Thursday, May 5, 7 pmSanta Barbara Contemporary Arts ForumFREE
Carmina Escobar explores the concept of identity in her performance installation A White Room. Her performance is permeated with her voice, which functions as a primary instrument layered over a sonic landscape. Escobar’s work involves real-time processing of her voice to construct a narrative of the self in a space. The space is itself constructed with delayed, filtered, and sampled field recordings, found objects, and images collected over the period of a year.
Mexico City-native Carmina Escobar is a singer and multimedia artist, whose work explores opera as well as medieval, contemporary, folk, and electronic music. Experimental trends involving interdisciplinary collaborations, performance art, and multimedia are also hallmarks of her work. Though Los Angeles-based, Escobar has performed internationally in the Mexican Republic, USA, and Europe.
About the Forum Lounge Series: Forum Lounge is a series of free, unique, performance-based events, ranging from the theatrical to the avant-garde that are normally found only in large metropolitan venues, and that reflect CAF’s mission to sustain and encourage the artistic process by presenting art in the form of exceptional music, dance, video, and other multi-media to our community.
Support for Forum Lounge is generously provided by: Andrea Lang Fund, Daniel Clark, Endevermusic Productions, the Franciscan Inn, KCSB, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara Winery, and Therese Schweidler. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s 1st Thursday.
For this season of Forum Lounge, I wanted to particularly focus on providing a diverse selection of performance pieces that explore a range of genres: music, theater, puppetry, dance, etc. And while the majority of Forum Lounge events rely on a multimedia and interdisciplinary format (that is, combining two or more of these genres with electronic media), there is still that distinct tie to the original form of expression. For this month's Forum Lounge, I am pleased to present Carmina Escobar, a Mexican-born artist who relies on her training in vocal performance and composition to present what she describes as a "sonic landscape"--a hyper-stylized surround sound of noise (both ambient and vocal) that relies on digital filters and improvisation. Carmina's work is greatly informed by her varied knowledge of contemporary music, opera, medieval music, folk music, and electronic music; as such, her performance spans both the traditional performing arts and the emerging technology of multimedia practices.
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), formerly the Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF), is a non-profit, non-collecting institution dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality of contemporary art while recognizing "the artists of tomorrow," and was founded in 1976 by artists and art supporters seeking a venue dedicated solely to contemporary art. What once began as a grassroots, artist-run organization with nominal funding now serves as the leading contemporary arts presenter in Central California. MCASB offers its innovative education and exhibition programming to the region primarily free of charge. There is no admission fee because MCASB believes that the arts should be accessible to all audiences of all persuasions.
MCASB advances creativity and inspires critical thinking through meaningful engagement with the art of our time.