Experimental & Avant-Garde

Holly Herndon

When: Sun., March 1, 7:30 p.m. 2015

Last year, Holly Herndon unleashed a web enigma. “Call” featured black-and-white GIFs composed of natural scenery, portions of computer keyboards, and fragments of the Bay Area artist’s face. Moving a cursor over the images initiated scorched beats and processed vocals. Much is made of the internet’s potential to deliver music, but “Call” utilized the internet as both a tool and platform for a singular media statement. Later in the year, she released a music video for “Home,” accompanied by a description of the project as a breakup letter to the NSA. Revelations about federal surveillance resulted in Herndon feeling that her laptop — her instrument — had been violated. As much as she appears poised to etherize her artistic persona into the cloud, she’s performing live and in-person at the reinvigorated Mission District arts space The Lab (2948 16th St., San Francisco) on Sunday. Word is that Herndon and her laptop are back on speaking terms.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $15

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