Doors 8:00, show 8:30 pm
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Co-curated by Sarah Bernat, Eilish Cullen, Terrance Graven, and Honey McMoney
Design by Bert Bergen + Grant LaValley
Friday, July 15, 2011
Abyss of Fathomless Light
Gerritt Wittmer + Paul Knowles
Terrance Graven + Heather Ciriza
Saturday, July 16, 2011
DJ That Hideous Strength
Friday, July 22, 2011
DJ Tristes Tropiques
DJs Nihar/Riegler of Warm Leatherette
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Lana V--Granny Z
DJ Mick Nasty
DJ Myles Cooper
Division of Labor playfully examines experimental music, sound, performance, and DJ culture, bringing together distinctive artists and uniting diverse audiences from within The Lab’s innovative creative community and beyond. For the past 16 years, the Lab has occupied the Redstone Building—a landmark encapsulating a specific history of union organization and labor strikes. Division of Labor is inspired by the Redstone building's rich history and coincides with our annual juried exhibition, A floorless room without walls. The gallery ceiling serves as both site and subject of A floorless room without walls.
Featured artists include a wide range of local and national performers divided under one roof (The Lab's historic ceiling).
Abyss of Fathomless Light
Bert Bergen was born on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound of Washington State and raised by atheist libertarians in the surrounding rural areas. He focused on photography and gender studies while attending the Evergreen State College, WA and received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree. He later relocated to San Francisco and took classes at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Graphica Department to learn screen-printing. Bert has had solo exhibitions at The SFMOMA Windows (San Francisco, CA), Adobe Books (San Francisco, CA), and The SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery (San Francisco, CA). His work has been included in group exhibitions at ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery (New York, NY), Shizuoka University of Art and Culture Japan, Civilian Arts Project (Washington, DC), ArtScape (Baltimore, MD), and Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA). He has done residencies at Skylab Gallery (Columbus, OH) and Post Expose (Long Island City, NY). Publications that have featured his work include The Believer Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and Good Intentions. He has been a guest lecturer at the Evergreen State College and has designed for bands including Big Business, Om and Six Organs of Admittance.
Joe Oberjat, Brian Hock, and Rob Spector comprise a trio that "melds synth grooves and Kraut beats into freak-out music for the future. Drum, vocals and electronics mix into spacey, spectral sounds that float into present-day San Francisco from another place and another time. " - Michelle Broder Van Dyke
Avant-crooner and balladeer, CHRISTRAPER SINGS, writes and performs doleful songs with an ear to the great depressed composers of past to modern. Taking performative and musical cues from ritual Satanism, German opera, Black Metal and the songs of 16th century lutenist John Dowland, he utilizes a full baritone to countertenor vocal range to build layered, lush harmonies accompanied by simple electronic and acoustic sound arrangements. The effect is at once beautiful, hypnotic and haunting.
Cliff Hengst is an artist based in San Francisco. His wall drawings, paintings and performances have been included in numerous group exhibitions including Liquid Paper at Ratio 3 (San Francisco, CA), Color Wheel Oblivion, Marella Arte (Milan, Italy) and Slowdive at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA). Recent solo exhibitions include: S.A.N.E at Gallery 16 (San Francisco, CA) and Cliff Hengst at Jack Hanley Gallery (San Francisco, CA). Working collaboratively with Scott Hewicker, Hengst created Good Times: Bad Trips, a book dedicated to the phenomena of the bad drug trip. Over 50 contributors—including noted artists Devendra Banhart, Tony Labat and Chris Johanson—recount their bad trips, and their stories are paired with photographs, paintings and collages by Hewicker and Hengst. Hengst received his B.F.A from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Copy Lake was founded in by Alex S. Lukas in 2009 as a quasi-improvisational, quasi-song-based experimental/noise/performance unit with revolving membership. Keturah Cummings joined as a permanent member in 2010. They released their first album, House, in May 2011. For this performance, Alex will play solo for the first time in over a year, while Keturah is currently an artist-in-residence at Skowhegen School of Painting & Sculpture in Madison, Maine.
Damion Romero is a Los Angeles based practitioner of power acoustics and intense low-level sound manipulation. He has recorded as Speculum Fight, and collaborated with MSBR, Astro, C. Spencer Yeh, and many more. He is a consistent source of fascinating buzz and drone and somehow manages to translate inherently physical and spatial sound amazingly onto analog and digitally recorded media.
Daniel was born and raised in the mountains of Northern California. He recieved his MFA from The San Francisco Art Institute in 2008.
dEF_KVLt is the collaborative effort of WhITCH (Santa Muerte) and U>L>S>A. WhITCH (Santa Muerte) has been DJing and throwing events in San Francisco for over nine years. Mixing together records, visuals and performance art elements, WhITCH presents a juxtaposition of pop culture and critique to engage the audience in thoughtful dialogue and thoughtless convulsions. U>L>S>A is a recent arrival from London and a member of the experimental electronic music projects Shrieking Abscess and dEF_KVLt.
Dimmer is a duo comprising live sampling pioneer Thomas Dimuzio and tape-loop maestro Joseph Hammer. Captivating audiences with their dark explorations of sound, Dimmer specializes in a symbiotic sound process as they continually loop, reloop, sample and resample within an interactive feedback circuit linking both artists.
Eric Svedas smells bad. He has had complaints at his work place. As a youth, he smelled of goats. His mother recently told him, " I can smell alcohol leaching out of your pores", but she neglected to say what kind. He is working on branding a new patchouli based cologne that has the same masking effect without the crushing social stigma of patchouli use.
Fluorescent Grey is the electronic beat-making project of Robbie Martin. Media Roots describes his sound as, "the product of innovative conceptualizations, whether it be constructing songs from sampling the elements of fire and water, or combining hertz frequencies to cancel out sounds." He is also the force behind Record Label Records, recently reviewed in Wire magazine.
Gerritt Wittmer and Paul Knowles
Multi-disciplinary artist Paul Knowles joined Gerritt Wittmer in 2009 to explore the fringes of man’s sciences through the medium of sound and performance art. Their work combines elements of movement, light and sound to produce an abstract narrative on subjects such as out-of-body experiences and alchemy.
Also known as Lumpy, Heather Ciriza is maker of many things which include various configurations of hair, scalps, sounds, throats, pictures, words, costumes, and visions from the unknown. She resides sometimes in small corners of the Bay Area and also in a desert ship. She is currently learning Braille and is scheming slowly, but surely, a tactile sensory museum for the blind and mentally unstable.
Honey Jernquist is a visual and performance artist working in a variety of no, old, and low tech media. His work addresses issues of personal, public and private space and their intersections; personal devotion, material obsession, and the ephemeral. He lives and works in San Francisco. Most people know him as Honey McMoney.
Jonah Susskind is a visual and performance artist from Oakland California. His practice utilizes subtle but effective disruptions of visual authorities aimed at challenging the idea of a reality taken at face value. He earned his BFA from Pratt institute.
Lana V--Granny Z
Lana Voronina is the product of imagination and academic/artistic inflation. Although her alter-ego, Granny Zebra, recently died, her new path is influenced by similar themes of extreme light and dark. She lives, works and hosts concerts or dances at an industrial garage in the Port of Oakland. Her multimedia, sound, image and movement performances would like to appeal to romance, rhythm and theater.
Leticia Castaneda is an audio engineer and sound artist living in Los Angeles. She performs solo electro-acoustic improvisation, composition exhibition, audio environments to accompany sculpture, collaborative improvisation, audio drama, and site-specific installation. Her debut full-length CD, On the Verge of Redundance, was released by Chicago-based Crippled Intellect Productions in 2004. Notable performances have included the Wooden Octopus Festival in Seattle, the Beyond Music Festival Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. Her music has been described as possessing, “a richness and warmth that recalls an earlier generation of analogue pioneers.
DJ Mick Nasty
Resident degenerate (Res DJen) "This guy's from Detroit"
Michael Goldwater, aka DJ Mick Nasty, has had a life-long fascination with all forms of human expression. This manifests itself on all points of the performance spectrum, from the laborious facilitation of culture creation to existing as a highly evolved human/alien/animal being. Not pan-sexual. Sorry.
Midlife Vacation is the damaging collaborative project of Detroit transplants Mammal and Viki. Currently unhinging Seattle with their industrial co-depression, Division of Labor brings you the brutal debut of their heavily processed electronic destruction.
DJ Myles Cooper
Myles Cooper is a musician, entertainer and DJ from San Francisco. She makes a lot of remixes for her night High Fantasy in Aunt Charlies Lounge. Experience her reimagined blend of danceable jazz, sped up ballads and gay club classics.
Nao Bustamante is an internationally known and beloved artist, originally from California; she cut her teeth as an artist in the San Francisco "Art Scene" of between 1984-2001. She attended San Francisco Art Institute, where she was under the influence of the notorious New Genres department. She now resides in upstate New York, where she teaches and canoes with her poodle, Fufu (who also has an IMDB page).
Bustamante's at times precarious and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. The New York Times (Kevin McGarry) says, "She has a knack for using her body."
Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her movies have been shown at Outfest in Los Angeles and Mix in New York City among other festivals. Bustamante has been published by the Theatre Communications Group in the book, Out of the Fringe, as well as the Theatre Drama Review, published by the MIT Press. In 2000 she received the GLBT Historical Society Arts Award. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. Currently, Bustamante holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Phatima Unclear is, in a word, a FREAKTARD. Based in the Bay Area, her performances mix history, performance art and gender non-specific personas.
Phillip Huang is the founder of the Home Theater Festival and the author of A Pornography of Grief. Please check out more of his work on Youtube.
Scott Hewicker is an artist, writer and musician based in San Francisco. He has an MFA from Stanford University and has exhibited his work at Gallery 16, Jack Hanley Gallery, Deitch Projects NY, Galleri Christina Wilson in Copenhagen, ICA Philadelphia and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He recently co-curated the exhibit Hauntology at the Berkeley Art Museum with Larry Rinder, and plays in the bands The Alps and Aero-Mic’d. With Cliff Hengst, Hewicker co-edited and illustrated the book, Good Times, Bad Trips published by Gallery 16 editions in 2007.
Streetwalker is collaborative work of research scientist/vintage synthesizer enthusiast Beau Wanzer and his counterpart Elon Katz of futuristic electronic spunk-funk project White Car. Wanzer has released records with Nation, Disco Capablanca and Dead Air Recordings. His project Mutant Beat Dance, a collaboration with Melvin Oliphant III aka Traxx (Nation/Creme) just completed a remix for Gavin Russom's newest 12" on DFA and has a new 12" coming out on Rong Music. Katz has released a number of various projects on vinyl and cassette with the independent labels Rainbow Body Records, Hippos in Tanks, Desire, Catholic Tapes and NNA Tapes . White Car's debut LP "Everyday Grace" is coming in the fall on Hippos in Tanks. Together Wanzer and Katz sync the machine rhythms of the midwest with the avant-garde attitude of European industrial electronic music to make the uniquely dirty grind of Streetwalker. Elon and Beau share a deep love of vintage Roland gear, Szechuan cuisine and gory horror films which greatly informs their accosting mix of 808 kick, hot deep-fried basslines, splattering synth gurgles and yelps of zeal. The duo's sole release, an 11 minute cassette single entitled Ooze, is available from Catholic Tapes (www.catholic-tapes.com) and a full length record is coming soon from a very special TBA label.
DJ That Hideous Strength
Benjamin Tinker plays as a solo act or band leader as That Hideous Strength. He also spins tunes as DJ That Hideous Strength for beer or beer money, and is currently earning his MFA at Mills College.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations often incorporate sculptural elements, live performances, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting. He studied at Indiana University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University (Honors Program/Painting). He has also studied privately at Michael Markowitz Art Studios. In 1990, he was a principle performer for Harupin-Ha, the first Bay Area Butoh troupe, headed by Koichi and Hiroko Tamano. He also has trained with Yumiko Yoshioka, Akira Kasai, Anzu Furukawa, Yuri Nagaoka, and Diego Piñon. In 1992 he formed COLLAPSINGsilence Performance Troupe, which was active for thirteen years. He has been a guest lecturer/instructor at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Douglas and Sturgess, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, Yugen Theater, and the Harvey Milk Institute. He has exhibited widely in the Bay Area including shows at David Cunningham Projects Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 111 Minna, The Lab, and others.
Tessa Siddle is a Transgender film/video maker, installation and performance artist. Recent work uses costume, cosmetics, projection, blue-screen, and environments created from found objects and minimally worked materials such as card board, yarn, tin foil, untreated wood, leaves, paper, fabric and fur to embody animals and characters from genre and children’s literature. Tessa graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.
Total Accomplishment is the trio of Holly Herndon, Scott Arford and Mat Dryhurst, who make unapologetic dance music with custom vocal processing. In summer 2011 they will release their first 12" single, 'Pig Fat' on New Body Records. Scott Arford is one of the leading figures of new media arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has produced numerous works for sound and video including multichannel installations, live performances, CD and DVD projects, and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica. He has released numerous solo records, and collaborated with fellow sonic artists like Randy Yau (as Infrasound) and Francisco López, as well as having run 7Hz, the Bay Area's foremost venue for extreme and experimental music until 2002. http://www.7hz.org Mathew Dryhurst is a musician and technologist, and is currently developing tools to help artists make a living. Holly Herndon is an sound artist based in San Francisco. She won 'Best Composer' at Mills College as part of her MFA in Electronic Music, working with Fred Frith and Maggi Payne, and before moving back to the United States was one half of the the electroclash project Electrocute, touring the world from a base in Berlin, Germany. In 2011 she will release her debut solo album, with plans to tour internationally, and has been commissioned to author a book by Swiss Publishing House Van Dieren about the concept of embodiment in electronic music performance, for release in 2012. http://www.hollyherndon.com
Nihar/Riegler of Warm Leatherette
A D.I.Y. nightclub celebrating synthesized dance music that takes place irregularly at underground spaces in SF. Riegler and Nihar play minimal synth, coldwave, post-punk, EBM, italo and more!