SonicLABs: Passing Through

Presented at 10 Years of the New de Young, Oct 17

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Saturday, October 17: Passing Through

de Young Museum, 10th Anniversary Community Day
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

SonicLabs performance: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Community Day: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

We are thrilled to present a performance with Kinetech Arts at the “New” de Young Museum‘s 10 year anniversary celebration and community day. Part of this season’s Architecture theme, Kinetech Arts performs “Passing Through,” starting at James Turrell’s “Three Gems” at 12:30pm, processing around the iconic Herzog & de Meuron building and ending at the Pool of Enchantment.

“Passing Through” is a ritualistic event, a calling to bring light to the world. The performance begins in the majestic Three Gems dome by James Turrell, where Daiane Lopes da Silva performs a mystical solo, accompanied by musician Laura Inserra, who activates unique sounds in the dome with her various instruments. This will be followed by a procession towards the Pool of Enchantment, for a poetic performance from Kinetech Arts dancers Shareen DeRyan, Erin Alexi Huestis, Esha Nambiar, Lauren Bedal, Daiane Lopes da Silva and guest artists Stephanie Sherman, Alex Crow, Raquel Boluda and Katherine Disenhof.

Stick around for performances throughout the entire day to celebrate this momentous occasion!

Sunday, August 2: Reverberations at Battery Townsley


Battery Townsley, Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands >>
Park at Rodeo Beach Parking Area. There is a 30 minute hike to the performance site. Bring warm winter jackets, gloves and blankets as site is windy and chilly even on sunny days.

5:30 pm: Check-in and registration
6:00pm: Performances begin

In partnership with the National Park Service, three immersive performances are set at the historic Battery Townsley, a WWII battery fortification overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Artists Zoey Vero, Vanessa Li, Dan Gottwald, and Gabriel Goldberg, will use the extreme resonances of the tunnels and uniquely shaped rooms of the structure to give us an extraordinary sound experience worthy of its natural setting.

Gabriel Goldberg, whose other-worldly vocals will be accompanied by the Halo Handpan (a steel melodic percussion instrument), and a selection of exotic, ethereal sounding acoustic instrumentation, explores sacred resonant spaces. Dan Gottwald and the Analogous Ensemble will explore the sonic, visual and metaphoric architecture of eyes with the piece, “The Abundant’s Eyes.” Vanessa Li and Zoey Vero will use the Battery’s architectural plans and historical context as inspiration for their collaborative sonic and visual compositions.

Saturday, August 15: AudioBus Architecture

Meeting point: California College of Arts Reception Area (8th Street entrance)
1111 8th Street, San Francisco, CA >>
45 minute bus tour goes through the Dogpatch and
Bayview/Hunter’s Point neighborhoods

Tour A: Check in from 2:00 – 2:45; bus boards at 2:45; bus leaves at 3:00
Tour B: Check in from 3:00 – 3:45; bus boards at 3:45; bus leaves at 4:00

The AudioBus is a mobile venue which takes participants on an auditory journey, translating the architecture the Dogpatch and Bayview neighborhoods into a sonic language as the audience is driven through it.

AudioBus featured artist Geoff Morris is a multi-instrumentalist based in improvisation and evolving ambient expressions. His music is sculptural, created through repetitions of building up and carving away. For AudioBus, he will use field recordings from various locations in the Dogpatch and Bayview districts as textural layers for a long-form improvisation, responding to the histories and physical structures of the areas we are passing through in this mobile venue.

Thursday, August 20: Soundwave Nightlife

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco>>


This Soundwave SonicLAB event curates artists and performers that highlight the unique architecture and history of the CalAcademy with engaging performances and interactive demonstrations and installations at CalAcademy’s popular weekly series. Featuring DJ Russell Butler, Honey SoundSystem, I/O Music Technology, artists Matthew Howell + Chris Chrismond, Colin Bowring, and Alexander Randon


Saturday, August 29: Architecture & the City

Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street, Suite 109, San Francisco >>
in partnership with the AIASF’s Architecture and the City Festival

Artist interactive demo and self-guided tours at
2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Artist, musician and developer Matthew Howell premieres Polyenvironments, a creative technology for exploring the somatic effects of architectural designs on the human body. He will introduce participants to a new way of capturing and interpreting the designs that they find while exploring the city. Participants will be able to reinterpret what they see into soundscapes that they can compose and hear for themselves.

Call for Proposals

This season of Soundwave explores the relationships between Architecture and Sound. We seek multi-disciplinary works from artists across the fields of music, visual art, sound art, design, and performance that explore the theme in innovative ways, reshaping the way our audience sees and hears the built environment, activating and transforming spaces to create provocative and insightful experiences within them.

San Francisco is currently one of the most rapidly developing cities in the country, with new buildings continuously coming up and local districts dramatically changing, it’s an important time to examine these new developments and their impacts on communities. Cities aren’t static but a constantly evolving landscape, and we ask artists to explore the different factors that affect this change and translate how these changes are experienced through sound. San Francisco’s unique location both on a fault line and on a Peninsula have shaped the way the city has been built, and artists are asked to explore and reinterpret these anomalies.

Artists, architects, designers, and creators of all backgrounds are encouraged to submit sonic applications for Soundwave ((7)), running Summer 2016 in San Francisco.  Open submission dates are from June 5 2015 – September 4 2015.  We’ll be notifying selected artists by December 2015.  Please read the guidelines and fill out the submission form.


Soundwave ((7)) Launch Party + Fundraiser

On June 5, MEDIATE launched the seventh season of the Soundwave Biennial with a party and fundraiser at Obscura Digital in San Francisco that featured audio-visual performances by Christopher Willits, a projection mapped installation by Azael Ferrer Gordo accompanied by modular synthesist Anthony Bisset, an audio-visual performance in a projection mapped dome by modular synthesists Elia Vargas and Nathan Blaz, and a DJ set by Ash Williams and other interactive installations.

About MEDIATE Art Group

Soundwave is produced by MEDIATE Art Group, a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that creates meaningful, cutting edge art and music experiences through the activation of people, places and environments in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MEDIATE created Soundwave in 2002 as a festival that investigates a new idea through innovative sound, art and music every season. Renowned for its thoughtful curation and unique programming in diverse spaces and places, Soundwave brings together creators from across the sonic spectrum to discover new connections through sound-making and the sound experience.