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Body Atlas features performances by Wizard Apprentice and Anna Luisa Petrisko exploring the ideas of conjuring, ritual, and transformation necessary to survive within the infrastructures of oppressive constructs. Wizard Apprentice will perform a work alongside their avatar based on concepts around the shadow self. Anna Luisa Petrisko will unveil work focused on the ritual death of a her musical alias Jeepneys through sound, dance, and game play.
Anna Luisa Petrisko
Anna Luisa Petrisko is a sound, video, performance and visual artist. From 2008 to 2017, she performed under the moniker JEEPNEYS, after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, which later evolved into a platform for artistic collaboration between Filipino/American artists and Diasporic research. Anna Luisa’s art investigates the complexities of the colonized body while encompassing a multitude of experience of time, space, and self. Whether it is experimental opera or multimedia installation, her work is an otherworldly spectacle, exploring the space where future and ancient convene, invested as much in the sacred as in technological speculation. Petrisko’s trademark hand-painted bodysuits are re-indigenized alien skin, an embodied research project and contemporary expression of pre-colonial tattooing practices of Pacific Ocean Peoples. With synthesized sounds, intuitive movement, and inter-dimensional imagery, she creates fresh mythological landscapes.
Anna Luisa is a member of Black Salt Collective, whose members are Black, brown, and indigenous artists creating about contemporary non-linear identity in which experience results in atmosphere. Anna Luisa has exhibited at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), ALOUD for the Los Angeles Public Library, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Machine Project and Human Resources. She has received artist-in-residence fellowships with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Los Angeles Performance Practice, Yaddo, and Echo Park Film Center. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Photo by Safety Third Productions
Wizard Apprentice is an independent electronic music producer, motion graphics and live performance artist. As a highly-sensitive introvert, her multimedia projects are strategies for energetically managing an overwhelming world. Her music is a combination of lyrical precision, minimalist composition, and technically amateurish charm. She creates digitally-based media that takes advantage of accessible, user-friendly technology; allowing her to skip time-consuming learning curves and get straight to focusing on inventing personalized yet highly-relatable language for deeply subtle and internal experiences.
She’s not a gear head, rather a digital folk artist who vividly and simplistically expresses her inner world using resourcefulness and honesty. Her video work incorporates green screen graphics, digital puppetry, and minimalist compositing to produce imagery that’s cerebral, psychedelic, campy, and hypnotic. She combines song and video to create multimedia live performances that explore intimate emotional themes ranging from the challenges / triumphs of being an empath to overstimulation in the Internet Age.
About the Setting
As a part of this season’s theme of Infrastructure, Soundwave has partnered with SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, to bring a special performance curated by Dorothy Santos.
Urban Sensorium, a new exhibition in the SPUR Urban Center Gallery, was created by XL, the research and innovation arm of the landscape architecture firm SWA. The exhibit extrapolates what the future may look like for five major cities –San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Shanghai– as each undertakes projects to change a singular urban element that stands to have significant, long-lasting effects for their metropolis.
About the Curator
Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. In the fall of 2017, she will be a doctoral candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow.
Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Real Life Magazine, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship.