WANG FUJUI (TAIPEI)
SCOTT ARFORD (SAN FRANCISCO)
SAMIN SON (SEOUL / WELLINGTON)
MASON JONES (SAN FRANCISCO)
BETTY APPLE (TAIPEI)
Thursday, May 9, 2013
8pm - $7 (includes a copy of White Fungus # 13)
White Fungus is currently the magazine in residence at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco. To celebrate the release of its 13th issue, White Fungus is bringing the artists Wang Fujui, Samin Son and Betty Apple to San Francisco for a night of sound, video and performance art. Also performng will be the Bay Area's Scott Arford and Mason Jones. Attendees of this event will receive a free copy of the new issue.
Wang Fujui is one of the pioneers of the Taiwanese noise and digital art scenes. After studying at San Francisco Art Institute in the 1990s, Fujui returned to Taiwan and founded noise, the island's first publication and label dedicated to the new music.Wang is Head of the Trans-Sonic Lab in Center for Art and Technology of Taipei National University of the Arts, specializing in sound and interactive art. He has curated the Digital Art Festival Taipei and TranSonic Sound Art Festival. Wang returns to San Francisco after giving recent performances in Tokyo, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Scott Arford is one of the leading figures of new media arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has produced numerous works for sound and video including multichannel installations, live performances, CD and DVD projects, and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica. He has released numerous solo records, and collaborated with fellow sonic artists like Randy Yau (as Infrasound) and Francisco López, as well as having run 7Hz, the Bay Area's foremost venue for extreme and experimental music until 2002. http://www.7hz.org
Samin Son is a Korean-born artist, currently based in Wellington. His practice traverses different mediums - painting, installation, sound and video - with performative strategies. At the Lab, Son will be performing the 13th installment of his Tooth Paste Action series. This intense, at times confrontational, performance draws on Son's two years of compulsory Korean Military service in which he was placed in the riot squad. Previous performances have taken place in Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul and Auckland. Son recently performed at the opening of the new contemporary art gallery Arts Te Papa at New Zealand's national museum.
Mason Jones is a musician, artist, and writer who has been active in the independent music world for over 20 years. After a string of albums under the name Trance, that name was retired and songs and albums have begun appearing under his own name. The music has a wide range, from noisy experimental guitar work to recent psychedelic pop forays. Mason also currently does the project Numinous Eye, a free-form noisy, psychedelic rock guitar-drum duo. While running the independent label Charnel Music, Mason released over 30 albums by artists including Crash Worship, Pain Teens, Vas Deferens Organization, Angel'in Heavy Syrup, Fushitsusha, Mainliner, and others. Mason's writing has included countless interviews and record reviews for magazines and web sites including File 13, You Could Do Worse, Industrial Nation, Browbeat, and Ptolemaic Terrascope.
Betty Apple is a composer, DJ, and sound and performance artist. Apple has made an impact in Taipei with visceral noise/performance art pieces using synthesizers, field recordings and amplified vibrators. In 2013, Apple was the artist in residence at Lacking Sound Festival. In addition to her own performances, she curated a series of events exploring notions of sound in relation to femininity. Apple is at the forefront of a new wave of Taiwanese artists who are beginning to fuse their work with political activism. The anti-nuclear movement has grown exponentially in Taiwan over the past few years, in particular, since the meltdown at Fukushima, and Apple is among those who have organized events and produced music to support it. In her first-ever performance outside of Taiwan, Apple will enact her provocative noise /performance art piece “Vibrator Love”.