About Soundwave ((5)) Humanities
This season of Soundwave explores our sonic connections to the human condition. HUMANITIES commissions over 30 performances and works to investigate our human experience, and examine the future of our human constructs, cultures and rituals through sound. Season 5’s inward reflection of our own existence attempts to voice what makes us human in the backdrop of the Mayan Long Count Calendar’s end, and the ensuing 2012 apocalyptic mythologies and theories. HUMANITIES attempts to engage artists and audiences with new voices exploring, celebrating, and challenging our human existence, and re-invent a new world of human possibility. Its hope is to showcase sound’s inherent connection to our physical and spiritual bodies and innovative artistic voices for the ‘rebirth’ of our humanity.
Soundwave is San Francisco’s acclaimed biennial of innovative sound, art and music. Every two years, MEDIATE Art Group launches a summer-long, multi-venue and multi-date experiential event series all over San Francisco. Each season investigates a new idea through sound and invites diverse multidisciplinary artists and musicians to explore the season’s theme in new and innovative directions. Soundwave has taken audiences on adventurous experiences with performances in WWII bunkers, moving buses, famed sculptures, historic churches, city streets & parks, and museums & galleries throughout the city. www.projectsoundwave.com
Soundwave ((5)) Curatorial Committee
Alan So (Chair) is an Artist, Designer, Producer and Curator creating and supporting innovative art for over 14 years. Alan founded ME’DI.ATE in 1998 to give diverse artists a forum to create and disseminate works to a world in desperate need of innovative ideas. With ME’DI.ATE, he organizes and curates provocative exhibitions and events with an array of local and international artists. Alan and his work on Soundwave have been featured by PBS, San Francisco Magazine (Best of 2007 Award), San Francisco Chronicle, SF Bay Guardian, 7×7,and SFWeekly, UK’s Resonance FM, BBC Radio, NPR, amongst others. He has exhibited and organized his work and organized exhibitions and events online, in New York City, the SF Bay Area and his native Canada. He is a strong advocate for cultural innovation and has been a guest lecturer at the California College of the Arts, speaker at the Symposium for Independent Arts and D-I-Y Workshops; a review panelist for Cultural Funding Program for the City of Oakland; and a recipient of the National Arts Strategies Future Leadership Fellowship.
Jorge Bachmann is a Sculpture, Photo-Based and Sound Artist. Since the early ‘80s, he has collected field recordings and exhibited and performed in North America, Europe, Japan and South America. Performing as [ruidobello], he created music for the MoBu Dance Group. He is also on the steering committee of the SFEMF (San Francisco Electronic Music Festival). He constantly evaluates new technologies that can support the creation of sound atmospheres of the innovative Soundwave performances, sometimes in unusual environments. Jorge is a master of exploring, managing and executing technical aspects and anomalies for the festival. He began as a performing artist in Soundwave ((1)) in 2004 and became Technical Director and Resident Artist in 2005.
Jeff Ray is an Artist, Musician, Festival Creator, Filmmaker, Short Story Writer and a Food, Environmental and Arts Activist. He received his MFA from SF State in 2010 where he studied New Media Art in the Conceptual Informational Arts program. He has won numerous awards and residencies including an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and a Murphy Cadagon award from the SF Foundation. He has shown/performed at various venues and places such as SFMOMA, Kulturhuset, Stockholm Sweden, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, Elanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, Royal Nonesuch, Oakland and louis v e.s.p, Brooklyn, New York. Jeff Ray is the Founder and Executive Director of Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival. Jeff is a visiting professor of Media Arts at SF State where he teaches Experimental Sound and for the past 18 years, an owner/worker of Rainbow Grocery Co-operative.
Tana Sprague is an Artist, Producer, and Cultural Organizer based in Oakland, CA. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts from UCSD, and an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College. She has performed and/or exhibited work at the Biennial of the Americas, Seattle’s Decibel Festival, the Mutek A/Vision program at Communikey Festival, Soundwave Festival, and the Interferenze Festival (Italy). From 2004 until May of 2010 Tana worked alongside Recombinant Media Labs’ (RML) Founder and Director Naut Humon. From May 2009 to July 2010, she served as Director of Operations at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA). Tana recently Co-Founded Liminal Space, an organization and artist-run warehouse space that is a direct result of the convergence and culmination of these experiences.
Odessa Chen is a Musician. Her music has been described as unique, intelligent, and haunting. Odessa Chen attracted international attention with her debut record, One Room Palace. Her sophomore effort, Ballad of Paper Ships, only expanded her cult following. Recently featured on MTV U’s Ahead of the Curve, her voice has been called “an unstoppable force”. Wilco’s Nels Cline has contributed to her recordings and Xiu Xiu’s Devin Hoff and Jolie Holland’s Roger Riedlebauer are fellow band members. Touring internationally, she has been featured on NPR, MTV Chi and Pacific Fusion TV and her music has appeared in many commercials and independent ﬁlms. Odessa’s pure voice, accomplished lyrics, and unusual ﬁnger-picking guitar style, has drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley, Neko Case, and Cat Power. She has just released her 3rd record, Archives of the Natural World about endangered and extinct species.
About Mediate Art Group
Soundwave is produced by MEDIATE Art Group (www.me-di-ate.net), a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization creating innovative art and experiences through exhibits and live events. MEDIATE’s mission is to inspire artists and audiences to look deep into ideas and works critically, imaginatively and without limitation. Artist participation and collaborations have reached across the United States and Canada as well as Portugal, United Kingdom, Belgium, Norway, Singapore, France, Austria, Australia and Japan. Founded in 1998, MEDIATE has been showcasing provocative works to Bay Area audiences for over 10 years including five seasons of the acclaimed summer-long avant-arts biennial, Soundwave. For more information about us, please visit our website www.me-di-ate.net.
Festival & Artistic Director: Alan So
Technical Director & Resident Artist: Jorge Bachmann
Production Director: Lillian Le
Administrative Manager: Lauren Sapala
Event Manager: Estelle Fabre
Event Coordinator: John Patrick Moore
Conference Organizer: Katie Fahey
Interns: Erika Mendoza, Melody Kasulis, Britta Janssen
Video Interns: Claire Vela, Diana Li
Photography: Michael Smith, Thomas Pontailler, Claire Vela, Diana Li, Avi Salem
Videography: Sam Walsh, Diana Li, Claire Vela
Interviewer: Setsu Uzume
Additional Support: Melissa Gonzales, Marcell Neri, Deedee Abrahamzon, Matt Phillips, Avi Salem
Design by StudioKaleido
Event Volunteers: Robin Dee, Jackie Holland, Melissa Gonzales, Kap’iolani Lee, Christina Van Wert, Walt Howe, Isabel Zhang, Julie Chen, Robert, Youjin, Marion McCall, Richard Ceely
Board of Directors
Tracy Paulding (President), Jeff Ray (Vice-President), John Patrick Moore (Treasurer), Elise Baldwin (Secretary), Luc Meier, Louis Armstrong, Alan So
Adam Fong, Agnes Szelag, Andrew Harvill, Barry Threw, Christina LaSala, David Graves, E.E. “Chip” Grant IV, Edward Schocker, George Ridgely, Jessica Resmond, Josh Wilson, Marielle Jakobsons, Odessa Chen, Patricia Watts, Raub Roy, Reenie Charrière, Tana Sprague, Tania Ketenjian, Suki O’Kane