Kevin Harris

Sunday, 4 February – 7:30pm
The Kerr Foundation, 21 O’Fallon Street
$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Artists
Serious Warping, of Space, Time, and Your Mind: A Sci-Fi Fantasy is back for another season!
This ambitious performative installation will comprise three levels of the Kerr Foundation building, connecting each level with a system of delayed media distribution. Each independent level functions as a discrete media environment, using sound, dance, video, sculpture, and light to accomplish a systematic investigation into what we perceive as time and space.


The event begins in “real-time”, with videographers capturing the initial performance of dance and movement. As the event progresses from the top level of the building down to the cavernous stone basement of this former bathhouse, time becomes non-linear and, in fact, reverses as events and movements reoccur, sometimes reconfigured and distorted to invoke a dream-like sense of cryptomnesia. Large video projections, multi-channel sound installations, and a fashion design / sound presentation all coalesce into a complex environment of media and architecture.

Visitors consider time in such a way that is counter to their perception and unfamiliar to their experience. Humans are forced to engage with time passing in a very specific way, on a scale that reflects our own lifespans and histories. This event exploits artistic media capable of expressing time-related characteristics that range from video transmissions traveling through space at the speed of light to a more evolutionary time-scale that brought clothing from a primitive utilitarian necessity to the important cultural artifact that is fashion today.

The following St. Louis-based artists have been selected to facilitate serious warping of space, time, and your mind:

The multi facets of Rich O’Donnell span 60 years as virtuoso percussionist, improviser, composer, designer and builder of percussion and electronic instruments, teacher and writer. He is director of the Electronic Music Studio at Washington University in St. Louis, and co-founder of HEARDing Cats Collective. He was 43 years with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, most of them as principal percussionist.


Mike Murphy (Dr. Mabuse) is a St Louis based musician, engineer, and instrument designer. He has been designing complex, voltage controlled synthesizers for over two decades. Mabuse is a multi- instrumentalist, who has performed with groups ranging widely in aesthetic and genre.


Venus Slick is a visual and audio performer who uses telepathy to fuse random sound explosions together and conjure spirits from the cosmos. Close your eyes to send her images and see what happens…

Bryan Edrmann has been an audio engineer and sound designer for nearly 40 years. He cut his teeth as a live engineer for the now legendary Mississippi River Fest in the 1970s. Erdmann’s design and installation work include systems at The Fox Theatre (St. Louis and Atlanta), Powell Hall, Sheldon Concert Hall, and more recently, Plush. He’s worked with major performers from Keith Richards and Chuck Berry to Leonard Slatkin and David Byrne. He was the house audio engineer for the famed film Hail, Hail Rock n.’ Roll. Erdmann uses his lifetime of experience in audio engineering and design to create exciting and surprising interactive sound stations.

Zlatko Ćosić is a video artist born in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Video Production and Interactive Digital Media from Webster University.  Ćosić’s work spans a number of disciplines, including short films, video installations, theater projections, and live audio-visual performances. His work relates to issues of identity, immigration, and the complexities of living in unfamiliar cultural environments. Ćosić’s artwork has been shown in over forty countries, for which he has received a variety of recognition.

Chad Eivins is a visual artist whose 20 year career involves multimedia installations, experimental and documentary films. He currently has an ongoing internet project ( which explores the collective interpretation of live performance with CCTV cameras through processes of video synthesis. Born in 1975, he has lived and worked in New York City, Denver and currently resides in St. Louis.

Kevin Harris (b. 1975, Oklahoma City) lives and works in St. Louis. Working as a multimedia artist, curator, and electrical engineer, his practice seeks to create communal conditions by which to explore experimental psychology and fictitious emotions. His most recent artwork uses multi-channel audio and video synthesis to present complex sensory environments. Harris holds a B.A. in Music and M.F.A in Sculpture.
Ameli Blaser specializes in hand-knitted garments and accessories. Inspired by Scandinavian minimalism with its clean lines, layers, timeless designs, and neutral color palettes. The design process always starts with the yarn. From there interesting, and sometimes unexpected textures and patterns are knitted into wearable, three dimensional garments. Her model is Grace May with Menagerie Models.

Marcel Coleman Jr. graduated from Columbia College Chicago, where he studied Fashion Design. He is a color pusher, a kid at heart, and a lover of structure. He uses natural fibers, such as cottons & wools because of their malleability, and loves to dye fabric and create his own textiles.

Trang Nguyen focuses on reinventing classic silhouettes that transition from day to night. Nguyen spent most of her childhood years focusing on sewing garments by hand, and went on to study fashion design at Lindenwood University.

Ashley L. Tate is the founder, artistic director, and resident choreographer of Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC). Ashley has studied dance for over 28 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Science from Texas Christian University, where she served two consecutive years as captain during her four-year stint as a member of the TCU Showgirls Dance Team. She has been an instructor for National Dance Alliance, a cast member in a Sony Dreamworks motion picture, and a bodily-kinesthetic intelligence presenter for St. Louis Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS).

Thomas Proctor started his dance career in high school, dancing with his school’s show choir. Following high school, he went to Southeast Missouri State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with an emphasis in Dance. Through SEMO Thomas got the opportunity to work with the amazing faculty and guest artists studying Lester Horton, Jose Limon, and contemporary artists such as Larry Keigwin, Pilobolus, and Ashley Tate. Thomas is currently a Dance Educator at The Grand Center Arts Academy and teaches classes through ADC.

Saturday, 11 November – 7:30pm
Satori, 3003 Locust Street
$15 General Admission, $10 Students and Artists

Continuing our 9th season, Hearding Cats presents analog DIY inventors and improvisers Martin Freeman and Bbob Drake.  The duo will be performing improvised sets on instruments of their own design and construction.  Freeman and Drake take a measured, minimalist approach to the chaotic nature of improvisation on analog synthesizer, letting their instruments state their cases slowly and clearly… for analog synthesizers, at least. Please take a look at the links throughout this post and hear for yourself!

photo by r.nuuja

Martin Freeman is an improvising musician and instrument builder from Rochester, NY. He works predominantly with electronics instruments of his own design, which are inspired by voltage-controlled synthesizers from the 1940s to the present with special attention given to creating opportunities for uncertainty and surprising behavior. His performance practice typically involves provoking and wrangling unpredictable circuits in a web of knob-laden boxes that are covered in candy wrappers and collages.
Recordings are available through Freeman’s soundcloud.


Bbob Drake is a veteran legend of the American analog DIY scene, and in addition to his compositions, his website ( is a resource for beginners and experts alike.

Patrick Cain will be unable to make the performance, but here is a recent collaborative performance with Martin Freeman.  Kevin Harris, an artist who actively fears being injured by an exploding cathode ray tube, will be doing the live video synthesis for the event.

Analog Revenge

Saturday, 13 May – 7:30pm The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee Street General Admission $15, Student and Artist $10 HEARding Cats Collective knows that our culture is drowning in digital technology, so we are proud to present ANALOG REVENGE and show the world that analog survives and thrives.  ANALOG REVENGE presents three masters of analog synthesis with […]

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Serious Warping of Space, Time, and Your Mind, A Sci-Fi Fantasy

Sunday, 20 Novemer – 7:30 PM The Kerr Foundation, 21 O’Fallon Street General Admission $20, Student and Artist $15 As part of our 8th season of keeping Saint Louis Strange and Wonderful, Hearding Cats is mystified to present a 5 act collaboration with 19 artists inviting you to move through space and time on 3 […]

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Octararrium! March 11 through April 30

AN IMMERSIVE, INTERACTIVE VIDEO INSTALLATION & PERFORMANCE ENVIRONMENT at the RAC Gallery 6128 Delmar Blvd. March 11 through April 30 by KEVIN HARRIS & CHAD EIVINS co-sponsored by The Regional Arts Commission Octararrium, and all performances are free of charge and open to the public during regular gallery hours (9am -5pm daily) Performance Schedule: Friday Doors Open […]

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Saturday, Apr. 11 – “Extra and Extraction: The Myth of Static Geometry” @ Kerr Foundation

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 […]

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Saturday, May 9 – “You Call that Music?” @ The Luminary Center for the Arts

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 […]

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Friday, Jun. 6 – “As Unstable As” @ Kranzberg Arts Center

A survey of contemporary electronic and performance art produced by Kevin Harris Friday, Jun. 6      7 pm thru 11pm Kranzberg Arts Center Tickets: $7 students/artists, OR $10 general admission *This is not a HEARding Cats production, but we wanted to make our friends aware of the event, being produced by a favorite cat of ours, […]

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Saturday, Aug. 31 – AQurld Waves – premier of St. Louis’ first underwater concert!

AQurld Waves Saturday, Aug. 31 Webster University Pool  THANK YOU St LOUIS!!!!  Aqurld Waves was attended by a record -breaking audience for both Hearding Cats, and The Webster Rec. Center. Obviously a crowd of that magnitude challenges the artists and crew.  In spite of the challenges (which included a 1 hr thunderstorm safety delay) the […]

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Chromaconditional At C.A.M. 19 July 2013

Friday July 19 2013 8pm Contemporary Art Museum 3750 Washington Blvd St. Louis, MO 63108 (314) 535-4660 (this is not a Hearding Cats-sponsored event. It is produced by the fine folks at The Contemporary Art Museum) This unique performance features a group of musicians, engineers, and filmmakers who will create an immersive audio-visual experience that […]

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