rE/Visioning the Collection at the de Young

September 10, 2010, 6 - 8:30 pm
Venue

de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

The de Young Museum in San Francisco has commissioned eight electronic sound and media artists to “plug into” permanent collection to create new collaborative performances. These commissions curated by VOLUME and inspired by art pieces chosen from the de Young’s collection, will be performed on Friday, September 10th from 6:00 to 8:30. This event is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival.

PROGRAMS ARE FREE and in the “free zone” of the museum unless otherwise noted. Regular admission gallery tickets are required to see Kadet Kuhne’s performance and to visit the galleries. Gallery admission is free for de Young members.

6:00 – 8:30
Durational pieces by Kadet Kuhne in the contemporary galleries, Loren Chasse in the Koret Auditorium, and Lucky Dragons with David Wilson in the Piazzoni Murals Room.

6:30 – 7:00
Kadet Kuhne and Loren Chasse do first special performance.

7:00 – 7:30
Seth Horvitz and Nate Boyce perform in Wilsey Court.

7:30 – 8:00
Kadet Kuhne and Loren Chasse do second special performance.

7:45 – 8:15
Dave Aju and JD Beltran perform in Wilsey Court.

de Young Collection Artwork Revisioned:

Bands of Color in Four Directions and in all Combinations by Sol Lewitt
Seth Horvitz and Nate Boyce will collaborate on a sound and visual performance in the Wilsey Court. They will use the system of sequential combinations set up by Lewitt, which contains fertile material for conversion into sound and moving images.

Loren Chasse will create a performance in the Koret Auditorium based on the Andy Goldsworthy installation Drawn Stone. He will use large rubbings or impressions of the installation at the entrance to the museum, which will be displayed lying flat on the stage. An edit of recordings made in the entranceway will be amplified through small speakers spread out along the edge of the paper. Chasse will perform sounds generated from the use of stones and the same instruments used in the recording. The audience will be able to enter the stage to experience this work in an intimate manner.

The Piazzoni Murals Room
Lucky Dragons will create an interactive musical and visual performance in The Piazzoni Murals Room in collaboration with David Wilson. They will use projected live drawings and animations of drawings in process, along with videos created in the northern Californian hill landscape. The projections will respond to the aesthetic of the murals. The musical content would be tonal, dynamic, and rhythmic contours–landscape drones, produced by the audience using interfaces custom-made for the performance.

Anti-Mass by Cornelia Parker
Dave Aju will collaborate with San Francisco visual artist JD Beltran to produce an immersive sound and visual environment in the Wilsey Court entitled Anti-Master. Aju and Beltran will perform a work that acts as an aural complement to Parker’s piece. As the sculpture was constructed out of the remains of a burnt down Alabama church, they will use acoustic Gospel and Southern Baptist Church recordings, digitally dissect and process them beyond recognition, then reassemble them into a structure unlike the original in form, but equally moving in depth and emotional content. Parker’s Anti-Mass is a brilliant example of how contemporary sculpture can connect with typically unrelated cultures through purposefully chosen source material, and elicit stronger feelings from the viewer with the respective narrative in mind.

Model for Total Reflective Abstraction by Josiah McElheny.
Just as this piece was designed to create numerous reflections of its surroundings, Kadet Kuhne will create a sonic representation of movement in the surrounding space. The sounds triggered will be representative of how McElheny’s mirrored objects might sound if they could actually emit sounds: resonant, vibrant and spherical. Kuhne’s collaborative soundscape will not only give spectators an experience of seeing themselves and the gallery’s artworks in the reflections, but also hearing themselves in the space as if reflected off the sculpture itself.

At 9:00 immediately following rE/visioning the Collection, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival will take place at the Brava Theater featuring Trimpin, Podblotz, MKM (G. Mueller, J. Kahn, R. Möslang). SF Electronic Music Festival ticket holders receive discounted tickets into the de Young’s galleries this evening: $6.00/adults, $4/seniors. For more information and discounted tickets for de Young members.

A free shuttle will take guests from the de Young Museum to the SFEMF at the Brava Theater.