Pairing hypnotic visuals with kaleidoscopic melodies of noise, house, and nu-disco, Skin explores the increasing interplay between identity and technology. Currently based in San Francisco, Skin is a co-creator and curator of Creature, a monthly multi-media queer party at the historic SOMA bar, The Stud. Explore Skin at Soundcloud.com/skinskinskin
This event aims to bridge the vibes of nightclub and gallery performances. Part massive multimedia performance, tonight is also a place to decompress, marinate, and build relationships through the art.
Nicholas Navarro is a multimedia performance artist who, in 2014, began performing in SOMA’s experimental drag scene under the moniker “Pseuda”. Taking queer nightlife aesthetics, pop music and drag performance structure as a jumping off point, they’ve crafted a distinctly unique and arresting style. Using makeup, costume, practical special effects and the integration of technology they create memorable, emotionally charged images that build to sublime and sometimes grotesque climaxes. Their work is grounded in empathy with the characters they embody, using these antiheroes as avatars to explore otherness and to create space for mutual catharsis with performer and audience. They have performed at the Berkeley Art Museum, SOMArts, Gray Area, SAFEhouse Arts, The Lab, B4bel4b, Milk Bar, Incline Gallery and several nightlife venues across San Francisco and the East Bay. https://vimeo.com/pseuda
Since their 2011 debut on the Bay Area underground scene, vainhein has evolved into a queer multimedia experience. Their performances are unpredictable in nature and showcase original songwriting, dance, costume, video production and more. vainhein’s debut album “gag order” is currently available at vainhein.bandcamp.com
Skin is the glitch in your dreams that makes you question the verity of your perceived reality; it’s the distortion grazing your eardrums on the dim dance floor.