Sunday, December 11, 2005

Promiscuous Cinema

Program 11: The Drowned World, Live Text/Sound Works

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Presented in association with 23five Incorporated

Two sound artists converge, fusing projected video and poetic texts with immersive sound environments. Scott Arford’s Song of the Station weds a 1912 poem by Giorgio de Chirico to time-lapse imagery of a San Francisco waterfront warehouse; witness to the passage of time, the Little Station’s impassivity subverts surveillance’s stare into a screaming accusation of the viewer’s vulnerability. Developed from his compositional work with electro-acoustic fountains, Kenneth Atchley’s de Quincy Levitation is a submersion of language beneath rich sound fields: “guilt-ridden opium reveries compressed and magnified into a static stream of flattened space where reference and surface coexist impenetrably.” Live vocals provided by Kattt Sammon and Dean Santomieri. Also: Josh Russell’s Wall Mounted Gas Heater Overheating and Shutting Down. (Steve Polta)