OptoSonic Tea

OptoSonic Tea is a regular series of meetings dedicated to the convergence of live visuals with live sound which focuses on the visual component. These presentation-and-discussion meetings aim to explore different forms of live visuals (live video, live film, live slide projection and their variations and combinations) and the different ways they can come into interaction with live audio. Each evening features two different live visual artists or groups of artists who each perform a set with the live sound artists of their choice. The presentations are followed by an informal discussion about the artists' practices over a cup of green tea. A third artist, from previous generations of visualists or related fields, is invited specifically to participate in this discussion so as to create a dialogue between current and past practices and provide different perspectives on the present and the future.

OptoSonic Tea on the Road
When we go on the road or accept invitations from elsewhere than our home base, our credo is to both be part of the program ourselves as well as to involve local artists.

Organized by Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer

Katherine Liberovskaya: liberovskaya@compuserve.com
Ursula Scherrer: uscherrer@verizon.net

OptoSonic Tea is partly funded by the Experimental Television Center.
The Experimental Television Center's Presentation Funds program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.



Upcoming events


January 12th, 6pm
Private Language (Melissa F. Clarke and Nat Roe), Barry Weisblat with Marcia Bassett, Erik Z with Brian Chase, Katherine LIberovskaya with Erin Sexton, Jeff Donaldson with Philip White, Ursula Scherrer with Shelley Hirsch and Bruce Andrews, VictoriaKeddie and Scott Kiernan


Past events


April 24th, 7pm
Bill Etra with James Herring, Nicolas Mairgret, Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer with Michelle Nagai and Kenta Nagai, Scott Kiernan


October 30th, 8pm
Ana Carvalho with Ben Own, Joel Schlemowitz with Roe Enney, Elle Burchill

March 17th, 5 pm
LoVid, Brock Monroe with Nick Hallett, David Linton, Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer with Gill Arno, Michael J. Schumacher, Adam Kendall


October 15th, 9 pm
Steina Vasulka

May 17th, 8 pm
Carole Kim with Carmina Escobar

February 15th, 8 pm
Alex Carpenter with James Ross, Chris Jordan with Bradford Reed, Andrea Monti


December 9th, 8 pm
Benton-C Bainbridge with Brooke Broussard and Roarke Menzies, Koosil-ja

October 7th, 9 pm
Tony Martin / Margot Farrington, Thomas Dexter, Davidson Gigliotti

May 17th, 8 pm
Nisi Jacobs / Michael J. Schumacher / Suzanne Thorpe / Philip White, Adam Kendall, Charlie Morrow

March 7th, 5 pm
George O.Stadnik / James Ross, Dan Conrad / Jorge Martins, Eric Rosenzveig


December 9th, 9 pm
Gerd Stern / Paul Gregory / Robert Holswade, Kit Fitzgerald / Peter Gordon and Shelley Hirsch

September 8th, 8 pm
Martin Blazicek / Bryan Eubanks and Jeremy D. Slater ( ) / WvS

April 27th, 8pm
Sawako and Anton Marini/Mary Ann Benedetto w/ Aerostatic

March 8th, 4pm
Domenico Sciajno, Richard Lainhart and Zach Layton

February 16th, 8pm
Joshue Ott/Exekiel Honig and Peter Shapiro/Glass Bees

January 12th, 9pm
Alexandra Dementieva/Michael Attias, Aki Onda/Alan Licht and Amanda McDonald Crowley


December 4th, 8 pm
André Goncalves and Richard Garet

May 30 th, 9 pm
at Experimental Intermedia
Pamela Z , Daniel Vatsky/Chris Jordan/Jon Cohrs
and Miya Masaoka

April 15 th, 8:30 pm
at Experimental Intermedia
Caspar Stracke/Hahn Rowe, Naval Cassidy/Michael Evans and Carol Parkinson

March 10th, 8:30 pm
at Experimental Intermedia
Leah Singer / Lee Ranaldo, Kjell Bjørgeengen / Okkyung Lee
and Kathleen Forde


December 9, 4pm
at Issue Project Room
Zarah Cabanas (live visuals) + Paul Amitai (live sound), Chika IIjima (live visuals) + bubblyfish (live sound), Marie-Helene Parant (live visuals) + Jim Bell (live sound) (Montreal, Canada), David Linton (live visuals + sound), Katherine Liberovskaya/Peter Shapiro (live visuals) + Hitoshi Kojo (live sound) (Japan/CH), Ursula Scherrer (live visuals) + Kato Hideki (live sound)

November 20, 7pm
Die Schachtel
Milan / Italy
Phill Niblock (visuals) / Stefano Pilia (sound)
Alessandra Zucchi (visuals) / Antonio Della Marina (sound)
moderator: Andrea Lissoni

November 16, 7pm
spacio O'
Milan / Italy
Domenico Sciajno (live visuals and music)
Ursula Scherrer & Katherine Liberovskaya (live visuals) with Phill Niblock (music)
moderator: Francesco Tenaglia

October 26, 8:30 pm
at Experimental Intermedia
Lary Seven / Gen Ken Montgomery, Eric Redlinger / Patrick Todd and Tony Conrad

August 28, 9pm
Letne Dielne 07
Bratislava / Slovakia
Katherine Liberovskaya / Ursula Scherrer (live video) & Anne Wellmer (music)

August 25, 8pm
Hotel Pupik
Schrattenberg / Austria
Katherine Liberovskaya / Ursula Scherrer (live video) & Anne Wellmer (music)

also on the bill: - Paul Amitai - Subshrubs (Angelic‡ Castell—, Katharina Klement, Maja Osojnik) - The Ghost and the Band (Manfred Hofer, Oliver Stotz mit Eva Jantschitsch) - Martin Siewert - Performance: Carla Bobadilla

August 22, 9pm
Kunstraum Walcheturm
Zürich / Switzerland

Ursula Scherrer (live video) & Monya Pletsch (music)
Katherine Liberovskaya (live video) & Jason Kahn (music)
Phill Niblock (film and music)

June 6
OptoSonic Tonic
at Experimental Intermedia
Pill Niblock, Text of Light, Katherine Liberovskaya / Ursula Scherrer with Marina Rosenfeld

May 18
Kurt Hentschlager, Shimpei Takeda & Bruce Tovsky and Carl Skelton

April 19
Andy Guhl, Kurt Ralske and Michael J. Schumacher

March 27
Janene Higgins / Mari Kimura, Jennifer Reeves / Anthony Burr and Toni Dove

February 13
Bradley Eros / o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi), Andrew Lampert / Alan Licht and Lary Seven

January 11
Angie Eng / Yumiko Tanaka / David Weinstein, Andrew Deutsch / Stephen Vitiello and Melanie Crean



December 7
LoVid, Bill Etra / James Herring and Anton Marini

November 2
Gisela / David Gamper, Ikue Mori / Jim Staley and Alan Licht

September 26
Gill Arno, Luke DuBois and Gerd Stern