Corrosion and decay are central themes to the work of Californian media-artist Jim Haynes. Blight. Dislocation. Subcutaneousness. Toxicity. Brackishness. Psychic unease. These allusions and their process accentuate the instability of these conditions as a series of evocations, hauntings, convulsions, and evanescence. Through sound, Haynes investigate these properties of corrosion, specifically on how decay parallels and relates to the perception of time when cycles of activity collapse into stasis, and how that stasis can rupture when any number of pressures are applied. These result from a cross-contamination of ultrasound detection, shortwave reception, moribund radiophonic exploration, and/or electro-magnetic disruption.
Chris Duncan(Oakland) is just coming off of a three month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where he spent most of of his time making visual and sonic work in an ocean cave just north of Rodeo Beach. For his performance at ProArts, he will create an open ended atmospheric sound piece based on a call and response between the accumulation of simple tones made from harmonica and field recordings of the ocean made while in residence at the Headlands. Blindfolds will be available and are encouraged.
Chris Duncan is an Oakland-based artist who employs repetition and accumulation as a basis for experiments in visual and sound based media. Often in flux between maximal and minimal, Duncan’s work is a constant balancing act of positive or negative, loud or quite, solitary or participatory and tends to lead towards questions regarding perception, experience and transcendence. Sonically, Duncan creates open ended atmospheric pieces rooted in the accumulation of simple tones made from tuning forks and harmonicas combined with field recordings of natural phenomena. Duncan earned his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his Masters Degree in Art Practice from Stanford University. He has performed at Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Gray Area and Pasadena Art Center, as well, he has participated in the RE:Sound series and Soundwave. Chris is currently a resident at Headlands Center for the Arts.
Based in California, Jim Haynes has exhibited internationally at the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, the Lausanne Underground Film Festival, the Berkeley Art Museum, WestSpace (Melbourne, Australia), and Diapason (New York). Recorded media has been published through Editions Mego, Ghostly International, Drone Records, Elevator Bath, Hooker Vision, Intransitive, Semperflorens, and The Helen Scarsdale Agency. He has also been awarded residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (California), Recombinant Media Labs (California), Jack Straw Productions (Seattle), and MoKS (Estonia). He has participated in a number of fruitful collaborations with Loren Chasse, Keith Evans, Steven Stapleton, and M.S. Waldron. Until 2015, Haynes was the Vice President and Curatorial Director for 23five Incorporated, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and increased awareness of sound arts within the public arena. He is also the lone occupant at The Helen Scarsdale Agency.