St Celfer’s musical work “March of the Covids” will be performed at the ICOSA space in an unusual way -- as an abstract, encoded YouTube video. The song made its original appearance at the Casagaleria art space in São Paulo, Brazil as a 16 channel audio composition “distributed” in the gallery through directional speakers. At ICOSA the work will be presented virtually in the form of video projections, in a new, collaborative incarnation. “Covids” will be “played” as one of a suite of recent compositions by St Celfer, who is currently based in Seattle, and his long-time collaborator Tom Moody, a New York artist and musician.
Eleven tracks by the two artists have been converted to video using Pitahaya, a software program created by John Romero. Pitahaya turns the audio (which can still be heard) into a stream of random pixels resembling TV snow and QR codes. Uploaded to YouTube, the 35-minute video will be played by the gallery and may be watched like a Stan Brakhage-like abstraction, with fluctuating, chaotic correspondences between picture and sound. The video has embedded content but there is nothing subliminal or mystical about it: instead, Pitahaya has been used to convert a CD-quality version of the eleven songs, which can be downloaded and decoded as explained at http://jollo.org/LNT/doc/pitahaya/.
The audiovisual performance runs from 3-6 PM Central on December 12, 2020.
December 4 - I'll be posting a conversation with John Parker, who I've collaborated with in art and music since 2004. We did an interview that year and decided to have a 16 year follow-up to discuss "where we are at" at the present moment in our work and thinking, and how we got there.
December 12 - The ICOSA Collective in Austin, TX, chose a musical work of Parker's for a group exhibit called Transmissions. The work appears under his St Celfer alias and relates to a project he did in São Paulo called The Space Between Points [see also]. For the Austin show he'll be debuting a joint project of ours called eleven tracks, a mixtape of sorts where I picked five tracks of his (including the one selected by ICOSA) and he picked six tracks of mine (because mine are shorter) and we discuss them. The mixtape will be "shown" on YouTube and physically projected in the space. The upload to YT will include bonus content that's been added using John Romero's Pitahaya program.