Patch Pulse: Michele Seippel and Sugarlift

On July 17, artists Michele Seippel and Sugarlift take the virtual stage for the latest edition of Patch Pulse, our ongoing series of live audiovisual performances. Tune in for a special night of live experimentations pushing the boundaries of perception and sound.

A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit the Brave Space Alliance. Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city in Chicago, Illinois.

Michele Seippel composes audiovisual performances where she layers perceptions of time and memory, through real time manipulation of personal media including voicemails, field recordings, processed images and videos.

Sugarlift is the experimental music project of Chicago-based sonic artist Katie Wood. Katie Wood creates soundscapes, videos, transmissions and live works featuring sounds of water and wind, howls, whispers, seismic vibrations, and radio interference. Their work deals with knowledge production around land and landscape.

Artists

Michele Seippel

Michele Seippel is the cofounder of Seippelabel and recent graduate in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College in Oakland California. She earned her BFA in Kinetic Imaging and Minor in Painting Printmaking and New Genres from Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied animation, sound and video performance. Seippel says of her work, “I strongly believe the intersection of mediums is the foundation of my work. In order for mediums to intersect, they must have a common thread. For myself, that thread is time. My work is comprised of captured personal moments using field recordings, voicemails, and video footage, while manipulating them in real-time. The use of Max MSP, open sound control, audio synthesis, motion controllers, looping and audio analysis helps to create an ephemeral experience for the audience. My process of layering and blurring both imagery and soundscapes should hopefully provoke the audience to reminisce about fleeting memories that often escape our consciousness.”

Sugarlift

Sugarlift is the experimental music project of Chicago-based sonic artist Katie Wood. Katie Wood creates soundscapes, videos, transmissions and live works featuring sounds of water and wind, howls, whispers, seismic vibrations, and radio interference. Their work deals with knowledge production around land and landscape. Katie has shown work in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Links Hall (Chicago), Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), PO Box Collective (Chicago), Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin), Hundred Years Gallery (London), Gallery 062 (Chicago), LITHIUM gallery (Chicago), and the College of William & Mary. Katie’s work has been featured in online broadcasts and publications like Hyperallergic, Radio Borealis, Collective Terrain and Bivouac Recordings. Katie has received a number of scholarships and grants from Mana Contemporary Chicago, the Vermont Studio Center, The University of Michigan, Ox-Bow School of Art, Second Street Gallery (Virginia), Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), the College of William & Mary (Virginia), and the University of Chicago.




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