valve," takes spoken word elements from dip in the pool's Miyako Koda and translates it into a synthetic MIDI xylophone melody. Its reprise, "Valve (Revisited)," backdrops that chord progression with entrancing new vocals from Koda and pensive synths from dip in the pool's other half, Tatsuji Kimura.
[ Undervolt & Co. | New York City ]
Net artist Brenna Murphy uses computer programs to craft digital forms inspired by her observations of the physical world. Made using a variety of programs such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Blender, her complex, abstract forms find synthesis between different digital disciplines. Murphy combines her digital prints with found objects, collages, videos, and even performance work in gallery spaces, seeking to cultivate relationships between these forms and bring digital work into the realm of the physical. “I add and carve until the arrangement is balanced in a way that creates a perfectly cohesive, vibrating ecosystem,” she says of her process.
[ Domino, Future Times | New York City ]
MOTION GRAPHICS is the project of Joe Williams, a New York-based electronic artist who made his Domino debut with a self-titled album on August 26th, 2016. While Motion Graphics serves as the project's first official release, Williams has been an active producer for many years, having collaborated with Baltimore-based sound artist Matt Papich on Co La’s Moody Coup LP, and currently serving as a core member of the ongoing Lifted ensemble (headed by Future Times' Maxmillion Dunbar), whose first album arrived last year via PAN. Much of Williams' individual creative efforts were for some time aimed at writing the original score for 12 O'Clock Boys, a feature-length documentary which focused on the lives of illegal dirt bike riders in the impoverished neighborhood of West Baltimore. In addition to the suite of music composed for the film, in recent years Williams' original productions could also be heard in his mixes for outlets such as DIS Magazine and NTS Radio.
[ Club Chai | San Francisco ]
LARA SARKISSIAN is a filmmaker, creative producer and sound artist born and based in San Francisco, CA. She received a BA degree from University of California, Berkeley (2014) in Interdisciplinary Studies: Media and Information Communications Technology, completing her thesis “Diaspora Identity and Mobilization Through Art Technologies and New Media” with focuses on Armenian diaspora identity and film. Inspiration for the project stemmed from her digital archiving work of never-before-seen artifacts, film and collodion processed photos from the 20th century Armenian Genocide, with the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to the Kingdom of Denmark during her education abroad semester at University of Copenhagen, Denmark 2013.
[ FINITE | San Francisco ]
Cullen Miller is an audiovisual composer, spatial-media designer, and curator. His projects vary in nature but typically fall within the spectrum of sound design, installation, composition, and systems design. Reared in Detroit, he relocated to San Francisco pursuing curatorial work with Gray Area Foundation, SFCMP, and to teach digital signal processing at San Francisco State University. He currently spends his days designing and constructing technical systems at Obscura Digital. He has released recordings under numerous aliases and organizes the concert series, FINITE. His performances and installations have been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and clubs.
Emergent Media Lab
The Emergent Media Lab (EML) is a series of ongoing public new media art events and exhibitions to serve as a platform for community for critical dialogue, and the showcasing of contemporary new media art in the Bay Area and beyond. EML is dedicated to diversity, research, and radical experimentation of form and content in technology and the arts. We give a priority to showcasing local emerging to established artists who identify as women, LGBTQI2-S and POC, and from other backgrounds that are underrepresented in Media Arts and Technology. The works shown include physical installations, video and screen-based work, performances, experimental artist talks, and more.
EML was founded by Tiare Ribeaux, Morehshin Allahyari, and Andrew Blanton in 2015. The founders invite one or multiple artists for exhibition focusing on a critical dialogue or thematic content between multiple works. The EML founders also invite guest curators to select the exhibiting artist(s) shown.
Sappho and Sweat
Wednesdays, Jan 25 - Feb 25, 2017
Sappho and Sweat is a queer/feminist dance class party taught by Chani Bockwinkel. This open level event melds aerobics, somatics, poetry and dance choreography. S&S wants to strip "exercise" away from patriarchal ideas of physical success, perfection and transformation and offer participants the freedom to discover their own embodiment while working out, getting sweaty, thinking, pretending to be in a music video, and having fun.