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Division of Labor Festival 2013 at The Lab
The Lab*
San Francisco, CA
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Division of Labor Festival 2013 at The Lab
Division of Labor presents a diverse community of performers in the genres of improvised music, experimental instrumentation and composition, electronic music performance, interdisciplinary performance, literary and media art. Division of Labor showcases the breadth of the Lab's acclaimed experimental performance programming and features local, national and international artists. This year's festival will kick off the Lab's 30th Anniversary season. The festival takes its name from The Lab's former occupant - the Labor Temple.

Festival Highlights:

Faxed Head's first live performance in over a decade, this special field trip from the Coalinga youth asylum precedes their unexpected new album on Web of Mimicry. Faxed Head are unwilling survivors of an absurdly-disfiguring and failed suicide pact, founding members include: neck-extruded acephalic guitarist, Neck Head; plaid-tartan-skin graft paraplegic, McPatrick Head on vocals; geometrically shattered Jigsaw Puzzle Head on bass; with Pleistocene-petroleum fleshed drummer LaBrea Tar Pits Head; and accomplished metal-detecting speed mime, Fifth Head, on tapes and electronics.

Malcolm Mooney and the Tenth Planet - They, The Tenth Planet, are musical friends of Can, the German band, which Captain Mooney voices and sound pounces, rhythmically, pushes pulses and exclimes the unexclaimable.  His fellow planeteers are: Peter Conheim (Neung Phak, Negativland)  on bass, Jim Hrabetin (O-Type, Mutants) on guitar,  Jason Stamberger (Neung Phak, Crack We Are Rock) on guitar and keyboard,  and Marc Weinstein (O-Type, Mutants) on drums.

Nate Young, of Detroit noise band Wolf Eyes, as well as Moon Pool & Dead Band, Demons, and Regression, reprises his early persona, Jean Street, in an extended intuitive battle with rudimentary and handmade electronics.

A gallery exhibition of literary works by the artist collective, Temporary Services renowned for their ethic of urgent and unlimited collaboration, especially with people who never before participated in an art project, resulting in projects like Prisoner's Inventions and Group Work.

22 year old Brooklyn noise artist, Pharmakon (a.k.a. Margaret Chardiet) who just released her debut full length album on Sacred Bones raises the bar by realizing the bottomless evocative potential of power electronics and noise.

From Krakow, Poland, electronic sound artist/musician Denis Kolokol composes by melding disparate elements such as voice with granular synthesis, and computer algorithms with physical movements as sound controllers.

Lucky Dragons is Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara, acclaimed for their ability to make "'everyday sounds become alluringly other". Performances may include live circuit soldering, video projection, and sounds created in collaboration with their audiences.

Half of Half is a multimedia performance group whose techniques of synchronizing video and music culminated in a multimedia play, Antipodes, described by the SF Chronicle as a "performance essay in personal and cultural orientation and disorientation." Now their work extends to the limitations of language, removing dialogue, to developing abstract performance.

Other traveling acts: ID M Theftable, Glochids, Russian Tsarlag, Humanbeast, Bulbs, Bad News, Fairlight Empress, Allegory Chapel LTD, O.P.P.
Representing the Bay Area: Zeek Sheck, Freddy McGuire, Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways, Ennnnnnn, Bran...Pos, Jeweled Snakes, Christina Stanley, Gerritt Wittmer
Local DJs spinning throughout the festival: Nihar (Haceteria), Rachel Aiello and Kerri LeBon (Twitch/Red Light), Loachfillet (International Freakout), That Hideous Strength, Joshua Kit Clayton, Different Dentist (Ratskin), Geeta Dayal, and Dominique Leone

Division of Labor Festival 2013 is curated by Theresa Currie, James Decker, Sarah Lockhart, and Sky Madden.


The Lab* (View)
2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Music > All Ages
Music > Experimental
Music > Rock

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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