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Joe Colley
Lonely Microphone

November 9-December 29, 2006

Artist Talk/Composer Spotlight: Wednesday, November 8, 7:30pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9, 7pm

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery opens Lonely Microphone, a new installation by Bay Area artist Joe Colley, on Thursday, November 9, with a reception at 7pm. The artist will give a talk on the day before the opening, Wednesday, November 8, at 7:30pm, as part of our monthly Composer Spotlight series. Colley recently received the 2006 Award of Distinction in Digital Music from the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, for his CD Psychic Stress Soundtracks (Antifrost). Along with Colley, Bay Area electronic artists David Kwan and Jim Haynes are set to open installations at the New Media Gallery in February 2007 and August 2007, respectively. Seattle-based artist Paul Rucker opens his installation in May 2007.

Joe Colley's Lonely Microphone is a room installation centered around the pathetic sight and sound of a suspended rotating microphone as it traces an endless circle on the floor. Vibration from audience footsteps trigger momentary flickers of light that illuminate the scene and in turn change tones in the room.

"Using the microphone to trace an endless circle is a way to focus attention and to listen," says Colley," a metaphor for these cycles of life we take for granted. By focusing attention on this circle in this room - hopefully it will act as a kind of mantra. Microphone as solitary individual."

Joe Colley is a self taught artist investigating the conceptual possibilities of sound through music production, installations, or collaborations with video artists, dancers, and even prisoners. His earlier works were also created under the moniker Crawl Unit. His latest installations attempt to dissimulate the artist by concentrating on the instigation of unstable situations unique to the composition of random sound.

His performances have been seen as part of festivals including Activating The Medium (SFMOMA), Observatori (Valencia, Spain), Phonotaktik (Vienna, Austria), Beyond Music (Venice, Ca.), Songlines (Mills College, Oakland), CEAIT (CalArts, Valencia), and the 2006 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. His recordings have been released internationally on various underground record labels such as Groundfault Records, Auscultare, and 23five. He currently resides in Oakland, CA.

For images and interview requests, please contact arts manager Van Diep.




About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery was opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Gallery residencies of up to 3 months are a combination of applicants from our annual call for applicants, and exhibits by invited artists. As part of their residency, gallery artists receive up to 20 hours of studio assistance with one of our engineers.


About Jack Straw Artist Residencies

Jack Straw Productions focuses on annual artist residencies through our Artist Support Program, our Writers Program, and New Media Gallery Residency Program. These programs offer established and emerging artists an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Proposals are reviewed by an interdisciplinary peer panel (Artist Support and New Media Gallery programs) or Curator (Writers Program). Applications for the 2007 cycle of programs are currently available. The application deadline is November 17, 2006.

Website: http://www.jackstraw.org/programs/asp/ASP_main.shtml

Past Jack Straw New Media Gallery Exhibitions

View archived pages of the Jack Straw New Media Gallery, as well as artists' documentation:

Huldre by S. Lyn Goeringer, Fall 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Rapport by Kichul Kim, Summer 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Fences-Borders by
Richard Lerman, Spring 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Archival Investigations
by Trimpin, Winter 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Maps & Legends by Tania Kupczak, Fall 2005 ~ JSP Archive
The Four Dignities by Rene Yung & Janice Giteck, Summer 2005 ~ JSP Archive
Organic Plan
by Kristin Tollefson, Spring 2005 ~ JSP Archive
String Quartet #2
by Joe Diebes, Winter 2005 ~ JSP Archive
YIJU: songs of dislocation by Byron Au Yong, Fall/Winter 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ yijusongs

Untitled by Iole Alessandrini, Summer/Fall 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ iole.org
dislocator by Randy Moss, Spring 2004 ~ rmoss.com
Searching for a Quiet Place: Turnbull Bay by Jesse Paul Miller, Winter 2003/04 ~ jesse paul miller
Precisely Known, Completely Lost by Perri Lynch, Fall 2003 ~ Velocity Made Good
Chamber Music by Steve Roden, Summer 2003 ~ inbetweennoise.com
Klavier Nonette by Trimpin, Spring 2003
Revisiting Septermber 11, 19[72] by Mark Polishook & Lisa Hutton ~ revisiting
Perfect Pitch by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2002 ~ Press Release
and there was concrete skin for your face by Maureen Whiting, Spring 2002
~ Maureen Whiting Company
7Ply - Plywood and Memory by Don Fels, Winter 2001/02
Soundescapes by Matthew Bauer
Salmon Song by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2001 ~ Salmon Song
Heard Said by Stuart Keeler, Spring 2001
Uroborous - Light and Sound by Bret Battey, Fall 2000 ~ Bret Battey
Dream Time Pieces by Stuart Dempster and Renko Ishida Dempster, Spring 2000
Nearly Seen, Closely Heard by Susie Kozawa and Jesse Minkert, Winter 1999/2000


Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges the support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our individual contributors for their vital support of our programs and services.

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