Inside Voices at Five Car Garage
An intimate listening session with sound performances by Geneva Skeen, Jules Gimbrone & Roarke Menzies.
Jules Gimbrone (b. 1982 Pittsburgh, USA; lives and works in Los Angeles) is an artist and composer that asks how social performance is codified, captured, and transmitted. Combining sound and objects into immersive aural and haptic environments, Gimbrone re-engineers sites of past and current performances with audio transduction equipment, producing installations that transform the sounds of performance into a physical experience for the audience. Using a variety of recording and amplifying technologies—in addition to materials such as clay, ice, and even the ambient sound of past performances—Gimbrone investigates how sound travels through space, bodies, and language as a way of exploring hidden or sublimated gendered systems. Concerned with the tension between conceptual systems and their inevitable demise, the container and the contained, the visual and the sonic, Gimbrone’s work exposes multiple queerings of the performative and pre-formative body. For Gimbrone, sound is more methodology than medium.
Roarke Menzies is a New York City-based artist and composer who uses his voice, mouth and body as sound sources, along with audio hardware, software and field recordings, to create electronic and electroacoustic works. His music has been described by The New Yorker as "a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering." Menzies's work has been presented at the Material Art Fair in Mexico City, the Spring Break Art Show in New York City, VOLUME in Los Angeles, Diapason Gallery for Sound and Intermedia in Brooklyn, and many others. His music has also been presented on WNYU's Bentwave FM, KFFP Freeform Portland, KCHUNG Radio, and BBC Radio 3 as part of the series "New Year New Music: exploring iconic masterpieces, avant-garde experiments and the next generation of talent."
Geneva Skeen is an interdisciplinary artist working in Los Angeles. Influenced heavily by écriture féminine, alchemical metaphors, and a mix of musical traditions ranging from holy mysticism to industrial, Skeen composes primarily with field recordings, digital presets, and mixed voice and instrumentation. Her current work is focused on the contrast between facing the finite resources of the physical landscape and its infinite digital representations. Her solo and collaborative works have been performed or presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Human Resources (L.A.), Les Figues Press, on the rooftop of The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and on the façade of the Armory building in Long Beach, California, amongst others. She is an active member of VOLUME, a curatorial collective focused on sound-based practices, and recently released her debut album on Dragon’s Eye Recordings in September 2016.