November 26, 2022
Artist Nicholas Naioti (Kirksville, MO)
w/ Crystal Myslajek, Michael Gallope, John Marks
An evening of real-time cartographic improvisations using projected, manipulated digital maps by Eric Theise, directed and accompanied by upright & electric bassist Liz Draper. Expect a visual wash of street grids, land masses, bodies of water, and curiosities from the built environment. Saturated colors and subtle tints. Sounds symphonic and serrated. Orphaned information and untethered symbology. Crowdsourced data with obsessive precision and glitches a mile wide. OpenStreetMap as light show.
This will be the first performance of A Synesthete’s Atlas in the Midwest. While it’s presented as the final event of the North American Cartographic Information Society’s Annual Meeting it is open to the public.
Eric Theise is a San Francisco-based artist and geospatial software developer. Through video and real time performance he reinvigorates the perceptual inquiries of structural filmmakers, experimental animators, op artists, and the light and space movement as new possibilities in the realm of digital cartography. A Synesthete’s Atlas premiered with cellist Helena Espvall in Lisbon in April 2022 and has since been performed in East & West Coast US venues. Theise’s 16mm films have screened across the United States, Canada, and France; he’s held residencies at Hangar (Lisbon), Signal Culture, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and he’s received grants from the Interbay Cinema Society and Bay Area Video Coalition.
Liz Draper, classically and jazz-trained versatile bassist, is fortuitously on break from an international tour with Low. She’s performed, recorded and/or toured internationally with such groups as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Soul Asylum, Charlie Parr, The Rose Ensemble, Ben Weaver, Orkestar Bez Ime, and Davina and the Vagabonds. A professional musician since age 16, Liz has performed in an astonishing array of musical genres and ensembles, from jazz and classical to folk, metal, improvisational, experimental, Balkan, and chamber strings. Liz holds a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota and has studied at The School For Improvised Music in Brooklyn, New York. She was awarded a 2019 fellowship through Giant Steps Music Action Women, a partnership with the University of San Francisco. Facebook event: Here
Nov 11th 7:30pm Roger Beebe
In the wake of our year(+) of lockdown and of telepresence, Roger Beebe returns to the road with a program of 16mm multi-projector performances. The program features several newer works (Lineage (for Norman McLaren) (2019, 4 x 16mm), de rerum natura (2019, 3 x 16mm + video), Home Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry (2021, 4 x 16mm), alongside some of his best-known projector performances (including the seven-projector show-stopping Last Light of a Dying Star (2008/2011)). He will also include a sampling of recent essayistic videos, presented as live-narrated documentaries. These works take on a range of topics from the forbidden pleasures of men crying (Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes)) to the racial politics of font choices (The Comic Sans Video) and the real spaces of the virtual economy (Amazonia).
Roger is a filmmaker whose work since 2006 consists primarily of multiple-projector performances and essayistic videos that explore the world of found images and the “found” landscapes of late capitalism. He has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art with solo shows at Anthology Film Archives, The Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, and Los Angeles Filmforum among many other venues. Beebe is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small-gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and was the founder and Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival from 2004-2014. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University.