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Monday, June 23, 2008
Pamela Z at the Royce Gallery, June 27-29
THE PENDULUM A new solo multi-media performance work by Pamela Z
Friday- Sunday June 27, 28, and 29, 2008, 8pm Royce Gallery, 2901 Mariposa Street (between Harrison & Alabama), San Francisco. Admission is $10 Tickets at the door or through PayPal (http://www.pamelaz.com/pendulum.html)
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 27th through 29th, 2008, at 8pm Pamela Z Productions presents Pamela Z in the San Francisco premiere of The Pendulum, a solo multi-media performance work exploring binaries of “Yes and No” through voice, electronics, projected video and manipulation of objects. Using a minimal set including dangling objects, and two channels of projected video, Ms. Z will perform a series of art songs and text-sound pieces with live voice, real-time processing, sampled voices and sounds and custom MIDI controllers, in the intimate performance space of the Royce Gallery.
About the inspiration for the work, the artist says: “When I was growing up, my mother often wrote long lists of questions about things that concerned her. She would then dangle a small object -such as a needle, key, or trinket- on a thread and divine yes or no answers from the direction of its swinging - systematically writing the answers next to each question. Now in her advanced years, I have found that she amassed a great deal of documentation of her consultations with the pendulum for answers to questions both monumental and insignificant. A few years ago, while helping her to move, I discovered veritable reams of such pages- hand-written and typed. These papers chronicle a portion family history - albeit through my mother's rather distressed and confused filter.”
Some of the language from these pages finds its way into The Pendulum as a mesh of vocal texture throughout its visually rich and sonically layered segments.