Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Feb 1 2020 8:00 PM

Space 124 at Project Artaud
401 Alabama Street San Francisco, CA 94110

Dirt and Copper presents new works in collaboration with Laura Steenberge, joined by artist Rebeca Bollinger, and performing amidst Dana Hemenway’s work in progress, The Color of Horizons.

The performance sparks sonic and visual action between players as they navigate among Hemenway’s installation. New works by Laura Steenberge, Matt Robidoux, Julie Herndon, and Tony Gennaro are interwoven with Bollinger and Hemenway’s live visuals, activating space and shadows.

The performance space is Hemenway's temporary studio at Space 124 in Project Artaud, which is being used to make a large scale artwork that will be installed in SFO's Terminal 1 in March. Dirt and Copper, Steenberge, and Bollinger create a performance alongside, enmeshed within, and responding to Hemenway’s in-progress work.


Dirt and Copper is a Bay Area collective dedicated to the performance of radical new music and is comprised of members Rodolfo Córdova, Tony Gennaro, John Ivers, Julie Herndon, Michelle Lee, and Matt Robidoux.

Laura Steenberge is a performer and composer in Los Angeles who researches language, mythology, and ritual. She is interested in how nonsense relates to the boundaries of knowledge, and is influenced by folk music, psycholinguistics, acoustics and medieval Byzantine chant. A multi-instrumentalist, singer and speaker, Steenberge uses voice, viola da gamba, contrabass, piano, objects, images and movement to create recordings, concert works and site-specific performances. She holds BAs in music and linguistics from the University of Southern California, an MFA in composer/performer and integrated media from CalArts, and a DMA in music composition from Stanford University. She has received significant help and guidance along the way from Sara Roberts, Bissera Pentcheva, Michael Pisaro, Marc Sabat, Paul deMarinis, Mark Applebaum, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Erik Ulman, Larry Polansky, Tom Leeser, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Vicky Ray and Neal Desby.


Working within a generative practice, Rebeca Bollinger identifies the nuances that reside between unstable ground and order. She gives this study visual form and language while working in several mediums including sculpture, photography, video, performance, writing, drawing, and installation.

Her work has been featured in exhibitions such as Art in the Anchorage curated by Creative Time (New York); the California Biennial (Orange County Museum of Art); Bay Area Now (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts); and the SECA Award Exhibition (SFMOMA). Solo exhibitions include Henry Art Gallery (Seattle); Feigen Contemporary (New York); Rena Bransten Gallery (San Francisco); The LAB (San Francisco); and Walter Maciel Gallery (Los Angeles) along with group exhibitions at Ballroom Marfa, Krannert Art Museum, Asian Art Museum, Museum Fridericianum, Hunter College, the De Young Museum, and Pacific Film Archive, among others.


Dana Hemenway is an artist based in San Francisco. She received her MFA from Mills College and her BA from University of California Santa Cruz. She has had residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), ACRE (Stueben, WI), SÍM (Reykjavik, Iceland), The Wassaic Project (Upstate New York), Root Division (San Francisco, CA), and is a charter resident of the Minnesota Street Project's Studio Program (San Francisco, CA). Dana is the recipient of The San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, a Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Grant, and in 2017 she was awarded her first Permanent Public Art Commission for SFO’s Terminal 1, which is scheduled for completion in early 2020. Dana has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally, and internationally. From 2015 – 2017, Dana served as a co-director of Royal Nonesuch Gallery, an artist-run project space in Oakland, CA.


Dirt and Copper is a Bay Area collective dedicated to the performance of radical new music. Comprised of composer-performers, Dirt and Copper prioritizes diverse programming, new avenues of interpretation, and distinct performances.

Dedicated to unravelling the gradients between modes of sounding, Dirt and Copper’s performances incorporate substantial performative agency and draw from sometimes disparate sources including text, graphics, live visuals, structured improvisation, and notations. Dirt and Copper provides a laboratory for collaborators to explore fresh approaches to interpretation and performance.

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