Hibernation@81BPM is a tactile electronic music installation and performance. The experience took place in a the group show Impressive Nature at Club 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, CA 2007. In addition to the tactile installation, a 50 min. set of downtempo electronic music was specifically written for and performed within the installation. The electronic composition was structured around the heart rhythm of a polar bear during a state of carnivore lethargy, or false hibernation. The initial heart rhythm of of the polar bear provided a backbone for the entire 50 minute set of music. Along with the instrumental composition, Washington DC poet and DJ Robert Bland composed and performed a poem over the 50 minute set of electronic music.
As the musicians and poet performed in this enclosed structure, only the equipment and the performer's mid sections were visible, thus shielding them from the gaze of the dancers, visually protecting them from the wild energy of the club. The performance functioned in a way that the crowd could view the performers, but the performers could not see the crowd. They were isolated in the middle of a highly social environment. This work drew on correlations between the introverted nature of both the electronic composer and the hibernating polar bear.
Performers included Poet/DJ Robert Bland [WDC], DJ Urban Yeti [SF, CA]
Mixed Media Installation and Performance with 50 Minute Electronic Music Composition; Synthetic White Fur Subwoofer and Speaker Cabinet
7ft x 14ft x 7ft, 2007