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LISTEN/VISION – Feb 21, 2008 - San Francisco


Thursday, February 21st. 2008, 7-9pm
SF Camerawork
657 Mission Street
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-4104

$5 Public, $2 Students/Seniors, Free for Camerawork Members

LISTEN/VISION is a unique series exploring the art of perception that includes *unreleased* sound and visual recordings from an international pool of acclaimed contemporary artists.


Curated and co-presented by Volume Projects & Overlap

VOLUME and present:


LISTEN/VISION is a unique series exploring the art of perception. It is a place and time for a shared experience of sound and light and space. VOLUME and have partnered to commission new and *unreleased* sound and video recordings from an international pool of acclaimed contemporary artists. Future installments of LISTEN/VISION will also host live performances and multi-channel sound installations. LISTEN/VISION 01 will present new work by Richard Chartier, Frank Bretschneider, Carl Stone, and Nate Boyce.

Chartier_pre_1_01 (2005), 17:29 min.
Richard Chartier, sound/installation artist and graphic designer, has created critically acclaimed recordings for labels such as 12k/LINE (USA), Raster-Noton (Germany), Die Stadt (Germany), Spekk (Japan), NonVisualObjects (Austria), Mutek_rec (Canada), DSP (Italy), ERS (Netherlands), and Trente Oiseaux (Germany), including collaborations with noted artists Taylor Deupree, William Basinski, COH, and Asmus Tietchens and has appeared on numerous international compilations. His digital minimalist work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, and the act of listening. Chartier_pre_1_01 was originally developed during the process of creating the work Incidence released on Raster-Noton in 2007. Beginning with a low volume sparkle of static, the piece gradually morphs itself into low frequency territory. The monolithic drone of Incidence ebbs and flows over a bed of gentle crackle and fizz, only to end much as it began, with a wafer-thin line of static and hiss.

RHYTHM EXP (2007), 8:09 min.
Frank Bretschneider works as a musician, composer and video artist in Berlin. His work is known for precise sound placement, complex, interwoven rhythm structures and its minimal, flowing approach. Bretschneider‘s subtle and detailed music is echoed by his visuals: perfect translated realizations of the qualities found in music within visual phenomena. After the fall of the wall, he and Olaf Bender founded the record label Rastermusic which finally merged with Carsten Nicolai‘s Noton to form Raster-Noton in 1999. He has performed at music and new media festivals such as Ars Electronica, Cut & Splice, Mutek, Offf, Sonar, Steirischer Herbst, Transmediale, Ultima, etc. In addition to his solo work he has collaborated with artists such as with Taylor Deupree, Olafur Eliasson, Steve Roden, and Ralph Steinbrüchel. RHYTHM EXP is a music-visual work based on the idea that fine art should attain the abstract purity of music. An attempt to assimilate the qualities found in music – including movement, rhythm, tempo, mood, intensity and compositional structure – within visual phenomena. The music for the project was composed of waveforms, feedback, impulses, clicks, the sound of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, light and radiation. As the animation is driven by sound frequency and intensity, the images attain an unexpected beauty, from simple geometrical patterns to extraordinarily complex forms.

Shin Chon (2006), 34:48 min.
Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between San Francisco and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Media Department at Chukyo University in Japan.

Plasma Wielder (2008), 10:00 min.
Nate Boyce is an artist and musician who creates perceptually disorienting and kinetically charged sound image works that take the shape of musical compositions. Influenced by the techniques early video art and the 1960’s structural film movement, he employs antiquated analog processing devices alongside custom-built image processing software to generate an anomalous fusion of both analog and digital materials. Nate performs regularly with Matmos and has collaborated with Christopher Willits, as well as Tussle on music videos. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. Plasma Wielder was made using a customized analog/digital hybrid processing and synthesis system based on modified consumer video gear that uses control voltages from an analog synth to sequence and modulate analog video feedback creating trance inducing audio/visual polyrhythms. Aimed at the phenomenological reduction of the video signal as a temporally malleable material.