[June 26] Bora Yoon & Luke Dubois: Phonation

( (( PHONATION )) ) is a multimedia solo performance by Bora Yoon with live video manipulations by Luke DuBois exploring where sound connects to the subliminal using found sounds, new and antiquated instruments, electronic devices, gesture, and voice. The performance takes place at THE NEW YORK ELECTRONIC ART FESTIVAL WAVE(length)s concert series in New York’s historic St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan.

[Jun 26] Bora Yoon & Luke Dubois: Phonation

WAVE(length)s Electronic Music

Sunday, June 26, 2011 (together with Satoshi Takeishi: Whirlpool)
St. Pauls Chapel, Broadway and Fulton
New York

( (( PHONATION )) ) is a multimedia solo performance by Bora Yoon with live video manipulations by Luke DuBois exploring where sound connects to the subliminal using found sounds, new and antiquated instruments, electronic devices, gesture, and voice. Using a sound designer’s approach to performance composition that is steered by a penchant for a song, ( (( PHONATION )) ) is an immersive audiovisual environment, engaging with music as music, and not as part of a genre, taking the means to one end, and using it for another to form new utterances of sound and the beginnings of a new sonic language, within its spatial and architectural context.
New custom sensor technology entitled the Body Electric is featured, developed with Luke DuBois and Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center, to enhance greater performance interactivity between the physical, gestural, musical, and visual realm. By repurposing the attributes of the ground-breaking Kinect infrared sensor, dynamic visual and sonic landscapes are evoked that may be inspired by a simple, found-sound in the world, or an expression of an audiovisual paradox bouncing around only in the mind

BORA YOON is an experimental multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer, who creates architectural soundscapes from voice, everyday found objects, chamber instruments, and digital devices. Featured in WIRE magazine and on the front page of The Wall Street Journal for her musical innovations—Yoon explores where sound connects to the subliminal in an art form that is part radio foley, part musical sound design, and movement – creating music that plays with sensory associations and spatial idiosyncrasies with much spontaneity and little regard to the classifying genres of instrumentation.

Yoon has toured her original soundwork internationally, at Lincoln Center, the Nam June Paik Museum in Seoul, Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Roulette Intermedium, the Bang on a Can Marathon, and universities across the globe. Collaborators include programmer and live visualist R. Luke DuBois, early music quartet New York Polyphony, Iceland-based producer Ben Frost, site-specific choreographer Noémie Lafrance the League of Electronic Musicians & Urban Robots, multimedia theatre companies Ridge Theatre and Dhamma Theatre West, composer Michael Gordon, and the late poet Sekou Sundiata.

Her music has been presented by the Electronic Music Foundation, TED conference, Microsoft, and Samsung; commissioned by the Young Peoples Chorus and the SAYAKA Ladies Chorale of Tokyo; awarded fellowships by the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Asian American Arts Alliance; supported by the Sorel Music, Billboard, BMI, and the Arion Foundation; and published by Boosey and Hawkes, Innova Music, SubRosa, Swirl Records, and the Journal of Popular Noise.

Yoon is currently scoring and performing the live music for Haruki Murakami’s “Wind Up Bird Chronicle”- an interdisciplinary multimedia theatre adaptation, directed by Stephen Earnhart. Presented by the Barshynikov Art Center and Asia Society, and to premiere the world stage at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in August of 2011. www.borayoon.com

R. LUKE DUBOIS (Programming, Kinect sensor design, Visuals) is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance.

Stemming from his investigations of “time-lapse phonography,” his recent work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a single image, his work reveals the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, text, or cultural information. Exhibitions of his work include: the Insitut Valenci€ d’Art Modern, Spain; 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; San Jose Museum of Art; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; 2007 Sundance Film Festival; and the Sydney Film Festival. His work and writing has appeared in print and online in the New York Times and Esquire Magazine.


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