Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Islands in the Stream @ Johalla Projects; Chicago

ISLANDS IN THE STREAM features DVD projections and photographic stills by multimedia artists Benjamin Funke and Gabrielle Gopinath.
At the exhibition opening, Cooper Crain and Dan Quinlivan of Bitchin Bajas will perform live in a multimedia performance with real time video editing by the artists.
The videos in the show, titled Water Wrackets and Intervals, began as reinterpretations of Greenaway shorts from the late ‘60s.  In both works the auteurs bring precision timing and an acid-etched color palette to the stylishly deadpan depiction of ebbs and flows.
Crowds of art gawkers captured at the Venice Biennale in Intervals, like the Indiana floodwaters that saturate the screen in Water Wrackets, seek the lowest point in the landscape. Crowds and liquids propagate across the screen in trickles and flows to the spacey drones of Crain’s soundtrack.
The soundtrack for Water Wrackets, which came out in 2011 as an LP / DVD set on Kallistei Editions, features episodic arrangements of acid-drenched garage psychedelia drawing inspiration from Ravi Shankar, Sun Ra and 1970s Krautrock.
Crain and Quinlivan will be performing the Water Wrackets soundtrack at the opening, in addition to debuting material from their brand new release on Kallistei Editions, Vibraquatic.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Vibraquatic is the new multimedia collaboration of Cooper Crain’s Bitchin Bajas (CAVE) and globetrotting film-maker Olivia Wyatt (Sublime Frequencies).  In Vibraquatic, three psychedelic movements are paired with lush prismatic distortions and intense ritual behaviors. Fans of Terry Riley and Bryon Gysin will not be disappointed.  Get into the zone.