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A Synesthete's Atlas + Some 3d Color/Light/Motion Experiments

Portland, Maine, United States
The Apohadion Theater

1st October 2023 19:00

A Synesthete’s Atlas: Cartographic Improvisations between Eric Theise and The Asthmatic

Real-time cartographic improvisations using projected, manipulated digital maps by Eric Theise in collaboration with The Asthmatic (Sigrid Harmon), a one-woman band and sound collage artist. A visual wash of street grids, land masses, water bodies, and curiosities from built and natural environments. Orphaned labels. Free-floating symbology. Saturated colors and the subtlest of tints. Jittery zooms, pans, and traversals. Glitches from crowdsourced data.

This performance will last 50 minutes and will occasionally introduce strobing effects that may affect photosensitive viewers.

The evening opens with

Some 3D Color/Light/Motion Experiments by Kerry Laitala

From candy apple light emissions to a whimsical tribute to an eye-popping burlesque, these moving image works tickle the retinas with their playful approach to discovery, exploring chromatic reveries through contrasting colors, pulsating light, and depth perception. Expanded structures create light trails in space, and recombine to seduce the senses. Chromadepth glasses will be lent to guests at the screening.

Titles include

Nine Lives Measured in Mercury, in Chromadepth 3D video, 2013. Soundtrack by Neal Johnson.

Afterimage: A Flicker of Life, film/video hybrid in Chromadepth, 12 minutes, 2010. Soundtrack: collaboration between Wobbly and K. Laitala.

Orbit, 16mm, 9 minutes, 2006. Hand-made soundtrack.

doors: 7p, performance: 7:30p $10-15 sliding scale, NOTAFLOF


Eric Theise is a San Francisco-based artist and geospatial software developer. Through video and realtime performance tools he reinvigorates the perceptual inquiries of structural filmmakers, experimental animators, the Light and Space movement, and 60's light shows, occasionally injecting letterform experiments inspired by visual poetry, as new possibilities in the realm of digital cartography.

The Asthmatic (A.K.A. Sigrid Harmon) has been a fixture in the Maine underground music scene for ten years [now]. She is a self-described one-woman band/sound collage that utilizes vaudevillian stage theatrics, synthesizers, and avant-vocal singing styles to communicate. Her obsession with phonetics, cadence, the formation of thoughts and language has grown into a visceral performance style that strays from speech into what could be described as sounds only found in the animal kingdom.

Kerry Laitala grew up on the Maine coast, while developing a chronic passion for old things. Kerry Laitala is an award-winning moving-image artist who uses analog, digital, and hybrid forms to investigate the ways in which media influences past and present culture. She considers this type of approach to making art a type of media archeology. Laitala's work resides at the crossroads of science, history, and technology, and her uncanny approach to evolving systems of belief manifests through an array of media including films, videos, installations, photographic works, performances and kinetic sculpture.

Created by erictheise