The Lab

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

Suzanne Stein reading for Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Suzanne Stein reading for Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More

Reading starts promptly at 7pm
Free

"What is it to construct the time-based artistic creation that is a book-length work, while dealing with the minute-by-minute concerns and distractions of a day job? Suzanne Stein’s book-length poem New Sutras was written during the eight years that mark her tenure as founding editor-in-chief of SFMOMA’s Open Space; the same day job I have had while writing And What’s More. You could say the two books have nothing in common, and on one level that’s true. But that isn’t the level that interests me at all." – Claudia La Rocco

Suzanne Stein’s poetry publications and performance documents include The Kim GameTOUT VA BIEN, and Passenger Ship; her book-length poem New Sutras is forthcoming this spring. With the poet Steve Benson, she is the author of DO YOUR OWN DAMN LAUNDRY, just released from Gauss PDF, which collects the 36 improvisational dialogues they performed together between 2011 and 2012. Writing has appeared recently in The Best American Experimental Writing, Elderly, and Open Space; performance recordings are archived at PennSound. Suzanne was the founding editor, and for eight years editor-in-chief, of Open Space, SFMOMA'S hybrid art and language platform and publication. In the mid-90s she was the co-director and film curator of a little San Francisco gallery called {four walls. After thirty years in the Bay Area, she now lives in San Diego, CA.

Commissioned Project
Claudia La Rocco: And What’s More
June 1–June 30, 2019 

Claudia La Rocco's And What’s More is a literary, performance, art, and sound project that refuses traditional audience/maker/doer relationships. The third in her experimental Olivia Trilogy, And What’s More developed from years of La Rocco's collaborations with artists in different fields, exploring how form and content mutate but also cohere across disciplines, and how an artist can remain true to herself while working in service of others. For this project, rather than asking artists to explicitly interpret her creation, she brings talented individuals into her fictitious imaginings (through the book form of And What’s More) in order to create a loose conversation between and among forms, both on and off the page: "A lot of what sparks my enthusiasm here is curiosity. What would happen if...? Specific to all of the individuals is a bristly intelligence — for some this is structural, for some physical, for some linguistic, philosophical, and so on… And there isn't anything I like more than intelligence. Even when intelligence fails, it's interesting." With characteristic humor and poetry, La Rocco invites her collaborating artists to use The Lab’s space as a "page or a performance, or something else entirely."

Claudia La Rocco is a writer whose work frequently revolves around interdisciplinary performances and projects. She is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited, 2014) and the chapbook I am trying to do the assignment ([2nd Floor Projects], 2018). The first two installments of The Olivia Trilogy, petit cadeau and Interstitial, were published in print, performance, and digital editions by The Chocolate Factory in 2015 and Michelle Ellsworth’s Man Pant Publishing imprint in 2016; the final book is forthcoming from The Lab. La Rocco’s duo with musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, animals & giraffes, has released the albums July (with various musicians; Edgetone Records, 2017) and Landlocked Beach (with Wobbly; Creative Sources, 2018). Her poetry and prose have been published in numerous anthologies and she has bylines in such publications as Artforum, BOMB, and The New York Times, where she was an arts critic and reporter from 2005-2015. 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, and her work has been presented by The Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al.

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Kukangendai
Mar
23
8:30 PM20:30

Kukangendai

8:30pm doors / 9pm show
$15 general admission / $10 members
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This marks Japanese three-piece band Kukangendai's first appearance in U.S. In spring of 2019, the band's new album will be released from Ideologic Organ curated by Stephen O'Malley from SUNN O))). http://editionsmego.com/release/SOMA032

Kukangendai was founded in 2006 with Junya Noguchi on guitar and vocals, Keisuke Koyano on bass guitar, and Hideaki Yamada on drums. Performing as a three-piece, its tracks are made through a process of editing and replicating deliberate error.

This music creates a sense of distortion and places a burden on the performers, leading to their characteristically stoic and humorous live shows. In recent years, the band has attempted to construct and implement a form of live concert in which they go back and forth between playing multiple simultaneous songs in parallel, but the flow of time as a whole manifests as a single unified rhythm.

In 2016, Kukangendai opened a venue-cum-studio "Soto" in Kyoto. In November 2018, they released a LP "ZURERU" in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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Russell Haswell + Pita
Mar
30
10:00 PM22:00

Russell Haswell + Pita

$20 general admission / $12 members
10pm Doors / 10:30pm Sound
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Russell Haswell is a restlessly forward-thinking, genre-defying artist, performer and curator born in Coventry and currently based in London, England. With a background steeped in conceptual art, computer music, black metal, noise, techno, laser-graphics, free-stye and solo improvisation, his practice is renowned for broaching the extremities of visual and sonic arts.

Pita is the pseudonym of Editions Mego founder Peter Rehberg. Born in London Rehberg has resided in Vienna for term his adult life. It was here in the early 90’s that Rehberg harnessed aspects of noise, industrial, electro-acoustic and techno to develop a new approach to music. Whether constructing an album entirely from the recordings of a fridge or harnessing the live electronic potential of laptops soon after they hit the market Pita has always been at the forefront of contemporary radical music practice often paving the way for many to follow. Birthing the extreme computer music genre, scoring the works of controversial French theatre director Gisele Vienne, ongoing collaborations with Jim O’Rourke, Fennesz, Marcus Schmickler and Stephen O’Malley all define Rehberg’s open ended approach to the creative act. As head of the influential Editions Mego family of labels, he has released albums by renowned artists like Fennesz, Heather Leigh, Klara Lewis, Kevin Drumm, Thomas Brinkmann, Florian Hecker, Bernard Parmegiani, Russell Haswell, KTL, Iannis Xenakis, Oren Ambarchi, Bill Orcutt, Mark Fell and many more. “One of the most perceptive and mercurial sound artists at work today.” – Nick Cain, The Wire.

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Universal Eyes (Wolf Eyes with Gretchen Gonzales & Aaron Dilloway) and Red Culebra (Guillermo Galindo & Cristóbal Martínez)
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Universal Eyes (Wolf Eyes with Gretchen Gonzales & Aaron Dilloway) and Red Culebra (Guillermo Galindo & Cristóbal Martínez)

$15 general admission / $10 members
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
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UNIVERSAL EYES is the culmination of UNIVERSAL INDIANS and WOLF EYES. UNIVERSAL INDIANS started in Lansing Michigan in the early shadows of the 90’s, with Gretchen Gonzales (now Gonzales Davidson), Bryan Ramirez, & Johnny “Inzane” Olson. After moving to the Detroit area in the late 90’s, Rammer was replaced by Aaron Dilloway, who along with Nathan Young were already in the throes of primitive electronic global domination that is WOLF EYES. Around the dawn of the 2000’s, Gretchen went full time with the moody & cold stylings of SLUMBER PARTY and after a wild Bowling Green Ohio gig, Olson joined WOLF EYES full time. After some drama that would make even Fleetwood Mac disappear into the shadows of suburbia and toss their EQ into a lonely fire, UNIVERSAL INDIANS appeared to have fate / faded into the packed history book pages of Michigan musical lore. As age and time seem to dust over wounds while magically healing them, the quartet met again in the northern suburbs of Detroit on a brisk spring Sunday in 2018. They hauled modern and ancient instruments into a home studio and just like that: the dream / nightmare had hot blood pumping thru its’ duct-taped sound body once again, as if the missing years were nothing but a minute hurdle. The kings and queen of noise were reunited.

RED CULEBRA is a Moog duet and collaboration of Bay Area electronic musicians and performance artists led by gal*in_dog aka Guillermo Galindo and Cristóbal Martínez. Accelerations across all vectors of society, warfare, and capitalism evoke a byproduct ritual of sexual and sonic violence that lays unresponsive to new age fetishes, magical realism, and the parochial moralities of American politics. Inspired by their complicated Post-Mexican backgrounds, Galindo and Martínez create and perform rituals based on cycles of repetition and uniformity. The sonic, graphic, and repetitive nature of their work requires both endurance and determination from their audiences, while denying participating publics the opportunity to fetishize ceremony. Red Culebra’s performance art includes sound invocations, moving images, and movement by performers. This ceremony is monotony sustained by pragmatism and our baser instincts, a public gathering for acknowledging human ferocity — a self-implicating metaphor for our enduring and determined appetite.

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Damon & Naomi
Apr
17
8:30 PM20:30

Damon & Naomi

8:30pm doors / 9:00pm show
$15 general admission / $10 members
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Damon & Naomi’s 21st century songs may be a bit more musically complex than their albums made for Sub Pop in the 1990s, or their recordings with Galaxie 500 in the 1980s, but as journalists (and twin sisters) Jenn and Liz Pelly point out in collaborative liner notes that accompany this release, there are strong continuities with the mood of those earlier albums. “In their acoustic dream pop, inspired by poised English folk, I hear composure and also intensity; delicacy and also rigor; a hushed quality as well as strength, which is to say stoicism. I hear grace and what makes grace so emotionally necessary. Theirs are magic-hour songs, pushing the dualities of our emotional lives into stark relief,” says Jenn.

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Darius James and Val Jeanty
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Darius James and Val Jeanty

7:00 pm doors / 7:30pm show
Free admission
Presented in collaboration with The Poetry Center and supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund 

Darius James (author of Negrophobia: An Urban Parable and That’s Blaxploitation!; writer and on-screen narrator in documentary film The United States of Hoodoo) joins with Haitian electronic music composer/percussionist/turntablist Val Jeanty (aka Val-Inc) for the West Coast premier of their collaborative performance project.

“Our work is Spiritual so it will take on a form and name as we progress.” Val Jeanty

“Val and I agreed early on it was much more important to develop the work before we gave a name to our project. Though we have been working on this for a few years, only recently have we begun defining what it is. The only thing we knew, it was spoken-word married to ritual drumming and it was based in an authentic expression of Voodoo. Voodoo is very simple. It is spirit and the interaction with spirits. Voodoo has a bad rep because 1) the French are embarrassed they lost the jewel of their colonial empire to ‘ignorant savages’ (see: Hayti: Or, the Black Republic); 2) An alcoholic journalist in the late ’20s kickstarting present-day disinformation (see: The Magic Island by Wm. Seabrook). The truth is its spiritual reality and beauty is no different from Hinduism or Tibetan Buddhism (it just might take a dead chicken or two to get there). What Val and I have observed is that the loa are readapting and changing (the old cycle of death and rebirth of the gods). We reflect that change.” Darius James

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Light Field
Mar
15
to Mar 17

Light Field

$6 - 10 sliding scale tickets for each program available at the door
Festival Pass: $50 General / $30 Members
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NOTE FOR SUNDAY PROGRAM: In celebration of the late Barbara Hammer, Light Field, in collaboration with Canyon Cinema has added an additional short program to Sunday's lineup. We'll be screening her films Superdyke and Pools - free and open to the public, 6PM at The Lab! Please note that we've also shifted the schedule for Programs 6 and 7 - instead of 5PM and 8PM, these programs will now be screening at 7PM and 9PM respectively

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 2019 features the work of: Stephanie Barber, JJ Murphy, Nazlı Dinçel, Alee Peoples, Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy, Kioto Aoki, Malic Amalya, Greta Snider, Wenhua Shi, Sofia Canales, Sílvia das Fadas (née Sílvia Salgueiro), Cauleen Smith, Guillaume Vallée , Lyra Hill, George Kuchar, Eva Kolcze, Sandra Davis, Ernie Gehr, Emmanuelle Nègre, Deborah Stratman, James Edmonds, Rose Lowder, Rob Daglish, Philip Hoffman, Meganelizabeth Diamond, Karissa Hahn, Alexander Stewart, Simon Liu, Ross Meckfessel, Lucy Kerr, Andrew Busti, Steve Polta, Eric Stewart, Josh Lewis, Adriana Vila Guevara, Amy Halpern, Henry Hills, Annalisa D. Quagliata, Aldo Tambellini, Esther Urlus, Lily Jue Sheng, Bill Brand, Paul Sharits, Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie

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David Grubbs "Now that the audience is assembled" & John McEntire
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

David Grubbs "Now that the audience is assembled" & John McEntire

7:30pm doors / 8pm show
$15 general admission / Free for members
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Now that the audience is assembled is a book-length prose poem that describes a fictional musical performance during which an unnamed musician improvises the construction of a series of invented instruments before an audience that is alternately contemplative, participatory, disputatious, and asleep. Over the course of this phantasmagorical all-night concert, repeated interruptions take the form of in-depth discussions and musical demonstrations. Both a work of literature and a study of music, Now that the audience is assembled explores the categories of improvised music, solo performance, text scores, instrument building, aesthetic deskilling and reskilling, and the odd fate of the composer in experimental music.

David Grubbs is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording, also published by Duke University Press. As a musician, he has released fourteen solo albums and appeared on more than 180 commercially released recordings. Grubbs is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with poet Susan Howe and visual artists Angela Bulloch and Anthony McCall, and his work has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a founding member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro and Squirrel Bait, and has appeared on recordings by Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, Will Oldham, and Matmos, among other artists. Grubbs has written for The Wire, BOMB, Bookforum, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Drummer/percussionist; recording engineer/producer/mixer John McEntire is founding and current member of Tortoise and The Sea & Cake; former contributing/touring member of Red Krayola and Gastr Del Sol. Extensive international touring with these groups and many others. Recording/re/mixing projects include work with: Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, Broken Social Scene, Stereolab, Teenage Fanclub, Jaga Jazzist, The High Llamas, The Fiery Furnaces, Spoon, Blur, and hundreds more. As a member of Tortoise, numerous collaborations with artists such as Tom Zé, Daniel Lanois, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Cluster, The Ex, Fred Anderson, Colin Newman, and Mouse On Mars. McEntire is the owner/operator of Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago, IL (1995-2017) and Nevada City, CA (2017-present).

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Between Beauty & Horror: Performance & Book Release
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Between Beauty & Horror: Performance & Book Release

7:30pm doors / 8pm performance
Free admission

*In the spirit of generosity, all who attend will receive a book for free.

Join artist, Leila Weefur and art critic, Elena Gross for a lecture-performance and book release in conjunction with Weefur’s solo exhibition Between Beauty & Horror at Aggregate Space Gallery. The book, published by Sming Sming Books & Objects, is an extension of the installation and features essays from Weefur & Gross.

Between Beauty & Horror is a video installation exploring the symbiotic nature of beauty and horror. The film’s poetic narrative explores this particular duality as an intrinsic part of the Black experience. It posits abjection, violence, and eroticism as the ingredients that make up the “between” and are considered to be the binding agents of Beauty & Horror. Visit the exhibition at Aggregate Space Gallery, 801 W. Grand Ave. Oakland, from February 15 – March 23, 2019. Opening reception, February 15, 6-10pm.

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Princess: Out There
Mar
6
8:00 PM20:00

Princess: Out There

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Note: Please dress warmly – The Lab does not have heat

Out There (2019; 4K video, live performance; 55:20min) is a concept video album and live performance piece by the band Princess. It explores the role men ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning of misogyny. The video’s science fiction narrative explores the power of the Divine Feminine through collaborations with JD Samson, visual artist Jennifer Meridian, and the band TEEN.  Out There references the original power of MTV and builds on the long legacy of concept albums like Ziggy Stardust and Deltron 3030

Princess is a performance art duo, a collaboration between Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill that uses music as the backbone of a multi-disciplinary practice. Princess explores queerness and the concept of masculinity. Simultaneously gay, straight, queer, masculine and feminine, Princess embodies the fluidity and coherence between the seemingly contradictory. Princess was formed in 2004 in the Chicago DIY Performance space Texas Ballroom.  The duo released a self-titled LP and performed until 2006 when they went on to pursue other paths, reuniting for this project in 2017. bandofprincess.com

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Jibz Cameron/Dynasty Handbag: Artist - Show Thyself! Workshop
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Jibz Cameron/Dynasty Handbag: Artist - Show Thyself! Workshop

1-4pm Workshop
$40 Guests / $30 Members
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Many creative people have a hard time getting “out there” and being seen as the brilliant makers that we are. In this workshop, we’ll work through some of the roots of these false narratives that help keep us hidden-untangling what get's us stuck and staying stuck, what inspires us and what our biggest fears around art making are.

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Dynasty Handbag: Shell of a Woman & Cliff Hengst
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Dynasty Handbag: Shell of a Woman & Cliff Hengst

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Show
$25 Guests / $15 for Members
SOLD OUT – a limited amount of standing room tickets will be made available after 8:45pm

Shell of a Woman is "crackpot genius" Dynasty Handbag's expert powerpoint lecture on the "10 Greatest Works Of Art" according to the internet.  Professor Bags will "explain" (make up lies) about the work's origins which naturally devolve into semi-autobiographical/insane narratives peppered with songs, dance numbers and psychedelic inner monologuing. 

Cliff Hengst is an artist and performer, with a BFA from SFAI and current teaching position in the SFAI grad program. Hengst’s "Mr. Akita," a one-man play written and directed by Asher Hartman, was recently performed at the Berkeley Art Museum. He has exhibited his work at SFMOMA, Southern Exposure, The San Francisco Arts Commission and Gallery 16 in San Francisco. Hengst has performed and exhibited at Hauser & Wirth, Machine Project in Los Angeles and The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in New York, and most recently at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

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Lucrecia Dalt & Aaron Dilloway
Feb
22
8:30 PM20:30

Lucrecia Dalt & Aaron Dilloway

Friday, February 22, 2019
8:30pm doors / 9pm show
$15 general admission / $10 members
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The name Lucrecia Dalt may recall her past five albums (her last, Ou, on Care Of Editions), or her previous collaborations with Laurel Halo, or Julia Holter. Her sixth album, and first venture on RVNG Intl, Anticlines, is a volume of bodily and geological substrates within poetic theory and sound. It explores the boundaries and limitations of human consciousness.

Dalt, A former geotechnical engineer from Colombia (now residing in Berlin), crafted the lyrics and music of Anticlines with great concern for boundaries and edges. Paying careful attention to pace, breath, and texture, Dalt microtonally shifts the distance between speech and song while using traditional South American rhythms to support her contemporary electronic composition. The album’s poetic lyrics were written collaboratively between Dalt and Henry Andersen during a weekend in Brussels, Belgium.

Interspersed with the lyrical pieces of Anticlines are instrumental interstitials that demonstrate preceding concepts — as if to say, “this is what antiforms sound like, and this is what the universe’s indifference sounds like.” Dalt’s ongoing experiments with visual artist Regina de Miguel support these ideas, their practice allowing the objects of their attention to slip in and out of being."

Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improvisor and composer originally from Brighton, Michigan who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes, Dilloway now resides in Oberlin, OH where he runs Hanson Records and Mailorder.

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Soul Rebels: A Celebration of word and fire with Cathy Arellano, Norman Zelaya, and Tongo Eisen-Martin
Feb
18
7:30 PM19:30

Soul Rebels: A Celebration of word and fire with Cathy Arellano, Norman Zelaya, and Tongo Eisen-Martin

Monday February 18, 2019
7:30-9:00pm, readings start promptly at 8pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
Note: Please dress warmly – The Lab does not have heat

Cathy Arellano is just another Mexican writer from San Francisco. In 2017 Kórima Press published Arellano’s I Love My Women, Sometimes They Love Me — her collection of broken hearted lesbian love poems — and in 2016 Salvation on Mission Street — her memoir about growing up brown and coming out queer, loving and losing too many too-young family members in poems and stories set in the Mission from the 1960s to the 2000s. Salvation won the 2017 Golden Crown Literary Society’s Debut Author Award.

Norman Antonio Zelaya was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He has published stories in ZYZZYVA, NY Tyrant, 14 Hills, Cipactli, Apogee Journal, among others, and he was a 2015 Zoetrope: All-Story finalist. He is a founding member of Los Delicados, and has performed extensively throughout the US with them. Zelaya has appeared on stage, in film and in the squared circle as luchador, Super Pulga. In 2017, he published his first book, Orlando & Other Stories. Currently, he is working on new material for his second book, a novel. He lives and works in the Mission District, San Francisco.

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Zaïmph & Kaori Suzuki
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Zaïmph & Kaori Suzuki

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Zaïmph is the solo project of artist, musician and performer Marcia Bassett. Working in areas of sound, improvisation, live composition and visual creations, Bassett's work is equal parts trance and critique. Her sound pieces thread the needle between the conceptual and the sensual, between ritual invocation and cold semiotic gaze. Using handmade electronic instruments, prepared guitar, digital and analog synthesizers, manipulated vocals, field recordings and tape explorations, Bassett deftly wields philosophical systems to produce heady, experiential clouds; pushing through drones into provocative soundscapes – the intangible narratives of dreams.  http://zaimph.org

Kaori Suzuki is a Tokyo-born music maker/composer living in Oakland, CA.  Her solo music involves electroacoustic sound technologies, intensely high register electronics, various instruments and tape, seeking to create heightened listening states.  She plays drums in the Oakland based Minimalist psych-punk group, Night Collectors, and collaborates with partner, John Krausbauer, on voice, amplified strings, bells, and immersive light/sound happenings.  For this evening she will be joined by musician Amelia Coulter (Seattle) on alto trombone. http://www.secondeditions.org/catalog/004

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Okkyung Lee & Bill Orcutt
Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

Okkyung Lee & Bill Orcutt

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Okkyung Lee is a cellist, composer, and improviser who moves freely between of artistic disciples and contingencies. A native of South Korea, Lee has taken a broad array of inspirations—including noise, improvisation, jazz, western classical, and the traditional and popular music of her homeland—and used them to forge a highly distinctive approach.

Born in Miami in the year of Cuban missile crisis and educated in Florida's finest institutions, Bill Orcutt is usually recognized as the co-founder of the band Harry Pussy. Sometimes clanging and ominous, other times mournful and slight, strangely alienating, but simultaneously vulnerable and cathartic, his music is compared with equal frequency to avant-garde composers and rural bluesman.

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David Watson & John Krausbauer / Matt Ingalls
Jan
28
7:30 PM19:30

David Watson & John Krausbauer / Matt Ingalls

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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David Watson is an experimental musician – a guitarist, bagpiper and advocate for intelligent listening. His work encompasses improvisation and composition in a wide variety of contexts. His guitar playing has been featured in many combinations, notably for John Zorn’s Cobra, and in groups with Ikue Mori, Christian Marclay, Zeena Parkins, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Tipple.

John Krausbauer is a music composer/multi-instrumentalist/improviser currently living in Oakland, CA. A long-time purveyor of the ur-drone and trance-psychedelia, his work involves audio transmissions for TOTAL/immersive sensory experience.

Matt Ingalls performs his decades-in-the-making, 30-minute-continuous-micro-timbre-circular-breath-tour-de-force clarinet solo that explores extended techniques that interact with the acoustic space. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones.

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Monitored Feldman: Triadic Memories by Tania Chen, Wobbly, and Thomas Dimuzio
Jan
16
7:30 PM19:30

Monitored Feldman: Triadic Memories by Tania Chen, Wobbly, and Thomas Dimuzio

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Morton Feldman began exploring extended duration composition in earnest with his composition for solo piano "Triadic Memories", the unlikely intersection of Satie & Webern; the melodies and intervals normally associated with atonality are revealed as unexpectedly beautiful when given appropriate space and time to unfold. For this unique performance at The Lab, devoted interpreter of the New York School of 20th century composition Tania Chen will perform this cornerstone of Feldman's work with two electronic musicians: live sampling specialist Thomas Dimuzio, and amateur cyberneticist Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly). This pair will train their microphones on Chen's piano to augment and underline Feldman's composition with contemporary layers of sonic detail, performed with instruments that themselves listen. Expect a performance respectful to the original score, yet a completely spontaneous arrangement: whatever will happen on this night, will be happen here for the first time.

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Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux presents "Wordless Music"
Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux presents "Wordless Music"

Moon Bros to open

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / $10 Members
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In reaction to current state of affairs Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux) abandons all song prowess and willingly presents a 60-minute collection of etudes & undulations of the mouth, WORDLESS MUSIC. Circuit des Yeux is an ardent collaborator, numbering Glenn Branca, Lee Renaldo, Bill Orcutt, Bitchin Bajas & Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy and Olivia Block among her fellow performers. Circuit des Yeux has received enervated and affirmative commentary from The Quietus, NPR, New York Times, Chicago Reader, Brooklyn Rail, Pitchfork and The Wire, among many others. They have all made interesting speculations on her brand of entertainment. All we can tell you in addition is that she has a 4-octave range - at least on days when it isn’t raining.

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The Committed Generation
Jan
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Committed Generation

A night of revolutionary poetry with:

Josiah Luis Alderete
Nia Mcallister
Isabelle Khoo-Miller
And Tongo Eisen-Martin

Thursday, January 10, 2019
7:30-9:00pm, readings start promptly at 8pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
Note: Please dress warmly – The Lab does not have heat

Josiah Luis Alderete is a full blooded POCHO Indio and Spanglish speaking poet from La Area Bahia.

Living at the intersection of blackness, womanhood, art, and activism, Nia McAllister uses writing as her sharpest tool for understanding and interrogating the complexities of her identity and the world around her.

Isabelle Khoo-Miller is a poet and student dedicated to social justice.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator.

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Roscoe Mitchell Quartet
Dec
7
to Dec 8

Roscoe Mitchell Quartet

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Show
$25 Guests / $20 for Members
SEATED TICKETS SOLD OUT – Standing room tickets and floor seats will be sold at the door depending on space. Add your name to the queue at the front desk when you arrive and we will start releasing tickets at 8:30pm. Please have payment in hand when your name is called.

The Lab will host saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell and his quartet with Ambrose Akinmusire, Junius Paul and Vincent Davis. The project marks Mitchell’s last performance before he returns to Madison, Wisconsin, celebrating his eleven-year contribution to the Bay Area as the Darius Milhaud Chair of Composition at Mills College. An iconoclastic figure in contemporary music whose work ranges from classical to contemporary, from wild and forceful free jazz to ornate chamber music, Mitchell is an internationally renowned musician, composer, and innovator.

“If one wants to be a good improviser, one has to know how composition works so one can execute it in real time. Therefore, it is imperative to study composition and improvisation as a parallel. Music is 50 percent sound and 50 percent silence. If one sits down and listens to nothing but silence in a very quiet place, it's very intense. So, when one interrupts that silence with a sound, one must make sure that the sound has the same intensity as the silence. When this is achieved, sound and silence start to work together opening doors to multiple choices that should always exist in good improvisation and composition. When writing a composition, one is given more time to make these selections. Improvising in real time, one must be able to make these selections spontaneously. I strive to incorporate these elements in my work and have found them to be extremely helpful." – Roscoe Mitchell, 2014

Roscoe Mitchell serves as the Darius Milhaud Chair of Composition at Mills College. His virtuosic resurrection of overlooked woodwind instruments spanning extreme registers, visionary solo performances, and assertion of a hybrid compositional/improvisational paradigm have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music. Mr. Mitchell is a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and the Trio Space. He is also distinguished as the founder of the Creative Arts Collective, The Roscoe Mitchell Sextet & Quartet, The Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, The Sound Ensemble, The New Chamber Ensemble, and the Note Factory.

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Beam Splitter & Voicehandler
Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

Beam Splitter & Voicehandler

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / $10 for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

Beam Splitter is a duo for amplified voice, trombone and occasional analog electronics. Utilizing the pure sounds of acoustic and closely amplified sound sources, Audrey Chen, voice/electronics (www.audreychen.com), and Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, trombone/electronics (www.henriknorstebo.com), join together two individual voices into a distinct dialog that delves beyond the borders of the corporeal elements of extended technique and sound. There is an intimacy and conflict that becomes evident as the two personas intertwine, in moments joining together seamlessly and in the next, being left with the feeling of irrevocable fracture. The two manage between these extremes with a kind of improvised grace that reveals an effort towards a common goal. It is an honest metaphor for a human relationship in process that even in the most serene moments can leave one raw and entirely exposed.

Voicehandler plays intuitive, incantatory music grounded in the most primitive and somatic instruments -- the voice and percussion -- juxtaposed with contemporary, disembodied electronics. We situate ourselves in our physical and social environment through our music. Our improvisations are shaped by their setting and context, and we use site-specific installations to more deeply experience spaces. We deconstruct song forms in relation to mythology and literature to explore our humanity and the shifting discourse surrounding it.

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Semiconductor: Earthworks
Nov
27
to Dec 2

Semiconductor: Earthworks

Semiconductor: Earthworks presented by The Lab and Recombinant Media Labs as part of the Recombinant Festival 2018

Opening
: Tuesday, November 27; 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: November 27–December 2, 6-8pm
Free

Earthworks, created in 2016, is a five-channel computer generated animation, which creates an immersive experience of the phenomena of landscape formation through the scientific and technological devices that are used to study it. Masses of colorful layers are animated by the soundscapes of earthquake, volcanic, glacial and human activity, recorded as seismic waves, which form spectacular fluctuating marbled waveforms.

Semiconductor have acquired seismic data captured as a result of land shifting and forming, from all over the world. There are four distinct sections to the work, each using a different set of seismic data. This includes; glacial, earthquake, volcano and man-made seismic activity captured at La Planta quarry, Spain, to represent the Anthropocene, a new geological era influenced by humans. The data has been translated to audio to form the soundtrack of the work, and simultaneously control the animation of the layers. The data as sound directly sculpts the image, re-animates the landscape, and reflects the symbiotic relationship between landscape formation and seismic vibrations. The seismic audio is rich and full of the intricacies of the dynamics of our planet in motion.

Semiconductor: Earthworks is part of the Recombinant Festival // Nov 26 - Dec 2, 2018 

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Club Chai and Shade present DJ Lag
Nov
15
to Nov 16

Club Chai and Shade present DJ Lag

9pm–2am
$15 general admission / $10 members
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Club Chai and SHADE present South African DJ and producer DJ Lag. DJ Lag is known for pioneering the quintessentially Durban bass driven genre of Gqom beyond his own city and across the international dance music underground.

Club Chai is a label, event series, radio show and curatorial project founded by 8ULENTINA and FOOZOOL in Oakland, California. Club Chai centers diasporic narratives, women, and trans artists, DJs and producers while hybridizing nonwestern sounds with club music.

Shade is a concept. An art house. A name cultivated out of a friendship between two creative women of color who saw a void online and in the art world. Shade is currently run out of the Bay Area. Our space is ever changing and uncontainable.

DJ Lag: ‘Poster boy’ or his preferred descriptor of “king of gqom”—there’s no disputing DJ Lag has propelled the raw, foot-stomping, quintessential sound of Durban’s townships into the global music arena. A dark, minimalist, bass-heavy sound, full of offbeat thumps and stunted vocal snippets—DJ Lag’s visceral, evocative tunes continue to showcase its continued mutations. mutek.org/en/montreal/2018/artists/9595-dj-lag

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Experience It: Simon Fujiwara
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

Experience It: Simon Fujiwara

6:30 pm, doors open at 6 pm
Free!

Simon Fujiwara has shaped a complex and rich practice that interweaves performance, film, sculpture, and text into highly immersive environmental installations exploring the inherent contradictions in meaning and interpretation of image and representation. Often bringing personal experiences (both real and imagined) into contact with broader historical, social, and political topics, his expansive practice examines the influence marketing, advertising, social media, and other communication mechanisms have on the construction of personal identity. Recent solo exhibitions include Joanne, Galerie Wedding, Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin (2018); Hope House, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2018); Figures in a Landscape, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (2016); Joanne, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2016); The Humanizer, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); White Day, Tokyo Opera City Gallery (2016); The Way, Yu-un, Obayashi Collection, Tokyo (2016); Three Easy Pieces, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge (2014). Fujiwara is based in Berlin and represented by Esther Schipper, Berlin.

Experience It is a conversation series about this shift. In dialogue with visiting artists, the series examines, among other things, the social and architectural conditions of an exhibition site. The format includes conversations between each artist and curator and art historian James Voorhies, as well as viewings of film clips, performances, and images of their 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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A Night of Poetry with Joyce Lee and Tongo Eisen-Martin
Oct
23
8:30 PM20:30

A Night of Poetry with Joyce Lee and Tongo Eisen-Martin

8:30-10:00pm, readings start promptly at 9pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members

Joyce Lee, whose talent defined Bay Area poetry, returns for a special evening of poetry. Accompanied by Tongo Eisen-Martin, catch her for this brief stint before she leaves for international waters again.

Joyce Lee is a writer, educator, performer, poet and an Oakland, California native whose gift with words and expression have made her an international talent. Joyce was the 2009 and 2010 Oakland Grand Slam champion, the 2014 Ill List champion, and is a featured storyteller for WNYC's Snap Judgement.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. 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 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, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

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An Evening of Improvisation with Phillip Greenlief and Joelle Leandre / Fred Frith, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, and Nava Dunkelman
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening of Improvisation with Phillip Greenlief and Joelle Leandre / Fred Frith, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, and Nava Dunkelman

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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French double bass player, improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. joelle-leandre.com

​​​​​​​Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. evandermusic.com

Fred Frith
 has been performing and composing in a broad range of musical contexts for more than 50 years. fredfrith.com

Nava Dunkelman
 is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother. navadunkelman.com

gabby fluke-mogul 
is a violinist, improviser, composer, & educator living in Oakland, CA. flukemogul.com

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All the Self Canonized Saints of Becoming: a reading by Juliana Huxtable
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

All the Self Canonized Saints of Becoming: a reading by Juliana Huxtable

7:30pm, reading starts promptly at 8pm
Free

Please join us for a reading by artist, DJ, and writer Juliana Huxtable, introduced by Anne Lesley Selcer. Huxtable’s recent book, Mucus in My Pineal Gland, takes on media's constituting powers in our desires. These poems and performance texts memorialize the internet in loud clanking blue letters, they time stamp the ephemerality of screen text. Mucus in My Pineal Gland was co-published in 2017 by Capricious and Wonder. Life was co-written with artist Hannah Black and released in 2017 by König.

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POOLREADY!
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

POOLREADY!

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Performances
$10 Guests / Free for members
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Circuit Network is producing POOLREADY!, a new dance and multimedia piece choreographed by Butoh artist Ledoh that explores the complexities of climate change, and the irony in the futility of individuals being able to act collectively in their self-interest and for the good of humanity. POOLREADY! is slated to premiere in the spring of 2019, and The Lab welcomes the artistic team for a short residency to test some of the production elements.

The design and fabrication of a mobile performance environment is at the crux of the presentation of POOLREADY! A cube that can be loaded on a trailer and hitched to a van or pickup truck will contain set, lighting and media presentation elements. This will form the backdrop of the playing area for our traveler equipped to float in an illuminated display case, surrounded by a digitally-induced desert yet threatened by flood, creating a light-based diorama that speaks to the coming weather extremes. Videographer Perry Hallinan will develop the visual and media elements, and dancer Monique Goldwater will join Ledoh in the performance.

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A Sentimental Punk: An Incomplete Kurt Kren Film Retrospective, 1956–1996
Sep
22
to Sep 23

A Sentimental Punk: An Incomplete Kurt Kren Film Retrospective, 1956–1996

Saturday, September 22, 2018; 7:30pm Doors / 8pm Performances
    $15 Guests / $10 for members: member login or guest registration
Sunday, September 23, 2018; 7:30pm Doors / 8pm Performances
    $15 Guests / $10 for members: member login or guest registration
Festival Pass $25: guest registration

Pioneering Austrian experimental filmmaker Kurt Kren (b. Vienna, 1929; d. Vienna 1998) is an elusive yet persistent figure in twentieth-century histories of both performance- and film-based experimentation. His practice was idiosyncratic to say the least, staked in experimentation across media communication platforms in film and the visual arts no matter where that took him—from cooperative theaters, midnight screenings at commercial theaters, fringe film festivals in abandoned subway stations, and punk shows in warehouses; to art schools, artist studios, galleries and international art and film festivals, across nations and continents. In projects ranging from pseudo-pornographic collaborations with the Austrian performance art group known as the Vienna Actionists, to meticulously durational records of everyday space and time, to self-reflexive ‘documents’ of film cooperative life and experimental worlds, Kren combined and re-combined structural film techniques with inquiries into social space, re-constituting what ‘film about film’ or ‘film as film’ might mean.

This event is co-organized by Canyon Cinema FoundationBlack Hole Cinematheque and Megan Hoetger. Presenting partner: The Lab. Community sponsors: San Francisco Cinematheque and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

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