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Elka Bong (If, Bwana + Walter Wright) | Ting Ting Jahe

Black Iris Gallery will be hosting an evening of experimental sound and video with veteran multimedia artists Al Margolis (aka If, Bwana) and Walter Wright. Richmond's own Ting Ting Jahe will be opening the evening.

AL MARGOLIS aka If, Bwana

Margolis has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music; was co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. Active under the name If, Bwana since 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition.

He has recorded and/or performed with Pauline Oliveros, Ione, Joan Osborne, Monique Buzzarté, Katherine Liberovskaya, Adam Bohman, Ellen Christi, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jane Scarpantoni, Ulrich Krieger, David First, and Dave Prescott, among others.

is an interdisciplinary artist, his practice includes computer programming, electro-acoustic music, and video performance. His focus is on “improvisation as a way of being present in the world.”

Wright was one of the first video animators. At Computer Image Corp he animated letters, words, and titles for Children’s Television Workshop. He was a video animator for Ed Emshwiller’s Thermogenesis and Scapemates, aired by WNET’s Artists Television Workshop. Scapemates was the first computer graphics video nominated for an Emmy Award (1971). He showed his work at the first computer art conference at the Kitchen (NYC, 1973). In 1973-76, as artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, he pioneered video performance touring public access centers, colleges, and galleries with the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer.


No, Ting Ting Jahe doesn't exist and it doesn't matter. what does matter are the sounds around us at any given time and the wonders those sounds permit. Any everyday occurrence and its sounds mixed with all other occurrences and their respective sounds exist in so many different perspectives and realities than any Ting Ting Jahe ever could. With Ting Ting Jahe and its utter non-existence we find a contrary opinion on all of this and more.

Later Event: September 29