Schedule: 8:00 Doors / 9:00 Show
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.
UNSEEN in June returns with three meditations on the ways the body, sound and image mediate each other.
Jody Stillwater + William Kingston Davies, "Speedoom"
"Speedoom" is a collaborative audio/video performance-based project that tells a story of a body, the skin, the bloodstream and the mythological intertwining embedded within them. The performance uses hundreds of visceral, intimate photographs of the body and sculptural video loaded into triggered caches that interact through Ableton and Max/MSP/Jitter with an oppressive, mechanical and also elegant, melodic, floral sound aesthetic to tell a story of the oft dissonance/harmony of the human organs. The visual media both triggers and is triggered by the audio, and everything plays with a quickly shifting and jittery temporality.
Samantha Weinert + Osman Koc, New collaborative performance
Samantha Weinert performed for UNSEEN last summer and we are excited to have her return. Her music performance work incorporates biofeedback and breath, exploring their potential to open up an intimate and more vulnerable realm of expression. She will be collaborating with Osman Koc, who will be creating responsive visuals on his custom software platform that enables sound to directly affect the visuals and becomes an instrument that allows for artistic interpretation and improvisation.
Kris T Force "The Mirror (extended)"
The Mirror (extended) was created with Max/Msp/Jitter in combination with Moog 3P and Buchla 100 recordings. The Mirror was created for octophonia, 8 channel audio, with an audio reactive video synth. This presentation of The Mirror (extended) will showcase a new mix created for the Grand Theater's immersive playback environment. The Mirror is available as a fixed media audio track on Transcedigitalism, A Compilation of Esoteric Drones released by Silent Records/Daathstaar, 2017. The Mirror may be viewed with eyes open or closed.