The Lab

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

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.

Chiara Giovando is a Los Angeles-based artist and curator. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She was Curator in Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR where she presented a series of exhibitions and programing titled Sound is Matter. Giovando has a diverse portfolio; she curated Sound Structures in San Francisco, a series that recreated indeterminacy scores ranging from early Japanese Fluxus works to Steve Reich's Pendulum Music. This spring she curated In Search of an Author at the Unge Kunstneres Samfund in Oslo, Norway. Other recent projects include The Third Ear, an exhibition of new sound art curated as part of the Fellows of Contemporary Art Curators Lab Award, and Thousand Points of Light, a site-works and residency program founded by Giovando in Joshua Tree, CA. Prior to accepting the Curator-in-Residence position at Disjecta, Giovando was Co-Director and Curator at Human Resources L.A. for two years. In 2013 she was invited to arrange a score for the Calder Quartet at the Barbican in London based on Christian Wolff’s work Edges 1969, this work recently played at the L.A. Philharmonic is 2015. In 2012 she was awarded a research fellowship with German collector and curator René Block that culminated in Hammer Without a Master: Henning Christiansen’s Archive, an exhibition that included fourteen artists and composers as well as archival material. 

Chiara Giovando created this work while at the Varda Artists Residency Program in Sausalito.