ACE [artist curated events] 2022

Artist curated series of video/audio, performance, installation, and more…
Works express sound experience (e.g. sound-intake, ear orientation, auralities, deafnesses, degrees of hearing and listening, acoustics, psychoacoustics, audio technologies, spatialization, timbralization, environmental sound, hearing anatomies, synaesthetic responses to sound, imagined aural response, connection of sound and hearing to other senses, autonomous sensory meridian response [ASMR], etc.)

Where We Go From Here & Performance For Two

by Amanda Maciel Antunes
Video premiered September 4, 2022

Intro (00:00:00)
Where We Go From Here (00:00:07)
Performance For Two (00:53:38)
End (01:10:01)

Where We Go From Here
How does the perceived permanence or temporality of our location affect us? Where We Go From Here is a film and performance intended to recreate the experience of being in different places at the same time.

Where We Go From Here video was shot between 2018-2019 during residences in the Amazon, Brazil, and the artist’s migration to Los Angeles. The footage was all recorded with a cellphone. Sound is a collection of fieldwork between these various locations.

This video is an artifact of time in migration. And it supports a live performance of the same name. First Half of the film is a single journey in time, followed by the second half which leads the audience into a life performance.

Performance For Two
Often times, as artists, as immigrants, and as women, the source of strength which we need when the outer world fails us, comes from another woman. This video and soundscape create a place where I condense the interpretation of myths about our lives as immigrant women. I perform in conversation with my past self. And all the versions of that woman that led me to this present moment. What words get to be erased and what words get to be re-learned. In this process I proceed to identify and distinguish between the false selves that our culture has enforced on us, and the true parts of my womanhood which I want to preserve. In this film I work with a poem I titled “What is Blasphemy?” in response to receiving my American Citizenship, and in the promise of becoming a citizen I uttered words I could not stand behind. I reflect on these promises I’ve made to survive and the promises made as illusions.

Rebar Study & Tennis (Excerpt from Ribs, Act II)

by Jacob Wolff
Video premiered September 12, 2022

Intro (00:00)
Rebar Study (00:07)
Tennis (Excerpt from Ribs, Act II) (20:14)
End (38:51)

Rebar Study #2
Negotiating the balance of the rebar while trying to move ones hands and fingers to change the pitch.

Tennis (Excerpt from Ribs, Act II)
A real time emotional analysis/ acoustic processing of a live game of tennis. Excerpt from “Ribs”, Act 2.


a sound performance by Amabelle Aguiluz
LIVE performance took place on Saturday, October 1, 2022
View Instagram Live recording of the event HERE.

Amabelle Aguiluz offered Agî, a sound performance, within her art installation at Flux Art Space (410 Termino Avenue, Long Beach, CA 908014).

Agî (meaning current), will explore how water heals the body and mind. The project focuses on harmonic frequencies of water sounds that can alter states of consciousness, inclining the mind toward calm, peace, and relaxation. Field recorded water sounds from daily life, along with sound patterns of ocean wave recordings, will be collaged with live acoustic sounds to create a meditative sonic space.

Mike Dobler (00:07)
The2VVO (04:05)
Kerby Ferris (12:47)
Dillon Bastan (16:55)
Pablo Perez (20:35)
Gabie Strong with Visualization by John Pearson (25:04)
End (42:10)

Air States is an audio and visual collection curated by Los Angeles sound artist Pablo Perez of sonic explorations celebrating errors, brokenness, and recycled audio artifacts. Five artists were selected to submit their own interpretation of brokeninty recontextualized into compositional sound epiphanies enhanced by video accompaniments.
More information on Air States Artists and their pieces HERE.

Listening with my father

by Amy Melissa Reed
Video premiered October 14th.

This project is a meditation on navigating my father’s rapid loss of hearing and collaborating together as a improviser and composer and listeners. My father has worked with heavy machinery most his life, loves music, and loves to listen to and to tell stories. Navigating hearing loss informs our work together and new ways of listening/composing. This new work is a meditation on the visual as sound and ways to listen through hearing loss. These new visual and sonic scores emerge from working with new ways to communicate through sound via listening with my father.

Military Mammals, Life Among the Conscripted Sealife 

by Phog MasheeenwikiGongsoundShoppeHeather Williamson
Video premiered October 29, 2022

Military Mammals, Life Among the Conscripted Sealife
Phog masheeen presents a curated selection of videos by soundpedro artists on the topic of “Military Sealife, The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program (NMMP)”

The video release on October 29th is a timely addition to Halloween. Sonically, the presentation includes narrative, electronic and acoustic sounds, field recordings, underwater field recordings and foley sounds as needed to further the presentation.

stream of (un)consciousness (audiovisual performance) 

by Gordon Fung and Ernest Strauhal
Video premiered November 6

Mount Shasta’s heavy association with spirituality draws us to investigate its landscape and soundscape both artistically and philosophically. We collect footage and field recordings around Shasta-Trinity National Forest. We transform materials gathered to create a dialogue between the natural and digital realm. Our performance explores and maximizes the possibility of environmental sound, hence expanding listening modes. The soundscape provides us a source to navigate between ambiance and noise; while the footage, through heavy distortion and glitching, opens up an altered reality for viewers to probe into. The visual is done through the misuse and overloading of software to create glitches. Such an experimental approach opens up a new way of perception for viewers.

A four-channel audiovisual installation version of this project is on view at Root Division Gallery, San Francisco from 11/2 to 11/30—as part of the show “you can hear the wind from under the floorboards” curated by Katherine Hamilton and Shaelyn Hanes.