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.