Remote View

This Friday will bring a close to the Remote View live aural trilogy at The Lab in San Francisco. Conceived by Evan Caminiti, Sky Madden, Lisa McGee, and Jon Porras, Remote View kicked off back in February, followed by the second installment in March. Caminiti (who played the first Remote View as Painted Caves) and Porras (who played the second installment as Vallens) will headline the final event together as Barn Owl, with Max & Mara and Vereker also performing live.

Remote View is a unique audio-visual experience combining live experimental music with a variety of visual elements including film projections, digital projections, and fog machines. All four collaborators of the Remote View project shared a common vision for curating unique events in non-bar environments, while preserving the mystique of a fantastical club atmosphere.

Sky Madden, who plays bass for Chasms, says she drew inspiration from Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting while conceiving her vision for the trilogy. Her idea to create the ultimate club experience comes from the scene where Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) sees Diane (Kelly MacDonald) for the first time. In the film, the club is filled with a fog of cigarette smoke, as Blondie’s “Atomic” is pounding from the speakers under garish club lights.

Remote View is an all-ages event specifically designed for The Lab. The event was established as an alternative to the typical bar show, in an effort to unify different scenes of the Bay Area music community. Remote View seeks to bridge the gap between dance, drone, and darkwave, showcasing an accessible variety of musicians, DJs, and visual artists in the intimate space of the venue located at 16th & Capp in the Mission.

Caminiti and Porras’ duo Barn Owl recently shared a music video for “Void Redux” (above), the opening track from their forthcoming album, V. Paul Clipson, who shot the video for the song on Super 8mm film, provided film projections for the first two installments of the Remote View trilogy. While his films were synchronized with the live sets of featured musicians, Remote View incorporates other visual elements as well. Lisa McGee (of Higuma) designed video installments for the first two events. Each projection represented moving water, including a looped sequence of footage taken with a cellphone of the cistern in Budapest.

Haçeteria will be happening the same night across the street inside the Slate Bar at 2925 16th Street. The monthly dance series focuses on visual aesthetics while showcasing the latest in Electronic Body Music, Detroit Techno and Chicago House music. Friday night will feature the music of Kit Clayton and Earthman. Rather than competing against each other, organizers of both events have decided to work together. Haçeteria will only cost $3 with a stamp from The Lab, and Remote View will only cost $4 with a stamp from Haçeteria.

Remote View is an ephemeral experience designed to happen exactly three times at The Lab. After the trilogy concludes on Friday, the Remote View founders will be moving on to separate, but similar projects.

Sky Madden is planning the second iteration of the Division of Labor Festival for this summer. The festival concept was originally founded by Sarah Bernat (16 Bitch Pile Up, Bad News) and Gerritt Wittmer (Misanthropic Agenda). The Division of Labor Festival will include seven evenings of performances between June 15 and June 28, featuring local, national, and internationally acclaimed artists of the darkwave and experimental realms.

Following a show on April 12 at Death By Audio in Brooklyn, Barn Owl will tour the UK through May. V, out April 16, is available for pre-order now from Thrill Jockey Records.

Barn Owl, Max & Mara, Vereker
The Lab
April 5, 2013
9pm, $7–15 ($4 with Haçeteria stamp)