Viola Yip and Ken Ueno for the Look and Listen Festival

Saturday,  May 22 | 4:00 PM EST (1-2 pm PST | 10pm Central Europe Summer time)


Viola Yip + Ken Ueno will present an hour-long live telematic multimedia performance. In this new piece for the Look + Listen Festival, they ask: How can we reclaim time from the COVID-19 malaise of non-time? What are ways in which geographically-distanced performance can point to the limits of what we feel as the “now”? Their piece will instrumentalize the streaming network, expressively coaxing affordances of failure, sonic artifacts which serve as evidence of life being lived in the present.


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Viola Yip:


A Native of Hong Kong, Viola Yip is an experimental composer, improviser, sound artist and instrument builder. She has been interested in creating new self-built instruments and sound works in the intersection of composition, performance and improvisation, exploring various relationships between materiality, space and our musical bodies in music.

Highlighted performances with her DIY electronic instruments include Cycling 74' Expo, Women Between Arts at the New School, DiMenna Center in New York City, Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, Gray Center for the Arts and Inquiry at University of Chicago, Klex Festival in Kuala Lumpur, QO-2 in Brussels, Active Listening Festival in Berlin, Currents/ Festival für aktuelle Tiefkultur in Cologne, Schwere Reiter in Munich and Sonic Arts Research Center at Queen’s University Belfast.


Ken Ueno:


Rome Prize and Berlin Prize winner Ken Ueno is a composer, vocalist and sound artist. Ueno’s collaborators include the Hilliard Ensemble, Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, Steve Schick and SFCMP, and Frances-Marie Uitti. His music has been performed at venues and festivals around the world. He has performed as soloist in his vocal concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in New York and Boston, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Lithuanian National Symphony, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and with orchestras in Pittsburgh, North Carolina and California. Collaborating with architects Thomas Tsang and Patrick Tighe and artist, Angela Bulloch, his sound installations have been installed at MUAC, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Art Basel, and at SCI-Arc.  Ueno is currently a Professor in Music at UC Berkeley.  His bio appears in The Grove Dictionary of American Music.

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Saturday, May 22, 2021, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
1750 Arch Street
Berkeley, CA
This Event is Free and Open to the Public