The Unconscious World at Intersection for the Arts
A special lying down event with audience participatory experiences featuring performances by Stephen Hurrel (Scotland), Andrea Williams & Lee Pembleton and Jon Porras. Co-presented by The Bold Italic
The Unconscious World examines our subconscious and altered states of realities. Sound artists Andrea Williams and Lee Pembleton take the audiences through a SleepWalk, a multi-sonic performance emphasizing the process of dreams and collective dreaming. The audience is encouraged to sleep and then journal their dreams at the end of the event to record their impressions of their own subconscious world.
Scottish artist Hurrel creates the multimedia event ‘Beyond & Beneath’ where he invites audience members to lie down and listen to real-time sounds of the earth moving and shifting underneath us to explore the effects and anxieties of potential earthquakes on our individual psyches.
Musician & Film artist Jon Porras uses waveforms interact and synchronize to create a personalized mythology in the (sub)conscious of the viewer with a Super 8 film + composed sound piece. The Unconscious World unravels a powerful intimate and secretive world within each one of us, beyond the physical world and realities.
Stephen Hurrel studied sculpture at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and is currently based in Glagow. Since 1990 Hurrel has explored a broad range of media and has produced many installations and exhibitions throughout the UK and abroad. He is interested in the role of the artist in society and how art can function in specific contexts. He has explored various forms of interactivity between art, site and people. In particular he is interested in how new media technology can help us to access the ‘unseen’ and ‘unheard’ aspects of our environment. His current research is based on an ecological use of technology within an environmental art context and engaging with the idea of ‘the sublime’ in relation to art and landscape. Artist Website
Andrea Williams is a Sound Artist and composer who utilizes site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. Her compositions make use of field recordings, instruments, computer technologies and the sound of the performance space itself. She has led Soundwalks in New York and the Bay Area, and has shown and performed both solo and with various musicians at galleries and alternative spaces, including the Whitney Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Children’s Creativity Museum, NPR, Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. Andrea is a founding member of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology and a co-director of 23five in San Francisco. Artist Website
Lee Pembleton has been composing and performing music and art for over 20 years, the bulk of that time spent investigating sound environments and creating performative installations. He has been a member of several contemporary music/performance ensembles & jazz bands along with the occasional rock, psychedelic & folk groups. He has performed his works at a variety of venues, ranging from the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to Chicago’s infamous punk club, the Czar Bar. His installations have been featured in museums, galleries and clubs in America and Europe. Artist Website
Jon Porras performs and records music, takes photographs and makes super 8 films. He has been working in the Bay Area since 2005. In addition to releasing solo albums on labels Root Strata and Thrill Jockey, he records and tours internationally as half of the experimental outfit, Barn Owl. His layered, multidimensional methods evoke the opaque serenity of the foggy San Francisco landscape and work to depolarize forces of light and dark. Artist Website