PRESENTING PARTNER: Pasadena Arts Council

INTIMATCHINEBoth scholars in separate performance fields, Intimatchine derive from cardinal and mutable differences. Inspired by the break up of Los Angeles based couple Chelsey Holland and Christopher Wormamld, Intimatchine satirizes themes of their intimate exchanges. The result was a visceral musical collaboration that brought her moody vocal narratives together with his proto-industrial soundscapes.

Their May 2014 debut EP, I’ll Eat You Last, is a reflection of these real and imaginary dramas accentuated by effects-driven guitar, droning synths, and hypnotic percussion. Intimatchine remain active on various online communities and dating websites to offer their own journal of romantic plight, which informs their relationship advice column. Intimatchine will be combining their music performance ritual with the interaction of live optical feed-backing– utilizing Sphæræ to monitor and magnify their personal exchange with one another and their audience. Their involvement with Sphæræ is likely to induce unruly sounds and visuals, which will direct Intimatchine’s spontaneity and restraint.

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Xerodrome is an animation by Christopher O’Leary that flies through landscapes of pixelated chaos, created from glitched digital photographs. The project is named after the “Xerodrome”, an endlessly flat apocalyptic desert where nothing can cast a shadow, which appears in Reza Negarestani’s book Cyclonopiedia, The project creates a tension between the flatness of the photograph and the texture of landscape, the order of data and the chaos of nature, and the aesthetics of creation and destruction.

Accompanying the 30-minute video, composer Isaac Schankler will perform a piece for accordion and custom-electronics.

Christopher O’Leary is an artist who works at the intersection of science, futurism and fantasy to create technologically experimental works of animation, photography and installation. His work borrows from an array of sources such as science fiction, comic books, popular film, and the hard sciences. Recent projects include a generative animation visualizing black holes, a series of hacked digital images of performances, and an apocalyptic animation made of thousands of photographs contemplating our fragile resources. He is currently a visiting researcher at the UCLA Art|Sci Research Center working on his current project titled Cloud Chambers.

He is a founding member of the artist collective called Speculative which has exhibited and programmed events around Los Angeles. These include a series of events at Machine Project bringing artists and scientists together to discuss Dark Matter, and an exhibition at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions about speculative fiction and art.  Christopher has shown his work in Seattle, Los Angeles, Belgrade, Istanbul, Rome, and Torun, Poland. He holds an appointment as Lecturer of Digital photography at UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts. Christopher received his MFA from UCLA and his BFA and BA from the University of Washington. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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Isaac Schankler is a composer, pianist, accordionist and electronic musician living in Los Angeles. Lauded as “extraordinarily eclectic” and “masterfully composed” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), his music is inspired by improvisation, indeterminacy, spoken language, narrative, and puzzles. Schankler’s recent honors include awards and grants from Meet the Composer, the National Opera Association, the American Composers Forum, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the American Prize. He is a past winner of the USC Sadye J. Moss Composition Prize and the ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition, as well as a finalist in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission Competition. Recent commissions include works for the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, wild up, Lorelei Ensemble, Juventas New Music Ensemble, bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood, pianist Aron Kallay, and violinist Andrew Tholl.

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