April 26, Auroville, A Media Ritual

Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:00pm

The Performance Art Institute is proud to present Auroville, a media ritual and an homage to the experimental township of Southern India, organized and performed by composer Nick Hallett in collaboration with visual artists Seth Kirby and Brock Monroe and featuring composers Betsey Biggs, Luciano Chessa, Pamela Z, and Jeff Cook, with performances by Ana Matronic, Monique Jenkinson (Fauxnique), and other guests. This event will take place on Friday, April 26th at The Performance Art Institute’s new location,  435 23rd Street in San Francisco, California.   

While traveling in Southern India in the early 2000s, composer and artist Nick Hallett visited the “experimental township” of Auroville, the City of Dawn.  He describes his experience there as “a futuristic, universalist, minimalist approach to spirituality, through which new models of environmental, economic and social change could be attempted, the dream of the 1960s manifest in urban planning and architecture, a cradle for the new age.”  Hallett’s travels concluded in Bangalore, where he purchased an electronic tanpura (drone) and tabla (drum).

Returning to his home in New York, Hallett’s experiments with these electronic instruments resulted in his creating an homage to the experience at Auroville:  a melding of sound, projections, video art, and new media performances, first in collaboration with artist Seth Kirby, and eventually with other musicians and performers, as a finale to his performance residency at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 2009.

Now in its fourth iteration Auroville debuts in America’s “experimental township” of San Francisco, CA, and includes the talents of Seth Kirby, Brock Monroe, Betsey Biggs, Luciano Chessa, Pamela Z, Jeff Cook, Ana Matronic, Monique Jenkinson (Fauxnique) and other guests.

Auroville is a one-night-only event.  Admission is $10 in advance or $15 on the day of the event. The Performance Art Institute is a wheelchair accessible venue.  Doors will open at 7:30pm and the performance will begin promptly at 8:00pm. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Space will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. This event will last approximately two hours.

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