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Escúchame Potato
August 9, 2012
Subterranean Arthouse
2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
8pm, $10-15 (sliding)

A new audio-visual work, Escúchame Potato is the tale of a few vegetables, some heirloom seeds, and 1000 varieties of the potato, as they traverse the perilous constructions of beauty and normality. Featuring visual and sound artists Paulina Velazquez and Travis Johns from San Jose, Costa Rica, in collaboration with media artist M. Mara-Ann from San Francisco.

Paulina Velázquez (live animation, sound)
Travis Johns (processed field recordings, electronics)
M. Mara-Ann (extended voice, physical theater)

Paulina Velázquez Solís (born in Puebla, México and lives and works in San José, Costa Rica) is a visual artists working with a diverse media such as installation, sculpture, video and animation with which she references everyday elements with ludic aesthetics that transform the familiar into uncanny. With her project Multifungi she fuses experimental music with videoart in a live performance where the sounds of objects used mixes with texture loops in a cycle of visual sequences that create narratives where improvisation and planning meet. Her work has been presented in places like Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, la Galería Nacional, Alianza Francesa and Instituto México in Costa Rica. She has also shown internationally at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan, ExTeresa Arte Actual en México DF, Museo de Arte in San Salvador, Torino Contemporanea en Italia, La Casa de las Américas in La Habana, the Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, UCLA Biennial in Los Ángeles, SUNY Gallery in New Paltz, New York, as well as Mission Cultural Center, Root Division, Luggage Store Gallery, The Lab and the Berkeley Art Museum in the San Francisco Bay Area, and various film festivals. (www.multifungi.com)

Travis Johns is a composer and sound artist from upstate New York, currently living and working in Costa Rica. Using processed field recordings, prepared instruments and homebuilt analog electronics, he creates pieces that blur the lines between performance, composition and installation, often using the environment and biological processes as inspiration for his works. He holds a B.M. in Technology in Music and Related Arts from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studies conducted with Tom Lopez, as well as an MFA from Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media, studies conducted with Chris Brown, Les Stuck and Hilda Paredes. He has participated in residencies at such places as the Atlantic Center for the Arts and RPI’s Create @ iEar, and has had work featured by el Museo Centroamericano de Arte Video (MUCEVI), the Electronic Music Foundation, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), and the Bienarte 8 Costa Rican Biennial, and in 2012 will be representing Costa Rica alongside visual artist Paulina Velazquez-Solis at the Biennial of the Central American Isthmus, in Panama City, Panama. (www.vauxflores.com)
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