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Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork & Laetitia Sonami — Fingers Caught in a Field of Moss
May 3, 2022 - May 4, 2022
Sound artists Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork and Laetitia Sonami set up in residency at Human Resources for their fourth collaboration. For Fingers caught in a field of moss they scale down natural growth events to rhythms of sonic saturation and rarefication. The synthetic textures created in real time by the artists evoke an organic unfolding of layered scales of time. The ten-channel audio installation incorporates loudspeakers, subwoofers, directional speakers and anechoic sculptures to manipulate the natural resonance of Human Resources architectural acoustics. Both artists would like to acknowledge the pervading influence of Maryane Amacher’s groundbreaking work in their own unique practice.
Audience is invited to come in at any point during the durational live performance-installation. Use of phone is prohibited during the performance
Laetitia Sonami is a composer, sound artist, performer and researcher. Born in France, Sonami studied electronic music with Eliane Radigue before moving to the United States in 1977 to continue her electronic music practice.Sonami’s sound performances, live-film collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound, place and objects.A pioneer in wearable technologies, Sonami has devised new gestural controllers for performance. Best known for her unique instrument, the elbow-length lady’s glove, which is fitted with an array of sensors tracking the slightest motion of her hand and body, she has performed worldwide and earned substantial international renown. Her latest instrument, the Spring Spyre, is based on the application of machine learning (AI) to music performance.Recent projects include a third live film with SUE-C, a collaboration with harpist Zeena Parkins, and an electronic improvisation duo with James Fei.Sonami received the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts (2000) and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Awards (2002). Sonami lives in Oakland, CA and is currently a guest professor at the Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College.
JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORK
Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork’s hybrid practice combines work in sound installation, sculpture, and performance with the aim of reconfiguring traditional hierarchies between audience, performer, and architecture. Kiyomi Gork studied sound art and new genres at the San Francisco Art Institute and researched the history of communication technologies, acoustics and computer music at Stanford University. Kiyomi Gork has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Empty Gallery, Hong Kong; 356 Mission, Los Angeles; François Ghebaly, New York; Queens Nails, The Lab and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Kiyomi Gork has participated in group exhibitions at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (Made in LA 2020); SculptureCenter, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is a recipient of a 2021 Art + Technology Lab Grant from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Human Resources LA presents Everything in Air, a series of public programs over the course of a year—new commissions, exhibitions, performances, and forums, often in hybrid combinations—using key concepts within artist and composer Maryanne Amacher’s work as points of departure. A near-mythic figure whose situated methodology and speculative embrace of technology continues to defy formal and disciplinary boundaries, Amacher generated an artistic and conceptual milieu that encompassed sound and installation art, networked culture, and feminist technoscience. Invited artists, whose own engagements with sound, structure, and situation move freely across disciplines, are encouraged to trace the resonances they find with Amacher’s ideas—from perception and duration, to embodiment, place, and listening—towards new formal and conceptual territories. The international and intergenerational group of artists will take up residence using HRLA’s architectural, organizational, and social structures as an instrument, both physically—using the entire building itself as a tool for making (sound or otherwise)—and figuratively, “instrumentalizing” HRLA’s structures to resonate, modulate, filter and amplify signals, gestures, and ideas. Invited participants include Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda, Jimena Sarno, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork and Laetitia Sonami, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Chiara Giovando, Dead Thoroughbred (keyon gaskin & sidony o’neal), Kali Malone, Geneva Skeen and others to be announced. Black Hole will be a participating partner.