[Event] Soundwave ((5)) Humanities

San Francisco
5th July 2012 – 30 September 2012

 

Soundwave 5 poster

“MEDIATE Art Group is excited to announce the return of Soundwave this summer for its fifth season, entitled HUMANITIES, exploring our sonic connections to the human experience. Arguably the largest celebration of avant-art, sound and music in the Bay Area, Soundwave ((5)) HUMANITES will feature over 90 participating artists and musicians, in over 35 inspired performances, concerts, exhibits and conference panels & presentations over the span of 3 entire months.

‘These innovative artists and musicians will uncover the future of humanity from bionic brainwave instrumentations, subconscious realities, technohuman immersions, Zen-inspired performances, hybrid mythologies, new dimensions, and other artist imaginations,’ says Alan So, Soundwave Festival & Artistic Director. “

Bodies|Sounds|Technologies readers might be interested in checking out The Human Bionic at The Lab on 14th July:

The Human Bionic features innovative instrumentation using the human body that questions the boundaries between the biological and technological. Artists Cantrell, Kuhne and Stuck imagine the hybridization of humans and technology with interactive performances utilizing brainwaves, muscles, sensors and human processing to create and conduct sound. Cantrell creates ‘Sounding Body’ an audience-interactive performance event that uses brainwaves to reveal how our thoughts can take various sonic forms. Multi-media artist Kuhne conjures ‘Rebound’ using videos and sensors to activate sound and image. Stuck presents ‘Pressed’ positioning the dancer’s real body between a symbolic language that directs movement and the video record of past movement. The Human Bionic explores our physical connection to technology while raising questions as to what is at stake, and what can be lost, by organic bodies and their interrelationships as technological implements become increasingly ubiquitous and essential in our current society.

The Future Bionic looks pretty good, too; Jay Kreimer’s ‘Born Wireless’ sounds particularly fascinating and I hope to write a blog post about it soon (a naive proposition, perhaps, given that I am stuck in the UK and won’t be able to see it ‘in the flesh’). Other exciting offerings include:  The New Humanity Conference: Technohumanity at Intersection for the Arts and The Meta Bionic at The Lab (featuring work by  M+V (aka Tavis Johns & Paulina Velázquez), Guillermo Galindo, and NASSA ). For more info, check out the Soundwave ((5)) website.

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Manifold Motion’s Compos Mentis

Readers in or near Seattle might like to know about Manifold Motion’s latest performance, Compos Mentis. The multidisciplinary performance company has created an evening-length work that uses real-time biofeedback technology to measure the mean heartbeat of the audience and determine the pulse of the dance. They should be pleased I can’t make it though, as my pre-thesis-submission heartrate would have them racing around at a million miles an hour! [Edited to say: The source I read that described how the piece uses biofeedback was, in fact, wrong *grumble* *moan* *self-note about applying proper research methods to blog*. See comment below to find out how the piece actually works. Apologies to Manifold Motion for messing up! — Stacey]

Compos Mentis
March 16-18 & 23-25, 2012
8pm (7pm Sundays)
Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122