Artists' Television Access

traces of a light

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:30 pm

This program is dedicated to our friend Paul Clipson with works that reflect on his lasting presence in the film/art community.

works by: jefre cantu–ledesma, amma ateria, konrad steiner, linda scobie, joshua churchill, john davis, rick bahto, liz harris, ali kashani, sylvia schedelbauer, stephanie sherriff, gabriel dunne, chris duncan, faith arazi……

jefre cantu-ledesma ‘Joy

linda scobieDome’

linda scobie is a Filmmaker, Programmer and Projectionist. She served as Canyon Cinema’s Assistant Director and Print Traffic Controller from 2010-2012. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Pacific Film Archive, Other Cinema, LA Film Forum, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Antimatter, XCÈNTRIC, Black Maria Film Festival, receiving a Jury’s Citation Award and presented a solo selection of her work at El Centro de Cultura Digital in Mexico City. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Artist Television Access in San Francisco. l

sylvia schedelbauer ‘ work in progress

Born in Tokyo sylvia schedelbauer first moved to Berlin in 1993, where she has been based since. She studied at the University of Arts Berlin (with Katharina Sieverding). Her films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms mainly through poetic manipulations of found and archival footage. s

chris duncan MEMORIAL’

field recordings of the ocean made on the california coast just north of the marin headlands are paired with processed harmonica. 

chris duncan is an Oakland California-based artist who employs time, repetition and accumulation as a basis for experiments in visual and sound based media. An overriding theme in current works is the use of natural forces, such as the sun, the moon and the ocean as conceptual and compositional prompts for both visual and sonic efforts. He has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. Outside of his studio practice, Duncan, along with his partner Maria Otero, runs LAND AND SEA- a small press and project space in Oakland. Chris Duncan received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, his MFA from Stanford University and is represented by Halsey Mckay NY. 

faith azari ‘oracion’

ali kashani ‘Dark Lights’ Film is flickering light with multitude of shades and colors that create aesthetic experience. Paul Clipson’s films are created in that spirit, presenting a unique aesthetic experience. Dark Lights is a short video inspired by that unique aesthetic experience, paying homage to Paul’s films.

amma ateria ‘Vielä

Vielä means ‘yet, still, more…’ in Finnish; explores the coexistence of polarity, entering states of stillness from overwhelming noise in meshes with binaural beats.

amma ateria is an electroacoustic composer, improviser, and sound artist born in Hong Kong. Her work explores themes in the coexistence of polarity, polyrhythmic occurrences in musique concrète, and psychoacoustics with focus in equal-loudness contour. With an immediacy of tension and release, she navigates between oppositions from one end to another through inversions of stark transitions, transforming deafening of noise into meditative stance.

dicky bahto ‘‘For Paul Clipson’ sound by liz harris

dicky bahto lives in Los Angeles. He has exhibited work utilizing still and motion picture photography, sound, and performance at a variety of museums, galleries, microcinemas, film festivals, conferences, alternative spaces, and scenic locations spanning the Northern Hemisphere, including commissions from Monday Evening Concerts and The Huntington, and grants from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and bar-fund. He frequently collaborates with musicians, including Casey Anderson, Ashley Bellouin, Luciano Chessa, Carmina Escobar, and Julia Holter, and has a performance trio with Corey Fogel and Tashi Wada.

Stephanie Sherriff ‘Eupneic Transmission’ (2020)  an audiovisual composition that exploits the flexibility of electronic signals using experimental analog and digital processes. A toy microphone, voice, software, and field recordings are combined to arrange an acoustic performance structured around looping, timbre, and the breath. Video content is produced using a configuration of Fresnel lenses, a cell phone camera, and software to extrapolate and repeat fragments of blurred, digitized, artifacted realities. Processes used to produce the piece result in an asynchronous audiovisual sea of overlapping loops and cycles where visual rhythms of light and color pulse and images dodge in and out of clarity.

Stephanie Sherriff is an interdisciplinary media artist currently based in San Francisco, California. Her work with sound, video, and plants is ephemeral in nature and culminates as time-based installations and performances that deconstruct familiar fragments of daily life through experimental processes. She received a BA from San Francisco State University in 2014 and an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University in 2019, where she holds a position as lecturer in both the Music Department and the Art & Art History Department. Her work has been shown at numerous cultural centers, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, the Sfendoni Theater in Athens, Greece, and a diverse range of institutions across the Bay Area.

john davis & joshua churchill  ‘Intersections
Description: Inspired by Paul’s infectious enthusiasm for the celluloid image, experimentation and collaboration, John and Joshua will create a three-sided performance that connects as one. By crossing over at a central point in-between two solo performances, they honor their personal relationships to Paul individually, while merging in-between to celebrate the collaborative and improvisational spirit Paul loved. The performance consists of two bookend solo sound pieces without images, and a middle collaborative segment containing both images and sounds.

john davis is a Northern California musician and visual artist whose work builds on the relationship between moving image and sound through live performance and studio-based works. As a musician, John incorporates stringed and percussive instruments, keyboards, field recordings, magnetic tape manipulations, radio and electronic circuits to create carefully crafted sonic environments. In addition to his imprint Bimodal Press, John has released music on the Root Strata, Digitalis, Students of Decay and Peasant Magik labels in the US. 

joshua churchill is an Oakland-based cross-disciplinary artist whose immersive site-specific sound and light work takes the form of both installation and performance, often blurring the line between the two. Churchill utilizes a variety of instruments, electronics, and field recordings to interweave resonant drones and pulsing feedback into vibrant waves of sound. Churchill has collaborated extensively with filmmakers John Davis and Paul Clipson and John Davis, and also performs solo under the moniker Plumes. Joshua Churchill has performed and exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.

joshua churchill and john davis’ collaborative work has been featured at the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, Dark Sea Cinema in Oakland, San Francisco Cinematheque’s Crossroads Festival, MONO NO AWARE Festival in Brooklyn and The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival.

Konrad Steiner ‘Eclipse Past Sunfall’

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