Sound Design for Oliveros and Dempster

Filed under: Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on October 4, 2005 at 5:45 pm

I’m running sound design for a multi-location improvisation tonight featuring Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster. The official concert will take place at Mills College in Oakland California, where Pauline and Stuart will meet projected on a large onstage screen. A pair of dancers, choreographed by June Watanabe, will dance on stage in front beneath the screen. In their respective studios at Rensselaer in Troy, New York, and DXArts in Seattle, Washington, Pauline and Stuart will perform as they receive live video and audio feeds from the other locations.

I’ll be running the Troy location’s mixing board during the performance, after designing the sound set up last week. Also helping out in Troy are Alex Chechile, Joe Fiegl, Charles Veasey, and Bart Woodstsrup.

The concert is at 7:30 PST and at 10:30 in Troy in Pauline’s West Hall studio on the first floor.

Artwork and Writings on Networked_Performance

Filed under: Press
Posted by jesse on August 31, 2005 at 12:53 pm

My recent project Crawling through Network Cable and my undergradtuate thesis, Activated Spaces were featured this week on Networked_Performance.

Networked_Performance is a blog hosted by, featuring posts from Jo-Ann Green, Michelle Riel, and Helen Thorington. The blog is an “open forum to discuss network-enabled performance,” including “locative media, augmented reality, distributed performance, environmental theatre, pervasive play, immersive gaming, [and] telepresence.” The Networked_Performance blog is laying the groundwork for a 2006 conference of the same name.

In Activated Spaces + Crawling through Network Cable: Sounding Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, Jo introduced my 2003 work on effective political sound art and my iChat AV-driven two-location performance project.

Rapture/Rupture Extended

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Posted by jesse on at 12:27 pm

The Tang Museum has decided to extend my installation, Rapture/Rupture past its September 11 closing date. The exhibition will now be on display for an additional few weeks. I’ll post the new closing date as soon as it is finalized.


Rapture/Rupture will close October 26.

Summer Singing in Alabama

Filed under: Announcements
Posted by jesse on August 22, 2005 at 7:03 pm

Thanks to grants from two organizations, I’ve been able to travel twice to Alabama this summer to deepen my understanding of Sacred Harp and shape note music, the community singing style that has played into recent projects of mine, such as Lawrence and Shade and Rapture/Rupture, and that continues to inform my practice as an artist.

The Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation, named for a deceased Sacred Harp singer from a long-time singing family, awarded me a grant “for the preservation and promotion of Sacred Harp and shape note music” that enabled me to attend Camp Fasola, a five-day-long camp in Anniston, Alabama featuring lots of singing, and lessons on Sacred Harp history and technique.

I also received a travel grant from The Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Community, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community-based singing from The Sacred Harp, that enabled me to travel to Alabama to attend the Camp, as well as All Day Singings in Muscadine, Henagar, Ider, and Dutton, Alabama.

I am thankful for the support of these organizations, as well as the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association, which organizes and runs Camp Fasola.

Elevator Music 5

Filed under: Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on May 31, 2005 at 8:57 pm

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be creating a sound installation for the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY this summer as the fifth iteration of the Museum’s “Elevator Music” series.

My installation, Rapture/Rupture, will open June 25 along with a new show featuring Michael Oatman, and “Weapons of Mass Dissemination,” a show of WWI and WWII propaganda posters. The work will incorporate “Russia,” a shape note music tune written in 1786 by Daniel Read, and the first song I led at a Sacred Harp singing convention.

Five-Channel Sound Installation in “Pent-Up and Undergone” at Jessica Murray Projects in New York City

Filed under: Sacred Harp and Shape Note Music,Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on May 11, 2005 at 7:56 pm

Recordings of two shape note music compositions of mine, “North Adams” and “Undergone” will feature in a sound installation I’m creating to accompany The Informants, a work by Carrie Dashow in her collaborative solo show with Jesse Bercowetz and Matt Bua at Jessica Murray Projects in New York City, Pent-Up and Under Gone.

Working with Albany-area shape note singers, I’m creating recordings of the two tunes for five speakers, with each speaker playing back the voice of one singer. Each speaker is paired with an “informant” a character of sorts in the form of a video sculpture, created by Carrie. The work is juxtaposed with a giant lighthouse sculpture built by Matt and Jesse, and a video depicting the “eye” of the lighthouse by Carrie. Carrie also wrote the texts to “Undergone” and “North Adams.”

Pent-Up and Under Gone opens on May 27.

MaFiA Show

Filed under: Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on May 8, 2005 at 10:59 am

Two new works of mine, Shade and Lawrence are featured this afternoon in MaFiA Show at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Lawrence mixes diary, tunebook, and recorded spoken word, creating a new home for journal entries removed from Jesse’s personal website.

Shade is a five-channel sound installation expressing Jesse’s relationship to a shape note music song written 200 years ago – “Evening Shade” by Stephen Jenks.

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