Artists' Television Access

Farewell to a Pilot: An evening with Thomas Carnacki and Sylvia Schedelbauer

Friday, December 16, 2011, 8:00 pm, $6-$10

 ATA presents an evening of expanded cinema, acoustics, and electronics, featuring a sonic performance and films by Thomas Carnacki and Sylvia Schedelbauer. The show will be grouped into 2 sections: The Thomas Carnacki ensemble deploying various and sundry devices, sound-emitting appliances, vibrating vessels, and odd found objects in a very rare live audio-visual collaboration among and between these artists; and secondly, a section of Schedelbauer’s award-winning shorts, produced in San Francisco and Berlin over the last 5 years.

Thomas Carnacki is a purloined moniker attached to the recording and performing activities of Berkeley-based Gregory Scharpen, who emerges from the twin factory-farms of theatrical sound design and the oblique-concrete audio outfit irr. app. (ext.). Thomas Carnacki has performed on both coasts of the continent, and has convinced a sizable number of luminaries to shed their dignity and participate in the proceedings, with performances at Project Soundwave Festival, the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Illuminated Corridor, and on Neighborhood Public Radio. The core ensemble also includes Jesse Burson, James Kaiser, and Gregory Hagan.

Born in Tokyo, Sylvia Schedelbauer first moved to Berlin in 1993, where she has been based since. Her films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms, mainly through poetic manipulations of found and archival film footage. Selected screenings include the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, the London Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the Robert Flaherty International Film Seminar, and the Stan Brakhage Symposium. Awards include Best Sound Design at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2010), the German Film Critics’ Award for Best Experimental Film (2008), and the VG Bildkunst Award (2007). For this night, she will be introducing and screening False Friends, Remote Intimacy, way fare, andSounding Glass.