upcoming panel: "DIY and the Avant-Garde: artists creating alternative
venues for cutting edge art." The panel brings together local,
national, and international sound and video artists for a conversation
about the use of unconventional venues to show and perform
The moderator is UTSA New Media professor Justin Boyd, and panelists are Michele Monseau (San Antonio) artist and Three Walls director, Chris Cogburn (Austin) artist and No Idea Festival director, Dan Anderson (Grand Rapids, MN) artist and Bearded Child Film Festival director, and Jason Kahn (Switzerland) artist and sound arts events organizer.
The title of the panel "DIY and the Avant-Garde" is a combination of two anachronistic terms that are out of date from each other, as well as outmoded from the present. "DIY" arose from the punk aesthetic of the early 70's, with its self-reliant and self-driven force of creativity. The "avant-garde," originally the soldiers at the head of the march into battle, became associated with innovators in art in the early 20th century. Although the terminology remains relevant today, the essence of their meaning has shifted to reflect the contemporary social, cultural, and political ecology. Ideas to be explored include the artist-doer in society today, improvising exhibition spaces, and collaboration and community. Come witness a conversation amongst this group of individuals who are active above and beyond their role as artists, who take matters into their own hands to make opportunities for themselves and other artists.
The collaborative effort of UTSA New Media professor Leslie Raymond, and local writer/promoter Ben Judson (who promotes events under the "Heavy Denim" moniker) resulted in the creation of this panel.
In addition to the panel, both Dan Anderson and Jason Kahn will be guests in UTSA New Media Program classes; Dan Anderson will present a film screening; Jason Kahn will open a sound installation, as well as perform with Chris Cogburn and Annette Krebs (Berlin), and Annette Krebs will improvise a solo performance.
Jason Kahn's work includes sound installation, performance and composition. He was born in New York in 1960, grew up in Los Angeles and relocated to Europe in 1990. He currently lives in Zürich.
He has given concerts and exhibited sound installations throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.
Kahn performs both solo and in collaborations, using percussion, analog synthesizer or computer in different combinations.
He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental recordings. For larger groups of directed improvisation he has devised a system of graphical scores.
Kahn creates his sound installations for specific spaces. The focus of these primarily non-visual works lies in the perception of a space through sound.
Dan Anderson founded the Bearded Child Film Festival in 2001, a festival devoted to bringing unusual and experimental short films to Grand Rapids, Minnesota, attracting hundreds of film submissions yearly, with numerous out-of-state filmmakers traveling to Minnesota for the event. Anderson has taken the festival on several cross-country film tours, screening films in over 50 locations over the past several years including the Kansas City Art Institute, Burning Man Festival, and Artists' Television Access in San Francisco.
In 2005, he received a BFA in Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While there, he worked with acclaimed experimental filmmaker, Phil Solomon, and was involved with numerous film programs and events including the International Film Series, First Person Cinema, Stan Brakhage's Film Salon, and the Brakhage Symposium.
As a filmmaker, his work has been shown at universities, festivals, and cinemas nationwide and internationally. In 2007, he received a Career Development Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation) to attend a screening of his film in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2008, he was awarded a prize of $1000 for a short video promoting Minnesota's “Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.” The video was screened statewide, and the Amendment passed on the November ballot. It successfully tripled the state's arts funding and increased revenues towards natural resources.