OTHER Futures: Featuring 初·ZPTPJ

A night of AV performances inviting you to speculate on distant worlds.

8pm-12am
21+

$15 In Advance
$20 At The Door

Through live sound and immersive visual narratives, OTHER Futures reimagines alternative visions of the world by reframing history. By radically reorienting perspective through time and place, these four audiovisual performances challenge a myopic world view by expanding on visions of primal-futuristic, sinofuturist, and other futures.

Inspired by creation myths, archeology, simulation theory, the live performance 初·ZPTPJ unveils the rise and fall of a simulated civilization that reflects our own reality on Earth. Titled after the golden era Zep Tepi (“the first occasion”) in Egyptian mythology, 初·ZPTPJ questions whether we are a species with historical amnesia and wonders where humanity is heading at the verge of technological singularity. Chinese artist duo Miao Jing (visual artist, animator) and Jason Hou (composer, sound designer) perform this story as two archivists of records, extracting audiovisual information on the stage.

Opening Acts:
Composer Lara Sarkissian and media artist Anum Awan center diasporic narratives hybridizing non-Western sound with electronic composition and visuals to conjure alternate future paths through live sound and music.

Leyline is an audiovisual performance by the artist duo Tellurics (Harvey Moon + Don Hanson), depicting an abstract exploration of the next 100,000 years of Earth using instrumental electronics and live 3D visuals.

Media artist and founder of the Centre for Emotional Materiality Surabhi Saraf will perform a piece exploring our complex relationship with technology.

The event is produced by ONiON collective.

Artists

Miao Jing

Miao Jing is a visual artist and animation director who lives and works in Shanghai. His art explores spatial experience and cultural identities through immersive moving images. Miao Jing is the co-founder of Hibanana Studio, an art & tech studio focused on creating immersive audiovisual installations. His works have been commissioned frequently by individuals and art organizations.

Jason Hou

Jason Hou is a Beijing-based music producer, composer and sound designer. Jason is known for his iconic style of live performance utilizing the innovative MIDI controller AlphaSphere. Jason's musical style incorporates a wide variety of sonic inspirations while maintaining a strong sense of continuity. Jason is a founding member of 2nd Sense Audio, an audio software company in Beijing that developed the synthesizer plug-in WIGGLE, which received Innovation and Performance Awards from Computer Music magazine. He has most recently performed at Berghain in Berlin during the 19th CTM festival and at BMW Welt in Munich.

Lara Sarkissian

Lara Sarkissian is a composer, DJ (FOOZOOL) and filmmaker. She is co-founder of CLUB CHAI in the Bay Area alongside 8ULENTINA; a record label, event series, and curatorial project that artistically hybridizes non-western sounds with electronic music. Lara Sarkissian’s electronic music weaves in experimental sound design, approaches, storytelling and has roots to her visual work. She scores for films and audiovisual installations. In Spring of 2018, she joined the Institute for Sound and Music in Berlin and ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany as an artist in residence. Sarkissian worked with spatial audio in producing a 360-degree immersive sound and visual installation piece in collaboration with Jemma Woolmore for the ISM Hexadome. Her debut EP 'DISRUPTION' was released via CLUB CHAI in December 2018.

Anum Awan

Anum Awan is an interaction designer and new media artist, based in the Bay Area, who crafts mixed-reality experiences by blending physical and digital media based on queer, immigrant and non-western narratives. They were born and raised in Pakistan and came to the U.S. in 2008 to pursue a practice in art and design. They are a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and California College of the Arts and have shown work at SOMARTs, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Gray Area, and Joe Goode Annex.

Tellurics

Leyline is an audiovisual performance by the artist duo Tellurics. Leyline is an abstract exploration of the next 100,000 years of Earth using instrumental electronics and live 3D graphics. Tellurics is composed of Don Hanson and Harvey Moon.

Surabhi Saraf

Surabhi Saraf is a media artist and founder of the Centre for Emotional Materiality. Her practice explores our complex relationship with technology through multimedia works that incorporate video installations, sculptures, performances, and sound compositions. Surabhi has performed solo at Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Biennial, Greece, Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, SF and Max Mueller Bhavan Goethe Institut, Mumbai & New Delhi among others. Her collaborative work has been performed at NETMAGE 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Soundwave Biennial ((8)), ((7)), and ((5)), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Surabhi is the recipient of Eureka Fellowship Award 2015 by the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artist award and was nominated for the SECA Award 2018, SFMOMA and the Artist + Process + Ideas Residency at Mills College Art Museum (2016). She is a 2019 Technology Resident at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York.

Partners

ONiON Collective

ONiON Collective is a Cross-Culture Art and Technology platform, where digital art will be presented in our collaborated venues globally. We focus on artwork involves critical/creative thinking about emerging technologies. Based in Shanghai and SF/LA currently, ONiON curates and conducts various art show, pop-up exhibition, and location-based interactive solutions.