The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: June 2014
|Dr. Mabuse's homemade contraption: The Dome.|
Friday, June 6 at Kranzberg Arts Center
As Unstable As - A survey of contemporary electronic and performances art in St. Louis
featuring: Kevin Harris, Chad Eivins, Dr. Mabuse and many more area artists
7 pm | $7 for students, $10 general admission | all ages
Building movement through objects, natural forces and the human body is displayed throughout As Unstable As with a deep sense of contemporary and improvisational art. If anything, the event this Friday at Kranzberg Arts Center showcases the growing scene of subversive artists based in St. Louis.
The name As Unstable As comes from local artist and curator Kevin Harris' tendency to manipulate conditions within his own aural and visual work. By injecting instability into a live video feed, Harris creates a situation where his performance relies on surrounding elements like light and space in addition to his own controls.
The gallery section of AUA reflects a communal effort toward video and live performance art. Along with Harris and Eivins, expect visuals by way of Michael Meihaus, Wonder Koch, Brett William, Marianne Laury, Leanna Kaiser, Zachary Zimmerman and Cole Lu. With 7 artists and 11 pieces, this space requires a complex approach to installation and arrangement.
Rick Wilson, Lara Dempsey and William Gass will perform as Perverted, a trio of psychological sound purveyors set to present a multi-facted cabaret show in the Kranzberg's studio room.
Dr. Mabuse, artistic co-director of HEARding Cats, an experimental music collective based in St. Louis, will join Harris to end the night with a special performance involving "the dome," his own homemade sound synthesizer.
An unsuspecting listener might throw on Humanbeast and sway a bit to the bouncy beats attached to warbling keys and vocals. Everything seems in order until the band implodes, bursting with a vicious vocal howl and an equally as jarring shift in textural noise. The band skewers expectations for dance music and makes its own rules in regards to pop. The whole affair feels dark, like it belongs in an upscale bar in hell - the only solace for heretics.
Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck dares you to like its brand of industrial noise. If you've heard the term "power electronics," this act delivers on a primer on the genre. Although Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck comes from Boston, St. Louis' own Apop Records released their LP in 2012. Speaking of Apop, this show is actually a party celebrating the record shop's 10 years in existence (8 years in its Cherokee street storefront).