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Artist Talk: Victoria Shen (US)

Artist talk organiseret af Kunstakademiets Laboratorie for Lyd

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 13 – 15, Media Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Victoria Shen is a noise musician, visual artist, and instrument maker native to San Francisco but working out of New England. Shen’s sound practice is concerned with the spatiality / physicality of sound and its relationship to the human body. Shen’s music floods its location acting as a form of sculpture. Her music features analog modular synthesizers (Flower Electronics), contact microphones, and other self-built electronics. These instruments are designed to electronically reproduce chaotic systems, systems that are highly sensitive to small changes in their initial parameters. The resulting music eschews conventions in harmony and rhythm in favor of the extreme textures and gestural tones.

Shen’s live video performances produce visual palimpsests and digital residues. Shen achieves this by using software she has authored in order to generate visuals combining real-time video with footage found thematically linked to sexuality, violence, and art history through a process of exaggeration / effacement.

Shen has performed solo across North America, Japan, Mexico, and Europe as Victoria Shen and Evicshen and as half of the duo TRIM in North America and the UK. Some notable venues in which she has performed include Boston City Hall, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ISSUE Project Room NY, DOMMUNE Tokyo, and Petreon Sculpture Park Cyprus. Shen has also been an artist in residence at Elektronmusikstudion EMS Stockholm Sweden, WORM Rotterdam Netherlands, and Kurimanzutto New York.

Shen is visiting artist for a week collaborating with Jenny Gräf Sheppard on the artistic research project Sounding Bodies, funded by a KUV grant by the Danish Ministry of Culture. In addition to her artist talk, Evicshen will perform at Mayhem on Friday, November 29.

Location: Kongens Nytorv 1, Entrance E, up the stairs to the 2nd floor and into the Media Auditorium.