Gravity Spells: Bay Area New Music and Expanded Cinema Art
Saturdays, July 5, 12, 19, & 26, 7-9pm
Kala Art Institute Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 – $20
Kala Art Institute is thrilled to present Gravity Spells: Bay Area New Music and Expanded Cinema Art, a series curated and organized by Kala Fellowship Artist John Davis and presented in partnership with the San Francisco Cinematheque.
This unique performance series celebrates the release of a limited edition hand-made gatefold double LP of music paired with four DVD’s of original film featuring collaborations by: Craig Baldwin with Maggi Payne; Paul Clipson with Tashi Wada; Lawrence Jordan with John Davis and Kerry Laitala with Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken. The publication includes a 50-page booklet of writing and images bound in a hand-made letterpress cover.
Artist John Davis originally conceived the project through a Kala Fellowship and residency as a way to publicly showcase emerging and established strains of expanded cinema and music collaboration in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to being a celebration of the form, the performance series serves to broaden the sampling of artists associated with the project, helping foster relationships between artists who hadn’t worked together previously, and to encourage a platform for the realization of new works.
Copies of the edition of 100 publication release will be available for purchase at the four shows, or can be purchased online here.
Program Participating Artists and Schedule:
July 5, 7-9pm:
Mary Helena Clark with Andy Roche
Kerry Laitala with Ashley Bellouin & Ben Bracken
July 12, 7-9pm
Mark Wilson with Marielle Jakobsons
Lawrence Jordan with John Davis
July 19, 7-9pm
Thad Povey & Mark Taylor
Steve Dye with Anthony Iamurri
Paul Clipson wth Tashi Wada
July 26, 7-9pm
Tooth with Collin McKelvey
Craig Baldwin with Maggi Payne
John Davis is visual artist and musician whose current work builds on the transcendental qualities of experimental film, while expanding the relationship between moving image and sound through live performance, collaboration, experimentation and improvisation. Recent works include soundtracks to four films by Lawrence Jordan, as well as films for music videos by Barn Owl, Bryter Layter and Aquarelle, and his music has been released on the Root Strata, Digitalis, Peasant Magik and Students of Decay labels. John’s film and video works have exhibited widely, notably at the San Francisco Cinematheque Crossroads Festival, The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Transmediale in Berlin, The Impakt festival in the Netherlands and Videoex in Zurich. His archival footage film Mark You Make Believe My Dear, Yes was included in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Long Play: Bruce Conner and the Singles Collection in 2010, and his video Between Subjects was featured as part of a collection of highlights marking the 20th anniversary of the Freewaves Biennial of Experimental Video and Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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