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Forum Lounge: Sanford Biggers with special guests Gamelan Sinar Surya and DJ Jahi Sundance
Performance: THUR. APR 1, 7 PM
Location: Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
For April's Forum Lounge, I am extremely excited to be working with Sanford Biggers, whose exhibition, Moon Medicine, is currently on view in CAF's gallery. Although he largely known as a visual artist, Sanford uses sound and music as a central element in his work, which can also be seen in his video works. To illustrate this, the Forum Lounge will also include a special screening of Sanford's earlier video piece from 2000, Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II, downstairs in the Paseo rotunda from 5 - 7 pm. Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II is an excellent example of how music inspires and informs Sanford's practice and features aerial footage of urban break dancers in Brooklyn, NY.
For this Forum Lounge, Biggers has created an original one-night only performance comprised of an unique mash-up with Los Angeles-based DJ Jahi Sundance, live video mixing, and local ensemble Gamelan Sinar Surya. Drawing from ancient African and Buddhist musical traditions, stream of consciousness, hip hop culture, and projected images, he will offer a collective audience interaction relating back to the Buddhist concept of interconnectedness (in that many people have touched the work and with every new touch, each person becomes connected to one another in a real, but subtle way). Co-presented by Gamelan Sinar Surya and The Brotherhood of Santa Barbara.
--Heather Jeno Silva