DESTROY VANCOUVER XVIII

DESTROY VANCOUVER XVIII

Co-presented with Vancouver New Music

ADMISSION: $15 advance $20 door
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photo documentation
Destroy Vancouver 2016 excerpts

DV XVIIIFeaturing:

■ Adriana Lopez
■ Christina Kubisch
■ Friends+War
■ Katharina Ernst
■ hazy
■ minimal violence

Selectors’ Record Dj
Visuals by Emily Thacker  

 

DV is an experimental music and sound art series curated by John Brennan and Elisa Ferrari. Coalescing around improvised forms of music and sound art, DV combines a broad range of experimental music genres and sound art aesthetics and brings together international improvisers with local and national sound artists and avant-garde musicians.
 
ARTIST TALK | Christina Kubisch
Wednesday September 7 2016 at 7pm
Free Admission
 
ELECTRICAL WALKS | Christina Kubisch
Friday September 8 2016 (times tba)
ADRIANA LOPEZ
Bogotá born, Barcelona-based Adriana Lopez is one of techno’s most prominent female artists. She has been involved in the techno music scene since the late 1990s. She was a resident DJ at Bogotá’s CBC Club (2000) and played in several cities across Columbia before moving to Spain in 2002. She launched her label, Grey Report in 2013 and has also released music on respected imprints, notably on Modularz, Semantica and Pole Group. Using a combination of vinyl and CDJ’s, Adriana’s sets explore a wide range of powerful, hypnotic and driving techno.
 
“Over the past few years Adriana Lopez has become one of the defining acts of the Spanish techno scene. Having developed her skills as a DJ back in Colombia where she was raised, Lopez took influence from the early Detroit & UK techno scenes, moving to Spain in 2002 where her work began to make a significant impression. Over 10 years on from her relocation, Lopez is one of Barcelona’s most acclaimed artists, not least for her skills as a DJ but also as a producer and curator of her label, Grey Report. Founded as a platform for her own smoke-laced warehouse jams, Grey Report has grown to feature collaborations with some of Lopez’s closest affiliates, including NX1 and Developer.” ~ Stray Landings, 2015.
 
CHRISTINA KUBISCH
Christina Kubisch was born in Bremen, Germany and studied painting, music and electronics in Hamburg, Graz, Zürich and Milano, where she graduated. Her works take a variety of forms, ranging from performances, concerts and video (in the seventies), to sound installations, sound sculptures and experimentation with ultraviolet light. Her sound compositions are primarily electroacoustic, though she has written for ensembles as well. Since 2003 she performs again and to collaborate with various musicians and dancers.
She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, such as the Award of the German Industrial Association (BDI) 1998, composition grant of the city of Berlin 2000, Carl Djerassi Honorary Fellowship, USA 2000, artist-in-residence IASPIS, Stockholm 2002, Honorary prize of the German Sound Art Prize 2008, City sound artist Bonn, 2013.
 
Since 1974 she has had solo exhibitions in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and South America. She has participated in numerous international festivals and group exhibitions including: Pro Musica Nova, Bremen 1976 and 1980, Für Augen und Ohren, Berlin 1980, Biennale of Venice 1980 and 1982, documenta 8, Kassel 1987, Ars Electronica, Linz 1987 and 2010, Steirischer Herbst, Graz 1987, Biennale of Sydney 1990, Biennale of Nagoya 1991,Donaueschinger Musiktage 1993 and 1997, Sonambiente, Berlin 1996 and 2006, Klangkunstforum Parkkolonnaden, Berlin 1999, Sonic Boom, London 2000, Visual Sound, Pittsburgh 2001, Singuhr Hörgalerie, Berlin 2002, Activating the Medium, San Francisco 2003, sounding spaces, Tokyo 2003, Resonances – The Electromagnetic Bodies Project, ZKM, Karlsruhe 2005, Her Noise, London 2005, B!AS International Sound Art Exhibition, Taipei 2005, Stockholm New Music 2006, Invisible Geographies: Sound Art from Germany, New York 2006, Sharjah Biennial 2007, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2007, Soni(c)loud, Mexico City 2008, RUHR2010, European Capital of Culture project, Ruhr area 2010, Salon Urbain de Douala, Cameroon 2010, gateways, Art and Networked Culture, Tallinn 2011, White Walls Have Ears, Hong Kong 2012, Sound Art. Klang als Medium der Kunst, ZKM, Karlsruhe 2012, bonnhoeren, Beethovenstiftung Bonn, 2013, festival NOW, Essen 2014, blurred edges festival, Hamburg, 2015.
Her music has been released with various labels including Cramps Records, Edition RZ, ampersand, semishigure, Die Schachtel, Olof Bright, and AA Records.
Christina Kubisch has been a visiting professor in Maastricht, Paris and Berlin. She was a Sound Art Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Saarbrücken, Germany, from 1994 to 2013. She is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin since 1997.
 
FRIENDS+WAR
Friends+War is a solo project by Canadian media artist Dan Leonard who works in installation and performance. His background is in engineering and programming; as a result, his practice is rooted in a technological foundation that seeks to bridge human thought with machine interactivity and vice versa. While questioning the tradition of artist as creator and viewer as passive observer, his work investigates themes such as gender and sexuality, cultural voyeurism and exhibitionism, counter-mapping, and concepts of “public space”.
 
EMILY THACKER
Emily is interested in finding points of harmonic convergence and the interplay between disparate entities resulting in synesthesia. By incorporating hybrid processes of analog electronics and software apps she creates audio visual melodies in celebration of end times.
 
hazy
hazy is the solo project of KC Wei (Late Spring). Her performances move in and out of abstraction through throbs of guitar noise. Her sound is naive, complex, vulnerable, mysterious, crushy and crushing. She recently released her debut album, x.o. Virgo Ox, on Agony Klub Records, and she will embark on her first European tour in the fall of 2016. For the final edition of Destroy Vancouver, hazy will perform a new work, Rot Canal.
KATHARINA ERNST 
Born in Vienna, Austria Katharina is a Fine Arts graduate with a focus on painting. She started playing the drums at the age of nine. As a drummer she is primarily concerned with poly-rhythmical, poly-metrical, odd and chaotic structures. She mobilizes her understanding of reduction as a means of approaching complexity.
Renowned institutions, such as Deutsches Theater Berlin and Konzerthaus Vienna, off-spaces such as parking lots in the southwest of France, hidden venues like a one-man office hosting experimental music in the heart of Seoul, Korea, or an old factory full of people shaking to her beats somewhere along the Danube River; these are the frames of Katharina’s artistic practice, which is as diverse as the projects she is involved in. The range spreads from improvised music with partners like Ken Vandermark, dieb13, Terrie Hessels and Kazuhisa Uchihashi to multidisciplinary street theatre with La Compagnie Luc Amoros; from live shows with her techno band VENTIL or with Chicks On Speed to contemporary dance and performance with artists and collectives like Oleg Soulimenko or Toxic Dreams. Through all of these diverse practices, Katharina defends an artistic approach that is one of a nomad, in and between disciplines. It is this perspective on art, as well as her experience partaking in various collaborations with highly interesting partners that have allowed her to travel across the planet – from The Netherlands to Mexico, from France to China, from Ireland to Australia.
Her first choreographic work ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z), a series of performance pieces on the political dimensions of drums, movement and space, began in 2012, has been shown at Tanzquartier Wien, Arsenale, Venice and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, amongst other places; and has won several international art competitions and prizes.
minimal violence
“The duo, minimal violence, made up of Ashlee Luk and Lida P have been producing gritty lofi house and techno since forming in late 2014. Following up their debut cassette release with Vancouver based all female collective Genero they have just launched their first 12” with Dublin based First Second Label with more releases scheduled this year.
The couple cites diverse influences spanning from chicago house to minimal synth to the intersections of punk and techno. The duo’s recorded workflow leans heavily on the instinctual nature of hardware and that of live performance…”
Supported by:
Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Province of BC, Vancouver New Music, Selectors’ Record, CiTR Radio 101.9FM +Discorder Magazine, PK Sound, Frans Van de Ven, Video OUT