The artist Chris Kallmyer has an exhibit/installation at the gallery FraenkelLAB in San Francisco this month. It’s titled “Listening Is a Luxury.” The centerpiece of the installation is a collection of ceramic bells and chimes (see photo below) that he made from clay sourced at the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis.
He invited me this Friday, June 16, at 6pm to do a talk/performance about doorbells as part of the exhibit. Doors open at 5:45pm for a little wine, and the talk will be over by 7pm, so you’ll still have your whole evening ahead of you. In addition to speaking about doorbells (facts and fictions, archival research and documents of urban decay), I’ll be sharing music created this past week by the Disquiet Junto music community, all derived from source audio of Kallmyer performing on his ceramic instruments. The Junto project was very successful. We ended up with 48+ musicians uploading tracks over the course of four days. You can listen at disquiet.com/0284, or of course come by FraenkelLAB this Friday. Please introduce yourself if you do.
(San Franciscans: please note this is the FraenkelLAB space at 1632 Market, across from Zuni Café — not the mothership Fraenkel Gallery at the base of Geary Street.)