Material Notation

September 1 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
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In a first time partnership with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Soundwave presents two site-specific performances that respond to the acoustic Yud Gallery designed by the renowned architect Daniel Libeskind.  Exploring the materialities of the Museum itself by using elements such as blueprints, glass, mirrors, and surface transducers, the architecture is translated through evocative visuals and sound, both on the body and projected around the Yud Gallery. First time Soundwave artist Suzy Poling will present an audiovisual performance reflecting the design of the Yud through sculptural and optic interplay, and veteran Soundwave artists Shane Myrbeck and Emily Shisko will reinterpret archetypal building structures through symbolic movements.


Program begins promptly at 6:30pm
6:30pm – Introductions
6:35pm – Shane Mrybeck and Emily Shisko – “Laid Plans”
7:15pm – Suzy Poling – “Human Glass Rotation”


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Human Glass Rotation Suzy Poling

Human Glass Rotation is a site-specific mirrored geometric sculptural performance piece that emulates the Yud Gallery’s unique design. The performers will embody the architecture around them while having 3D animations projected and reflected off of them, building and dismantling forms in an optic interplay within the space, and accompanied by a live soundscape by Poling. Featuring movement by Natalee Decker.

Suzy Poling is from Michigan, studied at Columbia College in Chicago, lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost a decade and now resides in Los Angeles. She is a multi-media visual artist working with photography, sound, painting, collage, film, video, performance, installation and sculpture. She researches the multi-dimensional interferences of the organic and mechanical through almost every medium. Specifically, she works with analog and digital media, refraction of optics and mirrors, sonic resonance and electrical synthesis, geometric abstraction, chemical reactions with paint and film, performance art and ritual, photographic studies of geological anomalies, volcanic sites and natural volatile minerals.


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Laid Plans Shane Myrbeck & Emily Shisko

Laid Plans, performed by Shane Myrbeck and Emily Shisko will explore four archetypal building forms in four movements: the ancient circle, the long, narrow assembly space, the cross-shaped cathedral, and the Yud space itself. Myrbeck and Shisko will outline the floor plan of that movement’s structure by symbolically laying the foundation of the building and defining its sonic boundaries. 


Shane Myrbeck is a sound artist, composer and acoustician who operates in a variety of sonic contexts, including installation design, composition, architectural acoustics consulting, music performance, and sound recording. His work has been exhibited at Fort Mason Center, Intersection for the Arts, Gray Area, California Academy of Sciences, ODC Theatre, Alterspace, Hosfelt Gallery, Arup SoundLab, the Whitehaus, IBM Tokyo and at NYU’s Gould Plaza in collaboration with NASA.



Emily Shisko is an Oakland-based composer, performer and educator. Her most current works live in the intersection between traditional compositional methods and experimental and electronic performance and installation practices.


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Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts. Ever changing, the CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship.

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