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Multimedia artist Anna Luisa Petrisko and artist & architect Isola Buhawi collaborate on a new performance for Indexical’s studio space. Anna Luisa Petrisko is a musician, composer and video artist. Her work includes experimental opera, new age pop music, costume design, and interactive installation. Isola Tong is an artist and architect engaging in spectropoetics, site embodiment, and the intersection of post-colonial ecology and queer theory. Her intermedia output includes performance, video, placemaking, and social design.

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Anna Luisa Petrisko + Isola Buhawi

Friday, January 21, 2022 at 8pm PST
Indexical
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$15
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Multimedia artist Anna Luisa Petrisko and artist & architect Isola Buhawi collaborate on a new performance for Indexical’s studio space. Anna Luisa Petrisko is a musician, composer and video artist. Her work includes experimental opera, new age pop music, costume design, and interactive installation. Isola Tong is an artist and architect engaging in spectropoetics, site embodiment, and the intersection of post-colonial ecology and queer theory. Her intermedia output includes performance, video, placemaking, and social design.

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RICH GLITCH is a collaborative, interactive workshop where we will journey through the realms of analog video mixing and 80’s style graphics. Steered by our collective vision, we will use vintage video mixers, live camera feed, video synthesis, and found footage to create new video art that looks rich and glitch. We’ll also view and discuss historical examples of video art. Feel free to bring your own found footage via VHS tapes or youtube links.

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Workshop: RICH GLITCH with Anna Luisa Petrisko

Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 2pm to 4pm PST
Indexical
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$5 - $20 Sliding Scale
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RICH GLITCH is a collaborative, interactive workshop where we will journey through the realms of analog video mixing and 80’s style graphics. Steered by our collective vision, we will use vintage video mixers, live camera feed, video synthesis, and found footage to create new video art that looks rich and glitch. We’ll also view and discuss historical examples of video art. Feel free to bring your own found footage via VHS tapes or youtube links.

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For the second iteration of the exhibition series Landscape & Life we proudly present the work of Diné artist, composer and educator Raven Chacon. Indexical will be exhibiting two works by Chacon, including his early photo and sound series Field Recordings (1999) which depict three sites from the Southwestern U.S. noted for their quietude: Canyon de Chelly, Window Rock and the Sandia Mountains. Chacon’s phonography amplifies these quiet spaces to maximum volume, reducing them to noise while simultaneously revealing colors and patterns that might otherwise go undetected. Also on view will be a reproduction of American Ledger No. 1 (2018), a graphic score meant to be performed by “many players with sustaining and percussive instruments, coins, axe and wood, a police whistle, and a match.”

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Opening Reception: Raven Chacon

Friday, January 28, 2022 from 5pm to 9pm PST
Indexical
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For the second iteration of the exhibition series Landscape & Life we proudly present the work of Diné artist, composer and educator Raven Chacon. Indexical will be exhibiting two works by Chacon, including his early photo and sound series Field Recordings (1999) which depict three sites from the Southwestern U.S. noted for their quietude: Canyon de Chelly, Window Rock and the Sandia Mountains. Chacon’s phonography amplifies these quiet spaces to maximum volume, reducing them to noise while simultaneously revealing colors and patterns that might otherwise go undetected. Also on view will be a reproduction of American Ledger No. 1 (2018), a graphic score meant to be performed by “many players with sustaining and percussive instruments, coins, axe and wood, a police whistle, and a match.”

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Anna Friz is a sound and media artist born on the unceded, ancestral and occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples in the city presently known as Vancouver. She specializes in multichannel radio transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast, as well as works in which radio is often the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also creates multi-channel audiovisual installations, and composes works for theater, dance, film, and solo performance that reflect upon media ecologies, land use and infrastructures, time perception, the intimacies of signal space, and critical fictions. Friz is Assistant Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department of the University of California Santa Cruz.

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Anna Friz: Media Landscapes

Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 1pm PST
Indexical
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Anna Friz is a sound and media artist born on the unceded, ancestral and occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples in the city presently known as Vancouver. She specializes in multichannel radio transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast, as well as works in which radio is often the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also creates multi-channel audiovisual installations, and composes works for theater, dance, film, and solo performance that reflect upon media ecologies, land use and infrastructures, time perception, the intimacies of signal space, and critical fictions. Friz is Assistant Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department of the University of California Santa Cruz.

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andPlay’s “Translucent Harmonies” allows listeners to deeply immerse themselves in sound, silence, and resonance. This hour-long program includes Prisma Interius VIII by Catherine Lamb (USA) and Vid stenmuren blir tanken blomma by Kristofer Svensson (Sweden), both composed in just intonation. The rare experience to hear a full program in just intonation invites one to listen in a very detailed way to the “sensation of tone.” This shifts the concept of intonation, which is often unnoticed by the listener, to the foreground, where it becomes a focal point to explore the most simple, yet nuanced, relationships in sound.

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andPlay: "Translucent Harmonies," works by Catherine Lamb & Kristofer Svensson

Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 8pm PST
Wind River
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$20 Advance / $25 Door
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andPlay’s “Translucent Harmonies” allows listeners to deeply immerse themselves in sound, silence, and resonance. This hour-long program includes Prisma Interius VIII by Catherine Lamb (USA) and Vid stenmuren blir tanken blomma by Kristofer Svensson (Sweden), both composed in just intonation. The rare experience to hear a full program in just intonation invites one to listen in a very detailed way to the “sensation of tone.” This shifts the concept of intonation, which is often unnoticed by the listener, to the foreground, where it becomes a focal point to explore the most simple, yet nuanced, relationships in sound.

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This workshop will be an introduction to acoustic and electronic feedback — when a loop is created between an audio output and an audio input. We will experiment with both kinds of feedback, delving into “no-input” mixing (routing a mixer’s output back into its input), and how to connect acoustic and electronic feedback together in one system to produce dynamic, musical results. Participants will gain valuable insight into how audio mixers work and how to use them as instruments. We will practice setting up feedback systems and will have generous time for experimentation.

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Workshop: No-Input Mixer Feedback with Sally Decker

Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 2pm PST
Indexical
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$5 - $20 Sliding Scale
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This workshop will be an introduction to acoustic and electronic feedback — when a loop is created between an audio output and an audio input. We will experiment with both kinds of feedback, delving into “no-input” mixing (routing a mixer’s output back into its input), and how to connect acoustic and electronic feedback together in one system to produce dynamic, musical results. Participants will gain valuable insight into how audio mixers work and how to use them as instruments. We will practice setting up feedback systems and will have generous time for experimentation.

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The Landscape Thinking Group is comprised of UCSC Visual Studies PhD Candidates whose work interrogates landscape as it relates to race, politics and power in regions around the globe. For this event, the Landscape Thinking Group will be facilitating a “Bioregional Quiz” and discussion. Participants will meet at Indexical and then migrate to an outdoor location. Wear clothing appropriate for gathering outside.

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Landscape Thinking Group: Relational Landscapes

Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 1pm PST
Indexical
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The Landscape Thinking Group is comprised of UCSC Visual Studies PhD Candidates whose work interrogates landscape as it relates to race, politics and power in regions around the globe. For this event, the Landscape Thinking Group will be facilitating a “Bioregional Quiz” and discussion. Participants will meet at Indexical and then migrate to an outdoor location. Wear clothing appropriate for gathering outside.

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Guests Micha Scott and Zachary James Watkins join host Thomas Sage Pedersen for another live edition of the Speak for Change podcast at Indexical, centering on the experience of navigating spaces as biracial artists living and working in Santa Cruz. The evening opens with a performance by Zachary James Watkins, a composer and performer with commissions from the Kronos quartet, sfSound, the Seattle Chamber Players, and many others. His work as a performer includes the duo Black Spirituals with Marshall Trammel, a radical improvisation duo who toured Europe with legendary metal band Earth.

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Speak for Change with Micha Scott, Zachary James Watkins, and Thomas Sage Pedersen

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 7pm PST
Indexical
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$5 - $20 Sliding Scale
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Guests Micha Scott and Zachary James Watkins join host Thomas Sage Pedersen for another live edition of the Speak for Change podcast at Indexical, centering on the experience of navigating spaces as biracial artists living and working in Santa Cruz. The evening opens with a performance by Zachary James Watkins, a composer and performer with commissions from the Kronos quartet, sfSound, the Seattle Chamber Players, and many others. His work as a performer includes the duo Black Spirituals with Marshall Trammel, a radical improvisation duo who toured Europe with legendary metal band Earth.

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The Minaret Records two-night showcase in Santa Cruz kicks off in a co-presentation by Indexical and Kuumbwa Jazz, featuring a quartet led by saxophonist Nicole McCabe & bassist Logan Kane.

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Indexical & Kuumbwa Jazz Center: Nicole McCabe & Logan Kane Quartet

Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7pm PST
Kuumbwa Jazz
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$26.25 Advance / $31.50 Door
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The Minaret Records two-night showcase in Santa Cruz kicks off in a co-presentation by Indexical and Kuumbwa Jazz, featuring a quartet led by saxophonist Nicole McCabe & bassist Logan Kane.

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Dolphin Hyperspace is a club-jazz duo consisting of saxophonist Nicole McCabe and bassist Logan Kane. The animal themed LP “Mini Giraffe” project is their second offering, featuring the incredible saxophone playing of Nicole McCabe throughout amongst zany synths and bonkers production from Logan. The duo recorded Nicole’s saxophone solos first and transcribed them note-for-note to keep the improvisational heart of jazz at the forefront of the music.

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Dolphin Hyperspace + Vooo + Triple Sec

Friday, February 18, 2022 at 8pm PST
Indexical
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Dolphin Hyperspace is a club-jazz duo consisting of saxophonist Nicole McCabe and bassist Logan Kane. The animal themed LP “Mini Giraffe” project is their second offering, featuring the incredible saxophone playing of Nicole McCabe throughout amongst zany synths and bonkers production from Logan. The duo recorded Nicole’s saxophone solos first and transcribed them note-for-note to keep the improvisational heart of jazz at the forefront of the music.

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Adrian Drummond-Cole is an interdisciplinary environmental historian and doctoral candidate in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He researches the science, politics, and cultures of water management in California’s Central Valley, focusing on settler social movements for swampland reclamation and agricultural irrigation. Adrian teaches courses on environmental history, media studies, and human geography.

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Adrian Drummond-Cole: Liquid Landscapes

Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 1pm PST
Indexical
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Adrian Drummond-Cole is an interdisciplinary environmental historian and doctoral candidate in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He researches the science, politics, and cultures of water management in California’s Central Valley, focusing on settler social movements for swampland reclamation and agricultural irrigation. Adrian teaches courses on environmental history, media studies, and human geography.

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Nada presents two nights of electronic music entitled Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics, featuring work by composers on their label roster and other sympathetic voices in the computer music world. Both nights will include an audiovisual installation by composer Pooch Karton. Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics is curated by Michael Masaru Flora.

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Nada: “Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics” with Madalyn Merkey + Mykola Haleta

Friday, February 25, 2022 at 8pm PST
Indexical
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Nada presents two nights of electronic music entitled Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics, featuring work by composers on their label roster and other sympathetic voices in the computer music world. Both nights will include an audiovisual installation by composer Pooch Karton. Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics is curated by Michael Masaru Flora.

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Nada presents two nights of electronic music entitled Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics, featuring work by composers on their label roster and other sympathetic voices in the computer music world. Both nights will include an audiovisual installation by composer Pooch Karton. Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics is curated by Michael Masaru Flora.

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Nada: “Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics” with Gabriel Labov Dunne + Ellen Phan

Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 8pm PST
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Nada presents two nights of electronic music entitled Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics, featuring work by composers on their label roster and other sympathetic voices in the computer music world. Both nights will include an audiovisual installation by composer Pooch Karton. Sound, Systems, and Psychoacoustics is curated by Michael Masaru Flora.

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The Chromelodia Project (Chris Brown, Kyle Bruckmann, Theresa Wong) performs excerpts from “Occhio,” a composition in an extended just intonation microtonal system devised by composer Harry Partch, comprised of precisely notated microtonal music with electronically generated rhythms that fuel extended improvisations. Santa Cruz musicians Polly Malan and Emily Sinclair open the evening with solo and duo compositions by Charles Dodge, Daijana Wallace, and Jessica Meyer.

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The Chromelodia Project + Polly Malan & Emily Sinclair

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 7pm PST
Indexical
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The Chromelodia Project (Chris Brown, Kyle Bruckmann, Theresa Wong) performs excerpts from “Occhio,” a composition in an extended just intonation microtonal system devised by composer Harry Partch, comprised of precisely notated microtonal music with electronically generated rhythms that fuel extended improvisations. Santa Cruz musicians Polly Malan and Emily Sinclair open the evening with solo and duo compositions by Charles Dodge, Daijana Wallace, and Jessica Meyer.

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As part of the ongoing exhibition of Raven Chacon’s work, Indexical is presenting a live performance of his graphic score American Ledger No. 1 (2018), outdoors at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. This work is meant to be performed by “many players with sustaining and percussive instruments, coins, axe and wood, a police whistle, and a match.” Performances will occur twice throughout the First Friday arts event at the Tannery Arts Center, at both 6:00pm and 7:30pm. Each performance is approximately 20 minutes long.

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Raven Chacon: American Ledger No. 1 (Live Performance)

Friday, March 4, 2022 at 6pm PST
Indexical
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As part of the ongoing exhibition of Raven Chacon’s work, Indexical is presenting a live performance of his graphic score American Ledger No. 1 (2018), outdoors at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. This work is meant to be performed by “many players with sustaining and percussive instruments, coins, axe and wood, a police whistle, and a match.” Performances will occur twice throughout the First Friday arts event at the Tannery Arts Center, at both 6:00pm and 7:30pm. Each performance is approximately 20 minutes long.

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Artists Raven Chacon and Guillermo Galindo bridge worlds of contemporary sound art, acoustic composition, noise, Indigenous activism, and visual art. Their projects and collaborations draw on Indigenous and Mexican symbology and ritual items, activating amplified objects, as well as a long history of American experimental music stemming from John Cage and subsequent composers. They were both commissioned by the Kronos Quartet’s 50 for the Future Project (https://www.50ftf.kronosquartet.org/), and have been presented by documenta 14 (Germany), Western Front (Vancouver), and many other venues. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists and curator Gabriel Saloman Mindel.

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Raven Chacon & Guillermo Galindo

Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 8pm PST
Indexical
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$16 General / $8 Members
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Artists Raven Chacon and Guillermo Galindo bridge worlds of contemporary sound art, acoustic composition, noise, Indigenous activism, and visual art. Their projects and collaborations draw on Indigenous and Mexican symbology and ritual items, activating amplified objects, as well as a long history of American experimental music stemming from John Cage and subsequent composers. They were both commissioned by the Kronos Quartet’s 50 for the Future Project (https://www.50ftf.kronosquartet.org/), and have been presented by documenta 14 (Germany), Western Front (Vancouver), and many other venues. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists and curator Gabriel Saloman Mindel.

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Esabella Grace joins Thomas Sage Pedersen in a conversation about creating a culture of acceptance, belonging, and tolerance in Santa Cruz County. Bella is an advisor for the Black Health Matters Initiative, a co-founder of Blended Bridge, a program committed to creating a safe and open community for all, and the founder of the Black Surf Club Santa Cruz (B.S.C.S.C.). An activist and a young professional, opening up Santa Cruz to the conversations that have long been avoided. Spoken word hip-hop artist Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour opens the night.

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Speak for Change with Esabella Grace, Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour, and Thomas Sage Pedersen

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7pm PST
Indexical
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Esabella Grace joins Thomas Sage Pedersen in a conversation about creating a culture of acceptance, belonging, and tolerance in Santa Cruz County. Bella is an advisor for the Black Health Matters Initiative, a co-founder of Blended Bridge, a program committed to creating a safe and open community for all, and the founder of the Black Surf Club Santa Cruz (B.S.C.S.C.). An activist and a young professional, opening up Santa Cruz to the conversations that have long been avoided. Spoken word hip-hop artist Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour opens the night.

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