Haptic Drift x Public Visuals
Curated by Testu Collective
August 25-26, 2023
Doors at 7pm; performances 7:30pm-10pm
Theaterlab Presents Haptic Drift x Public Visual, two evenings of live sonic and visual explorations curated by Testu Collective and Toru Izumida. Each night, a different lineup of international artists from Japan, South & North America will create sound and visuals live, using technologies that allow the digital and the organic to coexist. Generative code art, modular synth music, live field recordings and led animation machines are among the unique modes of technology used by each artist to explore patterns in nature, organic lifeforms, physics and brainwaves.
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Friday, August 25th Artist Line-up
Masayuki Azegami, @masayuki_azegami
Jenn Grossman, @jenn8grossman
Toru Izumida, @toruizumida
Amma Ateria, @amma_ateria
Saturday, August 26th Artist Line-up
Sho Tokura, @shotokura
Testu Collective, @testucollective
Hernan Roperto, @hernanroperto
Fernando Molina, @fermolinabrac
COVID-19 safety: Boosters and KN95 masks are required to enter the venue. Masks will be also available at the door. The safety of our audience and artist is a priority. Thank you for helping us keep Theaterlab a safe space for everyone.If you have any questions about our COVID-19 policy, please email us at email@example.com.
Meet the Artists
Testu Collective is an NYC-based intermedia art group founded by Dan Tesene and Serena Stucke. Testu creates experimental videos, concept soundtracks, audiovisual experiences, and performance art installations. Testu has produced site-specific installations and curated works for Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn), Wallplay On Canal (NYC), Flux Factory (Governors Island), Sound Pedro (Los Angeles), Chashama (Brooklyn), CTM Festival(online), Ars Electronica(NYC), Ace Hotel(NYC), The Shed(NYC), Pleamar Festival(Buenos Aires). Most recently, Testu released their first audiovisual EP ‘Influence of the Electric Field’ and created music videos for Clarice Jensen’s latest album ‘Esthesis’.
@testucollective | testucollective.com
Masayuki Azegami is a musician, visual artist, and designer who has
been creating video and music works since 2019. He has released
music, exhibited at art festivals in Japan and abroad, and performed
live. Recently, he has performed at MUTEK.JP2021 [Nocturne 2], 0 //
2022 Public Visuals Tokyo X TDSW, Hypergeek#5, and others.
Andy Gutierrez (b. 1988, Kealekakua Hawaii) also known as [ P-1 ] was raised in Los Angeles,CA. He spent 4 years living and working in Tokyo, Japan as a Spatial Designer. When he is not designing, he spends most of his time on his Eurorack Synthesizer. Working in the realms of Max 8, Touchdesigner, and Ableton. Driven to find the balance between nature and code. Most of his work takes on ideas of how the both can coexist in frequency.
IG : @andyguti
Atsushi Kobayashi is a creative artist who unites sound, light and visuals. He creates instillations that inspire audiences through immersive experiences. His skill set spans across designing, programming, and fabricating hardware using sensors, LEDs and robot arms.
Toru Izumida is an audio & visual artist based in Tokyo, Japan. His live A/V set is programmed visuals that have many layers reactive to live sounds.
He presented his live A/V sets at //Dreamlands\\ presented by Testu Collective x Ideal Glass Studios (New York), Dommune (Tokyo), and Gwangju Media Art Festival 2022 (Korea).
On the other hand, He is an organizer of 0 // 2023 Public Visuals which is the live A/V event/exhibition group. His visual artworks have been exhibited at World Art Dubai (2015), ISEA (2015), and as part of solo and group exhibitions in New York, Mexico City, and Tokyo.
Jenn Grossman is a sound/experiential media artist & electronic composer based in Brooklyn, NY. She’s concerned with the psycho-spatial, surreal, affective, and transcendent potentials of sensory media. Her work has taken the form of sound sculpture, audiovisual installation and performance, sound collage, light/video events, public interventions, ambient music, and spatial audio works. She’s held residencies at I-Park Foundation, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, presented works/compositions & research at festivals, museums and conferences such as the MATA Festival, the Black Mountain College Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image and the New York Transit Museum, the Megapolis Audio Festival, the Cistern Dreams at the Deep Listening Institute, the Sonic Arts Research Center’s Sonic Lab in Belfast, UK, the Global Composition Conference at Musikschule Darmstadt-Dieburg, the Women In/Women on Sound Symposium in Lancaster, UK, galleries such as Microscope Gallery and Arete Gallery, venues like Spectrum NYC and Main Drag Music, and unconventional public locations for Make Music NY, such as the Central and Prospect park archways.
Amma Ateria, derived from ‘flammable material’, is a philosophy held through her work, — to give strength to disintegration and fragility, to rebuild from the aftermath of destruction, of dust. An electroacoustic composer and sound artist of behavioural science and electronic synthesis, her process examines psychoacoustics in binaural beats, brainwaves, and equal-loudness contour. With immediacy of tension / release, she navigates between oppositions in search of transcending moments, transforming deafening noise into self hypnosis, as a means / permission to enter metamorphosis. Compositions developed during her concussion recovery utilizes brainwave entrainment, time shifts, and changes of neurological responses to DELTA, THETA, ALPHA, BETA, GAMMA waves as materials and focal point. With memories of condensed cities, she gravitates to frequencies of close-ranged airplanes, polyrhythmic occurrences, out-of-body experiences, sustained harmonics intersected with musique concrète, and distorted speech as lost voice.
Sho Tokura is an audio/visual artist from Tokyo. He started as an audio/visual artist using TouchDesigner/Ableton and participated in exhibitions and events in Japan and overseas, including online from 2020.
Main participating exhibitions/events:
0 // 2022 Public Visuals Tokyo 2
0 // 2021 Public Visuals Exhibition 0 // 2021 Public Visuals Tokyo x TDSW
XRE’s Ars Electronica Festival Garden NYC Portal (US), inside of ‘東京のポータル (TOKYO PORTAL)’ by Brittany Kurtinecz
DANCE YER HEART OUT presented by VLSC Records
Distancefest (Visual for kagami smile)
Hernan Roperto is an Audiovisual Artist & Engineer from Argentina, who develops visual content for live performances. He started his career as a VJ in 2007 and since then he has accompanied with visuals to musicians, DJs and Theater Plays. His main areas of interest are live performances and audio-reactive visuals, creative coding, video mapping, projection design and audiovisual installations.
His work is a combination of science, technology and art, looking into the aesthetics and technical aspects of sound visualization, generative process, computational algorithms, geometrical abstraction and mathematical & data transformation processes. He creates audiovisual performances together with his brother, the engineer and musician Dani Roperto, under the ROOR pseudonym.
As an audiovisual producer and filmmaker, he has worked with many mediums over the past years, participating in multiple projects such as documentaries, fiction feature films, TV shows, advertisements, music videos.
He gives workshops and talks within the field of Vjing & audiovisual technology. His projects have been exhibited in different International Ferstivales such as FILE (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Live Performance Meeting (Rome, Italy), Mutek Argentina, Creative Coding Festival (New York, USA), Pleamar (Mar del Plata, Argentina), EVAAF Visual Art & Audio Fest (Bilbao) among others.
MA is the collaborative sound works of ÉMU + insomniac hotel.
ÉMU aka Maria Takeuchi creates sonic and visual poems, merging organismic soundscapes with generative art and illuminating objects inspired by nature. Using piezo microphones attached to porcelain bowls with water measurements, Maria plays and conducts the sound-objects with a delicate yet intentional focus. The subtle sound textures created by sand, dry leaves, and shells on the handmade instruments, processed for added aesthetic atmosphere.
insomniac hotel is the music of surfaces. The swirls of synthetic-organic tone-spaces and refracted microphony evoke fractal geometries; each detail a world in itself. Working alone, Alec Fellman extrudes this geography from a pool of sound-objects: modular synthesizers, meditation bowls, contact microphones. The work is of-and-beyond sound; reaching into meditative practice, producing rooms to think and be in, while never effacing the body and its capacity to listen.
insomniac hotel : http://www.alecfellman.com
The origin of Fernando Molina‘s visual practice is based on the exercise of his profession as an Architect, taking from that discipline various concepts of composition and representation techniques. He also spent several years designing television sets and working as an art director in advertising films. He is a graduate of the Master’s Degree in Expanded Music from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Martín. As an artist, he researches and develops audiovisual projects of a performative and audio-reactive nature, whose plural and even diametrically opposed edges all pass through a common sieve in their visualization, design, and morphology through the use of machines, digital media, and computers. His work has been exhibited and represented in Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Barcelona, Rome, London and New York; and at the Mutek, Public Visuals, Radion and Live Performers Meeting Festivals.
GA•GA•GA is the brainchild of Gil Kuno and Radio ensembles Aiida.
Gil Kuno is an artist who has fronted innovative bands such as the guitar deconstruction collective “Six String Sonics, The” and the world’s first Internet band “Wiggle.” He has worked with musicians such as EYE (Boredoms,) Yoshimi (Boredoms, OOIOO,) Battles, Vincent Gallo, Ken Ishii, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins,) Carl Stone, Alec Empire (Atari Teenage Riot,) Steve Albini (Big Black, Shellac,) Cristian Vogel, Zbigniew Karkowski, Merzbow, GX Jupitter Larsen (The Haters,) Nissennenmondai, Christian Galarreta, Joseph Hammer, etc. Gil has won multiple awards from the Japanese government, Ars Electronica, Canon Digital Creator’s Contest, and received recognition from Timothy Leary. More at unsound.com and
Radio ensembles Aiida is a “performing installation artist” from the JapaNoise scene in Tokyo. She uses antique radios to tap into the airwaves, weaving odd cadences via relay switches and rotating turntables. She makes full use of shortwave, AM/FM bandwidths to create sound textures from the radio surfing experience. Subtle, at times, explosive.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Theaterlab’s programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
Please note we will be require masks, in compliance with our COVID policy. Thank you for respecting our policy to keep our artists and audiences safe.