Camilla Hannan (sound), Martine Corompt & Van Sowerwine (image) will be presenting the multi-media project Dark Night, Bright Light. Journey into the night, where sound overtakes and images are glimpsed. Meanings are mixed and metaphors dominate. Cacophony, silence, disruption and crescendo. Camilla Hannan’s sound work sits upfront and centre, taking you to places that are simultaneously familiar and alien. In collaboration with visual artists and animators Martine Corompt and Van Sowerwine. Dark Night, Bright Light inhabits and transcends.
Converting glass, metal and water into electroacoustic sculpture, Private Language, the NYC based duo of Melissa Clarke and Nat Roe, turns the performance space itself into a resonant instrument. Further integrating room tones with radio transmissions and electronics, Private Language straddles the barriers of electroacoustic improvisation, noise, appropriation and film. Cut-up, digitally manipulated projections are improvised and tied synesthetically to sound. Kaleidoscopic geometrical solids frame encounters with culture as surreal, uncanny and sometimes alienating. Video footage is sourced from Youtube and into a software patch which employs similarity algorithms to cycle through visuals in a manner that mirrors the chance-based subject matter of flipping through a radio dial.
Camilla Hannan is an Australian sound artist who works exclusively with field recordings. She processes these recordings into abstract representations of place and experience. She investigates the construction of urban and natural environments sonically, and spatially, morphing these elements into new unsettling worlds. She has a particular interest in site-specific work outside of traditional gallery and narrative constructs. Camilla works in installation. performance, composition and radio. Hannan’s work has been represented in Australia, Europe and the U.S.A. She has performed at festivals including Activating The Medium (San Francisco), ParisSonic (France) and Liquid Architecture National festival of Sound Art (Australia). Her installation work has been featured at Instants Chavirés Paris, the Sydney Opera House, San Francisco MOMA, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the AC Institute, New York. She is a radio producer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Van Sowerwine works across the areas of stop motion animation, interactives, sculpture and photography. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the ICA, London, at Ars Electronica, Linz, at the Seoul New Media Biennale, at the Art Gallery of NSW and as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival’s visual arts program. Her short films have screened at film festivals across the world including at Cannes and at the Sundance Film Festival.
Martine Corompt works predominantly with moving image installation with a specific interest in researching aspects of animation such as reductive representation, caricature and the animate space. Subjects such as the representation of bodies of water and the natural and unnatural landscape have been used to probe these ideas so far. Her work has been exhibited nationally within Australia as well as America, Japan and Europe. She is currently undertaking a PhD at VCA Melbourne University titled ‘Forced perspectives; cartoon and the cult of reduction’.
Melissa F. Clarke is an interdisciplinary artist whose work employs data and generative self-programmed compositional environments. Clarke works at the intersections of research, data, science, and art. She’s interested in open source tools, online spaces, and citizen science with a background in interaction and electronic visual and audio art. Melissa recently was an artist in residence at the Simon’s Center for Art and Geometry at SUNY Stonybrook, and has performed and exhibited her multimedia work at spaces such as : Interactive Art Fair, FL (2013), Eastern Bloc, CA (2013), Reverse Art Space, NY (2012, 2013), 319 Scholes, NY (2011), Eyebeam, NY (2012), Issue Project Room, (2009) NY, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, NY (2013), Electronic Music Foundation, (2008), and the International Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA-2010, Venezuela (2010). She is a graduate of NYU’s ITP program with a 2 year Tisch Fellowship.
Nat Roe is a sound-collagist, radio broadcaster and community organizer. His weekly radio program with leading freeform radio station WFMU is a platform for collage, remixes and sociological free-association. Nat is a co-founder of Silent Barn, a performance and cross-disciplinary co-working hub in Brooklyn. Roe has performed in spaces such as Eyebeam, NY, Roulette Intermedia, NY, The Filmmaker’s Cooperative, NY, and has been interviewed in publications such as Adhoc, Frieze Magazine, The Village Voice, The New York Times and L Magazine.