November 3, 2012
High Desert Test Sites
Joshua Tree, CA
At the invitation of artist Andrea Zittel, the Hits of Sunshine project brought together five multi-talented artists for a residency in Joshua Tree, California at High Desert Test Sites. We lived in the desert, meditated on its sites and sounds, and created a one-time only performance focused on percussion and rhythm.
The group was led by drummer/composer/entomologist Lisa Schonberg (of Secret Drum Band, stls, Explode into Colors) and drummer/fashion designer Heather Treadway (of Secret Drum Band, Explode into Colors, Heather Treadway Fashions). The group also includes sonic explorer/musician Allan Wilson (of Chk!Chk!Chk!), musician/visual artist Tara Jane Oneil and video/film/projection artist Julie Perini (me). Portland filmmaker/photographer Jodi Darby also came to Joshua Tree to document the performance and to work with me on some video shenanigans.
My collaborators spent four weeks at Joshua Tree, and I met them during the final week of the residency to respond to their sounds with a new video projection piece designed for their performance. I was at High Desert Test Sites from October 27 - November 3, 2012. The site-specific performance took place on Saturday, Novemeber 3, 2012. People who know my work know I am interested in rhythmic editing, patterns, and repetition. This was pretty dreamy to be able to work with drummers and sound folks on a project in such as magical location.