Each season, MEDIATE nominates a diverse group of Bay Area leading professionals in the realms of art, music and science to jury open call proposals and propose artists and projects. This sixth season exploring the theme of WATER features:
JORGE BACHMANN, RESIDENT ARTIST/CURATOR, is a photo-based, multimedia and sound artist. He has collected field recordings exploring the strange, unique, and microcosmic sounds of everyday life. He creates sound atmospheres meant for deep listening and often composed in symbiosis with sculptural installations exploring social and sensual constructs and experiences. Jorge has exhibited and performed in North America, Europe, Japan, and South America. Jorge also is the creator of the Beautiful Noise series, works with the MEI.Collectiv, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, and MoBu Dance Group, and has been the Technical Director and Resident Artist/Curator of MEDIATE’s Soundwave Biennial since 2005
ASHLEY BELLOUIN holds an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, where she was awarded the Frog Peak Collective Experimental Music Award. She has presented her work at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Soundwave ((5)) Festival, the 26th Annual SEAMUS National Conference, San Francisco Tape Music Festival, UC Santa Cruz, and Stanford University, among others. She has been awarded residencies at the Paul Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency Center, the UC Berkeley Center for New Media, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Ashley previously worked for Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments and currently works for Dave Smith Instruments in San Francisco.
SUE.C was born Sue Costabile in Long Island, NY. For the past 15 years she has created handmade videos for both the stage and screen as a visual and performing artist. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Dark, moody, textural, and physical, her live films inherit equally from the kinetic languages of Stan Brakhage’s abstract cinema and Nicolas Schöffer’s lumodynamic sculptures. Sue works both solo and in collaboration with musicians including Morton Subotnick, Laetitia Sonami and AGF. She has performed throughout the USA, Europe, Japan and South America in places such as the SFMoMa, Red Cat Theater, Sonar Festival, London’s ICA and Ars Electronica. She has held teaching positions at both the California College of the Arts and the SF Art Institute.
MAXWELL AUGUST CROY is a musician, photographer, record label operator, and web developer. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature & Japanese Language at the University of Washington, he taught English in Japan and studied the koto for several years. Now based in San Francisco, he is one half of the electro-acoustic duo EN (with James Devane). Together they have released a number of recordings and performed extensively in the US including Soundwave ((5)) and Japan. He also co-runs the Root Strata imprint (with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma) and the associated On Land Festival. Maxwell is concerned with flawed yet functional systems, obfuscation and degradation through idiosyncratic process as well as the abstract recontextualisation of the mundane / ordinary.
ADAM FONG is an active cultural entrepreneur, and a composer, performer and producer of new music. He has helped build two innovative arts organizations: Emerging Arts Professionals (Co-Founder & Director) and the Center for New Music (Co-Founder & Executive Director). Fong received the MFA in Music Composition at California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with James Tenney and Wadada Leo Smith. As Associate Director of Other Minds (2006–2012), he produced six editions of the annual Other Minds Festival, dubbed the “premier new music festival on the West Coast” (LA Times). Fong’s own compositions have been performed internationally and across the US. He also holds a master’s degree from Stanford University, lectures on experimental music, and serves on numerous advisory boards, panels, and committees at the local and national level.
ALEXANDRA FRASER is a wetlands ecologist and environmental project manager. She holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas, where her research focused on spatial patterns of plant biodiversity in wetland ecosystems. She received a scholarship from ETH Zurich to study wet meadows in the Swiss Alps. Alexandra currently leads the Environmental Planning and Permitting Department for URS Corporation. At URS she directs environmental studies, wetland and stream restoration projects, and project approvals for large civil infrastructure projects. In the 1990s, Alexandra hosted a popular radio program with an international fanbase on KJHK, the first college station to stream online. Alexandra was a member of Leadership San Francisco’s Class of 2010, and volunteered for many years as an outings leader for Greenbelt Alliance.
JENNIFER PARKER is Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at the University of California Santa Cruz where she serves as Founding Director of UCSC OpenLab Research Center and is an Affiliate Faculty of Digital Arts & New Media leading the Mechatronics Collaborative Research Cohort since 2009. She works on Art + Science research projects that include sculpture, interactive art, new media, sound art, and kinetic art. Her work has been presented in places such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ZER01 Biennial, the Tech Museum; the World Trade Center, Japan; the Iskra History Museum, Bulgaria; SFMOMA; among others. She has presented her work at Laser: Leonardo Art/Science; International Symposium on Electronic Art; The Common Wealth Club; and many other at conferences and symposiums. Sites: OpenLab, SonicSense
JEFF RAY, RESIDENT ARTIST/CURATOR, is an artist, musician, filmmaker, short story writer, adjunct professor, curator, festival founder, and arts and food rights activist. Recently, he was a visiting professor at San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Department, Conceptual Information Arts. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival and introduced one of the first Bay Area multimedia performance series, Collision in 2004. Jeff won numerous awards including a Murphy Cadagon award from the SF Foundation, and was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. He has showcased his work internationally including SFMOMA, and Kulturhuset (Sweden). He has been on the Board and Programming Committee at The Lab and currently serves on the Board of MEDIATE. Jeff received his MFA in New Media Arts from SF State University.
ALAN SO, FESTIVAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, is an artist, designer, producer and curator creating and supporting innovative art for over 15 years. Alan is the Founder and Director of SF-based non-profit MEDIATE Art Group, where he has been organizing innovative art and music experiences with local and international artists and musicians since 1998. He created what is now known as theSoundwave Biennial in 2002, a summer-long innovative arts festival that has completed five acclaimed seasons. Alan and his work garnered numerous features including PBS, NPR, SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian and was awarded Best of 2007 by San Francisco Magazine. He is a strong advocate for cultural innovation and has spoken at conferences, institutions and workshops such as the California College of the Arts and the Symposium for Independent Arts.
ZACHARY JAMES WATKINS is a sound artist who has earned degrees in composition from The Cornish School and Mills College. Zachary has received commissions from Cornish, The Microscores Project, The Beam Foundation, Somnubutone, the sfSoundGroup and the Seattle Chamber Players. He has been awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition and has presented across the US, Mexico and Europe including Klankunstfest, International Computer Music Conference, Thingamajigs and the 2nd SJ01 Global Festival of Arts on the Edge. His sound art work has been described as “a metaphor for the breakdown of the dream of technology and the myth of our society’s permanence,” (ARTLIES). Zachary received grants from the AMC, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and artist-in residences at both the Espy Foundation and Djerassi