On behalf of all of us at VOLUME, we would like to thank all of the artists, de Young staff, SFEMF, swissnex San Francisco, and everyone who attended for making rE/Visioning the Collection such a terrific success. A year and a half in the making, we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you.
Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure grant program has awarded VOLUME a $3,000 grant for Electronic Cinema, a series commissioning four Bay Area artists: Elise Baldwin, Lissom (Tana Sprague), myrmyr, and Kadet Kuhne to perform a live sound score for an existing experimental film or video by another Bay Area artist of their choice. Filmmakers include Paul Clipson, Vanessa Woods, Anthony Discenza, Maia Cybelle Carpenter, and SUE-C.
Curated by VOLUME and Kadet Kuhne, Electronic Cinema seeks to merge two artists communities, electronic sound and music composers, and filmmakers. Presented as a series of five performances and a limited edition DVD, this project will create new relationships and possibilities for expanding the experimental art community.
Performances will take place at ATA and Gray Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco, in addition to other venues to be announced. A limited-edition DVD of the five commissions will be produced, as well.
We are pleased to announce that VOLUME has received a grant from Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure grant program to fund Electronic Cinema, a series of experimental electronic sound performances co-curated with artist Kadet Kuhne.
Electronic Cinema will commission San Francisco Bay Area artists: Elise Baldwin, Lissom (Tana Sprague) and Kadet Kuhne to perform a live sound score for an existing experimental film or video.
The long-standing practice of early Dadaist and Modernist film-making to contemporary practices of experimental film and video has been paralleled by an avant-garde and cutting-edge approach to music composition. The role of technology in developing these divergent art forms has been vital and inseparable from the aesthetic impact and meaning of the works. However integral sound has become to our interpretation of picture, there is still such a wide gap not only between the understanding of the impact sound has on image, but also between sound and visual artists in the performance-based arts arena and visual art world.
Electronic Cinema seeks to merge these two arts communities by pairing Bay Area film and video makers with Bay Area electronic sound and music composers, with an emphasis on experimentation in approach, tools and concept. As with experimental film, electronic musicians approach their medium with unconventional structures, pushing against conventional boundaries or definitions. This departure incorporates and celebrates unexpected ingredients and impressions, breaking open new forms not-yet-categorizable.
The electronic sound and music genre is often misconstrued as simply consisting of techno or dance music by artists unfamiliar with its complexity, and similarly, experimental films and video are often seen as eye candy or backdrop visuals, without conceptual direction or art historical reference. By encouraging collaborations across the film and video making and electronic composing disciplines, new relationships and possibilities for expanding the experimental art community as a whole will be realized. Adding to this artistic discovery is the exciting opportunity for these two communities who already co-exist to gain a deeper understanding of one another, and through public performance, gather in one space that will provide a rhizomatic blossoming of potential connections and future collaborations.
Electronic Cinema will initially be presented in San Francisco in the summer and fall, 2010. Performance schedule and venues will be announced shortly.
Support for Electronic Cinema is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.