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VOLUME Presents: rE/visioning the Collection

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Friday Nights at the de Young for September 10

VOLUME presents rE/visioning the Collection: New Perspectives through Sound and Media
5:00–8:30 p.m. Eight electronic sound and media artists “plug in” to the permanent collection.
Hands-on art making for everyone, with Mademoiselle Kim
6:00–8:30 p.m. Create hanging art inspired by Cornelia Parker’s sculpture Anti-Mass
September Artists-in-Residence Kearny Street Workshop
1:00–8:30 p.m. Four interdisciplinary artists create original works in Transforming Fictions


VOLUME presents rE/visioning the Collection: New Perspectives through Sound and Media 


5:00–8:30 p.m. Piazzoni Murals Room, Koret Auditorium, Wilsey Court
The de Young Museum has commissioned eight electronic sound and media artists to “plug in” to the permanent collection to create new collaborative performances.This event is curated by Ed Patuto of VOLUME and presented in partnership with the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival

At 9:00, immediately following rE/visioning the Collection, the Brava Theater hosts the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (SFEMF), featuring MKM (Günther Müller/Jason Kahn/Norbert Möslang), Trimpin, and Pod  Blotz.  For more information and discounted ticketed tickets for de Young members visit

The Mexican Bus will transport guests to the Brava Theater for the SFEMF. Please meet in front of the museum at the Sphinxes at 8:15 p.m. This one-way trip is free. Please note that no cars are allowed in the park or the de Young garage past midnight. 

rE/Visioning the Collection Program (a print-friendly version is attached below):

Sol Lewitt Drawings “Bands of Color in Four Directions and in All Combinations”
Seth Horvitz and Nate Boyce
Wilsey Court

Seth Horvitz and Nate Boyce will use the system of sequential combinations set up by Lewitt, which contains fertile material for conversion into sound and moving images.
Seth Horvitz
Nate Boyce

Anti-Mass, by Cornelia Parker
DJ Dave Aju in collaboration with San Francisco visual artist JD Beltran
Wilsey Court
Aju and Beltran produce an immersive sound and visual environment entitled “Anti-Master.” DJ Dave Aju and JD Beltran will perform a work that acts as an aural complement to Parker’s piece. As the sculpture was constructed out of the remains of a burnt down Alabama church, they will use acoustic gospel and Southern Baptist church recordings, digitally dissect and process them beyond recognition, then reassemble them into a structure unlike the original in form, but equally moving in depth and emotional content. Parker’s Anti-Mass is a brilliant example of how contemporary sculpture can connect with typically unrelated cultures through purposefully chosen source material, and elicit stronger feelings from the viewer with the respective narrative in mind.
Interview with Dave Aju
Dave Aju live at Mutek (Montreal) 2008

Model for Total Reflective Abstraction by Josiah McElheny
Kadet Kuhne
Gallery 16 (gallery admission is required for this performance)

Just as McElheny’s piece was designed to create numerous reflections of its surroundings, Kadet Kuhne’s interactive soundscape will create a sonic representation of movement in the surrounding space. The sounds triggered will be representative of how McElheny’s mirrored objects might sound if they could actually emit sounds: resonant, vibrant, and spherical. Kuhne’s collaborative soundscape will give spectators an experience not only of seeing themselves and the gallery’s artworks in the reflections, but also of hearing themselves in the space as if reflected off the sculpture itself.

Gottardo F. P. PIazzoni Murals
Performance by Lucky Dragons in collaboration with David Wilson
Piazzoni Murals Room

Lucky Dragons and David Wilson will project live drawings and animations of drawings in process, along with videos created in the Northern California hill landscape. The projections will respond to the aesthetic of the murals. The musical content would be tonal, dynamic, and rhythmic contours--landscape drones, produced by the audience using interfaces custom-made for the performance.

Drawn Stone by Andy Goldsworthy
Performance by Loren Chasse
Koret Auditorium

Loren Chasse will use large rubbings or impressions of the installation at the entrance to the museum, and will display them lying flat on the stage. An edit of recordings made in the entranceway will be amplified through small speakers spread out along the edge of the paper. Chasse will perform sounds generated from the use of stones and the same instruments used in the recording. The audience will be able to enter the stage to experience this work in an intimate manner. Visit Lorne Chasse on KQED or

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PROGRAMS ARE FREE and in the "free zone" of the museum unless otherwise noted. Regular admission gallery tickets are required to see Kadet Kuhne's performance and to visit the galleries. Gallery admission is free for members.

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