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Exhibition Detail
Activating The Medium XV : Chapter Two
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco , CA 94133

April 21st, 2012 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
, Suzy PolingSuzy Poling
Financial District/Wharf
415 749 4500
Tue 11-7; Wed-Sat 11-6; Open until 7:30 pm on lecture nights
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
sound-art performance
$10 - $15 sliding scale : free to current SFAI students and staff

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

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

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.

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