About 23five Incorporated

23five Incorporated is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and increased awareness of sound works in the public arena, and to the support and education of artists working with and discussing the medium of sound. 23five was founded in 1993, and secured federal 501(c)(3) status in 1995.

We define sound works as: artistic endeavors that are primarily concerned with the use of sound, but fall outside of what is normally considered "music." This includes but is not limited to: recordings, radio transmissions, performances, installations, sound sculpture, site specific public art, and new media arts.

We aim to achieve these goals by: publishing and documenting the production of sound works by established artists and facilitating the production of works by emerging artists in this medium; becoming a development site for educational projects for artists, schools, community and cultural centers, alternative art spaces, museums, galleries, radio broadcasters, other media organizations, and any others interested in learning about the nature and history of sound art; serving as a think-tank, resource center and sound archive to promote an atmosphere where theoretical discourse may flourish; and providing the public with the opportunity to experience and review sound works and essays produced by artists and theorists. In seeking to meet our goal of collecting and distributing information and sound, 23five Incorporated continues to research and build international resources and contacts for public access through this website.

Demo and Proposals

23five Incorporated is not accepting demos for publication. However, we are accepting proposals throughout the year for the various events we host in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the annual Activating The Medium festival. Proposals must include a curriculum vitae, an artist's statement both of your entire body of work and with the specifics of your proposed performance, a time frame for your performance (at least two months lead time is required), and link to sound sample posted online (e.g. Soundcloud.). Please do NOT send sound files with your proposal; the link will suffice. However, emails without following all of the instructions above will be ignored. We will contact you only if interested, and we do not have the resources to respond or comment to all requests.

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Current Directors

Randy H.Y. Yau
Randy H.Y. Yau is a curator and sound artist who has been active in the sonic arts since 1993. He has produced multiple solo and collaborative audio works which have been distributed internationally. He has also performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Peru, Australia, Taiwan and China. Yau founded and co-curates Activating the Medium, an annual sonic arts festival which traveled through Universities, museums and alternative art spaces across California including The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He also founded Auscultare Research, a record label releasing sound works from artists all over the world. He has conducted radio programs focused on sound art for over 13 years, including a long tenure on KPFA's "No Other Radio Network." Since 1999, Yau served as Curatorial Director of 23five Incorporated and currently serves as the organization's Executive Director. Yau holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Art and Design from California Polytechnic State University.

Jim Haynes

Jim Haynes is an artist who has exhibited and performed internationally, with noted exhibitions atat the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Exploratorium (San Francisco), Westspace (Melbourne, Australia), Diapason (New York), Jack Straw Productions (Seattle), Works (San Jose), Eyedrum (Atlanta), The Fugitive Art Center (Nashville), and Varnish (San Francisco). He has participated in a number of fruitful collaborations with Loren Chasse, Keith Evans, Steven Stapleton, and M.S. Waldron. Since December 2001, Haynes has been a pivotal member of 23five currently serving as the Curatorial Director. Through 23five, Haynes has co-curated the 2003 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and the Activating The Medium festivals from 2007 to present. Furthermore, he has written extensively on sound art, noise culture, minimalism, and general music experimentation for The Wire, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Sound Projector, Metro Pulse, and Chunklet. Haynes attained his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and his B.A. from Oberlin College.

Andrea Williams
Andrea Williams is an artist, composer, and educator currently based in Oakland, CA. She enjoys using site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. Listening, memory, and group collaboration are recurrent themes. Her compositions, soundwalks, installations, and videos have been exhibited and performed both solo and with various artists at galleries and alternative spaces, most recently at the Whitney Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Joyce Theater Soho, NPR, Fountain Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. Andrea is a founding member of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology and has an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College.

Previous Directors
Scot Jenerik, Former Executive Director and Co-founder
Mark C. Jackman, Co-founder
Loren Chasse
Maria Jenerik
Kim Cascone
Tim Pozar
Larnie Fox
Patricia Ravarra