David Sherman: Exploded Landscapes

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Join us tonight for premieres of experimental works of analogue and digital cinema exploring Southwestern terrains. ENCODED / EXPLODED (2018) Is a new video work that triangulates sites of mythic power centers in the Sonoran/Tucson basin and traces visionary intersections of the cultural/technological and natural Sonoran landscape. Also screening is the psycho-dynamic 9/11 warfare of The Graceless and agitprop documentation from Psycmap Collective’s D19 Festival of Lights intervention. Opening the show is an expanded 16mm projector performance of Sherman’s homage to AZ’s letter mountains: The Silver Returns with live improvised guitar accompaniment by Roman Barten-Sherman.

WED 3/14
David Sherman: EXPLODED LANDSCAPES

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Join us tonight for premieres of experimental works of analogue and digital cinema exploring Southwestern terrains. ENCODED / EXPLODED (2018) Is a new video work that triangulates sites of mythic power centers in the Sonoran/Tucson basin and traces visionary intersections of the cultural/technological and natural Sonoran landscape. Also screening is the psycho-dynamic 9/11 warfare of The Graceless and agitprop documentation from Psycmap Collective’s D19 Festival of Lights intervention. Opening the show is an expanded 16mm projector performance of Sherman’s homage to AZ’s letter mountains: The Silver Returns with live improvised guitar accompaniment by Roman Barten-Sherman.

Sunday 2/11
Transforming Agave premier with special musical guests!

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Exploded View presents the premier of local filmmaker Bryan Nelson’s short film Transforming Agave on Sunday February 11. The film runs 6 1/2 minutes long; the filmmaker Bryan, it’s subject Kyle Bert, and soundtrack composer Ryan Chavira will all be on hand to play music and talk about the film, as well as locals Blue Stained Stems. It was all filmed in the Tucson area, and is a 100% local production.

Synopsis: local musician and crafter Kyle Bert finds serenity and self-acceptance while crafting unique didgeridoos out of agave flowers that he harvests in southern Arizona.

Director’s statement:Transforming Agave is a film about more than just the art of crafting an idiosyncratic musical instrument. It’s about how the interwoven elements that go into making art are what imbue it with meaning. Kyle’s agave didgeridoos are embedded to place, to community, and to his own psychological well being in a way that reminds us of the value of deep contextual connection.

The music: Kyle Bert and Ryan Chavira infuse the natural rhythms and harmonics of an ancient world inspired by the didgeridoo (Kyle), along with the Sci-fi soundscapes of analog synthesis (Ryan), oscillating meditative patterns into a cohesive singularity best described as otherworldly.

Blue Stained Stems (incarnation 2) feeds off an interplay between Brazilian drummer Mario Iochpe and local Tucsonian Michael Henderson to arrive at ever-expanding sonic crossroads that mix samba, afrobeat, jazz, maqam, punk and rock n’ roll into a free form trance. With a playful aversion to order, yet a mindful adherence to a much necessary flow state, the band strives to perform an incrementally changing repertoire. From an immersive musical dialogue, Blue Stained Stems finds shape through guitars, oud, bassoud, and a 4-piece drum

WED 4/12
Patrick McGuinn’s Desert Rock Opera Valpurnis:SATurAN and live POP music!

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Valpurnis: SatURan (2017, 60 min. Color) Bellowing from the mind of creator Christ Opherstein, this surreal Desert Rock Opera (filmed in Tucson) hurls its politics and religion in your face along with the acid anger of those disenfranchised by society. Judas has sold Jesus to the Romans, and during the Last Supper, reflections of identity, guilt, entitlement and outrage, Judas’ ten songs take the audience hostage for a bumpy, blindfolded ride in the back of an open jeep. Gentle Jesus in various manifestations counters the rage with somber songs of resignation. Opening the filmed Opus is a pre-movie live 30 minute set of distinctly different pop songs, amounting to a highly unusual night of music assault. Brace yourself for the blood of Christ! Afterwards, join cast, crew & director for a Q&A

WED 4/5
TUCSON NOISE SYMPOSIUM: 8 (bits) of harsh + NOT BREATHING

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A mashup night of harsh noise and primitive 8 bit (utopian) video games! Hacking into the evening is Tucson’s twisted techno treasure Matt Rios navigating hardware game glitches. The feature act is an epic re-appropriation of 1984’s Kings Quest videogame through the sonic noise of Eric Schlappi, Anthony Sanchez, David Sherman and the all-consuming noise progenitor magus NOT BREATHING (David Wright) and visuals by Falcotronik!!

ARCHIVES OF IMAGINATION: New Moving Image Works by Barten & Sherman

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EV founders, Rebecca Barten and David Sherman independently experiment with all means of celluloid,video, light, motors and sound. Join us tonight for at an at home show of our latest deep media works exploring exhumation and creation through both old/new technologies of hand-painting, chemical alteration, typewriting and computer sequencing. Expect multi-projector pieces, single-channel work and media cross-overs as well as some surprises from our 25 year archives.

CHERRY ART EDITIONS Release Party

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Cherry Art Editions release party featuring a limited postcard and CD set and performance by legendary local artist and musician Al Perry, memory card game limited editions by Servane Mary of New York City and Nina Ott of Milwaukee, and a book of writings by Bryan Price, of Los Angeles. Elizabeth Cherry is a known cult figure in the Tucson art scene. Her past credits include Elizabeth Cherry Gallery, where she featured world-renowned conceptual artists.

TUES 11/15
DESERT REMAINS AND RITUALS: Eric Saks + Verbo•bala

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Celebrated California video artist Eric Saks visits Exploded View to present videos that investigate outsider mysteries and fractured narratives that wind through the Mojave Desert. Saks’ media practice has focused on phone phreaking, media jamming, gun control, hazardous waste, underground youth lifestyle, and spirituality. Saks will screen Creosote, You Talk/I Buy and the premiere of Eidolon (featuring EV fave Bill Daniel!) and more. Local artists duo Verbo•bala (Adam Cooper-Terán & Logan Phillips) employ poetry and video in their piece Sonoran Strange: Cemamagĭ Doʼag, a work that explores the duality of  indigenous knowledge versus colonial science in a ritualistic study of Tucson’s sacred Tumamoc Hill.

WED 11/9
TONY CONRAD TRIBUTE!
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present + Weyant’s TONY BECOMES A BUDDHA

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Since the early 1960s, Tony Conrad’s films and compositions have been the stuff of legend. His development and practice of Just Intonation and Minimalism through his work with Stockhausen and La Monte Young and his pivotal role in the formation of The Velvet Underground has been incredibly influential.  Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present by Tyler Hubby examines the pioneering life and works of this amazing artist, musician, activist and educator.   Opening the show will be Glenn Weyant conducting “TONY BECOMES A BUDDHA”.  Weyant’s original score is built upon sound ideas and philosophical ruminations put forth by Tony Conrad for an orchestra of amplified bowed guitars, cellos, violins, violas . These include but are not limited to: just intonation, 60-cycle amplifier ground hum tuning, improvisation, drone, noise, piezo amplification, harmonics and slavish Pythagorean demagoguery deconstruction. Orchestra is: Glenn Weyant, Samantha Bounkeua, Robert Villa, Sophie Gibson-Rush, Adam Cooper-Terán, Nik Rayne, Grant Beyschau, Connor Gallaher, Richard Young, John Melillo, Miguel Urbina, Jake Sorgen and Vicki Brown!!

EXPLODED VIEW SEASON OPENER: ORGANPALOOZA!

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EV opens our 4th year of experimental film and music programming with a performance by San Francisco based Douglas Katelus who is touring with his films and a 1960’s Hammond A100 Organ and a Leslie speaker! He will be screening his 16mm film & slide piece Help Keep Film Dead along with his take on Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother”. Electric wizard Eric Schlappi will play live to PsycMAP’s music video of his epic Poseidonis. Local ambient trailblazer (& Chick Magnet founder!) LANO teams up with Gabriella Molina presenting delights of sound & light!!