Elise Baldwin: Philosophy of Storms
presented in association with 23Five
CROSSROADS 2014 is sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing.
Thanks to our co-presenters, community partners and advertisers: 23Five, Artists’ Television Access, BAVC, Canyon Cinema Foundation, the Center for New Music, The Exploratorium, Fandor, Oddball Film + Video, the SF Dance Film Festival, Shapeshifters Cinema and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Apparent Motion is CROSSROADS’ annual celebration of projection as art and object, the cinematic exhibition apparatus exposed as a primal light and sound machine, an invention without a future, ripe for rediscovery. Evening includes performances by Seitz vs Gendreau, Elise Baldwin and MSHR.
Seitz vs Gendreau defines a particular collaborative audiovisual experience, containing a wide-ranging array of images, instruments, and sources.
Phantom Needle is narrative vidéo concrète: the 2½ pillars of film, with illegal flight images, and those of sealed bunkers and a live soundtrack. (Seitz vs Gendreau)
Elise Baldwin: Active in the San Francisco experimental music and electronic art community, Elise Baldwin focuses on solo intermedia performance and collaborative music ventures. She holds a degree in Film and Video production as well as an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College. When not reading compulsively in the bathtub, Elise can be found cooking up aurally hazardous byproducts in her studio or building software instruments for video manipulation. She has spent much of the past decade working as a multimedia director, recording engineer, sound designer, and digital video editor on commercial, gaming and educational projects. She has designed sound and created musical compositions for many theater and film productions, and had the good fortune to collaborate with many talented musicians, dancers, performers and theater companies in San Francisco and elsewhere. She has performed recently at the New York Electronic Arts Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Edgetone Music Festival, the Brutal Sound FX Festival, E.S.P. Media Lounge, CalArts CEAIT Festival and the National Queer Arts Festival. Her work has been featured on compilations Women Take Back The Noise, Sound Migrations, and Aural Fixation I and II. She has received numerous awards, including Experimental Television Center and CESTA residencies in 2007, a Harvestworks Artist in Residency in 2006, the Frogs Peak Award for Experimental Music in 2004, and a Howard Scripps Award.
The Philosophy of Storms (2014) by Elise Baldwin
“The Philosophy of Storms is inspired by my fascination with early American meteorology, storm watching and our cultural evolution from a faith-based society to a scientific one. In the Victorian era, storms were often interpreted to be signs from God or indications of coming end times. With recording and communication technology, our collective perceptions of weather shifted towards scientific and predictive models. As always in my work, there is the tension between the natural world and the technological means that we use to measure and record it.” (Elise Baldwin)
MSHR is Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper.
“They come from Portland, Oregon, a land of wild forests and dormant volcanoes, and consistent with the spirit of the place, they created a decidedly unusual performance. With measured, almost religious, gestures, these media priests celebrated the rites of mysterious lands using a primitive, hellish contraption. After asking us to take our shoes off, MSHR created visions and sounds through technologically up-to-date noisemakers, visions and sounds between the borders of reality, primitive magic and science fiction, opening a path for us towards the New World. All of us present found ourselves immersed in an uninterrupted flow of noise, images and action, leading us on a THREE-DIMENSIONAL ADVENTURE three-dimensional adventure and making us rediscover the roots of our consciousness. Without using drugs of any kind, they projected us into a dream of the future.” (Paola Manfrin, Vogue Italy)