UNSEEN series | Slow Light

Gray Area’s UNSEEN Series brings together media artists to collaborate on site specific performances between sound and video artists. The UNSEEN series is curated by artist, Matt Fisher. Tickets: $8 Presale / $13 Day of Show / $15 Door. Cash bar available to those 21 years and older.

  • 7:00 Doors
  • 7:00-8:00 Bar and Opening Performance by Intelligent Dance Party
  • Join us for drinks and a pre-show lobby performance with Intelligent Dance Party. IDP is an Intelligent Dance Music event series based in San Francisco featuring live experimental electronic music and dance floor oriented sets.
  • 8:00-10:00 Collaborative Performances
  • Slow Light features three collaborative performances between Bay area media artists that will combine film, video and live sound. Together their approaches blur distinctions between the literal and the abstract, between forms of expression and audience experience.
  • Lawrence Jordan (film) + John Davis (sound)
  • Lawrence Jordan and John Davis have collaborated on film soundtracks and live performance work since 2010. Committed to the relationship between moving image and sound with shared sensibility and an embrace of the unexpected, the duo sustains each another's work through the interplay of reverence and mystery.
  • Paul Clipson (film) + Joshua Churchill (sound)
  • Joshua Churchill and filmmaker Paul Clipson create hallucinatory collisions of sound, light, and image using guitar, tape loops, wind and percussive instruments, and electronics and film, respectively. Their continually evolving collaboration utilizes and exploits the element of chance as each artist simultaneously presents densely layered and textured abstract collages within their respective mediums without premeditations on their coalescence.
  • Zachary Epcar (video) + Samuel Hertz (sound)
  • Filmmaker Zachary Epcar and composer Samuel Hertz will present a new work of images and sounds recorded from the site of the Salesforce tower in downtown San Francisco. The work presents the dreamlike confusion of the simulated workplace, haunted by the presence of a labor force both real and imagined. These artificial environments generate lush and luxurious sonic ecosystems that refuse to stay completely settled.


John Davis

John Davis is a Northern California musician and filmmaker whose work builds on the relationship between moving image and sound through live performance and studio-based works. John curated and performed in the series Gravity Spells: Bay Area Experimental Music and Expanded Cinema Art series in Berkeley, and recently participated in the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, The Soundwave Festival, and the Re:Sound experimental music series on Mare Island.

Joshua Churchill

Joshua Churchill is a San Francisco-based cross-disciplinary artist whose immersive site-specific sound and light work takes the form of both installation and performance, often blurring the line between the two. In addition to performing with filmmakers such as Paul Clipson and John Davis, Churchill also performs and records under the moniker Plumes, and as a member of experimental black metal/noise outfit Sutekh Hexen. Churchill has exhibited and performed throughout the US and abroad.

Paul Clipson

Paul Clipson’s  camera was an extension of his eyes and his mind,” writes Lawrence English at Tiny Mix Tapes. “Often exploring layering and double exposure, created exclusively through in-camera techniques, he’d meld one layer that seemed to track his retina in the moment with a second layer that appeared to reflect directly his impressionistic memory of those images. Clipson made dozens of short films and collaborated frequently with experimental musicians like Grouper, Maggi Payne and Black Spirituals. His psychedelic, non-narrative work brought him international acclaim, with his films appearing worldwide from SF to  European festivals abroad The style that Clipson became known for didn't develop until 2006, when he began working with musicians like Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, who at the time played in the local band Tarentel. Clipson later said he appreciated musicians' freedom to create on a whim, so he jettisoned scripts and narratives to create his own form of improvised film. Using a mix of Super 8 and 16mm projectors, Clipson developed a way to layer and "play" the films live.

"Paul Clipson’s  subject, always, was the transference of material reality into the vibration of  light,  the riddle of lumen" - Max Goldberg

"Clipson’s primary concern is not alluding to the properties of cinema but rather to the properties of perception itself." "Then, it is no longer mere substance—it becomes process." "Clipson’s relationship to time is one of dilation. Here, duration exists without clock time—only a present moment in which both past and future are implicated. His films offer us time constructed out of experienced, engaged durations: the indivisible flow " -Found Statements on Clipson’s  Recurrence Cinema by Dan Browne



Zachary Epcar

Zachary Epcar is a film and video maker currently based in Oakland, California. His work has shown at the New York Film Festival - Projections, Ann Arbor Film Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque’s Crossroads, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Images Festival, and the Rotterdam, Edinburgh, and San Francisco International Film Festivals.

Samuel Hertz

Composer and performer Samuel Hertz received his MFA at Mills College. His work has recently been seen/heard at ACUD MACHT NEU (Berlin, Germany), Nebulullaby (London, UK), Bains::Connective (Brussels, Belgium) ACRE Gallery/ACRE-TV (Chicago, IL), Jack Straw New Media Gallery (Seattle, WA), Harvestworks (New York, NY)l. He is currently at work on a commission by the OpusCentrum Ensemble (Bourges, France) and is an artist researcher for the Anthropocene Curriculum in association with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany).

Lawrence Jordan

Known principally as a maverick spirit in the world of avant-garde American cinema, Lawrence Jordan played an important role in the late 1950s and early 1960s San Francisco art scene. Jordan was recently awarded the Brakhage Vision award at the Denver International film Festival, was visiting scholar at Texas Tech University, and was featured in a solo exhibition of his work at The Lab in San Francisco.


Hydroplane (Renzo Gorrio) is an SF-based electronic musician, composer for NPR's Snap Judgment, and curator of IDP (Intelligent Dance Party).

Alexander Randon

Alexander Randon is an indie music app developer / electrical engineer / composer, and creator of Fugue Machine, Arpeggionome, and Link to Midi. Rather than composing and performing music meticulously, he aims to refine an improvisation process over time — using custom iPad Apps, MaxMSP, Ableton Live, and various hardware gear. Check out his soundcloud here.