Gray Area's UNSEEN series returns in October with collaborative A/V performances from the some of the most respected members of the Bay Area's underground music scene.
Gray Area’s quarterly UNSEEN Series presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. The UNSEEN series is curated by Oakland artist Matt Fisher, and presented in 8 channel surround sound with audio engineering and equipment by Recombinant Media Labs.
Christina Chatfield is a producer and live performer from San Francisco, where she launched her solo music project in 2010 with a well-received EP on Detroit label Beretta Grey. Soon after the debut of her live set, she was offered a residency with SF promoters As You Like It where she remains one of their longest standing regular performers. She is an avid user of both hardware and software in the studio, and has spent several years working as a professional sound designer. After making the rounds through some of the biggest techno nights across the US, Chatfield continues to earn praise for her productions and live sets that move fluidly between techno and house — but always with a healthy dose of acid. Working under her own name and also the pseudonym Anitserk, she has releases with Beretta Grey, Klectik Records, and Racecar Productions.
Called both "seminal queercore guitarist" and "an art college library's worth of queer film, art, music, and literary references" by Vice, Scott Moore is best known as guitarist in long-running influential queer hardcore band Limp Wrist, and in the dreamy, dark punk and angular pop group Flesh World - both of whom just released new albums. Less known is Scott's arresting, uncategorizable solo electronica. Scott's debut solo EP "Slow Motion Pictures" (Jacktone Records) masterfully blends elements of psychedelia, broken beat, acid, and industrial.
Cornerstone of the thriving local modular synthesizer community, musician/producer/composer Guy Taylor is stepping out from behind his role as shopkeeper for Oakland's I/O synth resource to perform in his Droste guise. Informed by deep technical expertise, Guy's complex ambient soundscapes unfold over unknown terrains, blending elements from techno, ambient and contemporary composition.
Bill Wiatroski has had a working interest in video and the arts since his early exposure to video artist Nam June Paik’s pioneering work. He has worked with video for over twenty years, doing independent production, playback for feature film and television, hacking hardware and software for art. With the re-emergence of modular video synthesis Bill has found his core media for visual art, combining commercial and bespoke tools for studio, installation and live performance work.
“My artwork is informed by spirits - some hungry, some satiated, some organic, some synthetic. Early experiments to harness electrons and photons produced visual representations of fleeting and fantastic forms, hinting at an unseen word that could be conjured through the use of appropriate instruments and technique. Obsolete, modern and modified technologies are utilized alchemically, to distill each element to its essence, to allow them to release the spirit form that exists at the heart of each, to re-combine freely or escape as each wants.
The aim is to expose a secret, subtler, sometimes unruly world, lying outside (sometimes just outside) our field of perception.”