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Sounds of Science
Pe Lang and Charles Lindsay: Performance & Talk
September 18, 2012 – 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial theme and the core Biennial exhibition, Seeking Silicon Valley, question Silicon Valley’s globally renowned reputation as the hub of high-tech entrepreneurial innovation and creativity, in light of the region’s conspicuous lack of publicly accessible features, including borders, a defining architecture, a singular culture, and a cohesive sense of place. The Biennial proposes the notion that contemporary art practice can re-imagine the idea, the place, and the experience of Silicon Valley and features the work of 24 artists representing 11 different countries.
swissnex San Francisco supports two installations by Swiss artist Pe Lang: Moving objects | no 629 – 823 (2012), an installation consisting of 128 motors, 3,000 rings, and silicon wire; and Falling objects | positioning systems (2009-2012), a custom-made machine that adds drops of water onto a special textured surface. Both installations approach the visual phenomena between chaos and order and force the viewer to constantly seek patterns and principles. The technology behind the art—the machines, the wiring, the motors—is integral to Pe Lang’s piece, bringing the audience in touch with the technical processes that are so often hidden in our high-tech society.
Pe Lang will perform live and talk about his work, together with US artist Charles Lindsay, at swissnex on September 18 at the Sounds of Science event. His work was previously featured in the Think Art-Act Science exhibition at the San Francisco Arts Institute in 2011, and he is an artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium working on several pieces for the museum’s collection.
Pe Lang was born in Sursee, Switzerland, in 1974. He lives and works in Berlin and Zurich. His work has been exhibited in a variety of international institutions, galleries, and festivals: Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin; Sound and Space, Tokyo; Växjö Art Hall, Sweden; San Francisco Art Institute, Exploratorium, USA; Elektra, Montreal; Centro de Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona; bitforms Gallery, New York; Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Lucerne, Switzerland; Artotheque Gallery & City Hall, Caen, France; SONM, Murcia, Spain; Great North Museum-Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, England; and AV Festival, Newcastle. He has received the Sitemapping/Mediaprojects Award (2005, 2008, and 2011) and the Swiss Art Award (2009 and 2010), and was selected for an artist-in-labs residency at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (2007).