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23five Incorporated presents the fifteenth annual Activating The Medium festival : Dark Ecology
in collaboration with Art Practical, The Lab, and the San Francisco Art Institute

Since 1998, 23five Incorporated has produced the annual Activating The Medium festival -- an internationally recognized showcase for the most innovative and visionary practitioners of sound art. Now entering its fifteenth season, Activating The Medium addresses the theme of a 'dark ecology' -- a term which comes from the philosopher Timothy Morton, who argues that the idea of nature and the attitudes surrounding those ideas are the stumbling blocks to environmental thinking. A glance through the lens of dark ecology refuses to idealize nature as a Romanticized other; furthermore, it eschews the notion that mankind has disturbed and transgressed nature through our engineering and manipulation. A dark ecology frames reality that anything has the potential to disrupt everything, with global catastrophes inevitably occurring through such relationships. As such, Morton beseeches an aesthetic that does not forget the murk, the grime, and the filth that are the symptoms, causes, and glue of what might have once been described as 'nature.' It is from this vantage point that 23five is curating the 2012 Activating The Medium festival, seeking works that engage the specter of noise pollution, the melancholy of eco-acoustic blight, the horror of technological chimeras, and / or the altered states that may emerge from such meditations through sound-based composition and performance.

23five will be presenting sound works in San Francisco over several weekends in April of 2012 at The Lab and The San Francisco Art Institute, with ancillary lectures and psycho-geographic soundwalks.

Activating The Medium XV : Chapter OneĀ 
Friday, April 20, 2012 : San Francisco Art Institute
Bevin Kelley / Blevin Blectum (Providence)
8pm : free lecture

Activating The Medium XV : Chapter Two
Saturday, April 21, 2012 : San Francisco Art Institute
Bevin Kelley / Blevin Blectum (Providence)
Pod Blotz (Oakland)
Andrea Williams (Oakland)
8pm : performances : $10 - $15 sliding scale : free to current SFAI students and staff

Activating The Medium XV : Chapter Three
Friday, April 27, 2012 : The Lab
Relay for Death (North Carolina)
Danishta Rivero (San Francisco)
Jen Boyd (Vallejo, California)
8pm : performances : $10 - $15 sliding scale

Activating The Medium XV : Chapter Four
Saturday, April 28, 2012 : The Lab
Maile Colbert (Portugal)
Marielle V. Jakobsons (Oakland)
Holly Herndon (San Francisco)
Andrea Polli (Albuquerque) : lecture
7:30 : lecture : 8pm : performances : $10 - $15 sliding scale


Activating The Medium XV : Chapter Five
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Andrea Polli (Albuquerque)
Andrea Williams (Oakland)
3pm : soundwalks : San Francisco : $10 : location will be emailed to attendees who purchase tickets in advance

The Lab
2948 16th Street : San Francisco
http://www.thelab.org

San Francisco Art Institute : Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street : San Francisco
http://http://www.sfai.edu

Activating The Medium XV was curated by Andrea Williams and Jim Haynes.

The Artists


Jen Boyd


Maile Colbert


Holly Herndon


Marielle V. Jakobsons



Bevin Kelley / Blevin Blectum



Pod Blotz



Andrea Polli



Relay For Death



Danishta Rivero



Andrea Williams