Artists' Television Access

Electronic Cinema

Friday, September 24, 2010, 8:00 pm, $6-$10

Sound artists perform live scores for films by experimental filmmakers

Tana Sprague (Lissom) will perform a score for a film by Vanessa Woods
Elise Baldwin
will perform scores for three videos by Anthony Discenza

Tana Sprague (Lissom) is a sound and video artist, transfixed with micro details. With focus fluctuating between digital and organic, her work creates a space where one complements the other. Inspired by the elegant complexity of organic forms, she utilizes various electronic and digital devices to synthesize a similar enveloping intricacy. Since 2004, Tana has worked with Recombinant Media Lab, and in January of 2009 she lead the partnership development with Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and RML, and was the Director of Operations at GAFFTA and RML. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts at the University of California at San Diego, where she was granted two consecutive research fellowships at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College.

Vanessa Woods graduated with an MFA in film, with honors, from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally and have received numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship for Film from the San Francisco Arts Commission, a Film Arts Foundation Personal Works Grant, and the San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA Film Fellowship. Woods films have been broadcast or screened by the Education Channel, the Centre International d’Art (France), The Anthology Film Archives (New York), the Oberhausen Film Festival (Germany) and San Francisco International Film Festival. Woods is currently working on several new films, including a feature-length documentary titled Mimita, ( which follows a family of women raising their adopted child in the Bronx, New York.

Elise Baldwin is active in the San Francisco experimental music and electronic art community, Elise Baldwin focuses on solo intermedia performance and collaborative music ventures. Her work demonstrates clear predilections: a fondness for recombinant media and collage techniques, a fascination with human memory and technological forms of communication, and a historic multiplicity with regard to medium. Elise holds a degree in Film and Video production as well as an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College. She has designed sound and created musical compositions for many theater, dance and film productions. She has performed recently at SF Cinematheque, ResBox, New York Electronic Arts Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Edgetone Music Festival, the Brutal Sound FX Festival, E.S.P. Media Lounge, CalArts CEAIT Festival and the National Queer Arts Festival. She has received numerous awards, including Experimental Television Center and CESTA residencies, a Harvestworks Artist in Residency, the Frogs Peak Award for Experimental Music, and a Howard Scripps Award.

Anthony Discenza was born in New Jersey and currently lives in Oakland, California. He received his undergraduate degree in Studio Art at Wesleyan University in 1990, and an MFA at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 2000. In addition to various individual projects, he participates in HalfLifers—an ongoing collaboration with longtime friend and fellow video artist, Torsten Z. Burns. Discenza’s solo and collaborative work has been shown at numerous national and international venues, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The New York Video Festival, the Pandaemonium Festival, The Pacific Film Archive, The Impakt Festival, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was recently included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial.$artistdetail?DISCENZAA

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Curated by: VOLUME and Kadet Kuhne

A limited-edition DVD of the five commissions will be produced.