Jimmy Edgar with Maija Knapp Live
Gray Area Festival 2023 Performance
Gray Area Festival 2023 presents a special performance by music producer, conceptual artist and sound designer Jimmy Edgar and experimental dancer Maija Knapp who will perform music from Edgar's genre-bending 2022 album LIQUIDS HEAVENS.
Gray Area Festival 2023 Performances
9pm - Tom Marsi
10:15pm - Amazondotcom
11:30pm - Pod Blotz
12:30am - Jimmy Edgar with Maija Knapp
Friday, October 20, 2023
9pm - 1:30am
$25 - $35 NOTAFLOF
LIQUIDS HEAVEN is a psychedelic canvas of future R&B, euphoric bass, mutant tear-the-club-up rap, foundation-splintering noise, and gossamer soul. On a surface level, it is a starburst of avant-garde fusion, collecting a diverse cast of eccentric geniuses and re-configuring them into an anthology of nü musique concrete. But as with all of Jimmy Edgar's work, there is a deeper and subversive intent.
Accompanying his performance is Maija Knapp, who previously worked with Jimmy Edgar in 2022 doing improvised solos at Miami Art Basel.
Joining them are multi-disciplinary artist Pod Blotz, music producer and artist Amazondotcom, and Tom Marsi .
JIMMY is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist whose works encompass sound, sculpture, digital images, and blockchain technology. Deeply inspired by the metaphysical phases of matter, he explores the materiality of physical and digital domains through his works. JIMMY’s use of bright colors and pop art aesthetics in his conceptual pieces seek to reimagine and reinterpret immateriality.
JIMMY’s artistic practice is guided by a fascination with the relationship between the tangible and the intangible, the physical and the digital, and the way in which they intersect. His works delve into these themes through his innovative use of various mediums, creating pieces that challenge the viewer's perception of reality.
Through his works, JIMMY invites his audience to question the nature of substance. Through his exploration of (im)materiality, he creates a dialogue that delves into the complexities of the human experience, making his art a unique and thought-provoking.
JIMMY’s artistic vision has earned him a place among the most exciting and innovative artists of his generation. His work continues to push the boundaries of contemporary art and challenge the viewer's perception of reality.
Maija Knapp is a dancer, choreographer, and devout lover of raw emotion pouring from a willing body. Her work spans between New York and Los Angeles, with L.A. as her official home base. Maija utilizes the physical form to touch the unseen via emoting subconscious dwellings. She prides herself on her dedication to her work, and thus offers her entire being to each project she partakes in. She has done immersive theatre, commercials, countless music videos, television shows, live concerts, live tv performances, hour long improvised sets, sweaty underground club acts, and the list persists. Some of the artists she has worked with include Vivienne Westwood, Spike Jonze, Slipknot, Edgar Wright, The Weeknd, Balmain X Puma, Karen O., The Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Beck, Miguel, Dua Lipa, Brooke Candy, Yves Tumor, Jimmy Edgar, Katy Perry, Vance Joy, Opening Ceremony, Apple, Disney, and more. Beyond commercial work, Maija explores her deep connection to experimental dance simultaneously. Most notably she has had improvised solos premiere at Miami Art Basel for the past two years for artists Nina McNeely and Jimmy Edgar respectively, she has co-choreographed a trio performed at the Hollywood Bowl for musician Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and has choreographed work for music videos, short films, and live performances in galleries and clubs around Los Angeles. She has worked with dance-legend choreographers such as Kitty McNamee, Ryan Heffington, Nina McNeely, Denna Thomsen, Jasmine Albuquerque, and more. She looks forward to exploring grounded yet transcendent works and developing nourishing creative relationships that allow a project to flourish to its fullest capacity.
Suzy Poling is a polymath and interdisciplinary artist working with sound, video, film, photography installation, sculpture, painting, collage and performance art. She researches the multi-dimensional interferences between optics, mirrors, sonic resonance, electrical synthesis, video experiments, human/alien identities and inspections of geological anomalies. Pod Blotz is Poling’s Modern Electronic / Sound Art solo project that explores posthumanist concepts, cathartic gestures and otherworldy sound source. Sonically, they have performed at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Colour out of Space Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Berkeley Art Museum, Human Resources, The LAB and Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts. Pod Blotz has made releases with Chocolate Monk (UK), Nostilevo (LA), Conjunto Vacio(Spain), Clan Destine Records (UK) and Dungeon Taxis (NZ/NYC) and more. Visually, Poling’s artwork has been seen in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Dazed Digital and a Metropolitan Museum of Art Book. Poling is a recipient of the Mike Kelley Foundation Grant and was a nominee for the SECA Award at the SFMOMA and has had 8 solo art exhibitions in Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco. Visually, her work has been exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Disjecta, Cal Polytechnic University, Chicago Cultural Center, Australian Center for Photography, Aperture Foundation, Cult Exhibitions/Aimee Friberg and Zg Gallery. Poling is from Michigan, studied at Columbia College in Chicago, lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost a decade and now resides in Los Angeles.
Stella Ahn is a music producer and multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her music project, Amazondotcom, has performed in Boiler Room, Red Bull Music Festival, and Mutek MX. Interested in collapsing genre, meaning, and musical expectation, she uses intuition and free-form to build structure, rhythms, and sounds. As an artist she has exhibited videos, installations, and texts with Rencontres Internationales at the Palais De Tokyo and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, as well as with Curtacinema in Rio de Janeiro, Festival Lima Independiente, AC Institute in New York, and Human Resources in Los Angeles. She currently runs the label SUBREAL with collaborator Siete Catorce.
Tom Marsi makes all noise transsexual and trashy. Founder of Wet Co. Weaver of ambience and dance. Host of two shows on BFF.FM in San Francisco and Lower Grand Radio in Oakland.