Strange Relief

Artists

Julian Yi-Zhong Hou Fan Wu Al Spx Prince Nifty Stefana Fratila
Documented by Hao Nguyen.

Sound installation

Installation June 5-6 Strange Relief: Panpsychic Sound Floor by Julian Yi-Zhong Hou Open June 7-10, noon-8pm daily

In this developing speculative work, Hou uses the psychedelic technology Ketamine for the speculative mapping of inner space into architecture, sound, and writing. Panpsychic Sound Floor is one floor within this larger work, and interweaves ideas around auditory panpsychism and dissociative invocations.

Talk

Distancing Mechanisms: Ketamine & Daoism by Fan Wu June 6, 6:30-8pm

In this talk and public forum, Fan Wu explores a speculative comparison: How do the strange bedfellows of ketamine and Daoism both manifest necessary distance from such sticky substances as ego, attachment, and knowledge? Thinking through John C. Lilly, Zhuangzi, and private phenomenological accounts of ketamine use, how can this distance be the foundation for spiritual and ethical experience? We will all walk together through Julian Hou’s Strange Relief to embody these questions through sound & sensoria.

Panel

Wandering in the Wild: a conversation on mental health in the music industry organized and lead by Al Spx June 8, 8pm

“The music industry is an incredibly difficult one to navigate. With hectic tour schedules and pressures associated with albums, more and more artists are struggling to manage their mental health. We will touch on subjects such as touring, releasing projects, and management and how we manage to stay sane throughout it all.

Al Spx will be facilitating the conversation. She has a history of psychosis that was triggered by a relentless tour. For her, the music industry has been detrimental to her mental health and there is a great deal to touch on with this conversation.”

Event/Record Launch

Prince Nifty: Interplanetary Machines record launch Performances by Prince Nifty and Stefana Fratila, and sound installation by Julian Yi-Zhong Hou

$35 Record & Ticket Combo / $15 Advanced / $10 Accessibility ($20 at the door)

7:30 doors & installation start time/ 8:30 Stefana (30 min performance) / 9:00 matt (45 minutes)

7:30pm - Doors and Installation Strange Relief: Panpsychic Sound Floor by Julian Yi-Zhong Hou (ambient)

8:30pm - Interplanetary Interludes by Stefana Fratila

Stefana Fratila will perform Interplanetary interludes (soundscapes made up of weather from the planets in our solar system) in the sunroom.

9:00pm Live performance by Prince Nifty for the launch of his new record Interplanetary Machines

Matt Smith, Prince Nifty, will perform experimental works that segue from his Interplanetary Machines record toward a new related album work.

Music Gallery with sound installation by Julian Yi-Zhong Hou Music Gallery with sound installation by Julian Yi-Zhong Hou

Music Gallery with sound installation by Julian Yi-Zhong Hou Music Gallery with sound installation by Julian Yi-Zhong Hou

“Interplanetary Interludes” with Stefana Fratila “Interplanetary Interludes” with Stefana Fratila

Performance by Prince Nifty Performance by Prince Nifty

Performance by Prince Nifty Performance by Prince Nifty

Performance by Prince Nifty Performance by Prince Nifty

Performance by Prince Nifty Performance by Prince Nifty

Performance by Prince Nifty Performance by Prince Nifty

Performance by Prince Nifty Performance by Prince Nifty

Performance by Prince Nifty Performance by Prince Nifty