Films for Screens, Performers and Audience

Sonic Environments: The Work of Richard Lerman
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 7:30pm

Featuring a selection of Richard Lerman’s film and video work from the last forty years, this screening will include a live performance of Sections for Screen, Performers and Audience (1974) by local musicians Art Lange, Guillermo Gregorio and Brian Labycz. Lerman will introduce the screening and perform a new work examining the border between the United States and Mexico. Followed by a reception in the Great Hall.

Sonic Environments: The Work of Richard Lerman
Oct 11 - 14, Logan Launch Festival
As a part of the three-day Logan Launch Festival celebrating the opening of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Film Studies Center presents “Sonic Environments: The Work of Richard Lerman,” a series of performances and events featuring the internationally renowned filmmaker, sound artist, composer and provocateur.

An innovator in the field of hand-made electronics, Lerman’s work with sonic objects, materials and spaces develops the investigations of acoustic ecology that artists like Alvin Lucier, Takahiko Iimura and Maryanne Amacher began in the 1960s. A contemporary of avant-garde composers David Tudor and Gordon Mumma, Richard Lerman has been working with his homemade piezo microphone and amplification systems for over 40 years, and is recognized as one of the earliest and most important innovators of “piezo music.” His cinematic practice falls between the worlds of experimental film, performance and sound art, and offers an unparalleled glimpse into the interdisciplinary nature of media experimentation in the 1960s and 70s.

Richard Lerman’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues and festivals including the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Festival für Neue Musik in Munich, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Institute for Contemporary Art / Boston, and the Walker Art Center. His work has been institutionally recognized with grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Asian Cultural Council and the Mellon Foundation.

Co-sponsored by the Film Studies Center, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, UC Arts Council, Logan Center for the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Franke Institute for the Humanities.