Landscape & Life
Join us for a “First Friday” opening of the new exhibition series “Landscape & Life,” in Indexical’s studio space at the Tannery Arts Center. This first exhibition features new work by LA-based artists Paige Emery and Suzy Poling (aka Pod Blotz), and will feature sound and performances by both artists throughout the exhibition’s run.
Suzy Poling (aka Pod Blotz) and Paige Emery return to Indexical to close out their installment of Landscape & Life with live performances and a conversational artist talk with curator Gabriel Saloman Mindel. Poling’s electronic music performances as Pod Blotz have been featured at Recombinant Media Labs Festival, Hospital Productions Festival, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Colour out of Space Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, and many other sites.
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.”
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.
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.
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.