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Bonnie Jones & Fern Silva | Sound & Film Program

We're incredibly excited at Black Iris to be presenting a night of film and electronic music with NYC-based filmmaker Fern Silva and Baltimore-based electronic musician Bonnie Jones on May 11th in the gallery. 

Doors 7:30pm | $5 - $10

Featuring a 16mm film program: 

Scales in the Spectrum of Space 2015, 7mins - Commissioned by the Chicago Film Archive and in collaboration with jazz musician Phil Cohran, Scales in the Spectrum of Space explores the documented histories of urban life and architecture in Chicago. Culled from 70hrs of footage and incorporating 30 different films, Scales weighs in on the pulse of the Midwest metropolis.

Wayward Fronds 2014, 13mins - Wayward Fronds references a series of historical events that helped shape the Florida Everglades today, while fictionalizing its geological future and its effects on both native and exotic inhabitants. Guided by recent talks in the Florida legislature to finally disburse billions of dollars in restoration funds, events in this film unfold by giving way to a future eco-flourished Everglades. Nature begins to take over, engulfs and tames civilization after centuries of attack, and even guides it into its mysterious aqueous depths, forcing humans to adapt and evolve to its surroundings.

Tender Feet 2013, 10mins - Tender Feet was shot on the road in the southwest leading up to the not quite so cataclysmic and transformative events anticipated to take place around Dec. 21st 2012. As digits flipped on the odometer, so did the days in the Mayan calendar shedding light and darkness on charred forests, arid landscapes, falling stars, destructive vortexes, fortune telling traffic signs, and ticking time bombs…

Passage Upon the Plume 2011, 7minsPlumes dust the arid land, east to west, shapeshifting as they lift in ascension. Something lowers. An ark ran aground where revolution took root: ropes raise stones in baskets. Hearts heavier and lighter than the feather, permitted passage. Tethered or freed, resting from life or dawning anew. — Charity Coleman

Jones will be performing her solo electronic music work Good Vibrations. Good Vibrations is a sound/text piece inspired by the moment when words read on a page play a song in your head. The piece uses samples, electronics, field recordings, and texts, traversing the spaces between memory, sound and language, ever seeking these most unusual moments of resonance. 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:  Fern Silva (b. 1982, USA/Portugal) uses moving image to produce a sonic and cinematographic language for the hybrid mythologies of globalism. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic, and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including the Media City, Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, Edinburgh, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals, Anthology Film Archive, Gene Siskel Film Center, Cinemateca Boliviana, Museum of Art Lima, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Modern Art P.S.1, and Cinema du Reel at the Centre Georges Pompidou. He has curated film screenings at venues including the Nightingale Cinema, Gallery 400, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He was listed as one of the Top 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in Film Comment Magazine’s Avant-Garde Filmmakers Poll, is the recipient of the Gus Van Sant Award from the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival as well as grand prizes from the 2015 Curtas Belo Horizonte and 25FPS Film Festivals. He studied art and cinema at the Massachusetts College of Art and Bard College. He teaches moving image at Bennington College and is based in Brooklyn, NY. 

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.