April 20, 2018 // 7–10PM
$8 at the door
Free Electron showcases a series of performances from mid-west and local South Bend artists that explore the real-time interactions between audio and video. Performances will range sonically touching on many genres including electronic
music, sonic art, and live improvisation. Live visuals will range from narrative, experimental animation, video database, and analog video.
Our visiting artists from the region include Toby Kaufmann-Buhler, Karl Erickson, and Leslie Rollins. Local artists include Eric Souther, William Johnson, and various performances from the IU South Bend Audio-Visual Collective.
Toby Kaufmann-Buhler (based in Lafayette, Indiana) explores sensory perception, identity, history and memory through his work in image, sound and space. This involves the integration of a number of different media including video, film, found/composed sound, text and installation work. He has produced collaborative work with a number of musicians, composers, poets and visual artists, and his installation work utilizing custom-designed video projection has been exhibited in numerous venues. Kaufmann-Buhler is a recipient of the 2016 Foundation Prize from Peripheral Vision Arts, and in 2017 was a resident artist at Signal Culture (New York) and at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska). Alongside many group exhibitions, he has had solo exhibitions at the James Watrous Gallery (Madison, Wisconsin), Window - re/production re/presentation (public art project space in Asheville, North Carolina), and Little Monroe Gallery (Madison, Wisconsin). Kaufmann-Buhler’s video work has also been featured in national and international screening tours and festivals in gallery and theatrical venues. He has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida and an MA from the Royal College of Art.
Karl Erickson makes videos, performances and collages centering on abstract narrative themes of transformative experiences, self-betterment and environmentalism. Recent exhibitions include "We Could Be Transcendent Apes" at Field Projects Gallery in New York City, “Giant Steps" at King Street Station in Seattle and recent screenings at Sediment Arts and Volta NY. He has been an artist in residence at Signal Culture and The Arctic Circle. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Working with video, synthesized sound, and field recordings, I combine elements from multiple sources to create works that tease out links between seemingly disparate worlds. Often these works simply celebrate an act of creation.
I hold BAs in Art and English from Andrews University. I was an artist in residency in 2017 at Signal Culture in Owego New York and in 2015 at Sachaqa Centro De ARTE, San Roque Peru. My visual works, and live electronic improvisational performances, have been featured across Peru, at The MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, and throughout the Midwest of America.
Will Johnson (local):
Will is a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, circuit artist, and occasional visual reality designer. He holds a Bachelors of Music from Oberlin Conservatory. In 2014 Holy Page Records released “CRAWL.” In 2016 he and Sage Jenson received a Flint Initiative Grant to travel across the western United States to gather material for “Freedom,” an immersive VR installation that explores themes of displacement, internment, and curatorial facades in the American west.
Eric Souther (local):
Eric Souther is a video and new media artist whom draws from a multiplicity of disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, religion and critical theory. These investigations coalesce into works where ritual, materials, and technological assemblages form emergent systems. Work made with these systems arise from the dialog between myself and the codes that constitute our world. He looks for new ways of seeing beyond the seductive qualities of an image to find unseen pathways that help us understand our digital and non-digital existence. His work takes many pathways, which includes single channel video, interactive installation, projection mapping, and audiovisual performance. He received his M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University and is currently an Associate Professor of New Media at Indiana University South Bend.
The Audio Visual Collective is a student and faculty group represented by both the Integrated New Media Studies and Music Departments in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend. Our ensemble focuses on multimedia performances at the cross-sections of art and technology.