An evening of real-time cartographic improvisations using projected, manipulated digital maps by Eric Theise, directed and accompanied by upright & electric bassist Liz Draper. Expect a visual wash of street grids, land masses, bodies of water, and curiosities from the built environment. Saturated colors and subtle tints. Sounds symphonic and serrated. The flicker film as wayfinding device. Orphaned information and untethered symbology. Crowdsourced data with Swiss precision, and glitches a kilometer wide. OpenStreetMap as light show.
This will be the first performance of A Synesthete's Atlas in the Midwest. While it's presented as the finale to the North American Cartographic Information Society's Annual Meeting it is open to the public.
Eric Theise is a San Francisco-based artist and geospatial software developer. Through video and real time performance 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. A Synesthete's Atlas premiered with cellist Helena Espvall in Lisbon in April 2022 and has since been performed in East & West Coast US venues. Theise's 16mm films have screened across the United States, Canada, and France; he’s held residencies at Hangar (Lisbon), Signal Culture, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and he's received grants from the Interbay Cinema Society and Bay Area Video Coalition.
Liz Draper, classically and jazz-trained versatile bassist, is fortuitously on break from an international tour with Low. She's performed, recorded and/or toured internationally with such groups as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Soul Asylum, Charlie Parr, The Rose Ensemble, Ben Weaver, Orkestar Bez Ime, and Davina and the Vagabonds. A professional musician since age 16, Liz has performed in an astonishing array of musical genres and ensembles, from jazz and classical to folk, metal, improvisational, experimental, Balkan, and chamber strings. Liz holds a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota and has studied at The School For Improvised Music in Brooklyn, New York. She was awarded a 2019 fellowship through Giant Steps Music Action Women, a partnership with the University of San Francisco.
Doors 7:30p, Show 8p.