CATENA: sound/image through a hybrid network

Dilate Ensemble & ThoughtWorks Arts
Thursday - Friday January 13 - 14, 2022 at 8pm PT
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CATENA (kə-ˈtē-nə) • noun. • A connected series of related things.

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As part of the Improvising the Net(Work) residency in partnership with Thoughtworks Arts, CounterPulse’s 2021 Combustible program presents Dilate Ensemble’s CATENA: sound/image through a hybrid network. During this nebulous time of IRL/URL communication, Dilate Ensemble wishes to amplify how we can connect as we negotiate spaces in person and online.

As part of their 16-week residency throughout the fall of 2021, Dilate Ensemble has been developing a local network linking different spaces within the CounterPulse building with electronic musician Scott Miller, based remotely in Minnesota. Sonically-speaking, variables such as amplitude, frequency, physical characteristics of the room, speaker placement or microphones can impact simple behaviors that result in complex layered outcomes. CounterPulse’s upstairs studio and project basement will be animated by audio-reactive video projection installations by Carole Kim. For this performance, Dilate Ensemble will also be joined by special guest dancer and choreographer Shinichi Iova-Koga.

Join us on January 13 & 14, 2022 to experience a non-looping, full length, visual and sonic landscape where audiences will be able to virtually explore three spaces at CounterPulse, experiencing the network from different perspectives. The performance will investigate how the imprint of a physical space and the bodies within it can impact a networked ecosystem. Presentations will be followed by a discussion with the Dilate Ensemble artists to reflect on what this prismatic approach yields for performer and audience.

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*We are kindly asking you to consider making a donation in the value of a ticket to the artists and CounterPulse. Due to the spread of Omicron, Dilate Ensemble has experienced significant financial losses, such as non-refunded national and international flight cancellations. Dilate Ensemble is planning to present the piece in-person in the future and the funds would also help them to not only cover expenses but build towards the in-person version of this piece. We appreciate your contribution and support.

CATENA is presented through CounterPulse’s Combustible Residency Program

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Made possible with support from the Austrian Arts Council and the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles



DILATE ENSEMBLE is an audio-visual collective featuring:

Carole Kim (S. California): micro video installation

Carole Kim is a media artist with a focus on video projection for multimedia installation, performance and photography. She has a very hands-on, tactile approach to the materials she works with, pushing the moving image to take on optical, spatial and dimensional form. Her work has been presented in a wide range of contexts including experimental music, theater, art, dance and site-specific installation. She is grateful for an ever-expanding community of collaborators across disciplines energized by a process of exploration in the moment.

Gloria Damijan (Vienna): extended toy pianos, percussion

Gloria Damijan studied piano and music pedagogy at Music University Vienna with a focus on contemporary music and free improvisation. She has studied with Manon-Lìu Winter, Burkhard Stangl, Franz Hautzinger and Ian Pace and collaborated with Stefan Fraunberger, Vinzenz Schwab, Klaus Filip, Arnold ‘Noid’ Haberl, Christine Schörkhuber and Ye Hui.  Working together with composers Tamara Friebel, Margareta Ferek-Petric, Veronika Mayer,Matthias Kranebitter.  Damijan has performed in Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Berlin, Barcelona, Lisboa, Porto, Oslo, Hamburg and is a member of the Viennese Improvisers-Network snim

Scott L. Miller (Minnesota): Kyma, electronics

Minnesota composer and electronic musician Scott L. Miller is described as a creator of ‘high adventure avant garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for his electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his music is characterized by collaborative approaches to composition, exploring performer/computer improvisation, and re-imagining ancient compositional processes through the lens of 21st century technology. He is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University and Director of Recordings for the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS).

Luisa Muhr (New York): voice

Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary performer, improvisor, director, installation artist, sound artist, and theater maker, originally from Vienna (Austria), lives and works in New York, and is at home in the experimental/avant-garde. As a performer she specializes in performance, vocal, movement, installation, sound, and theater arts. Amongst many projects and commissions she is currently developing an opera with six-times Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill, and has been commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum NY and Roulette Intermedium to create two new interdisciplinary installation pieces.

Jon Raskin (N. California): sax, concertina, electronics, recycled materials

Jon Raskin has been a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet for the last 43 years exploring the relationship of improvisation and composition, developing and honing the language of ensemble music and researching linguistic possibilities of the saxophone. He has performed and/ or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Sam Rivers, Tim Berne, Phillip Johnston, Leo Smith, Frank Gratkowsi, Phillip Greenlief and Henry Kaiser.

Shinichi Iova-Koga (San Francisco/Luzern): dance

Shinichi Iova-Koga is the Artistic Director of the physical theater and dance company inkBoat, founded by Shinichi in 1998.  He has toured in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan, often collaborating with local artists in museums, theaters, studios and site-specific locations. He has co-directed works with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, Sten Rudstrøm, Yuko Kaseki, Takuya Ishide and KT Nelson (ODC). Shinichi is the editor of the book “95 Rituals,” a tribute to Anna Halprin, and contributor to “The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.”

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