Extra and Extraction: The Myth of Static Geometry
A new performance installation by Kevin Harris and Chad Eivins
Feat. HEARding Cats Collective and Ashleyliane Dance Company
Saturday, Apr. 11 – 8 p.m.
William A. Kerr Foundation 
21 O’Fallon Street
Admission: $15, $10 students/artists

Extra and Extraction: The Myth of Static Geometry is a large scale performative installation of light, dance, sound, and video synthesis. It is a scientifically playful study of how three dimensional movement and sound can be used to affect a larger architectural environment. It is a collaboration between video artists Kevin Harris and Chad Eivins, Ashley Tate and members of the Ashleyliane Dance Company, and HEARding Cats Collective artists Rich O’Donnell and Mike Murphy performing live sound synthesis.

The installation will begin by constructing a network of projection surfaces in the center room of the William A Kerr building. These surfaces will form the core infrastructure of the built environment and serve as a guide that dancers will use to navigate and interact with the electronic environment. Live camera feeds, placed in relation to the projections, will capture dancer’s movement and feedback from overlapping projections. The camera feeds will then be processed and distributed through live video synthesis and image processing equipment. At this stage, frequency and amplitude of the live sound will be used to control video image parameters such as color, field rate filtering, contrast, and scan-line frequency, as well as the forms that result from dancer’s movement.

The result will be an investigation into constructing an environment characterized by electronic stimuli rediscovering its physical origins. By placing the projection planes in various angles and degrees of depth throughout the chosen environment, the video will take on a new life of dimensionality, not only becoming a relative variation of the movement, but a system allowing live sound and dance to coalesce into a complete sensory spectacle.

The William Kerr building is a perfect stage on which to execute this post-apocalyptic vision of image and sound. The location is at once vast, desolate, present, and vacant – the ideal combination of neutrality and intention for exploring the psychological effects of this kinetic architecture.

 

 

You Call that Music?
Saturday, May 9 – 7:30 pm
Luminary Center for the Arts
2701 Cherokee St
Admission: $15 / $10 students, artists
 

Join HEARding Cats Collective in a new way to collaborate, improvise, and experience music with one of our You Call that Music? events. This unique performance will feature a live sound processing environment constructed by Rich O’Donnell, Doc Mabuse, and Kevin Harris. This trio will serve as “editors” of the event by making use of modular synthesizers and computers to capture sounds from microphones specifically placed around the Luminary Center for the Arts.

The sounds played into the microphones will originate exclusively from objects brought to the performance by the public. Anyone is invited to participate in this bringing and playing of objects, musician and non-musician, citizen and non-citizen alike. A democratized but controlled performance ensemble will be created.

Throughout the course of the evening, the editors will invite participants to “play” their objects into the microphones, sometimes alone, sometimes in groups. Participants will be carefully grouped into ensembles based on their objects sound characteristics and the manner in which various objects compliment one another. An example of a hypothetical name for a hypothetical ensemble might be, duet for toothbrush, hubcap, and granular synthesizer. The editors will ultimately determine what the audience is hearing, but the participants will be creating the source sound, listening to how it affects the final outcome, and making the physical decisions on what to do with their objects based on a symbiotic relationship with the editors.

As for objects to bring: non-traditional musical instruments. We ask that you search your kitchens, tool sheds and catch-all drawers for non-amplified objects that make a noise you find interesting. Don’t shy away from small sounds. Take advantage of the rich potential to transform objects into something new. Examples of objects include buckets, cans, bowls, rakes, washtub, cardboard, etc., which make scratching, banging, scraping, resonating, rattling, singing, ringing…use your imagination….types of sounds. It’s a chance to invent a new instrument to play for, at least, several minutes.