AN AUDIO-VISUAL EXPERIENCE
DILATE ENSEMBLE is an audio-visual collective featuring:
Carole Kim (S. California): visual arts/installations
Gloria Damijan (Austria): multi-instrumentalist
Scott L. Miller (Minnesota): electronics
Luisa Muhr (New York/Austria): voice
Jon Raskin (N. California): sax/reeds/percussion+
Seeking to find ways to still connect with other performers during a pandemic, the members of Dilate Ensemble met while participating in the NowNet Arts Lab Ensemble led by Sarah Weaver. As a satellite to this ensemble we dove into an exploration of how we might be able to engage in audio/visual improvisation online.
Installation artist Carole Kim and founder of Dilate Ensemble has compressed her work in video installation to fit beneath her kitchen table. This intimate live "venue" provides an illusionistic physical space that readily accommodates a convergence of online live presence.
The four musicians of the ensemble, Gloria Damijan, Scott L. Miller, Luisa Muhr and Jon Raskin, work with Kim’s live visuals in a form of an interactive improvisation-based dialogue, as never quite seen before.
We collaboratively develop our work, which involves a shared visual element delivered over Zoom. We use Netty-McNetface to mix the audio in Scott L. Miller's studio, where he individually processed the various audio tracks in Kyma, which is then monitored by the ensemble in Netty. We use Netty/Zoom/OBS to produce a live a-v work that is streamed to YouTube/Facebook/Zoom as preferred by the venue.
By embracing the latent nature of telematic performance, the ensemble has developed an artistic practice that is idiomatic to the venue of networked audio-visual art.
excerpts of our work:
our guests & collaborators:
Paul Chavez (S. California): guitar, electronics
Shinichi Iove-Koga (Switzerland): dance
presented January 13+14, 2022
Thoughtworks Arts & CounterPulse Theater (San Francisco)
residency and commissioned work
documentation community workshop:
Within the confines of Covid, the Dilate ensemble, has created an extraordinary piece of video art, Catena.
Even though the group calls itself experimental, the talented group has spawned that which is beyond experimentation.
In the late 60’s, experimental cinema was picking up steam.
New tools were introduced into the frame and the frame became the medium. It is within that context that the Dilate Ensemble has burst out of the celluloid into a multi-dimensional digital, physical and musical realm.
The mastery of the ensemble members allows dimensions to flow seamlessly together in a screen world that fascinates and stretches the viewer’s imagination beyond anything predictable.
The often breath-taking integration of line, shape, dancing bodies and sound render the idea of abstraction moot.
Every element participates in the formation of other elements. It is as if entire paintings are painted all at once coinciding with performances of synesthetic music compositions realized without a score being followed.
Time evaporates. The visual and aural senses are absorbed into a digital and spatial dialog that seems to have no script.
The members have moved into another territory which they can only mine for the infinite possibilities for creation which lie in the depths of their minds. ‘Catena’ means a chain or series of events.
The Dilate Ensemble gave the word new significance in its stunning half-hour digital video presentation.
–Lyn Horton, writer (has contributed writing to Arteidolia, JazzTimes.com, Jazzhouse.org, Jazzreview.com, AllAboutJazz.com) and visual artist
Dilate Ensemble collaborated with dancer
Shinichi Iove-Koga (Switzerland):
Shinichi Iove-Koga is the Artistic Director of the physical theater and dance company inkBoat, founded by Shinichi in 1998.
He has toured in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan, often collaborating with local artists in museums, theaters, studios and site-specific locations.
He has co-directed works with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, Sten Rudstrøm, Yuko Kaseki, Takuya Ishide and KT Nelson (ODC). Shinichi is the editor of the book “95 Rituals,” a tribute to Anna Halprin, and contributor to “The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.” www.inkboat.com
DILATE ENSEMBLE presents AERIAL @ ACMC’21 (Australian Computer Music Conference 2021)
August 27, 10 am CET/ 1 am PST/ 4 am EST/ 6 pm AEST
16.8.2021, 1:00 pm EDT
DILATE ENSEMBLE presents 'AERIAL' @ NEW MUSIC GATHERING 2021
On July 29 and 1st of August 2021 Gloria Damijan and Luisa Muhr performed their Duo project Integral.
Have a look at the video of their performance at vekks
27.7.2021, 2:00 pm PDT
To view this work please visit our Currents Virtual Festival site on the Ohyah platform.
Click on the External Media link
Once you board the train look for the Performance stop
DILATE ENSEMBLE @ Earth Day Art Model 2021
Thursday, April 22,11:15-11:35 am PDT
Supported by Austrian Cultural Forum New York
DILATE ENSEMBLE @SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music) - Conference
Friday, April 23, 1:25 pm PDT
Supported by Austrian Cultural Forum New York
DILATE ENSEMBLE live at Montalvo Art Center's SCRATCH SPACE
In this series of virtual conversations, we bring together visual artists, scholars, composers, activists, writers, and others to explore what kinds of radical imaginaries can unfold in this moment of pandemic, racial reckoning, economic uncertainty, civil unrest, and environmental crisis. How do we think about what is possible? How can we use our imaginations to build a better present/future? How can we attend to the past in service of the future? And how can we retool and build better more equitable models for living and working together?
DILATE ENSEMBLE feat Paul Chavez presents:
ON MEMORY II: SCALING THE PALACE
Join us for a live streamed audio visual performance. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, visual artist Carole Kim began developing a new intimate venue for her work under the kitchen table. This space became a site for micro video installations animated by experimental musicians and performers who create improvised soundscapes from afar. The performance will be followed by a discussion about the importance of creating shared imaginative and collaborative spaces, how memories can interweave within a collective dreamspace, and what we will remember about living through 2020.
Hosted by: Donna Conwell, Curator, Lucas Artists Residency Program and Kelly Sicat, Director, Lucas Artists Residency Program.
"Writing Is An Aid to Memory: Preface" by Lyn Hejinian
"Parasol" - https://vimeo.com/454258413
"Dilate" - https://vimeo.com/433993830
"On Memory I" - https://vimeo.com/463662598
DILATE ENSEMBLE live at echoraeume.klingt.org
PARASOL is a live installation performance exploring the complex behavior of light filtering through a dense canopy of perforated surfaces. As part of her under-the-kitchen-table installation series Carole Kim (S. California) is joined by Gloria Damijan (Vienna), Jon Raskin (N. California), Luisa Muhr (NY/Vienna) and Scott L. Miller (Minnesota) in their second project as the multimedia group Dilate Ensemble. Each improvisational performance reveals a different winding path through this intimate space that can appear microscopic one moment and hugely expansive the next.
Carole Kim is a media artist with a focus on video projection for multimedia installation, performance and photography. She has a very hands-on, tactile approach to the materials she works with, pushing the moving image to take on optical, spatial and dimensional form. Her work has been presented in a wide range of contexts including experimental music, theater, art, dance and site-specific installation. She is grateful for an ever-expanding community of collaborators across disciplines energized by a process of exploration in the moment. www.carole.kim
Gloria Damijan studied piano and music pedagogy at Music University Vienna with a focus on contemporary music and free improvisation. She has studied with Manon-Lìu Winter, Burkhard Stangl, Franz Hautzinger and Ian Pace and collaborated with Stefan Fraunberger, Vinzenz Schwab, Klaus Filip, Arnold 'Noid' Haberl, Christine Schörkhuber and Ye Hui. Working together with composers Tamara Friebel, Margareta Ferek-Petric, Veronika Mayer,Matthias Kranebitter. Damijan has performed in Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Berlin, Barcelona, Lisboa, Porto, Oslo, Hamburg and is a member of the Viennese Improvisers-Network snim. gloriadamijan.wixsite.com/website
Minnesota composer and electronic musician Scott L. Miller is described as a creator of ‘high adventure avant garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for his electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his music is characterized by collaborative approaches to composition, exploring performer/computer improvisation, and re-imagining ancient compositional processes through the lens of 21st century technology. He is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University and Director of Recordings for the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS).
Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary performer, improvisor, director, installation artist, sound artist, and theater maker, originally from Vienna (Austria), lives and works in New York, and is at home in the experimental/avant-garde. As a performer she specializes in performance, vocal, movement, installation, sound, and theater arts. Amongst many projects and commissions she is currently developing an opera with six-times Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill, and has been commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum NY and Roulette Intermedium to create two new interdisciplinary installation pieces. www.luisamuhr.com
Jon Raskin has been a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet for the last 43 years exploring the relationship of improvisation and composition, developing and honing the language of ensemble music and researching linguistic possibilities of the saxophone. He has performed and/ or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Sam Rivers, Tim Berne, Phillip Johnston, Leo Smith, Frank Gratkowsi, Phillip Greenlief and Henry Kaiser. www.jonraskin.com