Posted by: Dena Beard
Over the course of October 2016 Jacqueline Gordon created Inside You Is Me, a sensory system composed of moveable walls, multichannel sound pieces, and staged performances. Gordon invited twelve artists – Sam Hertz, Jonathan Mandabach, Nava Dunkelman, Maryanna Lachmann, Jose Abad, Oscar Tidd, Fay Jeffers, Davia Spain, Mara Poliak, Mia Simonovic, Rashaun Mitchell, and Silas Reiner – to come to The Lab and play this system, exploring and dismantling hierarchical systems of control. Its moveable walls and speakers were arranged in eight different configurations that were open to the public during scheduled performances and gallery hours.
Unlike a museum or concert hall, Inside You Is Me presents no stage, no ideal place to experience the work – instead, the work itself calls on us to pay attention to how we move through space, how we look, and especially how we listen. Inside You Is Me mirrored San Francisco’s radically changing Mission District, layering field recordings from the neighborhood with vocal tracks, drums, and electronic sounds, and left enough space to the allow audience to hear their own whispers, cell phone taps, and footsteps.
The Lab invites its artists in residence to create a 3D representation of their commissioned projects. The result is what we call “The Lab Box,” a container for the aesthetics, ideas, materials, and technical components of these projects, exploding conventional notions of both artwork and archive. The Lab Box contains everything needed to re-create the artist’s project with its original integrity intact. Each box will preserve programs, performance footage, interviews, lighting plans, installation specifications, and labor needs – any piece of knowledge about the projects that can be converted into tangible materials or digital media.
The Lab endeavors to support the bodies of artists rather than the consumable products that may result from their work. Sale of the boxes therefore directly supports the artist, even as the box itself acts as an index for the experiences, the ideas, and the contexts that brought the project to life in the first place. Five editions will be completed and distributed after each project’s close.
We presented a prototype of Gordon’s Lab Box to local collectors and curators at a dinner on October 1, 2016, indicating that the box would be filled with materials as the project developed. Three of the five editions of the box have since been acquired SFMOMA, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, as well as a prominent local collector. Not only did the Box provide a model to allow Gordon to earn income from her projects in the future, but it also enabled this very unusual project to be re-exhibited under clear guidelines. Gordon travelled with the box to Moscow to recreate the project in February for Mark Fell’s exhibition Geometry of Now. SFMOMA will be presenting Inside You Is Me as a part of its Soundtracks exhibition opening July.
Posted by: Dena Beard
SOUND INSTALLATION: Inside You Is Me
Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27, from 6-10pm
Sundays, October 16, 23, 30, from 12-4pm
Available for workshops and off-hour visits by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-864-8855 for information.
PERFORMANCE: Playlist with Maryanna Lachmann, Jose Abad, and Oscar Tidd
Saturday, October 15, 2016; 7pm doors / 8pm performance
Sunday, October 16, 2016; 12-3pm installation open / 3pm performance
Saturday, October 22, 2016; 7pm doors / 8pm performance
PERFORMANCE: Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener
Saturday, October 29, 2016; 7pm doors / 8pm performance, RSVP
Tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance, $15 General / Free for members
Designed from a listener's perspective, the installation will incorporate sound, video, modular architecture, choreography and performance. Lead artist Jacqueline Gordon will collaborate with 5 other artists to develop a series of performances at The Lab during her residency in October 2016.
Gordon creates dynamic installations that challenge the way sound and movement shape a space. In 2014, she began developing Inside You is Me through two residencies at New York's Experimental Media and Performing Art Center (EMPAC). During these residencies, Gordon built movable walls out of varied raw surface materials that ranged from sonically reflective to absorbent; she arranged these walls in different configurations and installed EMPAC’s 32-channel sound system. Gordon invited New York-based choreographers Joanna Kotze, Julian Barnett, and Jocelyn Tobias to move through the installations. Gordon and the choreographers developed a corporeal vocabulary to experiment with how movement and sound can complement, contradict, and challenge audiences.
In 2015, Gordon was in residency at Mills College where she continued to develop the project, integrating results of the EMPAC research and experimenting with sound design and materials. She engaged in conversations with local artists; these conversations continued to develop the work and initiated performance collaborations for the project. During this time, Gordon performed new work at The Lab and conducted several studio visits with The Lab's Executive Director Dena Beard.
Beginning October 1, 2016, Gordon will install the movable walls with various acoustical treatments, webcams and a 32 channel sound system in The Lab. Local artists Maryanna Lachman, Jose Abad, Oscar Tidd, and Sam Hertz will be joined by Los Angeles composers FAY and Jonathan Mandabach, and New York dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. The eight artists will use Gordon’s installation as a system in which to create new sonic and visual compositions. Over the month, the artists will develop 4 new performances that will be performed throughout October 2016.
During each performance, the walls – comprised of varied sculptural acoustic treatments that affect the audience’s sonic and visual perspective - will be arranged into different configurations to change the dynamics between audience and performer. There is no stage, no ideal place to view the performers. By dismantling the traditional audience/performer relationship, the audience will have an active role in experiencing the work. The performances will be ongoing for a particular length of time allowing the audience to exit and re-enter at their discretion.
The work explores how powerfully sound can communicate and create emotion with or without our consent. Sound can change our heart rate, trigger tears, and access memories. The audio will explore sonic hierarchies in public and private space mirroring the unique location of The Lab, in the heart of San Francisco's radically changing Mission District. Integrating techniques of multi-channel audio, sound design and recording from the neighborhood, with live and recorded voice, the composition will be changed throughout the residency, continually building and shifting with the different wall configurations and choreography. In between performances, audiences may view and listen to the project though streaming web cams and audio on The Lab's website.
Video Documentation of movement/sound/architecture research for the performance installation, Inside You Is Me. Research was conducted at EMPAC in Troy NY. The research took place over two residencies during the spring and fall of 2014. Choreographers Joanna Kotze, Julian Barnett, and Jocelyn Tobias to move through the installation to developed a corporeal vocabulary to experiment with how movement and the sound composition can complement, contradict, and challenge an audience. http://www.jacquelinegordon.net/Sound-Space-Movement-Research
A site specific 4 part sound installation that took place after hours inside the offices of the Los Angeles Food Center at 1400 East Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles. Three different rooms used sounds that ranged from a 6 channel musical score to a 3 channel drone that used the resonant frequency of the architecture in the composition. Throughout the installation there was the opportunity to listen and record audio with binaural microphones monitored through sculptural ears. http://www.jacquelinegordon.net/Everyone-Will-Be-Here-Now-But-Me
A 16 channel sound and acoustic sculpture installation that took place at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2014. The audio was composed of field recordings, analogue and digital synthesis and used cinematic inspired sound design techniques to explore the complexities of listening as a solo or shared experience. Speakers were donated by Meyer Sound http://www.jacquelinegordon.net/It-Only-Happens-All-of-the-Time http://www.zyzzyva.org/2014/03/27/the-truth-about-harmony-gordons-it-only-happens-all-of-the-time-at-ybca/