Hedreen Gallery Presents “Face Time” with Emily Pothast and David Golightly

This Saturday, Sept. 18, David Golightly and I will be participating in Face Time, a series of sleepover art happenings hosted by the Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University and curated by the Hedreen’s new co-curators Jessica Powers and Whitney Ford-Terry.

Face Time with Emily Pothast and David Golightly

From the Hedreen’s press release:

Face Time artists will develop new contexts for interaction that push interdisciplinary and personal experience beyond the traditional art- viewer relationship. These contexts include late nights, early mornings, and locked doors in between.

The English idiom ‘face time’ refers to direct personal interaction or contact between two or more people at the same time and physical location. Face time therefore occurs in “real life” or “meatspace” and contrasts primarily with interaction or contact which occurs over distance (eg. via telephone) and/or electronically (eg. via email, instant messaging, e- commerce, or computer simulations).

Emily Pothast and David Golightly - Drone Chamber - NEPO 3

Emily Pothast and David Golightly (aka Hair and Space Museum) performing Drone Chamber at NEPO 3, June 5, 2010. Photo by Amanda Manitach.

Our “Face Time” session (Facebook event here) will consist of a largely improvisational all-night performance in the form of a piece called A Double Rainbow in Curved Air as the site-specific musical duo Hair and Space Museum, which will run the duration of the 12-hour encounter.

Hair and Space Museum is the duo of Emily Pothast and David Golightly, whose site-specific performative installations are experiential meditations on the transcendent properties of light and sound. In their piece Drone Chamber, performed last June at NEPO 3, the duo made over a child’s bedroom into a vibrationally activated environment in which subtle modulations of synthesizer and human voice dramatically transformed the physical qualities of the room. For their upcoming performance at the Hedreen Gallery, the literal bedroom occupied in Drone Chamber will be replaced by a de facto one, as participants will be encouraged to spend the night in a gallery environment completely immersed in gently shifting light and sound.

Inspired in part by minimalist composer Terry Riley‘s legendary “All Night Flights” from the late 1960s, A Double Rainbow in Curved Air will consist of an all-night improvised musical performance accompanied by non-repeating kaleidoscopic video projections derived from the “Double Rainbow” YouTube video that became a popular Internet meme in the Summer of 2010. The title of the performance refers dually to Riley’s seminal 1967 record A Rainbow in Curved Air, as well as the viral video, in which a man has an ecstatic experience upon witnessing a double rainbow while hiking in Yosemite National Park. Drawing from two disparate media artifacts offering glimpses of the sublime—one a slow-burning classic demanding a listener’s patience, the other a quickly digested overnight sensation—this performance seeks to transcend, for one expansive 12-hour moment, our culture’s increasing tendency to encode its experiences of the eternal within artistic expressions created for short attention spans and tethered to the ephemeral realm of constantly evolving trend and fashion.

Emily Pothast has an MFA from the University of Washington (2005) and a BFA from Midwestern State University (2003). She has previously exhibited at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, and Grey Gallery and Lounge, and is the author of the blog Translinguistic Other. David Golightly has a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Louisville (2002) and studied electronic music at the University of Mainz, Germany, where he participated in numerous festivals including the Stockhausen Courses Kuerten (2000). Emily and David are the co-founders of the band Midday Veil, the indie label Translinguistic Other Recordings, and are members of the Portable Shrines Collective.

A Double Rainbow in Curved Air is presented in conjunction with the World Improvised Music Project, which has declared Sept. 18 2010 World Improvisation Day.

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Here are some screenshots of the continuously flowing, non-repeating projections that will accompany the musical performance:

~ by emilypothast on September 12, 2010.

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