Dealing with tactics and techniques of non-visibility, as well as activist strategies towards mass media and propaganda, Mazón Gardoqui’s performance reveals the fragility of public radio communications, through the use of custom made wireless blocking devices. Confronting national and corporate wireless communications, the performance blocks any commercial communication, for a controlled period of time, in the surrounding area of the performance. Without any pre-recorded sound material and with the use of eight Radial devices, a non-commercial custom device designed by ://, the performance set-up functions as a short-range transmitter capable of blocking any transmission broadcasting on the FM/UHF spectrum. VØID reveals the fragility of public wireless information networks and the power of subverting them through obsolete technology.
Situated between alchemical ritual and lab experiment, with her most recent work “phase space”, Sexton explores human perception in relation to the slow and indifferent time-scale of nature, drawing us through immediacy into contact with the micro-macro cosmos. During the course of the performance, the different phase states of matter will be amplified, oscillated, and expanded through sound, live performance, and microscopy, creating an embodied experience of the space where liquid, crystal, electricity, and flesh coincide. This piece is an extension of Sexton’s “crystalline domain” installation series, initiated while in residence at Studio XX in the Fall of 2012. The artist would like to thank Studio XX for their support.
"Thermal” is an on-going research project about vulnerability, molecular irritation, high frequency reception, and electromagnetic activity amplification. “Thermal” culminates in the creation of objects, printed matter and sound. The performance is based around the electromagnetic activity and high frequency fluctuations produced by microwave ovens: electro-domestic devices used by more than 40% of the population worldwide. “Thermal” makes use of hardware based on logarithmic detectors developed by ://R. In this latest incarnation of De Vega’s ongoing project, presented for the first time ever in Canada, the artist puts forth a new model for audio/visual performance: a live event with the exchange of invisible matter at the forefront.

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