STEIM Lecture: Jenny Graf Sheppard

August 29th, 2013 11:59 am 

Jenny Graf Sheppard will present a spectrum of her sound-based work (installations, performances and video) and will perform a short set using her analogue – digital hybrid instrument called the Tranoe, an invention by Peter Blasser of Ciate Lonbard. At the moment she is at STEIM for a 3 week residency.

Date: Thursday 29 August 2013
Time: 11.59 AM
Location: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134

Cost: Free

Jenny Graf is a Baltimore, MD USA based artist who works with the social dimension of art and the consequences of performance in pieces that invoke an exchange between people. Her pieces explore perceptual states and social pretexts. That art must not always be a product of a particular form of personal agency and instead become a mutually produced reality, between people is a fact that is supported by her work. She has worked with large scale meals in which the rituals of the restaurant become integral to a live composing of sound and action, she has designed projects for a group of women with Alzheimer’s in which the guitar serves as voice, and she started the Stone Carving Oraclestra, which explores Experimental Archeology and the use of phonemes to channel “readings” for members of the audience.

Her sound work includes solo work (as J. Graf) and long term collaborations with MV Carbon (in Metalux). Her compositions blend improvisation and song structure to explore the boundaries between moving through sound narratively and through ruptured moments. In her new solo record “The Future is a Faded Song” and previous solo cd “Os” use fragments of the song, rearranging it temporally to bring forth the uncanny in the familiar.

Graf’s work has been performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe and her work can be found on Hanson, Load, 5rc, Veglia,  Boxmedia, NoFun Recordings, Utech and Ehse recording labels. Collaborations include those with Chris Corsano, Marcia Basset, Chiara Giovando, Alessandro Bosetti, John Wiese, among others.