Command Z:
Artists working with Phenomena & Technology
March 29 - April 7, 2012*

NOTICE:  The Command Z exhibition closed to the public after just one week of gallery exhibition due to a nearby water main break. Please check back here for updates about the exhibition catalogue release or call 410-455-3188 to inquire about exhibition traveling opportunties for venues.

Curator: Lisa Moren, Associate Professor, Animation and Interactivity, Department of Visual Arts, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Command Z Artists Working with Phenomena & Technology features installations by 3 artists and 1 artist team: Ingrid Bachmann (Montreal), Paul DeMarinis (San Francisco), Nina Katchadourian (New York), and the artist team of Emile Morin and Jocelyn Robert (Quebec City). A digital/acoustic grand piano (Yamaha Disklavier), a Bunsen burner, bronzed popcorn, a birdcage, 54 leather shoes, 8 worn suitcases, and a traditional theater-style popcorn maker are all informed by a technological code or phenomena. These artists explore the long trajectory of communication technologies, how they are framed within a material form, and how social practices are framed around them. By building unique digital and physical behaviors, without the use of screens, the works on display bring the virtual and material realms into one gesture. Watch letters fall like rain playing a piano, hear what popcorn is saying, find shoes automatically tapping or stomping, peek inside suitcases, and listen to sounds from the moon in pitch-blackness.

Adjunct programming includes original compositions for the Yamaha Disklavier, an acoustic and digital grand piano performed live; and kinetic sculpture on display by Baltimore City Public School children. Special thanks to Jordan Kitts Music for their generosity.

For a sneak preview of the exhibition, see the video at this LINK. Or read this review Andrea Appleton in Baltimore's City Paper.


Artists' Lecture:  Émile Morin and Jocelyn Robert

Thursday, March 29th, 4 p.m.

CADVC gallery

Interarts, Visiting Artists, Designers Lecture Series presents a public discussion by art collaboration duo Émile Morin and Jocelyn Robert.

Collaborative artists Émile Morin and Jocelyn Robert will speak about their piece Leçon de piano (PIANO LESSON), on display in the CADVC gallery for the exhibition Command Z. The installation uses a Yamaha digital and acoustic grand piano (dislavier) synced with a video projection illuminating the keys. Morin is a multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally and is Artistic Director of Le Mois Multi, and Recto Verso, an audio production and residency organization based in Quebec Canada. Jocelyn Robert works in audio art, performance art, installation, video and writing. He has published over 35 audio compilations including 15 solo CDs and numerous solo exhibitions internationally. He was awarded First Prize at the Berlin Transmediale, and the Prix du Rayonnement International. His texts have been published by Semiotext(e) (New York), and in Ars Electronica (Austria) and Sonambiante (Germany) catalogues to name a few. Jocelyn Robert teaches at L'École des Arts Visuels de l'Université Laval, Quebec City.

Artist Performance: Nina Katchadourian

Thursday, March 29th, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

CADVC gallery

The Opening Reception on March 29 at 5 pm will include a special performance of Nina Katchadourian's Talking Popcorn, a sound sculpture inspired by the artist's interest in language and translation. A microphone in the cabinet of a popcorn machine picks up the sound of the popping and feeds it to a computer that translates the sound using Morse code. A computer-generated voice provides a simultaneous spoken translation. Attendees at the opening will be able to eat the popcorn freshly-spoken by the Talking Popcorn machine.

ConcertRush Hour: New Works for Disklavier

Performance postponed, new time/date TBA

CADVC gallery

The concert will feature new works for Disklavier by UMBC faculty and composition students Matthew Belzer, Linda Dusman, Jacob Foster, Jacob Housand, Justin Mann, Timothy Nohe, David Revill, Anna Rubin, and Alan Wonneberger.

Co-sponsored by UMBC's Department of Music, Special Sessions Policy Committee, and CADVC



This spring CADVC will partner with Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School (BMPCS). BMPCS is a public charter school in Baltimore City that prides itself in teaching children how to work independently. This atmosphere teaches children how to think critically, creatively, and how to work with others.

Dominique zeltzman, one of the CADVC’s graduate research assistants, and three CADVC interns, Francesca Cerquetti, Mariel Fedde, and Alexandra Buyalos, will teach a lesson on kinetic art on site at BMCS. This lesson will explore kinetic artwork based on artist's works from the main gallery exhibition, Command Z, at CADVC. The children will build battery-powered sculptures, which will be featured on the UMBC campus at the exhibition's opening events on March 29th as well.

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* Originally Command Z was scheduled to close on April 28, 2012, however, due to a catastrophic water main break near the gallery, the show closed early, on April 7, 2012.

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