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Wed, Nov 2 2016 8:00 PM

Unseen series | Jets of Love. Two new collaborations: composer Luciano Chessa and multimedia artist Darrin Martin collaborate on the abstraction of erotic display; and percussionist/electrician David Easlick and musician/punk comedy bus owner John Trevor Benson crawl around in the rafters. Gray Area’s UNSEEN Series presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. The UNSEEN series is curated by Oakland artist Matt Fisher, and presented in 8 channel surround sound with audio engineering and equipment by Recombinant Media Labs.

Tunesmith Luciano Chessa and artist Darrin Martin perform solo and collaborative moments through activating a selection of ancestral instruments to a sequined live video mix that embraces the abstraction of erotic display. Sugar plum fairies bestow gifts in the ether through wireframe transmissions and muted receptions.

Luciano Chessa is a composer, perfomance artist, pianist, and musical saw/Vietnamese dan bau soloist. Recent compositions include the experimental opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago produced for the TRANSART Festival in Bolzano, Italy: a work lasting 60+ hours (including 55 hours of fasting) and accessible in its entirety via a 24hrs/day live streaming; they also include Squeeze! Squeeze! Squeeze!, a large-scale work on Melville’s Moby Dick; and A Heavenly Act, an opera with original video by Kalup Linzy commissioned by SFMOMA.

Darrin Martin engages the synesthetic qualities of perception by exploring tactile, audible, and visual phenomena through video, performance, sculpture, and print-based installations. Influenced by his own experiences with hearing loss, his current projects consider notions of accessibility through the use of tactility, sonic analogies, and audio descriptions. His works have screened at the Museum of Modern Art (NY); Pacific Film Archive (CA); Impakt Festival (Netherlands); European Media Art Festival (Germany), and many others. His installations have exhibited at venues including The Kitchen (NY), University of Toronto (Canada), Grand Central Art Center (CA), and, most recently, at The Moscow State Museum of Vadim Sidur (Russia), and in solo exhibitions at Aggregate Space Gallery (CA) and Art & Design Gallery (KS). He teaches art at the University of California, Davis.

David Easlick is a drummer, improviser and lifelong noise maker currently playing in jomf and along side local drag/performance artist "carl with records." He is intimately acquainted with the grand theater (having done extensive work on the premises) and will be amplifying and playing unseen parts of the building, mostly above the ceiling to be broadcast into the theater below. Joining him will be local legend John Benson of "A Minor Forest", "halezukas" and "the bus" fame.

Cost: $8 presale/$15 door