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Sun, Sep 25 2022 7:00 PM


A Synesthete's Atlas

An evening of real time cartographic improvisations using projected, manipulated digital maps by Eric Theise, directed and accompanied by genre-trampling oboist Kyle Bruckmann. Expect a visual wash of street grids, land masses, bodies of water, and curiosities from the built environment. Saturated colors and subtle tints. Sounds symphonic and screeching. The flicker film as wayfinding device. Orphaned information & untethered symbology. Crowdsourced data with Swiss precision, with glitches a kilometer wide. OpenStreetMap as light show.

This will be the first performance of A Synesthete's Atlas on the West Coast.

Masks are required for entry

Cost: $10-25 sliding scale (advance tickets available on
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The premiere, at the 2013 Outsound New Music Summit, of Wrack ...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire (made possible by the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commissioning program).

Excerpted from a 45 minute improvisation between Eric Theise, manipulating digital maps, and Helena Espvall, performing on cello with electronics. The performance took place on 21 April 2022 at Hangar: Centro de Investigação Artística in the Graça district of Lisboa, Portugal.

In this sequence the scene is anchored at Brejo da Zorra, a locality in Portugal. During my residency I traveled to Nice for a Daniel Spoerri retrospective, The Theater of Objects, and my return flight passed over the area as we descended. Following the flight using an offline map application the grid, a mix of rectilinear and organic lines, reminded me of François Morellet’s Trames 3°, 87°, 93°, 183° (Grids 3°, 87°, 93°, 183°), which Dia:Chelsea wore on her western wall in 2017–18.