Chris Kallmyer


Chris Kallmyer’s Mountain Language is a silent film documenting two jazz drummers in a vast desert landscape. Filmed at dawn on the traditional territory and homelands of the Cahuilla people, the piece uses the form of a duet – its ethics and aesthetics – to model the shared stakes of our social, ecologic, and poetic moment.

Kallmyer is an artist and musician whose work explores the relationship between architecture, sound, and performance. Drawing on his interests and training in music, Kallmyer redeems spaces through cathartic installations and collective actions. His work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the National Gallery of Singapore among other spaces.