November 17th - 19th, 2016
Franz Kaka is pleased to present Sound bath, a three-night program featuring new and recent sound works by Kelly Akashi, Georgia Dickie, Laurie Kang, Jen Reimer & Magnus Tiesenhausen, Rachelle Sawatsky, Jenna Sutela & Elvia Wilk, Zin Taylor, and Alex Turgeon.
November 17th (8:00-9:00pm)
Georgia Dickie, How Much More, 2016, 8m41s
Laurie Kang, Metabovoid, 2016, 5m38s
Jenna Sutela & Elvia Wilk, Bare Life I: GUT, 2016, 22m28s*
November 18th (8:00-9:00pm)
Kelly Akashi, Cavelike, 2016, 8m18s**
Rachelle Sawatsky, Dream Dictionary: part I & II, 2013, 3m29s
Alex Turgeon, My Song, 2016, 5m33s
Zin Taylor, The Hippie and the Envelope, 2015, 30m50s***
November 19th (8:00-9:00pm)
Jen Reimer & Magnus Tiesenhausen, Tunnel, 2016, 48m47s
* With excerpts and ideas from work by: Benjamin Bratton, Brandon Brown, Levi Bryant, Giulia Enders, Alexis Goertz, Martti Kalliala, Nickelodeon, NeonIndieGirl, Susan Ploetz, Michael Pollan, Paul B. Preciado, Gregory Whitehead, Daniel Wolpert
** This work was made for the exhibition Take Me (I’m Yours), at the Jewish Museum, September 16, 2016-February 5, 2017
*** Written and recorded for the exhibition The Hippie and the Envelope, at Bureau des Realities, Brussels, Belgium, 2015
Kelly Akashi lives and works in Los Angeles, and has studied at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (MFA); Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main; and Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (BFA). Her work has recently been shown at the Hammer Museum (Made in L.A. Biennial, a, the, though, only); David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; The Jewish Museum, New York; Shanaynay, Paris; White Flag Projects, Saint Louis; Tomorrow Gallery, New York (solo); Michael Jon & Alan, Miami (solo); Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; and Château Shatto, Los Angeles. Akashi will open a solo exhibition with Ghebaly Gallery this November in Los Angeles.
Georgia Dickie (b. 1989, Toronto, Canada) graduated with a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2011. Her work addresses the complexities of contemporary object-based practice and is characterized by a deep interest in found materials and their inherent limitations. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Springsteen, Baltimore; Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Croy Nielsen, Berlin, Germany; COOPER COLE, The Power Plant, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada. In February 2015, she was the Canada Council for the Arts artist in residence at Acme Studios in London, UK. Dickie currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Laurie Kang (b.1985) works in photography, sculpture, installation and video. Recent and forthcoming exhibition sites include LVL3 (Chicago), The Loon (Toronto), Topless (New York), Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (Wroclaw), Raster Gallery (Warsaw), Camera Austria (Graz), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), 8-11 Gallery (Toronto), and The Power Plant Gallery (Toronto). In the fall of 2016, she was the artist in residence at Interstate Projects in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.
Jen Reimer is a sound artist, musician and performer based in Montréal. Her work explores the resonances and serendipities of urban and rural sonic environments through in-situ performances, installations and spatial recordings.
Rachelle Sawatsky is an artist and a writer who lives and works in Los Angeles and Vancouver. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including China Art Objects, Night Gallery, Public Fiction, the Finley Gallery, Harmony Murphy Gallery and Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles; at Presentation House Gallery and Artspeak Gallery, in Vancouver; at Or Berlin in Berlin; at Galerie Mezzanin in Vienna and at the Tate St. Ives in St. Ives. Her work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, C Magazine and Art Review. Sawatsky has an MFA from University of Southern California in Los Angeles (2013) and a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver (2005).
Berlin-based Finnish artist Jenna Sutela’s installations, text and sound performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, including the relationship between the body and its technologically mediated environment. Recently, she has been researching and working with Physarum polycephalum, or the "many-headed" slime mold: an ancient, decentralized, autonomous organism that processes data without a nervous system, operating via communities of coordinated nuclei that demonstrate advanced spatial intelligence. Her work has been presented, among other places, at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and South London Gallery and writing published by, for example, Fiktion Verlag, Harvard Design Magazine, and Sternberg Press.
Zin Taylor (Calgary, 1978) is an artist currently living and working in Paris, France.
Magnus Tiesenhausen is an interdisciplinary artist and musician based in Alberta. His work is a multi-angle treatise on magic energy, characterized by experimental and industrial synthesizer music; craft and sculpture processes; readymades and free drawing.
Alex Turgeon (b. 1988, Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian artist based in Berlin. He received his BFA from Emily Carr University in 2010. His work has been exhibited and preformed at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Trans Art Triennial and Center (Berlin), Proxy Gallery and Brown University (Rhode Island), as part of Poetry as Practice online exhibition hosted by Rhizome and the New Museum (New York), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius), French Riviera (London), Toves (Copenhagen), the AIRBNB Pavilion (Venice).
Elvia Wilk is a writer and editor living in Berlin. She writes for publications including Artforum, frieze, Art in America, art agenda, e-flux journal, Texte zur Kunst, Dazed, and The Architectural Review. She often collaborates to make texts for exhibitions and performances, and writes poetry and fiction. She is a contributing editor to Rhizome, was a founding editor of uncube magazine from 2012–2016, and since 2015 has been the publications editor for transmediale, festival for arts and digital culture. She has participated in events at venues including the Moscow International Biennale, Johann Koenig Gallery, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute for Contemporary Arts, Tensta Konsthall, EME3 Barcelona, and Humboldt University.