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LISTEN/VISION - Mar 21, 2008 - San Francisco


Friday, March 21st. 2008, 7-9pm
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut St. San Francisco, CA 94133
$5 Public, Free for SFAI Students.

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 and Volume 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. and Volume have partnered to commission new and *unreleased* sound and video recordings from an international pool of acclaimed contemporary artists. These exclusive pieces, not to be found anywhere on the web or a CD, are presented in a collective listening environment.

Featured Artists :

GREGG KOWALSKY – “Rosebud for Red Magus” – 2006 – 18:17 mins.
Gregg Kowalsky resides in Oakland, California where he completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College. Kowalsky’s compositions range from drone and noise pieces to the psychedelic, which are highly influenced by the thick, humid air of South Florida where Gregg lived for most of his life. He is interested in filling the spaces his music occupies through dense, live
mixes. He has composed for film, dance, acoustic ensembles and sound installations. Gregg’s debut full-length album, Through The Cardial Window was released on the Kranky label in Spring 2006.


DAVID KWAN – SOLARIS – 2006 – 10:07
Sound-generated video projections; dimensions and running time variable; video projection with sound. Kwan has presented work at the Berkeley Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist Television Access, The Lab, and Mission 17 in San Francisco; Jack Straw New Media Gallery in Seattle; Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart; and Baracke am Deustchen Theater in Berlin. He received a BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, where he has been teaching in music, art and intermedia.


CHIKA and I8U – Infinity02 – 2008 – 30:38
Unlimited or unmeasurable in extent of space, duration of time: the infinite nature of the fabric of space. CHiKA uses minimal objects in two-dimensional space to create a video work invoking the feeling of the unlimited possibilities, approaching the unmeasureable nature of the infinite. I8u’s soundscapes inspired by the concept of string theory mirror our limited understanding and imagination of these strings as they slip in and out of the dimensions we are aware of. The audio and visual moves from a closed world with perspective as its corresponding symbolic form.


SAWAKO – “untitled” – 2006 – 15:18 mins
Sawako is a Tokyo/NYC-based sound sculptor who understands the value of dynamics and the power of silence. After beginning in video art, Sawako shifted her focus from the video camera to sound. Once through the processor named Sawako, sounds in everyday life – field recordings, instruments, voice and electronic sounds – float in space vividly with a digital yet organic texture. Her unique sonic world has been called “post romantic sound” by Boston’s Weekly Dig.