Thu 23 June 2022. 7:30pm
In the historic Powder Magazine building
Mass Audubon Magazine Beach Park Nature Center
719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Real time cartographic improvisations using projected, manipulated digital maps by Eric Theise, accompanied by Ken Field's ethereal and cinematic improvisations on saxophone with looping electronics. An evening of street grids, rivers, islands, and curiosities from the built environment. Saturated colors. Glitches in crowdsourced data. Orphaned information and free-floating symbology.
Eric Theise is a San Francisco-based artist and geospatial software developer. Through video and realtime performance tools he reinvigorates the perceptual inquiries of structural filmmakers, experimental animators, op artists, and the light and space movement as new possibilities in the realm of digital cartography. Theise is returning to the US after a residency at Hangar (Lisbon) where he worked on single channel videos in his series of If Maps in addition to evolving the Carto-OSC toolkit for realtime performance which is at the core of this evening's event. Theise's 16mm films have screened across the United States and Canada, also France; he’s held residencies at Signal Culture (New York) and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and he’s received grants in support of his work from the Interbay Cinema Society, Bay Area Video Coalition, and Film Arts Foundation.
Ken Field is a saxophonist, flautist, and composer. He leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, an experimental & improvisational brass band, and is a longtime member of the electronic modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. His solo releases document his work for layered saxophones and his soundtracks for dance and film. Field was named a Finalist in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He has performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, & Japan, and has been awarded residency fellowship grants at the MacDowell Colony (NH), the Ucross Foundation (Wyoming), the Fundación Valparaíso (Spain), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida). Field composed & produced soundtracks for many of the animated films by his late wife, Karen Aqua, and for Bridgman/Packer Dance. His music is also heard regularly on the children's television program Sesame Street. He is the host of WMBR Radio’s “The New Edge”, Vice President of the Board of Directors of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, Member of the HONK! Festival Organizing Committee, President of the Board of Directors of JazzBoston, and former member & chair of the Cambridge Bicycle Committee.