(all the gnus)
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From Montalvo Dinners & Mushroom Hunting to
My 2011 started with an eventful two months away from home! I spent January and most of February doing an artist residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Los Gatos, CA and I spent the last 10 days of February in Australia, participating in an event called "The HIVE" that was part of the Adelaide Film Festival.
At Montalvo, I was wined and dined nightly in the company of an ever-shifting group of fellow artists (mostly new faces for me – Chico McMurtrie & Wayne Horvitz were the only people I already knew). We sat around the table bubbling with conversation and praising Andrea Blum (Montalvo's current culinary fellow) who prepared the delicious meals each night. Andrea's boyfriend, Sasha, happens to be something of a mycologist, and introduced many of us to the art of mushroom hunting. So there was always fungus among us, and we enjoyed many a meal that included liberal amounts of freshly gathered chanterelles. One particular walk (in which I was privileged to participate) yielded 18 pounds of the golden beauties. That evening, we had chanterelle bisque with chanterelle bruschetta, and a chanterelle frittata. Yum!
With all the eating and mushroom hunting, surprisingly I did manage to get a lot of work done during my residency. I began work on a new media piece about memory and created a little work-in-progress segment of it which I presented during my performance at the Carriage House Theatre. I also recorded sounds from the inside of the Steck baby grand that was in my studio to create a new bank of samples, and I made a lot of headway on the interactive web portal of my work Baggage Allowance. I'll be getting back to you with details of the upcoming public launch of that soon!
I went directly from my residency to Adelaide, South Australia, where I gave a presentation and participated as a mentor in an exciting event called The HIVE. It was organized by Wendy Levy of BAVC, and involved five days of workshopping with a pretty stellar group of independent filmmakers, writers, actors, media artists, and a few choreographers and composers. We were in sessions daily from morning till evening–at which time we'd attend screenings and, on one evening, a stage play. Fortunately I arrived in Adelaide a day before things got started, so I had time to go to a nature preserve and spend a day petting Koalas and feeding and hanging out with Kangaroos. They were just too adorable for words! When I went to a restaurant that evening, I was a bit taken aback to see kangaroo as one of the choices on the menu.
I'd scarcely acclimated when it was already time to go home. After being on a plane for what felt like an eternity, I landed in San Francisco six hours before my plane left Australia! Now, I'm back home trying to get over the jetlag from my recent "time travel". But instead of resting up, I kind of hit the ground running because I couldn't miss out on the overabundance of amazing concerts that were scheduled locally. I had to miss the first evening of Other Minds to see the Merce Cunningham Company in their final tour. It was the best Cunningham Company performance I can remember (and I've seen a lot of them), because they remounted historic works including the 1958 Antic Meet. I finished the weekend by attending two brilliantly diverse Other Minds evenings with wildly contrasting works including a beautiful, spatial work by David Jaffe with Trimpin's instruments and two string quartets distributed throughout the hall. In these difficult times, it's best to be fortified with good art! Now, on with making and presenting* some of my own. Read on....
Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist whose solo works combine a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, video, and gesture activated MIDI controllers. Ms. Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installation works and composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention and the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship. www.pamelaz.com
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