InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre is pleased to present
Microtonal Array: Tristan Perich and Sarah Rara
April 13 to May 19, 2012
Opening reception Friday, April 13, 6pm
Presented in conjunction with the 25th Images Festival.
Tristan Perich, Microtonal Wall, 2011. Photo: Tristan Perich.
Tristan Perich and Sarah Rara are two artists who test the boundaries of sound, object and image. In their work as musicians and as visual artists, they investigate the basic structures of their media, highlighting and experimenting with the formal properties and relationships between what we see and what we hear.
Tristan Perich's Microtonal Wall consists of 1,500 small speakers arranged in a grid and mounted onto a 25 foot long panel. Each of these 1,500 speakers emits a single different tone across a four octave range. This sonic sculpture continues Perich's investigations into the structure and foundation of electronic music. Here, each speaker's single 1-bit tone becomes a voice in a sonic mass that shifts and transforms in relationship to the listener's position in the room.
Sarah Rara's A RAY ARRAY is a single channel video and viewing environment that examines forms of visual and aural interference. The video consists of 16 chapters that use everyday objects coupled with simple sound compositions to play with the relationship between seeing and hearing. Rara's playful tableaux and simple juxtapositions maintain a dry, slapstick wit as they explore the perceptual cause and effect relationships between shape and movement.
Live Images - Lucky Dragons + Tristan Perich + Abstract Random
204 Spadina Ave.
April 13, 10PM
To kick off the opening of the Images Festival space at 204 Spadina, Images is teaming up with Wavelength to present a night of sound, light, projections and beats. The show is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Microtonal Array at InterAccess, which explores boundaries between sound, object and image and features works by Tristan Perich and Sarah Rara.
Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck have been collaborating as Lucky Dragons since 2000. As a band, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and their playfully humanistic use of digital tools. Their live performances feature a tangled pile of cords, electronics and toy instruments often set up in the centre of the floor in a performance space. This mix of instruments works together to form interdependent relationships between the audience and the visual, aural and physical space of the room.
Tristan Perich's compositions have been described by The Wire magazine as "an austere meeting of electronic and organic." Inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code, Perich's work delves into the building blocks of what makes electronic music.
Closing the night is Abstract Random, a Toronto-based group composed of Jamilah Malika, LoverSun aka F.Nocera and Ayo Leilani. A rap electro dub mash-up that aims to make feminist politics cool again, Abstract Random's shows include visual projections, face paint and costumes.
Electronic Sound/Assembly: Workshop with visiting artist Tristan Perich
InterAccess Studio, 9 Ossington Ave.
Saturday, April 14 2012, 1-4PM
Instructor: Tristan Perich
Price: $45 ($35 members).
About the workshop: 2012 Images Festival artist and 2009 Ars Electronica winner Tristan Perich will present a workshop on creating electronic sound and music through Assembly. The workshop is aimed at both those with no programming experience whatsoever, as well as seasoned high-level coders.
Assembly is a low-level programming language common in basic electronic applications. The workshop will teach participants how to use this language to program an Amtel microprocessor, a low-cost, highly versatile microchip similar to those used in Arduino boards and in Perich's own popular artwork 1-Bit Symphony.
We will create simple programs that turn this small microchip into a sound-generating instrument. At the end of the workshop, each participant will take home a small musical hardware instrument created over the course of the workshop.
Please note: InterAccess is now open extended hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12-8pm.
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
9 Ossington Avenue