Bodyscape is a composition and a performance by Luca Forcucci exploring the body as a sonic landscape. Microphones and sensors collect and measure the data generated by a dancer’s touch, spatial perception, and biofeedback. This piece is a work in progress that will change during its three-day installation in the gallery at The Lab, where it is performed by Focucci alongside musician Cheryl Leonard and dancer Crystal Sepúlveda.
Bodyscape is commissioned by Swissnex. See more at: http://www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org/event/bodyscape/#sthash.qp3G7gwm.dpuf
Luca Forcucci, Switzerland and Berlin. Composer and media artist, writer and scholar. His works converge with dance, digital performance, poetry, architecture and neuroscience. He conducted his research at GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) in Paris, and at the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland. His artworks have been exhibited at the Biennale of Sao Paulo, Akademie der Künste Berlin, MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts Rome, Rockbund Museum Shanghai, Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel, Présences Electroniques Festival Geneva. lucalyptus.com
Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder. Over the last decade she has focused on investigating sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her recent works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments. Leonard holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MA from Mills College. Her music has been performed worldwide and she has been commissioned to create instruments and music for Kronos Quartet, Illuminated Corridor, and Michael Straus. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, ASCAP, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the Eric Stokes Fund. Leonard has been awarded residencies at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Djerassi, the Arctic Circle, Villa Montalvo, the Paul Dresher Ensemble Studio, and Engine 27. Recordings of her music are available from NEXMAP, Unusual Animals, Ubuibi, Pax, Apraxia, 23 Five, and Great Hoary Marmot Music. allwaysnorth.com
Crystal Sepúlveda is a choreographer, performer, improviser. She holds an M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography from University of California, Riverside (UCR). She is a lecturer in the Dance Dept. at UCR and Mt. San Jacinto College. Her choreographies are adaptable environments that redirect the function, presence and possibilities of the moving body in performance. Her works have been presented at various venues and institutions including Music and Space Conference at CUNY Graduate Center Department of Music (New York City), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), Milkbar (Oakland), Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts (Riverside), FIELD STUDIES at Chez Buskwick Studio (Brooklyn), homeLA and The Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles), UC Irvine, University Art Gallery (Irvine), Studio1415 and Excello Dance Space (Miami) and at El Centro Cultural Tijuana,Mexico. crystalsepulveda.com
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Join Hamza Walker, Curator at Renaissance Society and co-curator of Made in L.A. 2016, for a free public program at The Lab. Presented by Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue.
Hamza Walker is the Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Recent exhibitions at the Renaissance Society include “Teen Paranormal Romance” (2014), “Suicide Narcissus” (2013), and John Neff (2013). His important 2008 Renaissance Society exhibition, “Black Is, Black Ain’t,” explored a shift in the rhetoric of race from an earlier emphasis on inclusion to a moment where racial identity was being simultaneously rejected and retained. Walker is the recipient of the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant and the 2004 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement, presented by the Menil Collection. In 2010 he was awarded the Ordway Prize; awarded by the New Museum and named for the naturalist, philanthropist, and arts patron Katherine Ordway. He has recently been announced as curator of the Hammer Museum’s forthcoming biennial, “Made in L.A. 2016.” Walker has contributed reviews and art criticism to New Art Examiner, Art Muscle, Dialogue, Parkett, and Artforum, in addition to numerous catalogue essays on artists ranging from Giovanni Anselmo and Darren Almond to Thomas Hirschhorn and Heimo Zobering. Prior to his work at the Renaissance Society, Walker was the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs.
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