Imagining Tellus #28: Heard in LA, a collection of experimental music that features a number of CalArts faculty and alumni, is on exhibit this week (Feb. 26-March 2) in the WaveCave at CalArts. Inspired by the Tellus Project and curated by Tom Leeser, director of the Center for Integrated Media and the Program of Art and Technology at CalArts, Heard in LA provides listeners with an alternative sonic landscape.
The Tellus Project was an audiocassette publication started in the 1980s by artists and curators Carol Parkinson, Joseph Nechvatal and Claudia Gold. Like a magazine, subscribers received bimonthly mixtapes with dedicated themes or intentions such as Tellus #9: Music with Memory, Tellus #17: Video Arts Music and Tellus #22: False Phonemes. The series ended in 1993 with the release of Tellus #27: Mini-Mall.
Carrying on in the spirit of the original Tellus Project, Imagining Tellus #28: Heard in LA, is a contemporary collection and celebration of Los Angeles’ vibrant experimental soundscape.
From the program:
Imagining Tellus # 28 includes emerging and mid-career artists that are exploring new forms of digitally produced sound works extracted from cross-disciplinary practices that fuse poetry, electronic composition, improvised music and performance into an assemblage of beautiful antagonisms.
Imagining Tellus #28 features work by CalArtians Matt Barbier (Music MFA 10); Scott Benzel (Art BFA 88, MFA 01); K. Bradford (Art, Critical Studies MFA 14); Dan Bustillo (Art MFA 14); faculty Tyler Calkin (Art-IM MFA 11); Scott Cazan (Music MFA 09); Carmina Escobar (Music MFA 10) with the Banda Filarmonica Maqueos Music, the Maqueos Music School and Yulissa Maqueos; Sarah Fylak (Music MFA 17); Ulrich Krieger (faculty); former faculty Jen Hofer and Rob Ray as Free Radicals; Sara Roberts (faculty) and the Readers Chorus; faculty Stephanie Smith (Music MFA 11) and Ebony Williams (Critical Studies MFA 12); along with other artists Neela Banerjee, Provisional Collective, Louis Coy, E.E.L., Jacob Goldman, Gregory Lenczycki, Parches + Tim Tsang, Jason Richards, Robin Sukhadia and Ameet Mehta as sadubas, Christina Santa Cruz, Thomas Sturm, Jack Taylor and Daniel Watkins.
Heard in LA was first exhibited in 2017 at the New York Electronic Art Festival. The entirety of the project is also available for online streaming at viralnet-v4.net.
Imagining Tellus #28: Heard in LA
Monday-Friday, Feb. 26-March 2, all day
WaveCave at CalArts