Still Life with Groundswell takes inspiration from personal stories of dislocation, disruption, and transformation. Emerging from a time of sustained isolation and uncertainty, we consider imaginative acts of reinvention and response.
t minus 2 is composed of the multidisciplinary artists Bonnie Jones, John Kolodij, and Mary-Kim Arnold. We make collaborative, improvisational, and conceptual sound and image work that privileges experimentation and chance. At times melodic and at others, discordant and noisy, our work offers multiple ways to receive and relate to sonic performance.
For this commission, I used some archival performance footage from the past two years of the pandemic to make a hybrid, palimpsestic contemplation of the present. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the tension inherent in how we hold ourselves responsible to the past and how we allow ourselves to move past – move from the past in order to make. The call to “make it new” that is the legacy of experimental art practices is shifting – for there is nothing new, and those who want to erase the past are those who have less to lose from doing so or more to lose if the past is brought to bear in accountable ways in the present. Nothing is without history and no history is without the movement, flux, and relationality that shape the material of time. There is nothing new, but I believe there is transformation, re-weaving.
Saturday, June 4, 2022, 8PM SATV – 285 Derby Street #2, Salem, MA 01970
HOUSEFIRE – techno noise immolations from Providence, RI BONNIE JONES – echoic memory musics from Baltimore, MD & Providence, RI MARY STAUBITZ – turntable / objects / trash from Pawtucket, RI ROSS WIGHTMAN – jumbled audio visual collage from New Haven, CT
Masks are required. Doors at 7:30PM – Music at 8:15PM Suggested donation: $10 More info: www.sonorium.net