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Opening Night at Intersection for the Arts

Sound Installations and Exhibits Opening Night Event by UC Santa Cruz’s OpenLab/Mechatronics Group

Celebrate the opening night of SonicPlace, an innovative site-specific sound installation and exhibition created by Professor Jennifer Parker with the Digital Arts and New Media Program (DANM) Mechatronics Project team and OpenLab at the University of California Santa Cruz. As part of a research collaboration between artists and scientists, SonicPLACE activates place through participation with sound, mechanical devices and interactive play at the Chronicle Building in San Francisco.

The installations react to light, movement, and sound, capturing data and producing a tangible residue of the imprint we leave just by being human. SonicPlace takes over the thorough-ways where people pass through: the front entryway, hallways, and even some of the windows of the building structure, involving both specific visitors to the site and random passers-by, and asking us, “How do we perceive our invisible connections to the world around us, and at what level are we even aware of them?” SonicSpace aims to bring questions like these to the forefront of our consciousness, and show us that even when we believe we’re moving in isolation, we are still interacting with the world as a whole.

SonicPlace runs continuously for three months from July to September 28, 2012. Admission and viewing is free and open to the public.

  • Location: Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, San Francisco map it
  • Time: 6:00p-10:00p

Jennifer Parker is the Director and Co-founder of Openlab and a Professor of Art and Digital Art and New Media at the University of California Santa Cruz. Parker’s research is rooted in sculpture, interactive art, new media, and kinetic art, including cross-disciplinary and collaborative research. Current projects explore new methodologies for art making that engage innovative, creative and collaborative research with art, community, design, technology, and science.

Lyès Belhocine is an African artist whose work is at the intersection of design and technological puzzling. His interactive installation work often explores relationships between people, history and multicultural dialogue through the use of music, video and other visuals.

Benjamin Carpenter is an interactive Artist/Fabricator/Teacher who works at the corner of our industrial heritage and the momentum of contemporary media. His work is a meditation on life in the 21st century, the history that led to it and the future that lies ahead. He began exploring his creativity as a child building cardboard forts and various other contraptions with tools smuggled from his grandfather’s garage in New England. Earning a B.F.A. in metalsmithing and an M.F.A in Sculpture set the stage for a career building larger-scale architectural, kinetic, interactive and educational projects. He has been developing his personal style and work ethic for the last decade working with many artists and craftspeople on both coasts of the U.S. Now living in Oakland, Ca. he spends his time pursuing his interests individually and with the collaborative groups 5 Ton Crane and Applied Kinetic Arts. He maintains an active role in his community by teaching at the Crucible and has also guest lectured at the major art schools in the Bay Area.

Chris Cravey’s sculpture-based media is focused on engagement with the past. Over the last few years, the fabrication of metal and wood based pieces has driven this pursuit. His work creates layered links to the past, begging questions of practicality and modern significance of historical items in relation to the human experience.

Drew Detweiler is an interdisciplinary artist that brings his experience as a Theater of the Oppressed activist to interaction design. His intuitive interfaces encourage social interaction and participatory play in public spaces.

Derek Franz is an emergent technology artist currently creating interactive machine works for UCSC’s DANM program. Currently he facilitates the development of a modular LED array for performance and interactive audience installation capabilities in street, gallery and semi-permanent installation.

Jasen Levoy is a fabricator and designer of machines for interactive art and kinetic artworks within the Mechatronics project group at UCSC. He is interested how sets of cams, cogs, belts, gears, and motors can be utilized by artists to create collaborative endeavors of culture and public engagement.

Andre Marquetti is a UCSC doctorate student in computer algorithmic music and has worked for the most part as a composer, saxophonist performer in Chicago. He holds a Master degree in experimental composition from Wesleyan University where he studied with Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier.

Sudhu Tewari has been called a professional bricoleur, junkyard maven and young audio-gadgeteer. He builds audio electronics, acoustic instruments, kinetic sculptures, interactive installations, and sound art. Tewari is currently pursuing PhD at UC Santa Cruz in the Cultural Musicology program also works as a project manager for OpenLab at UCSC, a network for collaborative discourse fueled by academic communities, arts and science communities, and industry.

Leslie Thompson is a developing artist interested the Mechatronics group as fabricator who specializes in sculpture. She has experience with welding, sewing, wood, and other sculptural methods. She considers herself an “on call” fabricator and is willing to do what it takes to make someone else’s mental picture a reality.

Oliver Whitcroft is an audio-visual undulation manipulator focusing in the realms of radio, analogue amalgamation and image concoction. He studies art and music and has spent time with photography, video, animation and drawing. Pixel and grain interpolations of the world are similar in approach to much of the sample heavy compositions and live music that he creates with his MPC 2000xl sampler.