Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sudden Infant is Joke Lanz’s longest‐running project. Its inception in 1989 was borne out of Lanz’s urgent drive to combine sound art and performance into one visceral whole – by doing so, his performances frequently bring forth elements and influences from Dada, actionism, Fluxus, noise and punk, as well as some of industrial music’s most trenchant performers. A Sudden Infant performance will typically be anchored by two main characteristics: the use of minimal electronic equipment on one side, on the other a strong focus on the human body, its reduced essence and the sound worlds it contains and spews forth.
Sudden Infant is a vehicle for Lanz to run acoustic and psychic elements to their end by focusing on their bare essentials. Thus doing, he establishes an extremely tense aesthetic of performance, and tears down any preconceived barriers between noise, performance, improvisation and electronic music.
Michael Gendreau has composed and performed solo as well as in several group configurations since 1979. His former group, Crawling With Tarts (1983 – 1998), expressed ideas within elementalism and pre-language states. Gendreau has elaborated on this while adding concepts inspired by his studies of physics, parataxis, philosophies centered on temporal and environmental persistence; and his experiments with small motors and turntable mechanisms. Performances have involved one-off transcription discs cast by others in the middle of the last century, and those cut in his studio using a decrepit lathe. More recently, Gendreau has sought to extend these studies, while experimenting with the use of a building as a speaker. He records infrasonic vibrations of a performance space, then in the concert, he uses the structure’s resonances as an additional instrument in his site-specific compositions. These practices are based in part on his current work as an acoustician working primarily on low-vibration and noise design for buildings. Gendreau has performed these site-specific compositions in locations around the world: Valencia, Spain; Paris, France; Athens, Greece; Lausanne, Switzerland; and others.
Gerritt Wittmer is a sound and performance artist based in Oakland, California. His work often articulates abstract narratives through vocal expression, body performance, and intense theatrical lighting. He has performed and recorded as Gerritt, Ginnungagap (with Stephen O'Malley and Tim Wyskida), Deathroes (with Sixes), and has performed and/or collaborated on projects with Sunn O))), Sissy Spacek, John Wiese, and Paul Knowles. He also directs the publishing house Misanthropic Agenda.
Describing his work through the pithy phrase, "I rust things," Jim Haynes is a California based artist who has developed a vocabulary of decay that he has applied to photography, sculpture, installation, and sound. He has exhibited internationally at institutions such as The Exploratorium (San Francisco), WestSpace (Melbourne, Australia), Jack Straw Productions (Seattle), Eyedrum (Atlanta), Diapson (New York), and The Lab (San Francisco).
Haynes has published his work through the Helen Scarsdale Agency, 23five Incorporated, Intransitive, Root Strata, and Elevator Bath. He has collaborated with Loren Chasse, irr. app. (ext.), and Steven Stapleton. He is also a contributing writer for The Wire. Haynes is one of the Directors for 23five and is the lone occupant at the Helen Scarsdale Agency
Sudden Infant, Michael Gendreau, Gerritt Wittmer, Jim Haynes