May 9th at the Granoff Center: OPENSIGNAL will host the 2015 Spring Festival
opensignal is a collective of artists based in providence RI with a concern for gender and race in electronic music/art. stay tuned for more recordings, conversations, and performances!
For schedule and further information, please visit: http://opensignalcollective.org/5-9-OPENSIGNAL-FEST
The Spring festival will feature:
Ayako Kataoka is an artist originally from Tokyo, who works in sound and visual art, performance, and installation. Her recent projects focus on the realm of resonance, sound spatialisation and site ambiance; aesthetics and rituals in modern culture; and the semiotics of movement improvisation. Her work has been exhibited, performed, and screened nationally and internationally at venues such as; Electrogals Festival (PDX), High Zero and Transmodern Festival (Baltimore), Museruole: The Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art Bolzano ITALY (IT), San Francisco International Arts Festival (SF), The Stone (NYC), and Tokyo International Dance Video Festival (JP). Kataoka holds an MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA and is a recipient of Frog Peak Music prize.
Monisola Gbadebo (b.1986) is a composer who works extensively with electronics, text, and spacialized rhythm. A recent MFA recipient from Mills college, she began her work as a composer of electroacoustic music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A composer-performer and spoken-word artist, her work often stretches genre and bridges media. Working within the psychic media of histories told and (re)imagined, as well as somatic memory, and experience, her music is influenced by West African musical idioms and aesthetic ideologies--hence the attention to rhythm, narrative, and an overall destabilized temporality. As she seeks to reveal the musicality of language and the poetry in sound, much of her work involves weaving text that is rich in metaphor and visually evocative into dense sonic environments. She works in the realms of fixed (tape) music and real-time performance. Her live performance utilizes an instrument she built with Max/MSP and incorporates real-time granular synthesis and convolution filtering with sampling and sequenced found sound. The laptop keyboard as her only interface as she explores structured improvisational frameworks on the instrument. Formerly based in the bay area, Monisola lives, works, and plays in the Pioneer Valley.
Interdisciplinary artist and composer, Tamara Yadao, works with gaming/antiquated technology, conceptual methods of sound-making, movement, improvisation, spoken word and virtual instrument design. She has spoken about microsound, the “glitch” and failure in improvisation at Diapason Gallery and about Mashup culture, game sound and virtual instrument construction at MassArt, Museum of Arts & Design NYC, the New School, NYU Poly and TAGlab at Concordia University in Montréal. Her investigations of sculptural sound-making have informed the construction of virtual instruments in her game art duo with Chris Burke called foci + loci; awarded a 2013 NYSCA grant to develop their full scale game art performance installation ‘Bal(l)ade’. She is also the recipient of a 2014 commissioning grant by the Jerome Fund for New Music through the American Composers Forum. Among others, her work has been performed/exhibited at Babycastles, the Brooklyn Museum, Downtown Music Gallery, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, the Hackers on Planet Earth conference, Joe’s Pub, the Kitchen, free103.9’s NOISE! festival at the Ontological Theater, Secret Project Robot Gallery, the Stone, and Zebulon. She also writes structured music on a Game Boy DMG under the moniker Corset Lore and co-curates the word/music/sound performance series, TXT FST with WFMU dj Kurt Gottschalk. Upcoming performances for 2015 include Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival in Winnipeg and Press Start Festival at Centre Pompidou, Paris.
CAROLINE PARK is a composer, musician, and artist working within the minimum in experimental electronic music. Her 2015 digital release “less than human” was called “transportive … a hissing, humid approximation of summer and wet earth to surround” (the Wire) and “luminous and droning … best experienced in full body” (Disquiet). Caroline collaborates frequently with Asha Tamirisa in duo situations and also performs as 1/4 of the electro-improv quartet BUMPR (Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Tim Rovinelli). Performances, both solo and collaborative, have occurred at venues including Machines With Magnets, AS220, Jordan Hall, Goethe-Institut Boston, the New Museum, and the Stone. Caroline is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a Providence-based artist collective focusing on the representation of gender and race within experimental electronic music. She received B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition at the New England Conservatory and is currently finishing the MEME Ph.D at Brown University. Caroline lives and works in Providence, RI.
Asha Tamirisa is often found working with some combination of sound, video, sculpture, and movement. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Technology in Music and Related Arts [ TIMARA ] and is currently a doctoral student in the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments [ MEME ] program at Brown University. She is also concurrently working towards an MA in Modern Culture and Media [ MCM ] at Brown. Current research interests include gender, race and technology, interfaces and tool-making, and audiovisual synthesis. She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with gender and race in electronic arts practice.