OIO

Obstacle In Obstacle is a group consisting of musicians and artists who are dedicated to exploring the space between concert music and interactive installation art. Technology and multimedia are central to the way that lines are blurred between these practices. The result is a multidisciplinary project that is simple and direct in its communication, yet conceptually rich and poetic.

Their first show, Construction, took place at the Opening Event of the Music & Words Festival (Davis, CA) on January 27th, 2015.

Obstacle In Obstacle is:
Adam Carlin
David Coll
Kristina Dutton
Aaron Gervais
Erich Richter

UC Davis Schedule of Events

Tuesday, January 27th, 6 pm – 10 pm

6:00 pm Show opens

7:30 - 8:00 pm Sub–lingual

Live interactive performance by David Coll using his laryngophone (throat microphone) and an array of sheet metal resonators.

8:00 - 8:40 pm The Museum

"The Museum" is a multi-discipline art production including a comic play, participatory sculpture, and electronic sound installation. The heart of this performance is the relationship between lay–public and high art. Large building blocks, stacked by the audience, represent the progression of creative ideas and the critical forces that annihilate them in ongoing succession through history. Scenes include boisterous and passionate readings of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto (with a large industrial ventilator fan) and excerpts from Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. The play culminates in a flood of bright light, a nod to 20th century artist Francis Picabia, acknowledging the ultimate merging of performer and audience.

8:15 - 8:45 pm Construction Sonata

Aaron Gervais and Kristina Dutton improvise a sonic and visual construction using sounds and images recorded directly from the site of the new Shrem Museum, lighting and stage design by Erich Richter.

Artists

David Coll
David Coll

David Coll

David Coll (b.1980) is a composer of concert music, installation art, and interdisciplinary projects that engage physical presence with technology. His work has been recognized through commissions, prizes, and awards from Milano Musica, NewMusicUSA, the Zellerbach Foundation, ISCM World Music Days, IRCAM, and Royaumont, among others.

His works have been performed by RepertorioZero (composer in residence 2013), Vocaallab Nederlands, Itinéraire, Praesenz, Eco Ensemble, sfSound, Empyrean Ensemble, and the Berkeley Symphony (Under Construction composer in residence); by soloists Mellissa Hughes, Donatienne Michel–Dansac, and Séverine Ballon; and at festivals including Gaudeamus (2005 & 2009), Spark, Gaida, MATA, Voix Nouvelles, and Tzlil Meudcan.

David's music has been performed at venues including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Éspace de Projection, the Piccolo Teatro, Roulette, the Mondavi Center, the Krannert Center, and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

Along with artists Kim Anno and Ricardo Rivera, David is part of the artist collective and series Ice on the High, curating and creating works that blend music and the arts with ecological and cultural sustainability issues. Recent works have been presented at the KALA Institute, Some Thing Spacious Gallery, the Berkeley Arts Center, Milkbar, and the SF Asian Art Museum.

David holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, with further education at IRCAM (Cursus and Cursus 2), the Orpheus Institute, and the University of Illinois. He has studied with Edmund Campion, Ken Ueno, Franck Bedrossian, Yan Maresz, Erik Ulman, and Jason Eckardt, and participated in master classes with composers Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Brian Ferneyhough, Alvin Curran, Martin Bresnick, Mauro Lanza, Philippe Leroux, James Dillon, Luca Francesconi and Mathias Spahlinger.

Most recently he was a Visiting Composition Professor at Hanyang University in Seoul. He is now based in Oakland, California, working on several upcoming projects.

Kristina Dutton
Kristina Dutton

Kristina Dutton

Violinist Kristina Dutton works in a wide range of musical settings, moving between improvisation, contemporary classical, and rock idioms. Conservatory trained, she has performed on more than 20 albums of various genres, appeared with numerous orchestras, and a handful of internationally acclaimed rock groups. In recent years her primary musical projects focus on non-idiomatic free improvisation, extended techniques and preparations. Recently relocated to the Bay Area, her current work focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration, and seeks to redefine the role of the artist through social engagement, activism and applied collaboration with environmental conservationists, psychologists, researchers, and sound ecologists.

Aaron Gervais
Aaron Gervais

Aaron Gervais

Based in San Francisco, composer Aaron Gervais works with ensembles and presenters across North America and Europe. He is particularly interested in humour, found materials, quotation/collage, and the sociological aspects of how people use music. As such, Aaron's output ranges from the introspectively sombre to the irreverently slapstick, and critics have described his musical approach with statements from "I cried tears of laughter" to "unique, unsettling" and "this is just really great fun." Over the past few years, Aaron's work has centered around chamber music, vocal music, and opera, although orchestral music, live electronics, and pieces for dance and theatre also feature in his work.

Groups that have presented Aaron's music include G27 Orchestra, the Nieuw Ensemble, Artists' Vocal Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini, Momenta Quartet, Tapestry New Opera, Orkest de Ereprijs, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Knights Orchestra, Ensemble Klang, and the London Sinfonietta among others. He has also appeared on prominent festivals, including Amsterdam's Gaudeamus Music Week, Toronto's New Wave, soundaXis, and SHIFT fes–ti–vals, Aberdeen's Sound Fes–tival, New York's MATA Festival, and San Francisco's Other Minds Festival. Awards include the orkest de ereprijs's International Young Composers Competition, an ASCAP Gould Award, and six prizes in Canada's SOCAN Awards for Young Composers among others.

In addition to composing, Aaron is also an avid critical writer, publishing articles on the economic and philosophical issues facing new music. In particular, his pieces on the problematic nature of arts entrepreneurship have garnered widespread attention and are among the most viral articles on the subject anywhere online. In addition to posting on his blog at aarongervais.com, several music publications have published his writing, including MusicWorks, Music-on-Main, NewMusicBox, and CultureBot.

Aaron holds a B.Mus from the University of Toronto and a master's degree in composition from UC San Diego. He has also studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Netherlands. When not composing, Aaron enjoys undertaking culinary projects and throwing dinner parties. The Art Music Promotion agency represents his music.

Adam Carlin
Adam Carlin

Adam Carlin

Adam Carlin lives and works in Oakland, CA. He is co-director of Some Thing Spacious as well as the founder of Art Maker Avenue, center for visual and performing arts in Oakland, CA. He has a BFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts and continues to curate exhibitions and create work within the expanded field of that discipline. Carlin works in Social Practice and New Media genres to re-define ideas of locality and to mediate contemporary ways in which we bridge between physical spaces around the world.

Some Thing Spacious is a shifting group of artists and curators co-directed by Adam Carlin and Erich Richter. The group functions as an art space, incubator, and workshop. Exhibitions and projects seek to bridge the Oakland art community and the larger art world that we experience via online media. We describe this experiment as a form of six-dimensional activity; enabling artists to concurrently manifest multiple outcomes across the span of time and geography.

* Six dimensional space in mathematics refers to objects as 3d, time as 4d, simultaneity as 5d, and possibility as 6d.

Erich Richter
Erich Richter

Erich Richter

Erich Richter is a studio artist and co-director of Some Thing Spacious. He identifies himself as a sculptor in conversation, but refers to the practice in the broadest terms. His confrontational works are rooted in decades of craft practice including gold, silver, and blacksmithing, woodworking, and sculpture. He is also a wrestler, and studied composing and arranging at a conservatory in his home town of Los Angeles. He makes ob-jects; things that get in the way. The impulse has led me him literally paint his home off satellite maps using large canvasses, instigate viewers to recite the comments from online news face-to-face on a custom bicycle built for two, and make sidewalk poetry from news selections interpreted through an online translator. Recent work focuses on language, history, and the technological mediation of 21st century life.

Some Thing Spacious is a shifting group of artists and curators co-directed by Adam Carlin and Erich Richter. The group functions as an art space, incubator, and workshop. Exhibitions and projects seek to bridge the Oakland art community and the larger art world that we experience via online media. We describe this experiment as a form of six-dimensional activity; enabling artists to concurrently manifest multiple outcomes across the span of time and geography.

Tuesday January 27th

Mondavi Center–South Gallery

An installation of Construction performance artifacts and set is currently on display in the lobby of the Mondavi Center through the weekend, part of the Music and Words Festival.

Richard L. Nelson Gallery, U.C. Davis
January 27th, 2015

U.C. Davis
1 Shields Ave. Davis, CA 95616

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