1 Sounds like art
Multimedia artist Michael Trigilios forte is sound; he uses it in electronic performances and radio and video projects to create experiential artwork that deals with religion, humor and mundane aspects of life.
Last year, the UCSD professor had a three-month residency at L.A.s Museum of Contemporary Art for his Neighborhood Public Radio exhibition, for which he interviewed hundreds of Angelenos about their memories of the city and then broadcasted the results across 15 different hijacked FM radio stations so that museum-goers would hear the stream of consciousness recollections as they passed through.
How else does an artist use a masters degree in electronic music and recording media? To find out, catch Trigilios talk at the latest installment of Upgrade! San Diego, happening at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the SDSU Downtown Gallery (725 W. Broadway).
Ill be talking about my recent works with electronics, sound and public space, Trigilio says. Some recent projects have included speculative religious instruments, FM-radio interventions and interpretations of astronomy through satire and performance.
Different works of public auditory displays are what Trigilio uses to mess with peoples senses. In his 2011 exhibit, Speculative Religious Electronics, he made electronic devices that simulate sounds associated with religion so that, in theory, listening to the sounds would minimize the guilt of skipping out on church or temple obligations.
A lot of this work that Ive discovered, people find it funny, silly and happy, and theyve discovered their own sort of joy from this screwing around, Trigilio says. Im good at authoring a context and allowing participants to join me in discovering whats possible.
Trigilio will also discuss new projects, one of which is a collaboration with an astrophysicist that investigates alternate ways of representing cosmic information.
A lot of what Ive been doing for the past year are speculative projects, he says, thinking about the future and its connection to the present moment through these art projects. upgradesandiego.info
2 The lobbyists
Spreckels Theatre (121 Broadway, Down-town) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Half the theaters grandeur is its neoclassical lobby, which has been all spiffed up to mark the centennial. At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, the PGK Dance Project will present San Diego Dances—in Spreckels lobby. The performances are part of PGKs biannual mini-festival, for which the always-innovative dance company, headed by Peter G. Kalivas, finds unique spaces and then choreographs dances—seven for this event—befitting the space. (Other locations have included an art gallery and hair salon.) Advance tickets are $20 ($25 at the door), and parents who bring a kid between the ages of 8 and 16 get in free when the kid forks over $10. thepgkdanceproject.org
3 Collective soundtrack
On a recent episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, correspondent John Oliver played a video clip from the second presidential debate and dubbed it with a scene from CSI: Miami. Hilarious. ArtPower will do something sort of similar with a screening of Iron Fist, a 1927 Mexican film by Gabriel Garcia Moreno about a young couple trapped in a world of vice, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. It wont be dubbed with David Caruso one-liners; itll be soundtracked by the electronic Norteño sounds of Nortec Collectives Bostich + Fussible, wholl play live as the film screens in UCSDs Price Center East Ballroom. Tickets range from $11 to $18. UCSDs The Loft will host an afterparty. www.artpwr.com/events/1011