Original sound art composition using a dancer’s body as a data source for sonic landscape.

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The Lab
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, California United States


August 05, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

In Bodyscape from artist Luca Forcucci, a dancer becomes the source for a sonic landscape collected with microphones and sensors that measure activity and biofeedback.

The piece is a work in progress that will change during its three-day installation in the gallery at The Lab, where it is performed along with Cheryl Leonard and dancer Crystal Sepulveda.


Luca Forcucci

Luca Forcucci is a composer, media artist, writer, and scholar. In order to explore the field of possibilities for sound in a context of music and art as experience, his works converge with dance, digital performance, poetry, architecture, and neuroscience.

In this context, Forcucci is interested in perception and consciousness. He conducted his research at GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) in Paris, and at the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland. His artworks are presented worldwide on a regular basis (Biennale of Sao Paulo, Akademie der Künste Berlin, MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts Rome, Rockbund Museum Shanghai, Haus der Elektronischen Künste Basel, Présences Electroniques Festival Geneva) and are in the collections of the Swiss National Library and Swatch.

He has received awards from the Swiss Federal Office for Culture, Pro Helvetia, Swatch, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, and he was nominated in the arts at the World Technology Summit in New York.  In 2015, Forcucci achieved a doctorate from De Montfort University in the UK (Mapping Dynamic Relations in Sound and Space Perception). He received his MA in Sonic Arts from the Queens University of Belfast. He is currently in residence at the Djerassi foundation.

Cheryl E. Leonard

Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder. Over the last decade she has focused on investigating sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her recent works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments.

Leonard is fascinated by the subtle intricacies of sounds. She uses microphones to explore micro-aural worlds hidden within her sound sources and develops compositions that highlight the unique voices they contain. Her projects often feature one-of-a-kind sculptural instruments that are played live onstage and field recordings from remote locales. Leonard enjoys collaborating across artistic disciplines and creating site-specific works. In addition to developing her own projects, she has composed numerous soundtracks for film, video, dance, and theater, and has designed sounds for exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Leonard holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MA from Mills College. Her music has been performed worldwide and she has been commissioned to create instruments and music for Kronos Quartet, Illuminated Corridor, and Michael Straus. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, ASCAP, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the Eric Stokes Fund. Leonard has been awarded residencies at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Djerassi, the Arctic Circle, Villa Montalvo, the Paul Dresher Ensemble Studio, and Engine 27. Recordings of her music are available from NEXMAP, Unusual Animals, Ubuibi, Pax, Apraxia, 23 Five, and Great Hoary Marmot Music.

Crystal Sepúlveda

Crystal Sepúlveda is an experimental choreographer, dance performance artist, lecturer, and improviser. She is a first generation “mainland” Puerto Rican raised in Miami, Florida, who migrated across the country via roadtrip to settle in the dry desert of Southern California in 2009.

She holds an M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography and is currently a Lecturer in the Dance Department at UC Riverside, an Associate Faculty member in the Dance Dept. at Mt. San Jacinto College, and a Brithinee Fellow at the Culver Center of the Arts.

Recent collaborations as performer and/or choreographer include Nao Bustamante’s Soldadera exhibited at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Samantha Blake Goodman’s EXCERPTS, Hannah Schwadron’s KLASSE, a live dance installation and film project at Ide-Ehre Schule in Hamburg Germany, electronic composer no.e Parker’s Composing [De]Composition and choreographer Tanya Lukin-Linklater’s the the.

Her works have been presented at various venues and institutions including CUNY Graduate Center Department of Music (New York City), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), Milkbar (Oakland), Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts (Riverside), FIELD STUDIES at Chez Buskwick Studio (Brooklyn), homeLA and The Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles), UC Irvine, University Art Gallery (Irvine), Studio1415 and Excello Dance Space (Miami) and at El Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico.

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Photo: Myleen Hollero

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