Autumn Equinox—A Celebration of Darkness and Light


The Autumn Equinox approaches. Marking the time when night is equal, but then night overtakes day. Join us for a celebration of darkness and light with an assemblage of luminary Bay Area artists as they activate the Mosswood Chapel, located in a former mortuary built in 1932 in Oakland. Three live performances will draw from 16mm films, found footage, and video mashups combined with sound art and experimental music.

Featuring work by
Kerry Laitala + Voicehandler (Danishta Rivero and Jacob Huele)
John Davis + Joshua Churchill
Zen Cōhen + Wayne Grim

Friday, September 22, 2017
Reception from 7-8 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
Admission: $10 advance, $15 day of the show
Buy tickets online at Eventbrite

Mosswood Chapel
at the former McNary-Morgan-Greene & Jackson Mortuary
3630 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Exit at MacArthur Bart and walk toward 37th St.

Proceeds benefit Artists’ Television Access (ATA). ATA is a local all-volunteer artist-run non-profit that has been in operation for 33 years in San Francisco. In these dark times of fake news, revisionist history, emboldened hate groups influencing the media, we must support community-based media, culturally aware artwork, and promote media literacy. http://www.atasite.org

+ Beer sponsored by Ghost Town Brewing
+ Wood fired pizza by Fist of Flour
+ Screenprinted posters by Bojana Rankovic
+ Many thanks to the former mortuary for donating use of their space.


More about the artists...

+++ Kerry Laitala + Voicehandler +++

Entitled Mosswood, the work is a brand-new site-specific expanded cinema performance. In collaboration with the inimitable Voicehandler, who previously provided the sound element for Laitala's Electric Salome, Aladdin's Lamp & the award-winning Spectacle of Light.

+ Kerry Laitala
Kerry Laitala is an award-winning moving-image artist who uses analog, digital, and hybrid forms to investigate the ways in which media influences past and present culture. She considers this type of approach to making art a type of media archeology. Laitala's work resides at the crossroads of science, history, and technology, and her uncanny approach to evolving systems of belief manifests through an array of media including films, videos, installations, photographic works, performances and kinetic sculpture. She studied Photography and Film at Massachusetts College of Art and received her Masters degree in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute.

+ Voicehandler (Danishta Rivero and Jacob Huele)
Voicehandler plays intuitive, incantatory music grounded in the most primitive and somatic instruments -- the voice and percussion -- juxtaposed with contemporary, disembodied electronics. We situate ourselves in our physical and social environment through our music. Our improvisations are shaped by their setting and context, and we use site-specific installations to more deeply experience spaces. We deconstruct song forms in relation to mythology and literature to explore our humanity and the shifting discourse surrounding it.

+++ John Davis + Joshua Churchill +++

Joshua Churchill and John Davis' collaborative work have been featured in the Crossroads festival at SFMOMA, MONO NO AWARE festival at LightSpace Studio (Brooklyn, NY), and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at the Brava Theater (San Francisco, CA).

+ Joshua Churchill
Joshua Churchill is a San Francisco-based cross-disciplinary artist whose immersive site-specific sound and light work takes the form of both installation and performance, often blurring the line between the two. In performance, Churchill utilizes guitar, various wind and percussive instruments, field recordings, and a myriad of electronics to create waves of resonant drones and pulsing feedback that rise and fall like a dark tide. Churchill currently performs in collaboration with filmmakers such as John Davis and Paul Clipson, as well as under the moniker Plumes, and has previously performed in experimental drone/metal projects including Sutekh Hexen, Riqis, and Tecumseh. He has been a resident at AIR Krems in Krems an der Donau, Austria, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California, and has performed and exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

+ John Davis
Expanding the relationship between moving image and sound through live performance and studio-based projects, John's work elicits sensory response through familiar and unexpected uses of traditional media. Often incorporating live performance and collaboration, John alternates as both musician and filmmaker, encouraging improvisation, spontaneity and chance to guide the work. John has performed and exhibited in the US and internationally, most recently at the Mono No Aware Festival, The San Francisco Cinematheque, The Pacific Film Archive, The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Antimatter Media Art Festival, The Optica Festival, Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques, The Milan Film Festival, The Swedenborg Film Festival, The Alchemy Film And Moving Image Festival, Transmediale, Impakt and Videoex.

Live performance with film projections by John Davis and live sound by Joshua Churchill, Double Down, Sebastopol, CA, 2016

Joshua Churchill and John Davis are a performance duo that operate organically to create densely-layered atmospheric works with sound and film, immersing viewers in meditative and abstract environments. "Distortions, ghostly reverberations, and ambient notes hang in the air and ethereal chords plunge into darkness before the moving images on screen, adding drama to frames that appear on fire. Fleeting sun shadows move across the film. The two elements together create a simply captivating experience, completely immersing the audience into a land of airy projector light with sounds that fill the space like a weather pattern." –KQED Arts

+++ Zen Cōhen + Wayne Grim +++

Dualistic spheres between light and dark, analog and digital, beginning and ending.
The time to contemplate the ending, is before the ending.
when full potential is reached it is already in decline.

+ Zen Cōhen
Zen Cohen is a video artist, photographer and art director based in San Francisco, CA. She received her MFA in Art Studio at the University of California at Davis and her BFA in Media Arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. Drawing from multiple influences such as theater, ritual, media theory and mysticism; her projects are imbued with a strong foundation in a feminine perspective and seek to mirror the diversity found in her collaborators. Her work has been presented in venues such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, deYoung Museum, The Montalvo Center, Centro Atlántico Arte Moderno, ARTSpace New Haven, Vanity Projects, The Center for New Music & Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, Recombinant Media Lab, SOMArts, and Artists Television Access (ATA).
http://zencohenprojects.com | https://vimeo.com/206159918

+ Wayne Grim
Born in Baltimore, Wayne Grim studied music at The University of Maryland and Mills College in Oakland California. He currently curates and produces sound works for the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Grim is a sound artist, musician, composer, and improviser. His work with acoustic and electronic instruments, computers and sound objects explores worlds between beauty and failure. His work spans a variety of areas, generative music, spontaneous composition, non-western musical techniques, improvisation, durational works, minimalism, noise, conceptual art, and the sonification of scientific phenomena. Most recently he created a musical Sonification for the August 21st, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse featuring the Kronos Quartet.
http://waynegrim.com | http://theeobscurantist.blogspot.com


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