Saturday May 30 * 7pm
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The 20th annual staging of performance, sound/digital arts, and spoken word focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, post-gender-identified, queer artisans, and supportive allies.
SCHEDULE :: 30 MAY 2020 :: 7:00 PM
Dan Vera, spoken word
Ja$, performance stream
Jan Swinburne, video (Love is a Code)
Analog Tara, performance video
BLK w/BEAR, video (An Honest Attempt at Trading Milk for Fire)
BLK w/BEAR, video (Vehicular Launch 33 mph)
Dan Vera Dan Vera is a writer, editor, watercolorist, and literary historian. The recipient of the Oscar Wilde Award for Poetry and the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, he’s the co-editor of Imaniman: Poets Writing In The Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute Books) and author of two books of poetry, Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen Press) and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books). His work is featured by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and included in college and university curricula, various journals including Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly.
JA$ (Jassie Rios) is a DC-based sound artist working at the intersection of computer music and drawing. Her visual and sonic work explores light, time, space, sound, motion, and language in relationship to the land or the everyday. By applying a conceptual and theoretical framework, her practice crosses wires, disciplines and borders, focusing on the ephemeral and immaterial as material to draw attention to what lies at the edge of perceptibility. Her work oscillates between states of representation and fragmentation, acoustic and electronic, object and process, and takes the form of site-specific, interactive sound/light installations, collage, video, photography, text, performance, and works for internet and paper. Lines of research include noise, silence, chance, improvisation, turntablism, liminality, and programming with open-source software.
Jan Swinburne is a Canadian visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice makes use of traditional and digital media. Swinburne approaches all media from a painter’s sensibility, and this drives her aesthetic. At times, her work mutates into large-scale, site-sensitive installations and projects. An experimental approach to art is central to her practice. As a video artist, Swinburne’s interest is oriented to meta-exposure and the cultural and political implications of image degeneration. Swinburn will present Love is a Code (10:24) on 30 May.
ANALOG Tara is Tara Rodgers, a multi-instrumentalist composer and historian of electronic music and sound, originally from upstate New York and now based in the Washington, DC area. She earned an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media at Mills College and a PhD in Communication Studies at McGill University. Her work has been presented at the Tate Modern (London), the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), Eyebeam (NYC), on the Le Tigre Remix album, and in many other forums. Tara is the author of numerous essays on music, technology, and culture, and of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (Duke University Press, 2010), a collection of interviews that received the 2011 Pauline Alderman Book Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music.
BLK w/BEAR “…are like Basic Channel at their most abstract, and after a serious nervous breakdown." (The Wire) Based in Washington DC, BLK w/BEAR first garnered glowing reviews and international airplay for the thought-provoking and moving Wish for a World without Hurt collaboration with London's Rothko. Their audio has accompanied film/video projects in NYC and London and selections from Wish for a World were used in the Discovery Channel's poignant The Flight that Fought Back program. Filmmaker H. Paul Moon / Zen Violence has used their music as soundtrack to his Walt Whitman trilogy. MO RE B ROKEN TH AN Y OU (LCR) is their most recent album, with additional tracks released on Front & Follow. Fuzzy Panda Recording Co., and Trace Recordings compilations. JS Adams has used the pandemic isolation to create archival reconstructions utilizing rediscovered backing tracks, three of those re-imagined tracks are being presented during QU2020 online.
Each year a portion of QUEERING SOUND proceeds benefit local non-profits; previous recipients include:
CASA DE MARYLAND
Center for Reproductive Rights
PRIDE FUND TO END GUN VIOLENCE
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