The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Stranded presents: Grouper / Sarah Davachi
Sep
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

Stranded presents: Grouper / Sarah Davachi

To celebrate Stranded's 5th anniversary, we're excited to present two great artists Grouper and Sarah Davachi at The Lab, San Francisco. Each artist will perform individual sets for early and late shows.

Early show: Doors at 5pm / Music at 5:30
Late show: Doors at 8:30 / Music at 9pm

ickets: https://www.strandedrecords.com/tickets
There will be a limited amount of $12 tickets available for members of The Lab, but they must be reserved in advance. Please email thelabsf@thelab.org to have your name added to either show's member list. 
 

rouper, the moniker of Liz Harris, continues to bewilder with the most basic resources: a voice, one instrument and the ambience of her surroundings. Her sparse compositions occupy an intimate space between sound and song, with performances transcending the relationship between performer and listener, offering a meditative and restorative experience.

As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi's compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in analog synthesis, with concurrent treatment of acoustic sources – particularly organ, piano, strings, and woodwinds – often involving de-familiarization through processing. Her work considers the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize variations in overtone complexity and psychoacoustic artefacts.

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Steven Warwick
Oct
4
8:30pm 8:30pm

Steven Warwick

8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
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Steven Warwick is an artist and musician and writer based in Berlin. His new audio-visual mixtape Nadir was released via the delinear platform on the acclaimed label PAN.

Nadir fuses reflective poetics with diaristic snapshots and fragmented melodies recorded during a residency in LA. The release captures the tensions, unease and uncertainty in a contemporary setting. Live, Warwick presents a new show with visuals in which he reworks the tracks in real time for a club setting, in a similar manner to his previous Heatsick project: loops and rhythms are stretched and worked out on the dancefloor with focus on the human voice to dizzying and psychedelic effect.

“Complex and enthralling, swallowing whole dancefloors of people into deep, hypnotic grooves for hours on end in a rich, multi-sensory overload” – FACT

“This is dance music through and through, albeit probably unlike any you’ve heard before” - The Quietus

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Night Rounds
Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Night Rounds

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
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An evening of live film and music performances featuring eight Bay Area visual artists and musicians whose work ranges from experiments with light and film to algorithmic music composition. These energetic collaborations bring a dynamic array of sound and image to The Lab and feature Danny Paul Grody (music) + Bill Basquin (film), Steve Dye (film) + Dania Luck (Person L.) (music), John Davis (music/film) + Laurie Varga (music/film), Jorge Bachman (ruidobello) (music) + Anna Geyer (film).  

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The Red Krayola
Oct
20
to Oct 22

The Red Krayola

Friday, October 20, 2017; 8pm–midnight
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 8pm–midnight
Sunday, October 22, 2017; 2–6pm
Ticket holders may come and go during all three live recording sessions
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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The legendary psychedelic music rockers, The Red Krayola—founded Houston, Texas, 1966—will appear at The Lab. The lineup for the occasion will feature Mayo Thompson, as usual, and John McEntire of Tortoise, The Sea and Cake. They will record two new songs with texts by their longtime collaborators, the English Conceptual artists Art & Language. Sessions for “Born in Flames II” and “Sword of God II” will be open to the public. For band reference see theredkrayola.org 
 

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Jlin
Oct
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Jlin

Sunday, October 29, 2017
8:00pm Doors / 9:00pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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Jlin appeared first on Planet Mu's second volume of "Bangs & Works" compilation, which had a huge impact on electronic/club music, bringing footwork to a wider audience. A protegee of RP Boo, Jlin hails from Gary, Indiana, a place close yet distant enough from Chicago to allow her to develop a different perspective on the genre. Her debut album Dark Energy was named best album of 2015 by The Wire—and the new Black Origami is bursting with force, taking footwork to another level through dense rhythmic patterns and tension that overwhelm the listener. Jlin will premiere her live show at The Lab.

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Man Forever
Nov
5
8:30pm 8:30pm

Man Forever

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$15 Guests / Free for members
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The music of drummer John Colpitts as Man Forever is explorative, innovative and fearless. A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) has made an album that defies genre classification. Propulsive, elaborate drum arrangements (created with TIGUE Percussion) remain essential to Man Forever - on the songs of Play What They Want, they are augmented by voice and melody with contributions from Laurie Anderson, Yo La Tengo, and Mary Lattimore to name a few. Play What They Want represents the culmination of 25 years of musical engagement by one of New York’s most acclaimed percussionists.

The collaborative process, essential to Man Forever, requires the relinquishing of one’s ego for a greater purpose. In Play What They Want, Colpitts leverages a vast and talented stable of diverse collaborators to create a work that transcends the sum of its parts.

Photo by Landon Nordeman

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Annea Lockwood
Nov
9
to Nov 18

Annea Lockwood

Annea Lockwood: It's Only Natural
A lecture presented by Other Minds, in collaboration with The David Brower Center  
Thursday, November 9, 2017; 7pm
Goldman Theater, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

A Sound Map of the Danube
167 minutes in length, the piece will be played in its entirety twice each day and visitors are welcome to come and go freely (no door admissions required).
Gallery hours:

Friday, November 10; 6:30pm–midnight
Saturday, November 11; 4:30–10pm
Sunday, November 12; 12:30–6pm
Wednesday, November 15; 4:30–10pm
Thursday, November 16; 4:30–10pm
Friday, November 17; 6:30pm–midnight

Jitterbug performed by Annea Lockwood, William Winant, Fred Frith
Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Performance
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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Born in New Zealand in 1939 and living in the US since 1973, Annea Lockwood is known for her explorations of the rich world of natural acoustic sounds and environments, in works ranging from sound art and installations, through text-sound and performance art to concert music. Her music has been presented in many venues and festivals, including the 2016 Tectonics/BBC Festival, Glasgow, the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, the Tactile Paths 2017 festival, Berlin, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn and the Israeli Center for the Digital Arts, Holon.

Recent projects include In Our Name, a collaboration with Thomas Buckner based on poems by prisoners in Guantánamo; Water and Memory, composed for the Holon Scratch Orchestra, Israel; Wild Energy, in collaboration with Bob Bielecki - a site-specific installation focused on geophysical, atmospheric and mammalian infra and ultra sound sources. She was a recipient of the 2007 Henry Cowell Award. Her music has been issued on CD, vinyl and online on the Lovely Music, Black Truffle, New World, Ambitus, 3Leaves, EM and other labels. annealockwood.com

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Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)
Dec
2
8:30pm 8:30pm

Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)

8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 for Members
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Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke have been leading a nomadic life since 2010, with no permanent home and travelling from one city to the next. The reason for their restlessness is the overall gentrification, the annihilation of individualism, the rising costs of living and the relentless sellout by the mainstream entertainment industry. "Artists need to find new ways of working now-a-days in order to upkeep integrity and autonomy. The old patterns no longer function.” 

The uncompromising decision to abandon their home has since determined their work. Their search for external & internal clarity, researching archaic principles and philosophies has helped them master the rigors of the road. 

At The Lab they will be presenting their album "Perseverantia.” The album was recorded in the Californian Mojave desert and is mostly instrumental, with a few spoken-word lyrics by Danielle de Picciotto. Together with the throat-singing by Alexander Hacke, the purring and squeaking of the hurdy-gurdy and an ether-plucking harp, melancholic violin melodies and the hum and growl of bass and guitar, one is placed in an acoustic world of mysteries, which floats out of the loudspeakers like an epic movie, both disturbing and mesmerizing. 

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Light Field
Dec
7
to Dec 10

Light Field

Light Field is an international exhibition of recent and historical moving image art on celluloid, held in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are artist run and collectively organized by: Samuel Breslin, Emily Chao, Zachary Epcar, Trisha Low, tooth, and Syd Staiti. We return to The Lab with our second annual edition to be held on December 7th - 10th 2017. 

Our 2017 call for submissions closes on September 15th: http://www.lightfieldfilm.org/submissions/

Full Program and Ticket information will be announced on November 7th.

For more on Light Field please visit: http://www.lightfieldfilm.org/
 

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Other Forms of Light
Aug
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Other Forms of Light

Dicky Bahto, Tashi Wada, and Corey Fogel with Paul Clipson and Maggi Payne
8pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
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The Lab hosts a new performance by artists Corey Fogel, Dicky Bahto, and Tashi Wada. Their structured improvisation will feature generative imagery on multiple slide projectors, pitched metal percussion, keyboard, bagpipe, electronics, and sirens.

Paul Clipson will collaborate with sonic artist Maggi Payne to project a multi-16mm anamorphic moving image and sound experience inside The Lab.

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Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Festival
Aug
4
to Aug 5

Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Festival

8pm–2am
DJ Gaycay ~ Maya Songbird ~ Xuxa Santamaria ~ Forbidden Colors ~ The Breathing Light ~ Ugly ~ Auto Romantix ~ Demongay ~ DJ Piano Rain ~ Las Sucias
Festival tickets: http://m.bpt.me/event/3016383

The Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Fest is inspired by the Black and Brown Punk Show Collective’s series of fests beginning in Chicago during the Summer of 2014 as a way for POC/Queer/Trans punx in Chicago to connect and keep the punk scene diverse and safe. The Universe is Lit Fest aims to continue in the traditions of the Black and Brown Punk Show Collective in Chicago, Not Enough Fest in Portland, and the Think and Die Thinking Festival in San Jose, CA.

The organizers of Bay Area’s Universe is Lit Fest seek to honor and exalt the existence of Black and Brown musicians, artists, and freaks throughout history, from the pre-patriarchal era and beyond. We recognize ourselves as future ancestors and in the words of Grace Jones aim to “let them know we’re here!” across the expanses of time and experience.

For more information about the Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Festival including the full schedule of events, visit theuniverseislit.com.

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Laraaji with Arji OceAnanda: In the Zone
Jul
29
8:30pm 8:30pm

Laraaji with Arji OceAnanda: In the Zone

8:30pm Doors / 9pm Sound
$25 General / $15 for Members
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This concert promises to be an exquisite sound immersion of expansive dimensions. The world renowned innovative zither/harp master, composer, and sound healing presence of Laraaji is joined by collaborative partner sound healing musician Reiki Master Arji OceAnanda for an evening of celestial sound making.

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75 Dollar Bill / Bill Orcutt
Jul
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

75 Dollar Bill / Bill Orcutt

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$10 Guests / Free for Members
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75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on early electric blues, the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their home town. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently expands into other configurations live and on record, from trio to 25-piece marching band. They have released a string of cassettes and two LPs, the most recent of which, Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock, met with wide critical acclaim and appeared on numerous "Best of" lists for 2016. It is now being released in Europe (on vinyl, digitally and, for the first time, on CD) by Glitterbeat Records, on its brand-new tak:til imprint.

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SFABF After Party! TURFinc Dancers, DJ Epic, and Unity
Jul
22
8:30pm 8:30pm

SFABF After Party! TURFinc Dancers, DJ Epic, and Unity

8:30pm Doors / 9pm Music and Dancing
$15 Guests / $10 for SFABF Vendors / Free for members of The Lab
* SFABF Vendors can purchase tickets at the door
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Join us for a dance battle hosted by Johnny Lopez of TURFinc with DJ Epic. Oakland-based group Unity will perform their upbeat garage punk following the dance performance.

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Camille Norment / Leila Bordreuil
Jul
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Camille Norment / Leila Bordreuil

Friday, July 14, 2017
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$25 Guests / $15 Members
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Camille Norment (b. 1970, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA lives and works in Oslo, Norway) works as an artist, musician and composer. Norment’s practice includes performance, installation, drawing, writing and sound, and draws from the artist’s training in music, dance, the visual arts and literature. Norment is concerned with investigating the relationships between sound, music and the visual arts and questioning the meanings of harmony and dissonance. Her art explores the socio-political encoding of sound historically and in the present, reflecting upon the power of dissonance to carve out a space for dissent and creative thinking.

In addition to her work as an artist, Norment performs as a soloist and with other musicians in selected projects. At The Lab she will play with an ensemble consisting of John McCowen (clarinet), Håvard Skaset (electric guitar), and Camille Norment (glass armonica).

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist and composer working in the realm of improvisation, noise music, and sound art. The New York Times has described her work as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”. Bordreuil’s cello playing focuses on the inherent sonic qualities of her instrument, paying careful attention to timbre and texture. She challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and imaginative amplification methods, compelling us to question what is valued in instrumental performance and why. Her composed works frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multi-channel installations.

At The Lab, Leila Bordreuil will be performing a solo amplified cello set, using a multichannel set-up of different types of speakers and guitar amplifiers. An assemblage of microphones placed on various parts of the cello will create unique sound distortion possibilities that transform the cello into a polyphonic instrument, enhancing the instrument’s diversity of timbres. 

 

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Brontez Purnell: Unstoppable Feat, The Dances of Ed Mock
May
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

Brontez Purnell: Unstoppable Feat, The Dances of Ed Mock

Special preview on Friday, March 31, 2017
Final cut on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
8pm Doors / 8:30pm Film
$7 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

During his residency at The Lab, artist Brontez Purnell created a documentary film and archive exploring the late San Francisco postmodern choreographer Ed Mock. 
 
Ed Mock died in 1986 at the height of the AIDS epidemic; his story continues to engage contemporary conversations. Purnell states, “I believe Ed Mock is the missing choreographic link between Alvin Ailey, Anna Halprin, and Bill T. Jones.  He is my direct predecessor, creatively. We – artists, black queers, Bay Area dancers, gay men - have to extract our collective past and create the historical record.” 

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Dynasty Handbag: Writing for a Performance Persona Workshop
May
28
1:00pm 1:00pm

Dynasty Handbag: Writing for a Performance Persona Workshop

1-4pm Workshop
$40 Guests / $30 Members
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During the Writing for a Performance Persona workshop we will explore various exercises designed to help you access deep crevasses of your personal experience that can become the driving desire behind a performance persona. The goal is not to leave the workshop with a developed piece of work, but rather to learn some new ways of accessing material within yourself. Writers, performers, dancers, drag showgirls, thinkers, visual artists all welcome!

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Dynasty Handbag: I, An Moron or Childless White Lesbian Coyote in Hollywood, (A Star Spangled Bummer)
May
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Dynasty Handbag: I, An Moron or Childless White Lesbian Coyote in Hollywood, (A Star Spangled Bummer)

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Show
SOLD OUT, but a few discounted standing room only tickets will be released at 8:20pm, pending space and availability. First come first serve – please form a queue at the door next to the will-call line to claim.

Dynasty Handbag's new falling-apart stand-up show is a current events review of her privates and her publics, covering topics such as white women having babies and how this makes her feel enraged/grossedout/inadequate, a cover of Rihanna’s well-known blue-collar anthem celebrating the proletariat, why lesbians drink things out of jars, and an analysis of coyote discrimination in relationship to the Hollywood desert nightmare that is now a metaphor for complete global destruction. Show is updated to include horrible jokes about current events, sometimes day-of-show events.

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False Starts: David Abel, Brent Cunningham and Trisha Low
May
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

False Starts: David Abel, Brent Cunningham and Trisha Low

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
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David Abel is the proprietor of Passages Bookshop & Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and the author of Float (Chax Press), Tether (Barebone Books), and Carrier (c_L Books), among other titles. Three books are forthcoming in 2017: Selected Durations (Black Rock Press), XIV Eclipses (Couch Press), and sequitur her (press-press-pull). With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series.

Brent Cunningham is a writer, publisher and visual artist living in Oakland.  He has published two books of poetry, Bird & Forest (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005) and Journey to the Sun (Atelos, 2012), and has a chapbook of fake Arthur Rimbaud translations, The Sad Songs of Hell, forthcoming this summer from Ugly Duckling.  He works as the Operations Director at Small Press Distribution in Berkeley.  In 2005 he and Neil Alger founded Hooke Press, a chapbook press dedicated to publishing short runs of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera. He has been working on a novel for a disconcertingly long time.

Trisha Low is the author of The Compleat Purge (Kenning Edition, 2013). She lives in Oakland and is currently working on a book entitled SOCIALIST REALISM.

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Kyle Bruckmann’s DEGRADIENT: Dear Everyone
May
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Kyle Bruckmann’s DEGRADIENT: Dear Everyone

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$15 Guests / Free for Members
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DEGRADIENT
Kyle Bruckmann – oboe/English horn, electronics, composition
Aram Shelton – alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Jason Hoopes – electric bass
Jordan Glenn – percussion

with guest vocalists DANISHTA RIVERO and EUGENE S. ROBINSON

DEGRADIENT is Oakland-based oboist and composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann’s long overdue first venture as bandleader of a Bay Area ensemble. Gleefully colliding elements of free jazz, fried electroacoustic noise and dark prog within a Creative Music framework, DEGRADIENT adds a significant chunk of heavy to Bruckmann’s signature gimmicks of jittery polyrhythmic clatter, formal complexity, slapstick humor, and all-around sensory overload.

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Thollem McDonas / Gino Robair / Lisa Mezzacappa / Christina Stanley
May
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Thollem McDonas / Gino Robair / Lisa Mezzacappa / Christina Stanley

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$15 Guests / Free for Members
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Thollem McDonas brings together two unique memorial projects for prominent members of the musical community: Pauline Oliveros and Stefano Scodanibbio.
 
Trio Music Minus One is a duo project between Thollem (Keyboard/Analog Effects) and Gino Robair (Drum Set/Electronics) that creates the contours of a sonic space for a third person in memoriam. This will be the first live performance - in memory of Pauline Oliveros. In 2013, the duo released an album on Setola di Maiale for their mutual friend/colleague/collaborator, Dennis Palmer.
 
Evolutions For Stefano will be performed for the first time on this continent as a trio with Lisa Mezzacappa (Bass) and Christina Stanley (Violin/Voice). 

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Emily Wardill: No Trace of Accelerator
May
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Emily Wardill: No Trace of Accelerator

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Film / 9pm Conversation
$8 entry / Free for members
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No Trace of Accelerator (2017), takes as its starting point the mysterious incident of a series of apparently spontaneous fires that broke out in an isolated French town in the mid-1990s. The cause of the fires remained unexplained for some months, a period when all kinds of fear, panic and superstition gripped the small community. The fires were eventually explained, but the reaction of the towns-people became the subject of a case study into the social amplification of risk, written by anthropologists Marc Poumadere and Claire Mays.

Drawing on her own research into the events—Wardill uses the figure of fire itself as a way to explore the physical, psychological and narrative implications of trying to "model" entities, energies or objects that are in constant flux. Filmed on a series of constructed, stylised sets with a cast of archetypal characters loosely based on the real protagonists, Wardill introduces the idea of fire as a chaotic and unpredictable object—a metaphor for various conditions of fear, instability, uncertainty, and horror.

Emily Wardill will join The Lab's Executive Director Dena Beard in conversation following the film. 
 

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Point of “Fact”
May
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Point of “Fact”

7:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Presentation
$12 Guests / Free for Members of The Lab and Headlands
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Headlands members can reserve seats by emailing programmanager@headlands.org

Headlands Center for the Arts and The Lab host an evening of presentations that ask: how do we know what we know? The relationship between information and interpretation feels shaky when we are reminded daily that we are living in a moment of post-truths, contested realities, and alternative facts. During this evening, we will meet artists and researchers who explicitly address the production of knowledge as contingent, charged, and often charming. Lera Boroditsky, a cognitive scientist and professor at University of California, San Diego, will show how language and metaphor affect the way we think about everything from fundamentals like time and space, to complex social issues. Artist and anthropologist Adrian Van Allen (Headlands Affiliate Artist ’11) will present her research of scientists at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where they are building different versions of the future through their collections of bird skins, frozen tissue samples, and genomic data. Performance artist Xandra Ibarra (Headlands Affiliate Artist ’14) will detail her latest forays, including the work-in-progress practice she describes as “alternative embodiment.”

Image by Adrian Van Allen: Crafting Nature, 2016

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Susan Alcorn / Phillip Greenlief
Apr
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Susan Alcorn / Phillip Greenlief

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$15 Guests / Free for Members
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One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Well-known among steel players for her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Susan Alcorn first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands. Soon she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of modern classical music (Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Pauline Oliveros), visionary jazz (John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman), and world musics (Indian ragas, South American songs, and gamelan orchestra).

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Dead Slow Ahead
Apr
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

Dead Slow Ahead

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Film
$8 entry / Free for members

An enormous shipping freighter drifts aimlessly across the desolate waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Beneath the grinding, brutal machinery and bruised ocean skies, the ship’s anonymous crew toil tirelessly to keep the ship on course. They could be lost, men adrift, or perhaps the last vestiges of a doomed species. Gorgeously shot in rich, spectral hues, filmmaker Mauro Herce’s (cinematographer on many acclaimed films like the Cannes winner Mimosas) award-winning documentary, resembling at times a dystopian sci-fi film, is an immersive one-of-a-kind experience.

"A transcendent sci-fi documentary. Herce and his crew have accomplished is an invaluable feat of cinematic empathy and vision." – The Verge

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Julz Hale Mary: Trauma is a Party (of One)
Apr
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Julz Hale Mary: Trauma is a Party (of One)

7:30pm Doors / 8:30pm Show / 9:15pm Dance Party
$15 Guests / Free for Members
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Trauma is a Party (of One) is a performance piece by Julz Hale Mary using the container of a fashion show to thematically explore systemic inequalities, individual and collective trauma, and mental health interventions. Challenging American culture’s desire for pathologized, over-medicated, emotionally docile citizens, the performance looks at what it means to perform normativity when one wears oppression. Julz Hale Mary will play host “Dean Ile”—the Executive Director of a mental health nonprofit who negligently and cluelessly peeps in on the “progress” between clients and counselors through live video broadcast. Avant-garde seasonal (affective) looks will push this societal quagmire into the spotlight, opening up the senses to one of society's most mind-altering institutions: the mental health industrial complex.

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Kal Spelletich: Split Brain Robotics
Apr
7
to Apr 9

Kal Spelletich: Split Brain Robotics

Friday, April 7; 8-10pm
Saturday, April 8; 8-10pm
Sunday, April 9, 1-3pm

 

Audience members are invited to try and control two giant, scary robots with your brainwaves! It won't be easy, but can you make them kiss? Fight? When two audience members accomplish this feat, everyone is treated to a show of lasers, fog, sound, video, and other cool chaos.

This performative installation is a collaborative project of Kal Spelletich (artist, robot maker), Masahiro Kahata (brainwave control hardware/software), and Mitch Altman (integration hardware and software). This is an experiment in improving people’s lives by exemplifying the poetry of the mind. The robots are not programmed, they are responding live to human brain waves.

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Workshop: Making Art During Fascism
Mar
31
2:00pm 2:00pm

Workshop: Making Art During Fascism

2-4pm
$5-10 donation, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds


Artists are essential in resisting and dismantling fascism. Throughout history and through the present, you instigate, question, provoke; you provide humor, creative impulse, reflection, serenity, validation. In light of our country’s political swing toward white supremacy and hate, artists need the emotional, financial, physical, and spiritual support to sustain their work. You are invited to show up, listen, and share: support, resources, community-building, information, methods to enter movements, and ways to sustain both your activism and your practice. You will receive a free, written guide with tips for making art during this administration. Bring a notebook and something to write with!

Workshop conducted by Beth Pickens: www.bethpickens.com

Image: Tammy Rae Carland: I'm Dying Up Here (Cone Head), 2013; C-print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper; 15 x 20 in.; courtesy of the artist and JessicaSilverman Gallery, San Francisco.

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Lawrence English
Mar
29
9:30pm 9:30pm

Lawrence English

9:30pm Doors / 10pm Sound
$25 General / $15 for Members

Photos above taken by The Lab's photographer-in-residence, Robert Divers Herrick.

Lawrence English is composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.

 

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Arnold Dreyblatt
Mar
26
8:30pm 8:30pm

Arnold Dreyblatt

Arnold Dreyblatt (b. New York City, 1953) is a composer, performer and visual artist. He studied music with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young, and Alvin Lucier and has been based in Berlin, Germany since 1984. Among the second generation of New York minimal composers, Dreyblatt developed a unique approach to composition and music performance. As he began his music in the late 1970's in New York, he invented a set of new and original instruments, performance techniques, and a system of tuning and has formed and led numerous ensembles under the title "The Orchestra of Excited Strings". In 2007, he was elected to the German Academy of Art (Akademie der Künste, Berlin). He is currently Professor for Media Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel.

Arnold Dreyblatt will be giving a talk at 7pm on March 28 at SFAI: http://www.sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/arnold-dreyblatt

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John Chantler
Mar
22
8:30pm 8:30pm

John Chantler

8:30pm Doors / 9pm Sound
$25 General / Free for members
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John Chantler is a musician and organizer living in Stockholm, Sweden working with synthesizers, electronics and sometimes pipe organs to explore his own personalized compositional and improvisational strategies — working with and against the specific systems inherent in his chosen tools.

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Martin Creed: Words and Music
Mar
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Martin Creed: Words and Music

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Sound
$15 General / Free for members

Join us for an evening with Martin Creed. Those familiar with the Turner Prize-winning artist will know that one of the many engaging aspects of his live performances, regardless of the venue and context, is the unpredictability of the proceedings.

This event is co-presented by The Lab and Kadist, San Francisco. The artist will be donating his fee for this event to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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False Starts: Alan Bernheimer, Stephanie Young and Matvei Yankelevich
Mar
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

False Starts: Alan Bernheimer, Stephanie Young and Matvei Yankelevich

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
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Alan Bernheimer’s latest collection is The Spoonlight Institute, published by Adventures in Poetry in 2009. Recent work has appeared at annexpress.org and acrossthemargin.com and in Hambone. He has lived in the Bay Area since the mid-1970s and produces a portrait gallery of poets reading on flickr. His translation of Philippe Soupault’s Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealismwas published last fall by City Lights.

Stephanie Young lives and works in Oakland. Her books of poetry and cross genre writing include Telling the Future OffPicture Palace, and Ursula or University. With Juliana Spahr she co-edited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine -gun Feminism. She teaches literature and creative writing at Mills College where she was also part of the bargaining team for the first adjunct union contract at the College. 

Matvei Yankelevich's books include the long poem Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square), a poetry collection, Alpha Donut (United Artists), and a novella in fragments, Boris by the Sea (Octopus), recently published in a second edition. His translations include Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook), and (with Eugene Ostashevsky) Alexander Vvedensky's An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets), which received a National Translation Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

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Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Mar
12
1:00pm 1:00pm

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Free

The Lab and Art Practical invite you to participate in a Edit-a-thon to contribute to the online presence of under-documented artists, activists, queer elders, women, and people of color. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to participate, and we especially encourage women, transgender, and gender non-confirming/non-binary individuals to take part.

Presented in conjunction with Brontez Purnell's film project expanding knowledge on Ed Mock, this is a DIY campaign to improve archives on marginalized populations and address information gaps in our collective knowledge. Dorothy Santos will provide tutorials for those new to Wikipedia and the editors of Art Practical and staff of The Lab will provide ongoing editorial support, reference materials, extra laptops, childcare, and refreshments. Not an editor? Come by to show your support and help with research.

A few things to note beforehand:
1. Bring a laptop and power cord, if you have one available
2. Bring notes and citation materials for your Wiki-entries
3. Set up a Wikipedia account before you arrive

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Brontez Purnell: No New Art No New Dance Festival
Mar
11
10:00pm10:00pm

Brontez Purnell: No New Art No New Dance Festival

$5-10 donation, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

No New Art/No New Dance Fest is a collective queer-centered art / performance / dance party. There has been some confusion about the name: it is not our intent to negate the significance of "new works," but rather to highlight the point that – as artists working across different mediums – it is not our task to re-invent the wheel. Rather we are charged with the Sisyphean labor of just keeping the wheel moving forward…

Performances by:
Channing Joseph
Dia Dear
Ugly
Collaboration between Brontez Purnell, Xara Thustra, Jason Graf

Art by:
Ezra Rabin
Victor Vasquez
Jade Ariana
Jason Graf
Webster Borealis
Fabian Echevarria
Wizard_Trix

Film performance by:
Irwin Swirnoff

A film by:
Yetunde Olagbaju

Screen Tests ($10):
Gary Fembot

DJs:
Trill Team 6
No No

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Norma Jeane: Scene with ShyBot
Feb
27
to Mar 4

Norma Jeane: Scene with ShyBot

Gallery Hours: February 27–March 4; 5:30–7:30pm
Opening Reception: Monday, February 27, 5:30–7:30pm
Closing discussion: Saturday, March 4, 7:30pm–9:00pm

The Italian artist Norma Jeane worked with  CODAME to design a robot that they subsequently liberated in Palm Desert. This robot has no function in the traditional sense. It does not serve us; it probably will not enslave us (perhaps only our imagination). Instead, this robot is programmed to run. To run immediately, with nervous electric heartbeat, in the opposite direction as soon as it senses the presence of a human being. 

On March 4 at 7:30pm, The Lab will host a round table discussion conceived by Tobias Rees on the relationship between human and artificial intelligence. With:

Norma Jeane, artist
Tobias Rees, anthropologist (McGill University)
Federico Faggin,  physicist (Synaptics, Inc.)
Eric Hanson, designer (Codame)

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Brontez Purnell: Cry for Everything Bad that Has Ever Happened
Feb
24
10:00pm10:00pm

Brontez Purnell: Cry for Everything Bad that Has Ever Happened

Free

Cry for Everything Bad that Has Ever Happened is a meditation on grief and rage that is part public ritual, part sound experiment. Navigating the space alongside drummers and microphones, participants are asked to scream, run, cry, or be still – whatever fits the mood. This will feed into a live audio recording.

This is intended to be the starting point of resistance against our current political climate and an expression of rage echoed through the cosmos. Someone somewhere will hear us...

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