On Saturday, August 11 2007, Transformer presented a one-night-only performance by Sharon Cheslow and James Schneider. Cheslow and Schneider (aka Matterlink), who both emerged from DC's 1980's punk scene, fused their improvised sound and image work to create a "sonic image" performance. Appropriately, as they foud themselves in their native town at the same time, they confronted themes of "home" and "homeland."
Sharon Cheslow is a musician/sound artist who uses guitar, electronics, objects and voice in songs, improvised noise and collages. She leads the collaborative group Coterie Exchange and has performed with Steve Kim (Silver Daggers), Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers), Christina Carter (Charalimbides) and Yellow Swans. UK label Curor will be releasing her trio with Liz Allbee and Weasel Walter in 2007. Recent works were at Switch on the Power! (Spain), Lincoln Center Out of Doors (NYC) and Telic Arts Exchange (LA). Based in San Francisco, she currently lives in LA.
sharoncheslow.com | myspace.com/sharoncheslow
Matterlink (aka James Schneider), vampler, performs a "live cinema", playing shots both found and filmed by the artist and re-sampling them (always with the original sound attached). He has been vampling since 2001, triggering these "affect pockets" which he transforms into raw, content-driven sound/image-scapes. In 1998, Schneider moved from his native Washington DC to Paris where he has been vampling since the year 2001, in collaborations and solo. He recently completed the science fiction feature length tone poem 1,2,3, Whiteout, starring cult actor Lou Castel, which premiered at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival.
vampler.net/matterlink | jamesjune.info/matterlink