The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Jacqueline Gordon
Oct
1
Oct 31

Jacqueline Gordon

SOUND INSTALLATION: Inside You Is Me
Open to the public on Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, from 5-10pm; Sundays, October 16, 23, 30, from 12-5pm. Available for workshops and off-hour visits by appointment. Email thelabsf@thelab.org or call 415-864-8855 for information. Free.

PERFORMANCE: Playlist with Maryanna Lachmann, Jose Abad, and Oscar Tidd
Saturday, October 15, 2016; 7pm doors / 8pm performance. Free.
Sunday, October 16, 2016; 3pm doors / 4pm performance. Free.

PERFORMANCE: FAY
Saturday, October 22, 20162016; 7pm doors / 8pm performance. Free.

PERFORMANCE: Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener
Saturday, October 29, 2016; 7pm doors / 8pm performance
Tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance, $15 General / Free for members

During the month of October, artist Jacqueline Gordon will create Inside You Is Me, a dynamic sculpture with moveable walls, a multichannel sound composition, and staged performances inside The Lab. Local artists Maryanna Lachman, Jose Abad, Oscar Tidd, and Sam Hertz will be joined by Los Angeles composers FAY and Jonathan Mandabach, Bolivian-American musician Elysia Crampton, and New York dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. Over the course of the month, all ten artists will use Gordon’s sonic installation as a system in which to create new compositions, sculptures, and performances.

False Starts: Anna Moschovakis and Michael Palmer
Oct
11
7:00 pm19:00

False Starts: Anna Moschovakis and Michael Palmer

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
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Anna Moschovakis is the author, most recently, of They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This (Coffee House Press) and the translator of Bresson on Bresson (New York Review Books Classics). She edits and designs book with Ugly Duckling Presse and teaches in the MFA programs at Pratt Institute and Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. 

Poet and translator Michael Palmer has lived in San Francisco since 1969. He has worked with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company for over forty years and has collaborated with many composers and visual artists. His most recent collections are Active Boundaries (Selected Essays and Talks), (New Directions, 2008), Madman With Broom (selected poems with Chinese translations by Yunte Huang, Oxford University Press, 2011), and Thread, (New Directions, 2011). His new book of poems, The Laughter of the Sphinx, was published by New Directions in June of 2016.

Douglas Crimp and Claudia La Rocco on "Before Pictures"
Oct
23
7:00 pm19:00

Douglas Crimp and Claudia La Rocco on "Before Pictures"

FREE, copies of Before Pictures will be available for sale

Art historian and critic Douglas Crimp discusses his new memoir, Before Pictures, with writer Claudia La Rocco.

Douglas Crimp is the rare art critic whose work profoundly influenced a generation of artists. He is best known for his work with the “Pictures Generation.” But while his influence is widely recognized, we know little about Crimp’s own formative experiences. Before Pictures tells the story of Crimp’s life as a young gay man and art critic in New York City from the late 1960s through the ’70s. The details of his professional and personal life are interwoven with the particularly rich history of New York City, producing a vivid portrait of both the critic and his adopted city. At the same time, it offers a deeply personal and engaging point of entry into important issues in contemporary art. In Crimp’s words: “Through the book, I weave together stories of the two cultures that were most important in my life at the time—gay liberation and the art that came to be called post-modernist.”

Art & Dialogue: Peter Eleey
Nov
3
7:00 pm19:00

Art & Dialogue: Peter Eleey

Join Peter Eleey, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs at MoMA PS1, for a free public program at The Lab. Eleey will visit San Francisco for three days to participate in Art & Dialogue. During his stay, he will visit with eight Artadia Awardees.

The Zizi Show
Nov
10
8:00 pm20:00

The Zizi Show

The Zizi Show is a performance host-show put together by the duo Zizi and DJ Teta O from the Rocca Family Project. It is a serious-playful-learning-playground for examining social constructs such as gender and colonialism. 
 
Zizi is a philosopher without concrete definitions, inclined to mood swings, driven by a bitchy attitude, and who is not afraid of discomfort or anger. She makes references to ideal worlds, imagined realities, she makes up truths and brings forward lies.  

Special guests: Kathy Zarur, Nathalie Khankan, Kristina Lee Podesva 

COME HUNGRY. 

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First Light: Chris Brown, Theresa Wong, Kyle Bruckmann
Nov
13
8:00 pm20:00

First Light: Chris Brown, Theresa Wong, Kyle Bruckmann

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$15 General / Free for members
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Chris Brown, piano and computer
Theresa Wong, cello, voice, and amplification
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe and analog electronics

The trio performs compositions in just intonation by Chris Brown extended with free improvisations and interactive computer interventions.  This concert includes the world premiere of First Light, set to poetry by Jackson MacLow and harmonies composed using Harry Partch's 43-tone tuning.  Also included is the premiere of a restored version of Brown's signature work Snakecharmer (1988), for soloist and feedback network. Obelisk (2015), an improvisation structure in a 7-limit tuning for the trio with interactive electronics, rounds out the program.

Dora García: The Hearing Voices Café
Nov
22
Dec 4

Dora García: The Hearing Voices Café

Spanish artist Dora García will be in residence at The Lab for the most recent installment of her ongoing project The Hearing Voices CaféThe Hearing Voices Café is a gathering place for people who hear voices. Structurally it is composed of four core nodes: detailed in-gallery informational material, a regularly updated newspaper, audio/radio works and performance. There will also be a number of events on the history and current activities of psychiatry-related resistance and civil rights movements as well as on the relationships between language, mental idiosyncrasies, literature, capitalism and art. 

Wadada Leo Smith Exhibition of Scores @ Kadist
Dec
14
6:00 pm18:00

Wadada Leo Smith Exhibition of Scores @ Kadist

Location: Kadist, 3295 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Reception: 6 - 8 pm
Wadada Leo Smith in conversation with Hamza Walker: 7pm

For the past fifty years, Wadada Leo Smith (b. 1941) has been developing his own form of graphic musical notation he calls Ankhrasmation. “Ankh” is the Egyptian symbol for life, “Ras” is the Ethiopian word for leader, and “Ma” is a universal term for mother­­. They are compositions of color, line, and shape. 

Our friends at Kadist recently added some of the scores to their collection, and a selection of them are on view.

The artist introduces the works in conversation with curator Hamza Walker.

Lawrence “Butch” Morris: Book Launch and Screening @ The Wattis Institute
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

Lawrence “Butch” Morris: Book Launch and Screening @ The Wattis Institute

Location: The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 360 Kansas St, San Francisco, CA 94103
7:15 pm: Book presentation by Daniela Veronesi and J.A Deane (via Skype)
7:45 pm: Zeena Parkins introduction and Butch Morris screening
FREE

The Art of Conduction – A Conduction® Workbook by Lawrence D. “Butch" Morris is a new book about Morris’s hand gestures edited by Daniela Veronesi. This event launches its publication and Veronesi, along with contributor J.A. Deane, introduce the book (via Skype).

Then, Zeena Parkins introduces a screening of Conduction #15, Where Music Goes II, one of the many conductions in which she performed. This one was recorded at the Whitney Museum of American Art on November 15 and 16, 1989.

Wadada Leo Smith: Four Symphonies
Dec
17
8:00 pm20:00

Wadada Leo Smith: Four Symphonies

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$20 General / $15 Members
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Wadada Leo Smith performs his piece Four Symphonies. He plays the trumpet, and has invited others to join him. Ikue Mori performs on electronics, Anthony Davis plays the piano, and Hardedge does the sound design. 

Zeena Parkins and William Winant perform an improvised duo for harp and percussion.

Wadada Leo Smith was born in Leland, Mississippi in 1941 and trained with the U.S. Military band program, Sherwood School of Music, and Wesleyan University. A faculty member at The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts until his retirement in 2013, Smith also taught at the University of New Haven, the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY, and Bard College. Smith currently performs with the Golden Quartet, Silver Orchestra, and Organic ensembles, and his compositions have been performed by other ensembles including AACM Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, New York New Music Ensemble, and California E.A.R. Unit. Recent awards and commissions include MAP Fund Award for “Ten Freedom Summers” (2011), Chamber Music America New Works Grant (2010), NEA Recording Grant (2010), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009-2010).

 

Brontez Purnell: Unstoppable Feat, The Dances of Ed Mock
Feb
1
Mar 31

Brontez Purnell: Unstoppable Feat, The Dances of Ed Mock

During his residency at The Lab, choreographer Brontez Purnell will create a performance and archive project exploring the late San Francisco postmodern choreographer Ed Mock. 
 
Ed Mock died in 1986 at the height of the AIDS epidemic; his story continues to engage contemporary conversations. Purnell states, “I believe Ed Mock is the missing choreographic link between Alvin Ailey, Anna Halprin, and Bill T. Jones.  He is my direct predecessor, creatively. We – artists, black queers, Bay Area dancers, gay men - have to extract our collective past and create the historical record.” 

Purnell will re-imagine the work and life of Ed Mock through archival research, interviews, choreographic interpretations, music and film. The new and re-created choreography will be performed for live audiences and will be documented in a dance film in order to expand Mock’s publicly accessible archives for future dance audiences.  Purnell will write, choreograph, produce and direct the live performances and the final film.


Bruce Baillie
Sep
25
7:00 pm19:00

Bruce Baillie

7pm Doors / 7:30pm Bruce Baillie Introduction and Films
$10 General / Free for members
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Filmmaker Bruce Baillie will present the premiere of Spring (2016) for Jefferson Sunflower along with a selection of video works completed over the past 26 years.

The program to include:
Les Memoires d’un ange
Spring (2016) for Jefferson Sunflower
P 38 Pilot
I Wish I Knew
The Cardinal’s Return
Study Reel (The Baillies, '02) By Sami Van Ingen (Finland)
Dr. Bish’s Birthday by Tung
Roy Eldridge   
—and a few more surprises

Born in South Dakota in 1931, Bruce Baillie served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and studied filmmaking for a year at the London School of Film Technique. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1950s and within a few years became a guiding light of the New American Cinema. Simultaneous to his earliest personal experiments in 16mm, Baillie launched Canyon Cinema in the redwoods over Oakland in 1961. As he recounted to interviewer Scott MacDonald, "Immediately I realized that making films and showing films must go hand in hand, so I got a job at Safeway, took out a loan and bought a projector." 

The World According to Sound
Aug
26
Aug 27

The World According to Sound

Friday, August 26, 2016
7:30pm – 10:30pm
$15 General / $12 Members / $20 Door
We are SOLD OUT for tonight's show. We ask that attendees arrive and be seated by 7:50pm, after which we will release seats to the waitlist. 

 

Saturday, August 27, 2016
7:30pm – 10:30pm
$15 General / $12 Members / $20 Door
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There’s a lot of talking on the radio. People love to yammer. The World According to Sound is a 90-second radio show with as little talking as possible. Every episode brings you one sound that tells a story. At The Lab we’re bringing all those sounds together to give you an immersive aural experience. 

Join us for an hour with the lights off, awash in sound. The show will be neither music nor narrative, but will float somewhere between the two. The World According to Sound wants to reawaken our relationship to life as perceived with our ears. Those dominant sensory organs of ours—the eyes—have no place at this event. Instead, we’ll venture forth Oedipus-like into the world, taking it in through that most immediate and ephemeral of human senses—hearing.

False Starts: Kimberly Lyons, Vyt Bakaitis and Kit Schluter
Aug
16
7:00 pm19:00

False Starts: Kimberly Lyons, Vyt Bakaitis and Kit Schluter

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm $8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
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Kimberly Lyons is the author of books of poetry including Approximately Near (Metambesendotorg, 2016), Calcinatio (Faux Press, 2014) and Rouge (Instance Press, 2012). Her essays on the poetry of Bernadette Mayer and Joseph Ceravolo appeared in Aufgabe and Jacket 2.  She has given talks on the poetry of Alice Notley, Pierre Joris, Barbara Guest and the Poetry Project in the 1980s. She is the publisher of Lunar Chandelier Press and has recently organized events at Anthology Film Archives in NYC. She lives in Chicago.

Vyt Bakaitis, a native of Lithuania, has been living in New York City since 1968. A book of his poems City Country appeared in 1991 (Black Thistle Press, NYC), and con/structs, his book of visual poems and photographs, came out in a limited edition in 2001 (Arunas K. Photo+Graphics, NYC). His reviews of poetry have appeared in World Literature Today and The Poetry Project Newsletter. Vyt Bakaitis has also published translations of poetry from several languages, including the anthology of 20th Century Lithuanian poetry he edited, Breathing Free (Lithuanian Writers Union, 2001). His versions of the classic Romantics Hölderlin and Mickiewicz are included in World Poetry (W. W. Norton, 1998). His translations of the poems of Jonas Mekas were published as There Is No Ithaca (Black Thistle Press), with a foreword by Czeslaw Milosz, and as Daybooks (Portable Press at YoYo Labs). Deliberate Proof, a new collection of poems, was brought out by Lunar Chandelier Press in 2010. Recent poems have appeared in VanitasThe Brooklyn RailTalisman and the online journal, Eoagh (eoagh.com).

Kit Schluter’s writing can be found in the False Starts pamphlet, and elsewhere. Among his forthcoming and published translations are books by Amandine André, Anne Kawala, Clamanç Llansana, Jaime Saenz, Marcel Schwob, and Michel Surya. He is a 2016 NEA translation fellow, and makes books in good company under the name of O’clock Press.

 

Marielle V Jakobsons / Phil Manley & Andy Puls / Maggi Payne
Aug
13
8:00 pm20:00

Marielle V Jakobsons / Phil Manley & Andy Puls / Maggi Payne

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
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Marielle V Jakobsons
Phil Manley / Andy Puls
Maggi Payne

An evening of audiovisual immersion celebrating the release of Marielle’s new new Thrill Jockey Records album “Star Core.”  Maggi Payne will be screening her exquisite and delicate videos and tone miester from Trans Am Phil Manley will be collaborating for the first time with video synth wizard Andy Puls.

Senyawa
Aug
6
Aug 7

Senyawa

Performance: 
Saturday, August 6th
8pm Doors / 8:30 Sound
$20 General / $15 for Members
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Instrument Making Workshop: 
Sunday, August 7th 1pm –3pm
$15 General / Free for members
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Jogjakarta’s Senyawa embodies the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. Their music strikes a perfect balance between their avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music.

Fritzia Irizar: White Chameleon / HFCS
Jul
23
Aug 20

Fritzia Irizar: White Chameleon / HFCS

Performance: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:30pm
Exhibition: Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 4-8pm, from July 28—August 20, 2016
Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Saturday, August 20, 2016, 6:30-8pm 

Fritzia Irízar’s practice reflects on the psychological, economic, and symbolic conditions of value. On par with big tobacco and big alcohol, the sugar industry invests heavily in fictions and sleights-of-hand to downplay the life-threatening realities of their product. White Chameleon / HFCS presents first a proof of production – the literal machinery of a sugar refinery – and symbolic measures of worth as antidotes to the shadowy machinations of capital. Irízar punctuates this backdrop of machinery and evidence with the low tones of a bassoon, resonating inside the body as the ultimate site of resistance.

An Evening of 21st Century Guitar
Jul
21
8:00 pm20:00

An Evening of 21st Century Guitar

8pm Doors / 8:30 Sound
$15 General / Free for members
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This program explores an iconoclastic strain of Americana that merges experimentalism with folk forms – a style often connected to John Fahey's Takoma Records catalog of the 1960s and 70s – and the artists who are expanding and challenging the boundaries solo guitar-based practice in their own way. With Bill Orcutt, Chuck Johnson, Itasca, and Sarah Louise.

Clair-audience: Hong-Kai Wang with Dohee Lee and Marshall Trammell
Jul
6
7:30 pm19:30

Clair-audience: Hong-Kai Wang with Dohee Lee and Marshall Trammell

Event 7:30pm
$10 General / Free for Members
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A co-production by Kadist and The Lab, Clair-audience is a performative listening session developed by artist Hong-Kai Wang in collaboration with artists Dohee Lee and Marshall Trammell. The session comes out of a recent conversation among local thinkers and practitioners gathering to speculate about the unrecorded movements of “black ghosts” across the Pacific Ocean–from Taiwan to California­– listened to and facilitated by Lee and Trammell.  

Pronounced as “oo-kui" in Taiwanese, “black ghosts” leave very few perceivable traces of their whereabouts in colonial Taiwan. Taiwanese sugarcane workers lament “black ghosts” as slaves in a protest song in 1925; 17th-century Dutch painters depict them as Indonesian servants; a Spanish missionary’s diary in 1632 mention them as Filipino forced laborers and mercenaries who sought refuge from Native Taiwanese communities; and ornaments of Taoist temples in southern Taiwan immortalize them as mythical creatures. Existing between the limits and possibilities of archives, the representation of “black ghosts” rigorously questions parameters of knowledge and understanding of bodies. 

The performative listening session consists of Lee and Trammell’s unorchestrated conjuring of the spaces of forgetting and the bodies of the forgotten that transpire during and beyond the prior group conversation. Audiences are invited to actively hear and listen for the voices beyond times and places, while the performers call forth these spaces and bodies through rhythms, beats, words, and movements. All temporalities are considered.  

False Starts: Mark Wallace, Lindsey Boldt and Rodney Koeneke
Jul
5
7:00 pm19:00

False Starts: Mark Wallace, Lindsey Boldt and Rodney Koeneke

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
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Mark Wallace is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Most recently he has published a book-length prose poem, Notes from the Center on Public Policy. His novelCrab is forthcoming in 2017. He lives in San Diego and teaches at California State University, San Marcos. 

Lindsey Boldt is the author of Overboard (Publication Studio) and the chapbooks, Titties for Lindsey (OMG), Overboard: Rampage (Berkeley Neo Baroque), Oh My, Hell Yes (Summer BF Press) and a forthcoming chapbook from Couch Press with an unpronounceable title (sorry, not sorry). She lives in Oakland, CA.

Rodney Koeneke’s most recent book of poems is Etruria (Wave Books, 2014). Earlier collections include Rouge State and Musee Mechanique. A new chapbook, Seven for Boetticher and Other Poems, was published last year by Oakland’s Hooke Press. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches history at Portland State.

Laraaji & Sun Araw
Jun
11
8:00 pm20:00

Laraaji & Sun Araw

Superior Viaduct presents: Laraaji & Sun Araw (record release show)
8pm Doors / 9pm Music
$15 General / $10 for Members of The Lab (member tickets available at the door – email thelabsf@thelab.org to be put on the list)

Tickets available at the door. If you already purchased tickets, there is going to be a Will Call list at the door. Thanks.

 

Please join us for a rare performance by ambient icon Laraaji and LA experimentalists Sun Araw, two colossal forces in contemporary electronic music.

Laraaji’s musical radiance has continued to shine brightly over four decades, starting with 1980’s Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (third in Brian Eno’s classic ambient series). Sun Araw emerged in 2008 with transformative recordings that combine classic dub and reggae effects with elements of noise, drone and psychedelia.

This first-time live collaboration in the US celebrates the release of Professional Sunflow – the inaugural record on Superior Viaduct’s W.25TH imprint – featuring Laraaji’s soulful vocals and signature instrument, zither, along with Sun Araw’s Cameron Stallones (guitar/keyboards) and Alex Gray (computer synthesis).

Animals and Giraffes: Phillip Greenlief, Claudia La Rocco, John Bischoff, and Karen Stackpole
Jun
10
7:30 pm19:30

Animals and Giraffes: Phillip Greenlief, Claudia La Rocco, John Bischoff, and Karen Stackpole

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Sound
$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab
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Phillip Greenlief (reeds) & Claudia La Rocco (text, voice) created Animals & Giraffes as a way to explore how improvisation on and off the page can create a larger conversation between sound and text.  Collaboration is central to Animals & Giraffes; for this concert Greenlief and La Rocco are joined by electronic musician John Bischoff and percussionist Karen Stackpole (who is one of many Bay Area improvisers featured on the duo’s debut album, JULY, forthcoming from Relative Pitch Records).

Lau Nau with Dire Wolves and Paul Clipson
Jun
3
7:30 pm19:30

Lau Nau with Dire Wolves and Paul Clipson

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Music
$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab
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Laura Naukkarinen, (born 1980) is a singer-songwriter and musician from Helsinki. She is also a member of free improv and psych folk bands Kiila, Päivänsäde, the Anaksimandros, Avarus, Maailma, and the trio Hertta Lussu Ässä formed by fellow acid folk singer-songwriters Islaja and Kuupuu. Her sound has been likened to the cooing of doves. She's credited as playing anything from "colorful juice glasses" and "witch laugh megaphone" to "beer cans". This will be Lau Nau's first San Francisco show in 6 years - she will be joined onstage by members of Dire Wolves who will also open the show. Both sets will feature live film work from Paul Clipson.

Kembra Pfahler
May
28
8:00 pm20:00

Kembra Pfahler

Event is FREE for those who backed our Kickstarter and FREE for members
$20 general admission

The Lab has invited Kembra Pfahler to transform its space into a surreal “Manual of Action” through her core tenets of Availabism, Beautalism, and Antinaturalism. The madness will culminate with a performance event on May 28th hosted by Kembra and her brother Adam Pfahler's (formerly of Jawbreaker) band California. In the words of Nick Zedd/Orion Jeriko this event promises “blood, shame, pain and ecstasy, the likes of which no one has yet imagined. None shall emerge unscathed!”

Kembra Pfahler is an artist and rock musician, best known as the painted lead singer of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, a theatrical death rock band she co-founded in 1990. Named in honor of cult horror film heroine Karen Black, the band uses music, drawings and films to dispel the antiquated notion that there is a hierarchy of artistic mediums. In her art and music, Pfahler follows the philosophy of availabism—making the best of what’s available. This is apparent in the low-tech props and homemade costumes the Girls of Karen Black don on stage and which fill Pfahler’s exhibition installations.

Puncture Tones
Apr
30
8:00 pm20:00

Puncture Tones

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Sights & Sounds
$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab
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Puncture Tones (2016), is a new composition by Chiara Giovando for voice, strings and subwoofers. Puncture Tones plays with the psychoacoustics phenomena of sonic masking, or the presence of a sound that partially or completely masks the perception of another sound. Using sculpture, graphical notation and a play between electronic and acoustic sound, Puncture Tones explores the concept of the mask as a reflective surface for subjectivity.

With Kristina Dutton, violin, Mia Bella D’Augelli, violin, Crystal Pascucci, cello, Danishta Rivera, voice and singing mask, Jake Freeman, voice and singing mask, Chiara Giovando, voice and electronics.

Puncture Tones will open with solo precision from Yasi Perera and a film program including new short works from Wei Li and light of the tulpa, an expanded cinema performance by arc that uses xerox printed 16mm film based on occult color theories found in the book Thought Forms (Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater. 1901). light of the tulpa is a stroboscopic inquiry into the visual and sonic invocations of the book's printed color fields.

Las Sucias: Live LP Recording
Apr
23
8:30 pm20:30

Las Sucias: Live LP Recording

UPDATE: 8–9:30pm music and beers / 9:30pm Las Sucias performance
$10 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab
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Attend a live recording of a new LP from Las Sucias! Las Sucias is a feminist noise reggaeton duo formed by Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman, mixing anti-patriarchal riotgrrrl lyrics, afro-caribbean rhythms, brujería noise and possessed vocals.  Each performance is a ritual that combines all of the senses and elevates into a higher realm, inspiring the listener to dance, speak in tongues, laugh hysterically and get possessed by the spirits awoken.

OXBOW with Black Spirituals
Apr
16
8:00 pm20:00

OXBOW with Black Spirituals

$18 general / $12 for members of The Lab
8:00pm doors / 8:30pm music

Hailing from San Francisco, California, Oxbow is a legendary musical group known for their unique blend of noise, avant-garde jazz, musique concrete (AMG) and the Blues, creating bizarre and plangent soundscapes with overtones of paranoia, revulsion and exaltation. In a rare and unusual departure from the artful sound and fury that has earned them international renown, Oxbow presents an electricity-free evening of acoustic renditions from their songbook.

Black Spirituals, of Oakland CA, are a locally venerated duo of creative sound-makers who articulate meaning at the ecstatic intersection of tone-generating electronics & the heart-thumping, acoustic percussion technologies. Predicated upon their libidinal drive to produce the narrative of our musical expositions,  Black Spirituals mediates a threefold vernacular presence,  the instigation of unfurling cultural dynamics, and the relationship mediation collective logics:

      (1) Simultaneous soloistic vernacular development;
      (2) Employment of individual narratives in tandem; and,
      (3) Combined, multi-aesthetic approaches.

 M. Lamar with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix in DESTRUCTION
Apr
14
7:30 pm19:30

M. Lamar with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix in DESTRUCTION

$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab
Doors at 7:30pm / 8:15-9:30pm Performance
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"DESTRUCTION is a song of mourning for what Antony Paul Farley calls "the motionless movement of death through slavery, segregation and neo-segregation." Drawing on themes of apocalypse, end times, and rapture found in Negro Spirituals, the work explores radical historical expressions, and invokes long held and continued calls to end our white supremacist world order. DESTRUCTION is a futuristic salvaging of the negro spirit in the ruins a western world in flames." - M. Lamar

Voice and piano M. Lamar
Music composed by M. Lamar and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
Libretto by M. Lamar and Tucker Culbertson
Art Direction by Sabin Calvert

FLOATERS
Apr
8
Apr 9

FLOATERS

Friday, April 8th, 8pm: Reserve Tickets Here
Saturday, April 9th, 8pm: Reserve Tickets Here
$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab

UPDATE: We will close doors at precisely 8:20pm – everyone must be seated beforehand. Please get your tickets now to ensure your spot!

Floaters is a kinetic laboratory of choreography, video and sound. Christine Bonansea developed Floaters over the course of two years, experimenting and performing variations of the piece in various countries. Improvisation became integral to adapting the piece to different performance contexts.  In every context, the audience is contained in the center of an environment made unstable by sound, projected light, and surrounded by the bodies of performers.

Chris Mann: things i’d like to have said
Mar
26
7:00 pm19:00

Chris Mann: things i’d like to have said

7pm Doors / 7:30pm Performance
$15 General Admission / $12 for Members of The Lab
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"Chris Mann is really a composer of extreme rhythmic complexities that have deeper meaning than words can ever deliver." —Alvin Lucier

Chris Mann is an Australian poet, writer, performer and improviser specialized in the emerging field of compositional linguistics, which the artist describes as "the mechanism whereby you understand what I'm thinking better than I do.” Mann's works for voice are based on complex texts, freely composed to allow a play of wit and humor. He explores the textures and gestures of speech, with its rhythms and qualities of color, pitch, intonation and emphasis.  Mann's unique style of reading these incredibly dense, parenthetical texts at a high speed has brought him recognition as a unique performer and recording artist. 

Sparrows and Ortolans: Laetitia Sonami and James Fei
Mar
18
7:30 pm19:30

Sparrows and Ortolans: Laetitia Sonami and James Fei

$15 general / free for members of The Lab
7:30pm doors / 8pm music
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James Fei and Laetitia Sonami started their improvisational collaboration in 2013. While the materials and techniques used by the two musicians differ significantly, both employ tactile interface coupled with electronic systems that exhibit complex behavioral response. Sonami performs with her most recent instrument, the Spring Spyre. Constructed around a web of springs whose signals are analyzed through neural networks which in turn control the audio synthesis in real time, the Spring Spyre can exhibit a wide range of sonic behaviors depending on its training terrains. Fei's setup consists of a mix of old modular equipment and homebrewed circuits. The system is driven by multiple feedback loops, often on the brink of instability. Signals are recursively routed through microphones, spring reverb, and converted between audio and control voltages. Circuit elements are also modified by touch, integrating the non-linearities and the immediacy of the body with the electronic processes.

Muted Cinema: A Maya Deren Tribute
Mar
13
7:00 pm19:00

Muted Cinema: A Maya Deren Tribute

$15 General Admission / $12 for Members of The Lab
SOLD OUT - 25 standing room only tickets will be released at 7:15pm

Muted Cinema is a roving sound and film series. Bringing together distinctive sounds from different sonic subcultures, selected silent/muted films are presented with live scores performed by ensembles and projects of the experimental, chamber, electronic, and improvisational genres of the Bay Area’s vibrant avant-garde scenes.

The dream-like states. Shadows, mirrors, self/other. The spectral lens of Maya Deren will be (re)visited through the prism of sonic responses.

Greg Kelley & Bill Nace, Matt Ingalls, Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase
Mar
7
7:30 pm19:30

Greg Kelley & Bill Nace, Matt Ingalls, Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase

$15 General / Free for Members of The Lab
7:30 pm Doors / 8pm Music
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Greg Kelley: trumpet, amplifier, pedals
Bill Nace: electric guitar, amplifier, pedals

Greg Kelley (nmperign, Heathen Shame, The BSC) and Bill Nace (Body/Head, x.o.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, Northampton Wools) first played together in Anna Rampage with Paul Flaherty & Ben Karetnick in 2006. Since that time they have performed in trios with Jake Meginsky and Chris Corsano, in quartets with Corsano & Paul Flaherty and Wally Shoup & Greg Campbell, and, starting in 2011, as a duo. They toured the East Coast/Mid-West in 2012 with Matt Krefting and released a split cassette with Krefting for the occasion on Nace's Open Mouth imprint. Open Mouth also released an LP of their quartet with Wally Shoup & Greg Campbell in 2015. Utilizing an array of extended instrumental techniques, amplification and effects pedals, Kelley and Nace have allowed themselves an extensive palette to work with and set no boundaries as to where it will bring them. Delicate sound fields may slowly unfold only to then disintegrate into waves of tumult. Tumult may then bore itself into a maze of soft refrigerators.

False Starts: Lyn Hejinian, Nick Hoff and Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

False Starts: Lyn Hejinian, Nick Hoff and Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Readings start promptly at 7:30pm
$8 General Admission (no one turned away for lack of funds) / Free for Members of The Lab
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Lyn Hejinian is a poet, translator, editor, and currently serves as the John F. Hotchkis Professor of English at UC Berkeley.

Nick Hoff is a poet, translator, and bookseller. His first book of poetry, Some Ones, was published by Tuumba press in 2015.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012), gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), and co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press / Belladonna Books 2009). 

Frans Zwartjes' Medea
Feb
6
8:00 pm20:00

Frans Zwartjes' Medea

$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab

Medea is Frans Zwartjes' 1982 adaptation of Euripides' tragedy, originally produced for stage by the actresses Josée Ruiter and Çanci Geraerdts. Zwartjes is largely known for the stream of voyeuristic, sexually charged and hugely influential experimental films he made in the 1960’s and 70’s, but Medea, one of Susan Sontag's favorite films, was considered lost until now.

Ellen Fullman
Jan
1
Jan 31

Ellen Fullman

Sunday, January 31, 8pm    Harbors: Composed works for the Long String Instrument
$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab
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For the month of January 2016, The Lab will host an artist residency for composer, performer, and musical instrument designer, Ellen Fullman. During the residency, The Lab will house an expanded version of Fullman’s Long String Instrument; over one hundred strings will be installed wall-to-wall, spanning the 53-foot length of our space.

During her residency, Fullman will execute groundbreaking new pieces, "Resonance is Harmony," "Harbors," and “Past the Angels."

"Like [Alvin] Lucier, composer Ellen Fullman also works with long strung wires as her instruments, turning the entire interior of a building into an instrument by running the "strings" from one side to the other. As with Lucier's piece, she lets the natural overtones determine what the mode or scale will be...the music was absolutely determined by its environment and by the players. A lot of this cosmic music has no beginning and no end. It's music that proposes that it exists, like myriad other elements that surround us, a constant element in the world, rather than as a finite recording or performance." David Byrne in How Music Works

Ownership: Omni Commons vis-à-vis The Lab
Nov
14
5:00 pm17:00

Ownership: Omni Commons vis-à-vis The Lab

  • The Lab

Free and open to all

SFMOMA's Open Space is a strange and often very spirited vehicle for institutional critique, social experiments, and expansive forms of learning. As further catalyst for thinking about their new building and digital site, they prompt The Lab and Omni Commons: "How does art complicate or reflect our sense of what it is to own, collect, or hold in common?" Join us in a fishbowl conversation on the subject of ownership–all are welcome. Please note that this event will be recorded for future use on SFMOMA's website.

False Starts: Beverly Dahlen, Susan Gevirtz and Sara Larsen
Nov
3
7:00 pm19:00

False Starts: Beverly Dahlen, Susan Gevirtz and Sara Larsen

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members

A native of Portland, Oregon, Beverly Dahlen has lived and worked in San Francisco for many years. Her first three books (Out of the Third; A Letter at Easter; The Egyptian Poems) were republished by Little Red Leaves Editions in 2012. Susan Gevirtz’s books of poetry include AERODROME ORION & Starry Messenger, Kelsey St., 2010; BROADCAST, Trafficker, 2009; Thrall, Post Apollo, 2007; Hourglass Transcripts, Burning Deck, 2001. CIRCADIA is due out from Nightboat in 2016. Sara Larsen is a poet living in Oakland. Along with David Brazil, she co-edited TRY magazine for many years.

Jaap Blonk and CORAL REMAINS
Oct
31
8:00 pm20:00

Jaap Blonk and CORAL REMAINS

As a special Halloween treat, we bring you the acclaimed vocal artist and interpreter of avant garde sound works, Jaap Blonk. Blonk will perform Antonin Artaud's seminal 1947 radio art shocker "To Have Done with the Judgement of God." Banned instantly by French radio Artaud's blackened and cathartic masterpiece retains the power to shock and remains an atavistic totem of human barbarity. Blonk uses Artaud's fragments of phonetic poetry as a basis for improvisations, duelling with unpredictable live electronics. He will also perform from his own “Songs of Little Sleep."

Xara Thustra: Retrospective Divestiture
Oct
23
Oct 25

Xara Thustra: Retrospective Divestiture

Friday, October 23rd, 8pm – 11pm: Free dinner / performances / dancing
Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th , 2-7pm: Open hours
Sunday, October 25th 7-8pm: Artist talk with Xara Thustra

Xara Thustra will create a total installation filling The Lab. The display will consist of a decade's worth of art, from older pieces to brand new works, over several hundred in all. This uniquely San Francisco experience opens at The Lab on October 23rd at 8pm with a free dinner. Performances will take place throughout the evening including a special collaborative performance by Saturn Jones and Xara Thustra at 10pm, and by ShotWell unplugged during dinner, and more! Festivities go late and will be hosted by NWD with music by DJs Designers Imposter- NYC and Shawna Shawnte-BAY. ALL ARE WELCOME.

The Lab's 24 Hour Telethon!
Oct
17
12:00 am00:00

The Lab's 24 Hour Telethon!

  • The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Starting at the stroke of 12am on Saturday, October 17th, The Lab will commit to the exhausting, if not impossible task, of bringing you 24 hours of non-stop performances. The spectacle will be presented before a rotating studio audience and simultaneously broadcast online. Though Telethon is modeled after the quintessential Jerry Lewis-style fundraisers of the early television era, the event’s programming holds true to the norm-challenging, risk-taking, boundary-pushing ethos of The Lab. The event will feature faux phone-banks, appearances by celebrities, and a roster of radical art, activations, interventions, and more!