Please join SDAI artist-in-residence Allie Manch for a series of embroidery workshops open to all ages at SDAI in Balboa Park
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, organist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He's spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem's widely known as an acoustic piano player, he's also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects. He has performed and recorded prolifically, with but not limited to: Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Nate Wooley, Sandy Ewen, Kjell Nordeson, Darin Gray, Glenn Kotche, Larry Ochs, Michel Doneda and Rob Mazurek.
Hot Pursuit Of Happiness is Thollem's solo show forging a fun-filled onslaught of PunkWorldNoiseBluesAvantAmericana through an unruly electronic beast of vintage keyboards and stomp boxes. About the insane absurdity of 21st century America, always somewhere between being pursued and pursuing, healthy rage against it all, love and death, the time of our lives. With songs from recent albums Machine In The Ghost, Always Put On Your Sincere Face and Tsigoti, plus music from Howled Ground, Operation Sunbeam and Thollem's newest release Who Are U.S. When possible the show will be backdropped by a hyper-speed video of Silver Ochre's trip around the U.S. last year. Thollem's visit to San Diego is a waypoint on his continental U.S. tour from April 6th - Nov. 19th.
Helixhand is the audiovisual and electronic music project of Ashley Capachione. A Boston, Massachusetts transplant, she began recording experimental electronic music under the project name BATHAUS after finding sonic influence in New England’s sacred spaces and historical structures. Her work continues to dissect and revision spiritual connectivity, ritual and folklore within an audiovisual practice. She’s released music under Phantasma Disques, Cleopatra Records, Apothecary Compositions, Haute Magie Records and Unspeakable Records and has performed solo and collaboratively at SXSW, Together Festival, Discwoman NYC, Evlv tech Fest, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her music has been noted for its atypical layering of samples and well as a wide array of influences ranging from industrial, techno, ambient and lo-fi. Capachione is the co-founder of Substructure Boston, an electronic music series and platform showcasing underrepresented artists and inspiring women to positions of power.
Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel Prince studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart. He has performed as a soloist on modular synthesizer with the American Symphony Orchestra, developed sound installations in abandoned concert halls, and played innumerable basement punk shows. Daniel’s lifework investigating the aesthetics of hearing damage has received international press (Nature Journal, 2014); as an ally in the search for a cure, he has been awarded the title of “tinnitus ambassador” by the Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung. Recent activities include a Project Grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Daniel received his MA in Music Composition from Wesleyan University, has taught analog synthesis at Bard College, and, as fate would have it, is now pursuing his PhD at University of California, San Diego.
SDAI brings back the opportunity for guests to practice figure drawing from a live model. Exercise skills in proportion, gesture, and observation each month starting in April. Artist and SDAI Gallery Manager, Kevin Freligh will facilitate each session, providing tips and advice for those in need of a little extra support and motivation.
After viewing mountain lions stilled in eternal prowls, grizzly bears sniffing the air with frozen noses, and hawks mid-scream, children have a common line of questioning when visiting the displays at theNAT. “Is it real? Are they alive?” Yes, the 7.4 million specimens that exist in theNAT’s research collections are real, and at one point they were alive. A third question arises: “how did you get them?” Before they were poised in glass vitrines, nestled in wooden shelves, submerged in alcohol, or pinned to paper backing, the biological specimens that comprise the Museum's collections went through a complex journey.
San Diego Art Institute is hosting a special workshop presented by Bridge and So Sew Co collective
for a social engagement art piece that invites the public to get their resistance on! Art and activism have an inherently symbiotic relationship, no matter where you stand or what your message may be. Join Shirin Towfiq, as she provides basic sewing instruction and ideas for conceptual clothing inspiring participants to assert their individual power the art of textile creation. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own found fabric to incorporate into your finished piece.
Shirin Towfiq is a San Diego based conceptual artist of Iranian descent that works in textile, conceptual clothing, installation, and socially engaged art. Her work addresses cultural, feminine, and interpersonal relationships. She received a BA in Practice of Art from University of California Berkeley. Shirin is the founder of So Sew Co, an organization that inspires creativity and builds community through alternative sewing projects and art workshops.Learn how to create your very own resist shirt and come prepared for your next protest or rally event. Each shirt can function on its own, but has the ability to connect with as many people as possible!
This course will examine art making processes that allow certain aesthetic decisions to be made independent of the author’s will or as a part of a daily or meditative practice. Each week we will take as a model the process of a contemporary artist to complete a project. We will also discuss how ideas from mystic philosopher Alan Watts may be used to reinterpret the relationship between figure and ground in art-making and lessen the alienation that accompanies the experience of being human. Open to all skill levels, knowledge from other disciplines/ fields welcome.
SDAI is pleased to introduce a new series which aims to engage experimenters working with sound, video, movement, and other media, in collaborative improvisation.
Performers are invited to bring a reasonable amount of gear to experiment with, set up in a circle, each perform 3 minute solos (getting to know you), then 3 minute duos (AB, BC, CD, DE, EF, FA), then a short set of everyone together (5-10 minutes).
The idea is to experiment in collaboration, try new styles/equipment, and meet new people. Please bring a small set up with practice amp, mono into the mixer, acoustic, or your own projector. The instrumentation/medium is open, but the structure is fairly rigid. Performers ought to be willing to collaborate and leave each other space. Audiences have the opportunity to see/hear talented performers of San Diego in chance encounters.
Participation is FREE with RSVP
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject "Solos Duos Todos" and include your equipment/instrumentation plan
San Diego is not only known as one of the top three biotech capitals in the world, thanks to the presence of research centers like the Salk, Scripps, and the Stanford Consortium, but it is uniquely situated next to the creative hotbed that is Tijuana. Extra-Ordinary Collusion celebrates this rich cultural heritage by fostering innovative exchange between two of San Diego’s great cultural strengths—our thriving scientific and artistic communities.
SDAI is proud to host its first full day summer art camp. Each unique week of projects will correspond with a popular contemporary art theme. Campers will have the chance to experiment with a wide range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and video.