Experimental Intermedia Presents:
Lois V Vierk | Holly Fisher | David First | Suzana Ucsal
Monday, December 18
Films by Holly Fisher, featuring complete music compositions by Lois V Vierk, will be showcased, accompanied by performances from David First and Suzana Ucsal.
Goldfish Variations (2014) by Holly Fisher, like its companion piece Thinktank, is made from one minute of footage filmed with an iPhone 5 in a Chinese restaurant in Berlin, reworked with 18 layers of shifting video. The rhythmic play within the visuals is inspired by Fisher’s long-time interest in Taoist principles of yin/yang, but so also is the wisdom and humor fused in a poem by Sung painter Zhoe Dongqing, written 1291: “Not being a fish, how do we know their happiness?” The music is Lois V Vierk's River Beneath the River for string quartet (1993). Currents of sounds made up of string phrases and textures flow through this piece. The currents alternately co-exist, separate, and coalesce, in their gradual transformation from a gentle beginning to a dynamic conclusion. The term "river beneath the river" comes from the Spanish expression "rio abajo rio", which refers to the innermost soul, the deepest expression of a human.
Ruffled Feathers (2016) by Holly Fisher is a playful, intricate, and multi-layered dance piece focussed especially on the 3-toed flat feet of seagulls walking about on the pink rocks of the Côte d’Amour, France. Structurally this work loops back to the cyclic optical printing experiments including multiple projections Fisher did in the early 80s. The music, Lois V Vierk's Io (1999), was named for Jupiter's innermost moon, the only place outside of earth known to have active volcanoes -- a place of high energy. The piece features virtuoso performances on amplified flute, amplified marimba and electric guitar.
Bedeviled (aka Simoom) (2019) by Holly Fisher. Dragon bones and snakes embracing; skeletons in underwear, flying shoes and bug-eyed aliens are locked together in a shifting collage of human spooks and spectators. Filmed originally in S8 film, footage of the passing downtown annual New York Halloween Parade is transformed in time and by video editing, to a subjective extra-terrestrial dreamscape. The music is Vierk's Simoom for 8 cellos (1986). The word "simoom" refers to a hot, dry, violent wind that blows in the Sahara and other deserts, especially in the Arabian Peninsula. Simple musical materials begin the piece. Constant development over 20 minutes leads to a climactic conclusion.
An evening of drone works for mpe keyboard, harmonica, slide whistle, electric jews harp, and just intonation video, DavidFirst.com
An experimental composer, improviser, sound artist and songwriter: she will present her newest work, inspired by gastrointestinal processes, expressed as rumbling, churning, gassy, splashing, grumbling, gargling, tinkling, fluttering: the piece will be based exclusively on synthesis derived material."