The Lab

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

Art & Dialogue: Chrissie Iles
Jun
30
6:00 PM18:00

Art & Dialogue: Chrissie Iles

Doors at 6pm / Talk starts at 6:30pm
Free

Please join Artadia for a free public program at The Lab. Chrissie Iles is a senior curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her curatorial focus is contemporary art, and film and video. She is part of the curatorial team that shapes the artistic program of the Whitney Museum, and is responsible for building the museum’s film and video collection. She has curated a number of thematic survey exhibitions of the moving image, and co-curated the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennials. She publishes and lectures widely, and is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York, a member of the Graduate Committee of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, an Advisory Board member of the Integrated Media Arts Program at Hunter College, New York, and a member of the Joan Jonas Knowledge Base Advisory Board at New York University. Iles was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the History of Art Department at Bristol University. She was previously Head of Exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, England.​​​​​​​

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Body/Head: Kim Gordon and Bill Nace
Jul
14
8:30 PM20:30

Body/Head: Kim Gordon and Bill Nace

8:30pm Doors / 9pm Performance
$20 Guests / $15 Members
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Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's debut album together as Body/Head, Coming Apart, from 2013, was more of a rock record—heavy, emotional, cathartic, spellwork in shades of black and grey. The Switch is their second studio full-length, and it finds the duo working with a more subtle palette, refining their ideas and identity. Some of it was sketched out live (if you’ve not had the fortune of seeing them in that natural environment yet, see 2016’s improvisational document No Waves), but much of it happened purely in the moment. Working in the same studio and with the same producer as Coming Apart, here Body/Head stretch out, making spacious pieces that build shivering drones, dissonant interplay, Gordon’s manipulated vocals, and scraping, haunting textures into something that feels both delicate and dangerous. Less discrete songs than one composition broken up into thematic movements, a slow-moving narrative that requires as much attention and care from the listener as it did from everyone involved in its creation, it is a record that sticks around after it’s done playing.

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Lonnie Holley / Sun Foot
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Lonnie Holley / Sun Foot

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Performances
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Lonnie Holley combines recycled materials to construct stories, and each finished sculpture has a definition. Each element—from a piece of wire or twine to a small button or stone—is rich with meaning and is intended to be educational. Holley’s art and music invite audiences to engage with his personal philosophy: “My thing as an artist, I am not doing anything but still ringing that Liberty Bell, ding, ding, ding, on the shorelines of independence. Isn’t that beautiful? Can you hear the bell I’m ringing? And will you come running?” lonnieholley.com

Sun Foot is a Portland/Los Angeles-based three-piece outfit who play low-volume tunes through small amps and a drum set that consists of a hand drum, cymbal, pan lids, and electronic drum pad. All three sing, maybe play random cheap electronic keyboards, and probably switch off instruments. Good to listen to if you are interested in the sun and tired of negativity. Sun Foot is Ron Burns (Smog, Hot Spit Dancers, Swell), Chris Johanson (visual artist, The Deep Throats, Tina Age 13), and Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox through Water, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Deep Fried Boogie Band, Jewelry Rash). j.mp/sunfootrbc

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Keith Hennessy: Crotch
Jun
7
to Jun 9

Keith Hennessy: Crotch

Thursday, June 7, 2018; 7:30pm Doors / 8pm Performance
Friday, June 8, 2018; 7:30pm Doors / 8pm Performance
Saturday, June 9, 2018; 7:30pm Doors / 8pm Performance

Reserve an advanced ticket (good for any of the three performances): $15 Guests / Free for members 
Door tickets: $10–20 sliding scale

Crotch (all the Joseph Beuys references in the world cannot heal the pain, confusion, regret, cruelty, betrayal or trauma...) references the images and actions of artist Joseph Beuys. On the surface the work is about art, its histories and heroes. Deeper, a sadness grows, a queer melancholy. A song, a dance, a lecture, talking to the dead. All labor is creative. This is the tenth anniversary performance of Hennessy’s Bessie Award winning solo.

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Friday 6/1 and Saturday 6/2
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Friday 6/1 and Saturday 6/2

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$20 Guests / $12 for Members
FRIDAY general admission tickets
SATURDAY general admission tickets
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The Pyramids was founded in 1972. Alto saxophonist Ackamoor had originally left his hometown of Chicago to study music at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, where his teachers numbered legendary pianist Cecil Taylor. Via the Antioch Abroad Program, Ackamoor landed a year’s study overseas in 1972, which allowed him, and two Antioch students, to travel to Europe and Africa where he co – founded The Pyramids.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids feature the bandleader on alto/tenor saxophones, percussions, keyboard, and vocals, Sandy Poindexter violins and vocals, Skyler Stover acoustic and electric bass, vocals, and percussions, Silvestre Martinez drums, and percussions, David Molina guitar, percussions and vocals, and Bradie Speller congas and percussions.

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Kevin Drumm / Cameron Shafii
May
19
8:30 PM20:30

Kevin Drumm / Cameron Shafii

Saturday, May 19, 2018
8:30pm Doors / 9pm Performances
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Drumm’s work draws upon musique concrète, free improvisation, and noise music. He is also a black metal fanatic. kevindrumm.bandcamp.com

Cameron Shafii is an Iranian composer practicing electronic and electroacoustic music. His compositions are inflected with a host of digital synthesis processes and are informed by aspects of acousmatic theory, particularly spectromorphology. cameronshafii.com

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24 Hour Telethon!
Apr
20
to Apr 21

24 Hour Telethon!

Tickets available at the door

4:20–6:30pm Hellfire Yoga (DOOR $30)
7–9:30pm Mutant Makeover (DOOR $40)
10pm Sleepover w/ William Basinski (DOOR $60)
6–11am Rave & Shine (DOOR $30)
Noon–4:20pm Gar(b)age Sale (DOOR $30)

All Access Pass (DOOR $150)

Join us for 24 hours of non-stop performances presented before a rotating studio audience and simultaneously broadcast online. The Telethon celebrates all that is bizarre & beautiful about our fair city and enables The Lab to continue paying rent and paying artists! Tickets for each event are limited – get yours today.

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False Starts: Kevin Killian, Claudia La Rocco, and Tongo Eisen-Martin
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

False Starts: Kevin Killian, Claudia La Rocco, and Tongo Eisen-Martin

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

Kevin Killian is a San Francisco-based writer and artist.  His books include Impossible Princess, Action Kylie, three volumes of  Selected Amazon Reviews, and Tony Greene Era.  Recent projects include a novel, Spreadeagle, and Tagged, nude portraits of poets, artists, writers, musicians, etc.  In 2017 Nightboat Books published Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997, a capacious anthology Killian co-edited with Dodie Bellamy.

Claudia La Rocco is the author of the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress(Badlands Unlimited, 2014) and the novel petit cadeau (The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2015). animals & giraffes, her duo with musician/composer Phillip Greenlief and an ongoing roster of collaborators, has released two albums: July (with various musicians; Edgetone Records, 2017) and Landlocked Beach (with Wobbly; Creative Sources, 2018)  Her poetry and prose have been published in 6X6 #34: I Like Softness (Ugly Duckling Presse), Imagined Theatres: Writing for a theoretical stage (Daniel Sack, ed; Routledge), On Value (Ralph Lemon, ed; Triple Canopy), et al. She has received grants and residencies from such organizations as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and Headlands Center for the Arts.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book of poems titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series.

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Norman Westberg / Thor & Friends / Kal Spelletich
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Norman Westberg / Thor & Friends / Kal Spelletich

Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 for Members
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Best known for his work with the seminal outfit SWANS, Westberg’s output beyond that group is sprawling and restless. His name recurs and ripples through many interconnected micro-histories surrounding New York City’s music and art scenes. From appearances in film works associated with the Cinema Of Transgression, through to his participation in bands such as The Heroine Sheiks and Five Dollar Priest, Westberg’s name is woven deeply into the fabric of New York over the past three decades.

After five years of touring as the percussionist of The Swans, Thor Harris began Thor & Friends in the autumn of 2015 as a vehicle to experiment with a cast of rotating Austin based musicians in the vein of American minimalism. As an instrument carpenter and acoustic polyglot, Thor & Friends is the sound of Harris’ return home — an elongated greeting and ode to his community, woodworking shop, and the instruments his hands bring texture too.

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Psychodropping: raising a hire self: consultations in blended mediums
Apr
1
8:30 PM20:30

Psychodropping: raising a hire self: consultations in blended mediums

8:30pm Doors / 9pm Performances
$15 Guests / Free for members
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2018 tour launch for Oracle+ (OAK), RRLEW (NYC) and Frank's Tina Takes (OAK), also the release party for a new Oracle+ DVD on Resipiscent Records.

Oracle+
If video were marble slab, Oracle+ carves negative space to uncover its neolithic paintings and stained voices. This is free-form divined and reenacted aesthetics, not your art museum's brand of self-expression but something spookier by a fathom, teasing familiars into view only to dispel, casting them back into sinkholes of tactile video, sound art, costume, sculpture, guided nightmare humor and collective memory. Now, as in millennia past, to consult an oracle is to greet fate, not what transcends the blizzard, but what is hidden within it. Oracle+ are Stephanie and Miel Lister, sisters raised up from Florida, in the conflux of rusting muscle cars and computers, televangelical fashion and eco-cataclysm. None of which touched the haunted calm shared between them, a secret of sisters enlarged into another sphere. https://youtu.be/vzAqusbATKE

RRLEW
RRLEW is the Rube Goldberg Machine of performance art. The solo project of NYC's Rachel Lewallen, when RRLEW throws down, it's really all the world that comes unhung where it had been painfully hooked by its twisted underpants. Now naked and pancaked, all breath knocked from us, Lewallen has only just begun.  With gesture, costume, electronics, dance, she suspends all rules allowing her undead audience to hover above that void from where the next breath better come... whether choking gasps or song, commands or dance, laughter, screams or silence will erupt next is existential dread and disbelief itself, a shared fate she unfolds in real time. Recordings will not tell it, you'll need to leave your twisted unmentionables, come off your hung-ups, and unforgettably see her show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUJnqR-gENI

Frank's Tina Takes
“Armchair pathologist of the last century and beyond.” “Honest as a lunar landing and twice as close.” Laden with generational bait, Frank invites you to fake your first footsteps, run clear your history and delete your drive. https://soundcloud.com/franzrolloverminutes

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Experience It: Jon Rafman
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Experience It: Jon Rafman

6pm Doors / 6:30pm Talk
Free

Jon Rafman (b. 1981) is a Canadian artist and writer interested in the impact digital technologies have on society. In his films and installations, he explores online subcultures, multiplayer video games, and our increasing obsession with digital life, virtual and real. His immersive works and exhibitions interrogate how our collective human experience and individual desires are shaped and mediated by continually evolving digital and communication platforms.

Experience It is a conversation series about this work. In close dialogue with visiting artists, the series will examine, among other things, the social and architectural conditions of an exhibition site. The format will include conversations between each artist and the writer and art historian James Voorhies, as well as viewings of film clips, performances, and images of their work to dissect and analyze their multivalent, time-based activity. The series will address questions around the making and reception of this work by looking closely at artists’ practices and processes, their engagement with institutional infrastructures, and discussing how they negotiate the economics of making work. Experience It aims to reveal why artists choose their given artistic approaches, how institutions support them, and how they imagine their audiences as integral to the art, ultimately arriving at a better understanding of the “it” in the work.

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keyon gaskin: this is an artwork…
Mar
15
to Mar 16

keyon gaskin: this is an artwork…

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Start
$20 Guests / $12 Members
Thursday registration: member login or guest registration

Friday, March 16, 2018
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Start
$20 Guests / $12 Members
Friday registration: member login or guest registration

this is an artwork
this is for you
you are a community
you are my material
this is a prison
leave when you want

keyon gaskin prefers not to contextualize their art with their credentials

Co-presented by the CounterPulse Festival and in conjunction with Limited Edition. Limited Edition is an Open Space partnership with CounterPulse, The Lab, ODC Theater, Performance at SFMOMA, and Z Space, exploring questions of legacy and lineage through performances, discussions, and gatherings at various locations throughout the city, with commissioned texts appearing regularly online. For more information about the partnership, please visit Open Space

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False Starts: Elizabeth Robinson, Melissa Mack, and Aaron Simon
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

False Starts: Elizabeth Robinson, Melissa Mack, and Aaron Simon

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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Elizabeth Robinson is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Rumor from Free Verse Editions.She has been a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Fence Modern Poets Prize and the recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Brown Foundation/Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  Her mixed genre book On Ghosts was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for poetry.

Melissa Mack is a poet and working person whose book The Next Crystal Text is just out from Timeless, Infinite Light. Recent poems appear in Elderly and forthcoming from 1913 Journal. Her chapbook Includes All Strangers was published by Hooke Press in 2013. Other earlier work includes poems and other writings in ATTN:, The Capilano Review, Try!, With+Stand, the anthologies What We Want: A List of Our Fucking Demands (Small Press Traffic) and Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (PEN America), Poet’s Theater, the Alette in Oakland conference, and the Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette. She loves collective learning, participates in multiple reading groups, and helped organize the Bay Area Public School and the Oakland Free University. She lives and works in Oakland.

Aaron Simon is the author of Carrier (Insurance Editions 2006), Periodical Days (Green Zone Editions, 2007), Senses Himself, (Green Zone Editions, 2014), Rain Check Poems (BlazeVOX [books], 2015), and On My Way (Breather Editions, 2018). His recent poems have appeared in NoWhere, The Delineator, and Across the Margin. He lives in Oakland, CA.

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Stranded presents: Ellen Arkbro / Sarah Davachi
Mar
11
8:00 PM20:00

Stranded presents: Ellen Arkbro / Sarah Davachi

8pm Doors / 9pm Music
Ticket link: https://www.strandedrecords.com/collections/tickets/products/ellen-arkbro-sarah-davachi-march-11th-at-the-lab
There will be a limited amount of $12 tickets available for members of The Lab, but they must be reserved in advance. Please email thelabsf@thelab.org to have your name added to the member list.

Ellen Arkbro is a composer and sound-artist primarily working with intervallic harmony in just intonation. Her work includes long duration compositions for ensembles as well as electronic sound environments in the form of installations and live performances, employing both traditional acoustic instruments as well as digital algorithmic sound synthesis. In 2017 Arkbro released her first album, For Organ And Brass, a set of recordings of her compositions in just intonation for renaissance organ, horn, trombone and microtonal tuba. ellenarkbro.com

As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi's compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in analog synthesis, with concurrent treatment of acoustic sources – particularly organ, piano, strings, and woodwinds – often involving de-familiarization through processing. Her work considers the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize variations in overtone complexity and psychoacoustic artefacts. sarahdavachi.com

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Experience It: Sharon Hayes
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

Experience It: Sharon Hayes

6pm Doors / 6:30pm Talk
Free

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is an American artist who inhabits a space between activism and performance, exploring the intersections of politics, history, journalism, and linguistics. She often uses installation and video recordings but also works through public engagement on city streets. Hayes gained notoriety in New York’s East Village scene of the early 1990s for reciting, or “re-speaking,” political speeches of the 1960s and ’70s and continues to explore the political power of language and media in our interpretation of contemporary life. 

Experience It is a conversation series about this work. In close dialogue with visiting artists, the series will examine, among other things, the social and architectural conditions of an exhibition site. The format will include conversations between each artist and the writer and art historian James Voorhies, as well as viewings of film clips, performances, and images of their work to dissect and analyze their multivalent, time-based activity. The series will address questions around the making and reception of this work by looking closely at artists’ practices and processes, their engagement with institutional infrastructures, and discussing how they negotiate the economics of making work. Experience It aims to reveal why artists choose their given artistic approaches, how institutions support them, and how they imagine their audiences as integral to the art, ultimately arriving at a better understanding of the “it” in the work.

Organized by James Voorhies, Dean of Fine Arts and Acting Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, in partnership with Dena Beard, Director of The Lab.

 

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Maggi Payne / John Krausbauer & Kaori Suzuki
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

Maggi Payne / John Krausbauer & Kaori Suzuki

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki will present an improvisational-composition with voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion.  Their work originates from their shared interest in ancient and spiritual musics as much as the western “avant-garde”.  Their performance utilizes sustained tones (drone), long durations, and playing endurance, aiming to create environments that are ‘experiential’ in nature, more than exclusively ‘musical’.  Krausbauer and Suzuki will be touring together performing their solo and duo sets in Japan in March 2018 and have multiple forthcoming releases later in the year.  Maggi Payne will open.

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Experience It: Martine Syms
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Experience It: Martine Syms

6pm Doors / 6:30pm Talk
Free

Martine Syms (b. 1988) is an American artist who coined the term “conceptual entrepreneur” in 2007 to describe her area of critical inquiry. Working with digital media, film, and installation, Syms examines the construction and performance of black identity as a response to the experience of surveillance and consumer culture, while operating publication platforms such as Dominica Publishing, a press that has published and distributed work by Laurie Anderson, Diamond Stingily, and Hannah Black.    

Experience It is a conversation series about this work. In close dialogue with visiting artists, the series will examine, among other things, the social and architectural conditions of an exhibition site. The format will include conversations between each artist and the writer and art historian James Voorhies, as well as viewings of film clips, performances, and images of their work to dissect and analyze their multivalent, time-based activity. The series will address questions around the making and reception of this work by looking closely at artists’ practices and processes, their engagement with institutional infrastructures, and discussing how they negotiate the economics of making work. Experience It aims to reveal why artists choose their given artistic approaches, how institutions support them, and how they imagine their audiences as integral to the art, ultimately arriving at a better understanding of the “it” in the work.

Organized by James Voorhies, Dean of Fine Arts and Acting Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, in partnership with Dena Beard, Director of The Lab.

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Tawil & Khoury: "Atlas" / Lord Tang
Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

Tawil & Khoury: "Atlas" / Lord Tang

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Weight of the world.
We crack.

Atlas presents an urgent sonic experience where silence is as meaningful as the nervous but minimalist vocabulary raining down. Atlas is concerned with the negotiations of burden – who holds what. It teases assumed agreements between performer and audience – using immersive physical sonic states to press weight upon the room. Atlas is a score of disorientation that places the performers at the mercy of their own doing.

Atlas was developed at TAC (Oakland) and Movement Research (NYC).  Atlas premiered at New York Live Arts/Live Ideas 2016 and shortly thereafter was presented at the After the Last Sky Festival (Berlin).  This is the duo’s first bay area appearance. Dominic Cramp’s Lord Tang will open.

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Simone Bailey: Sway, Clench, Release (Requiem No. 415)
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Simone Bailey: Sway, Clench, Release (Requiem No. 415)

Saturday, February 24, 2018; 7-7:30pm
16th and Mission BART Plaza
Free

100 years after the beginnings of the Great Migration, San Francisco's black population, like the black populations in urban cities around the country, has been gutted. Historically, the North and West offered black Americans social and economic opportunities that could not be found in the Southern states our predecessors sought to escape. Now that has shifted to what many are calling a New Great Migration back to the South. Bailey asks, what does it mean for current socio-economic conditions to force black Americans back to the South?

The Lab’s 16th and Mission Project invites artists and the public to use the 16th Street and Mission BART plaza as a public art forum: a site for active social exchange through the medium of constructed situations. Events programmed for the corner’s regulars and passing pedestrians will inspire curiosity, participation, dialogue, and active witnessing. The actions are led by artists working in fields ranging from social practice and dance to mixed visual media and social justice.

Presented in conjunction with Limited Edition. Limited Edition is an Open Space partnership with CounterPulse, The Lab, ODC Theater, Performance at SFMOMA, and Z Space, exploring questions of legacy and lineage through performances, discussions, and gatherings at various locations throughout the city, with commissioned texts appearing regularly online. For more information about the partnership, please visit Open Space

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False Starts: George Albon, giovanni singleton, and Julien Poirier
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

False Starts: George Albon, giovanni singleton, and Julien Poirier

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration


George Albon’s most recent books are Fire Break (poetry) and Aspiration (essay), both from 2013. Earlier books include Momentary Songs, Step, and Brief Capital of Disturbances. Fire Break won the NCIBA award for Best Poetry in 2014. Brief Capital was the Book of the Year from Small Press Traffic in 2004. Work of his has appeared in Chicago Review, Hambone, O Anthology 4, New American Writing, Crayon, Poetry Salzburg Review, Talisman, Stonecutter Journal, and elsewhere; and in the anthologies The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry, Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard, and Bay Poetics. Pieces on Morton Feldman and Otis Redding have appeared in Shuffle Boil. His essay “The Paradise of Meaning” was the George Oppen Memorial Lecture for 2002. This fall Nightboat Books will bring out a book of essays, Lyric Multiples: Aspiration, Practice, Immanence, Migration. He lives and works in San Francisco.

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giovanni singleton’s debut collection Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, received the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her writing has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum, San Francisco’s first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. A collection of her visual work entitled AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper is forthcoming in 2018 from Canarium Books. She holds the 2017-18 Holloway Lectureship in Poetry at University of California-Berkeley.

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Julien Poirier has taught poetry in the New York City and San Francisco public schools and at San Quentin State Prison. He was a founding member of the Brooklyn-based Ugly Duckling Presse Collective. Some of his book are: Out of Print (City Lights, 2016), Way Too West (Bootstrap, 2015), and El Golpe Chileño (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010).

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Julie Tolentino: .bury.me.fiercely.
Feb
18
7:30 PM19:30

Julie Tolentino: .bury.me.fiercely.

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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.bury.me.fiercely. derives from the inner workings of Tolentino’s recent residency working one-to one with five local artists. This final iteration of the project offers signature methods: durational performance, movement, exploration of abstraction and minimalism with aims to seduce the project into its barest presentational form.
 
.bury.me.fiercely. aligns temporality with radical peripheral gestures: resistance and the haptic politics of the archive, memory, and dependency. Tolentino's dedication to practice offers the body as a landscape, a container of record, and a living archive through the lens of raced, illegible, and tethered lives.

Presented with support from Hope Mohr Dance’s Bridge Project and in conjunction with Limited Edition. Limited Edition is an Open Space partnership with CounterPulse, The Lab, ODC Theater, Performance at SFMOMA, and Z Space, exploring questions of legacy and lineage through performances, discussions, and gatherings at various locations throughout the city, with commissioned texts appearing regularly online. For more information about the partnership, please visit Open Space

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Consumer Electronics
Feb
10
to Feb 11

Consumer Electronics

9:30pm Doors / 10:00pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 for Members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

Consumer Electronics is a punk / electro / noise trio comprising ageing renegade Philip Best (ex-Whitehouse), his wife, the US artist Sarah Froelich and acclaimed noise/techno guru Russell Haswell. The band's recent releases "Estuary English" (2014), "Repetition Reinforcement" (Diagonal 12", 2015) and album "Dollhouse Songs" (Harbinger Sound, 2016) have cemented CE's reputation as prime movers in the field of avant-garde electronics, twisted beats and apocalyptic performance poetry. Their new single is scheduled for release in February 2018.

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Bob Ostertag / Fred Frith
Feb
3
8:00 PM20:00

Bob Ostertag / Fred Frith

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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Bob Ostertag makes a rare San Francisco appearance playing solo and in duo with longtime collaborator Fred Frith. Ostertag, who has been working with keyboard-less synthesizers since the mid-1970s, will play the latest iterations of his many and varied instruments.

Bob Ostertag's work cannot easily be summarized or pigeon-holed. He has published more than twenty-five CDs of music, two DVDs, and five books. His writings on contemporary politics have been published on every continent and in many languages. Electronic instruments of his own design are at the cutting edge of both music and video performance technology. He has performed at music, film, and multi-media festivals around the globe. His radically diverse collaborators include the Kronos Quartet, postmodernist John Zorn, heavy metal star Mike Patton, transgender cabaret icon Justin Vivian Bond, and many others. Ostertag first began publishing as a journalist covering the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s. His most recent book is Sex Science Self: A Social History of Estrogen, Testosterone, and Identity (U Mass Press 2016). His previous book, Raising expectations (And Raising Hell) (Verso 2012) was about labor union organizing in Las Vegas. Co-authored with Jane McAlevey, The Nation magazine named it the Most Valuable Book of 2012. bobostertag.wordpress.com

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Rova Plus One Featuring Dohee Lee, Wobbly, and ACVilla
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

Rova Plus One Featuring Dohee Lee, Wobbly, and ACVilla

Saturday, January 27, 2018
7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Rova marks their 40th season with "Rova Plus One.” The evening will be two sets as follows:

Set 1
Rova plus Dohee Lee (voice and movement) perform Slowville, a structured improvisation composed by Larry Ochs

Rova plus Wobbly (electronics) perform Luau Axe Quizcomposed/designed by Steve Adam

Set 2
Rova plusACVilla’s No Distractions
 (film)

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Tashi Wada: Music by Tashi Wada performed by Charles Curtis, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Wada and Julia Holter
Jan
20
8:00 PM20:00

Tashi Wada: Music by Tashi Wada performed by Charles Curtis, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Wada and Julia Holter

Saturday, January 20, 2018
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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This program collects three long-form works by composer Tashi Wada that explore diverging aspects of tuning and tonality. Valence (2016), written for cellist Charles Curtis, isolates and reharmonizes the natural overtones of a single string, destabilizing and fusing tone and timbre through a delicate alchemy. Witness (2017), written for bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, draws out the relationship between an array of scales and tetrachords (four-note segments of scales) found traditionally in Greek, Persian, and Arabic musics, in combination with hybrid and invented scales, through repetition, variation, and improvisation. Mutable Signs, Wada’s performance for keyboard, voice, and sirens with guest musician Julia Holter, focuses on the outer edges of historical, non-equal temperaments, eliciting a more distant, uneven sense of tonality.

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Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE

Friday, December 15
Doors 7:30pm / Music 8:00pm
One day admission $40: registration

Saturday, December 16
1:00pm – 3:00pm 1:00pm – 3:00pm Workshop introducing Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Scores Participants are encouraged to bring instruments
Special event admission $50: registration

Doors 7:30pm / Music 8:00pm
One day admission $40: registration

2-day Festival Pass
$70 General / $60 Members: member login or guest registration
Please Note: festival pass does not include admission to the Seminar

A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith.  It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation. This is to instill information that will address the historical and inspirational sources of the new works. 

CREATE occurs annually in New Haven, CT during the month of April, and later in the year in other regions in the United States. There, CREATE incorporates a community of musicians in those selected sites. Also, each festival opens with young developing artist’ ensemble, who are assigned to compose a new work to be premiered at CREATE.

Our outreach program for young children and young developing artists takes place through the production of performances and workshops in local nursery schools, kindergarten schools and neighborhood schools of music.  All this is made possible with the support of The Doris Duke Artist Award of 2016-2019.

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Light Field
Dec
7
to Dec 10

Light Field

$6 - 10 sliding scale tickets for each program available at the door
Festival Pass: $40 General / $30 Members(does not include admission to YBCA)
Programs will start promptly at times indicated – please arrive early to check in
Login or Register to reserve a pass

Light Field is an international exhibition of recent and historical moving image art on celluloid, held in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is artist-run and collectively organized by Samuel Breslin, Emily Chao, Zachary Epcar, Trisha Low, tooth, and Syd Staiti. 

Light Field 2017 features the work of: Kioto Aoki, Dicky Bahto, Gregory Bagdasarov, Tina M. Bastajian, Stan Brakhage, Hans Breder, Stephanie Bereos, Guillaume Cailleau, Esperanza Collado, Mary Helena Clark, Nazli Dincel, Gonzalo Egurza, Ernie Gehr, Brendan Glasson, Gail Gutierrez, Amy Halpern, Bea Haut, David Haxton, Henry Hills, Chuck Hudina, Christina Hunt, Shiho Kano, Andrew Kim, Minjung Kim, Milada Kovacova, Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu, Rose Lowder, Brian Lye, Jodie Mack, Josephine Massarella, Brigid McCaffrey, Ross Meckfessel, Toney W. Merritt, Alexandra Moraselova, Robert Morris, J.J. Murphy, Julie Murray, Christina C. Nguyen, Alee Peoples, Dana Plays, Sarah Pucill, Chloe Reyes, Lis Rhodes, Peter Rose, Ben Russell, Mónica Savirón, Carolee Schneemann, Guy Sherwin, Fern Silva, John Smith, Michael Snow, Joshua Gen Solondz, Chick Strand, Ignacio Tamarit, Topazu, Joyce Wieland, Tinne Zenner, Antoinette Zwirchmayr. 

Co-Presented by Intersection for the Arts' Intersect San Francisco

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Radian
Dec
3
8:00 PM20:00

Radian

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Vienna is the home of Radian, Martin Brandlmayr (drums, electronics), John Norman (bass), and Martin Siewert (guitars, electronics), who have been influenced by and shaped the city’s vivid scene of electronica in the early 2000s. The title of their most recent album, On Dark Silent Off, is a nod to Ad Reinhardt, whose art and theory has been influential on the trio. The juxtaposition of extremes (on/off) is present in Radian’s work: the contrast between light and darkness; and in musical terms, sound and silence and brightness/darkness of timbre.

Radian creates a field of tension between extreme dynamics, freely improvised parts and meticulous construction, an inherent contrast between soft sounds and sharp edits. Radian’s recording/creative process takes a central role in shaping the pieces. It is a two-fold process of creating material through improvisation, sound experiments and processing on the one hand, and a routine of carefully selecting and editing this material on the other. It is often the case that mere snippets are used out of hours of sound material. The contrast between the magic of the moment, spontaneous live performance and its subsequent careful construction shape the quality of the pieces. 

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Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)
Dec
2
8:30 PM20:30

Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)

8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 for Members
Tickets are SOLD OUT. A limited number of floor and standing room only tickets will be made available at 8:50pm.

Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke have been leading a nomadic life since 2010, with no permanent home and travelling from one city to the next. The reason for their restlessness is the overall gentrification, the annihilation of individualism, the rising costs of living and the relentless sellout by the mainstream entertainment industry. "Artists need to find new ways of working now-a-days in order to upkeep integrity and autonomy. The old patterns no longer function.” 

The uncompromising decision to abandon their home has since determined their work. Their search for external & internal clarity, researching archaic principles and philosophies has helped them master the rigors of the road. 

At The Lab they will be presenting their album "Perseverantia.” The album was recorded in the Californian Mojave desert and is mostly instrumental, with a few spoken-word lyrics by Danielle de Picciotto. Together with the throat-singing by Alexander Hacke, the purring and squeaking of the hurdy-gurdy and an ether-plucking harp, melancholic violin melodies and the hum and growl of bass and guitar, one is placed in an acoustic world of mysteries, which floats out of the loudspeakers like an epic movie, both disturbing and mesmerizing. 

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Art & Dialogue: Helen Molesworth in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Art & Dialogue: Helen Molesworth in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson

Talk starts at 5:30pm
Free

Join Artadia, Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley, for a free public program at The Lab. Molesworth will visit San Francisco to participate in Art & Dialogue and visit with Artadia Awardees.

Helen Molesworth is the Chief Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, where she recently curated the first US retrospective of the Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino and the monographic survey Kerry James Marshall: Mastry.  From 2010–2014 she was the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, where she assembled one person exhibitions of artists Steve Locke, Catherine Opie, Josiah McElheny, and Amy Sillman, and the group exhibitions Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957, Dance/Draw, and This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s.  As head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museum, she presented an exhibition of photographs by Moyra Davey and ACT UP NY: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis 1987–1993.  From 2002–2007 she was the Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, where she organized the first US retrospectives of Louise Lawler and Luc Tuymans, as well as Part Object Part Sculpture, which examined the influence of Marcel Duchamp’s erotic objects. While Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art from 2000–2002, she arranged Work Ethic, which traced the problem of artistic labor in post-1960s art.  She is the author of numerous catalogue essays and her writing has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, and October.  The recipient of the 2011 Bard Center for Curatorial Studies Award for Curatorial Excellence, she is currently at work on an ambitious exhibition inspired by the American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his 1962 essay “White Elephant vs. Termite Art.”

Julia Bryan-Wilson is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of Berkeley's Arts Research Center. Her research interests include questions of artistic labor, feminism, queer theory, fabrication/production, performance, visual culture of the nuclear age, photography, and textile handicraft. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (U California Press, 2009), Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016), and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (U Chicago, 2017).  She is the editor of Robert Morris: October Files (MIT, 2013), and she has co-edited two special issues of journals: “Visual Activism” for the Journal of Visual Culture (with Jennifer González and Dominic Willsdon) and “Time Zones: Durational Art and its Contexts” for Representations (with Shannon Jackson). With Andrea Andersson, Bryan-Wilson co-curated the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which travels to the Berkeley Art Museum in fall 2018.  She is currently writing a book about Louise Nevelson.

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Annea Lockwood
Nov
9
to Nov 18

Annea Lockwood

Annea Lockwood: It's Only Natural

A lecture presented by Other Minds, in collaboration with The David Brower Center  
Thursday, November 9, 2017; 7pm
Goldman Theater, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets: https://thenatureofmusic.eventbrite.com

A Sound Map of the Danube open gallery hours at The Lab:

Friday, November 10; 7pm–1am (Saturday)
Saturday, November 11; 7pm–1am (Sunday)
Sunday, November 12; noon–6pm
Wednesday, November 15; 4–10pm
Thursday, November 16; 4–10pm
Friday, November 17; 7pm–1am (Saturday)

167 minutes in length, A Sound Map of the Danube will be played in its entirety twice each day and visitors are welcome to come and go freely (no door admissions required). Feel free to bring food, drinks, pets, pillows, etc. 

Jitterbug performed by Annea Lockwood, William Winant, Fred Frith

Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Performance
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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Born in New Zealand in 1939 and living in the US since 1973, Annea Lockwood is known for her explorations of the rich world of natural acoustic sounds and environments, in works ranging from sound art and installations, through text-sound and performance art to concert music. Her music has been presented in many venues and festivals, including the 2016 Tectonics/BBC Festival, Glasgow, the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, the Tactile Paths 2017 festival, Berlin, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn and the Israeli Center for the Digital Arts, Holon.

Recent projects include In Our Name, a collaboration with Thomas Buckner based on poems by prisoners in Guantánamo; Water and Memory, composed for the Holon Scratch Orchestra, Israel; Wild Energy, in collaboration with Bob Bielecki - a site-specific installation focused on geophysical, atmospheric and mammalian infra and ultra sound sources. She was a recipient of the 2007 Henry Cowell Award. Her music has been issued on CD, vinyl and online on the Lovely Music, Black Truffle, New World, Ambitus, 3Leaves, EM and other labels. annealockwood.com

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Man Forever
Nov
5
8:30 PM20:30

Man Forever

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Phil Manley Life Coach will open for Man Forever

The music of drummer John Colpitts as Man Forever is explorative, innovative and fearless. A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) has made an album that defies genre classification. Propulsive, elaborate drum arrangements (created with TIGUE Percussion) remain essential to Man Forever - on the songs of Play What They Want, they are augmented by voice and melody with contributions from Laurie Anderson, Yo La Tengo, and Mary Lattimore to name a few. Play What They Want represents the culmination of 25 years of musical engagement by one of New York’s most acclaimed percussionists.

The collaborative process, essential to Man Forever, requires the relinquishing of one’s ego for a greater purpose. In Play What They Want, Colpitts leverages a vast and talented stable of diverse collaborators to create a work that transcends the sum of its parts.

Photo by Landon Nordeman

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