In his residency, Jon Bernson will explore a series of unexplained broadcasts that interrupted the programming of numerous international television stations between the years of 1986 and 2009. Purportedly sent from a spacecraft at the outer reaches of our galaxy, these transmissions have created an international controversy, evoking strong opinions from experts in many fields.
Vessel XII is an ongoing multidisciplinary project, co-created by Jon Bernson and Michael Falsetto-Mapp, which features music by their band Exray’s. Other collaborators in the residency include band member Jason Kick, director Jennifer Welch, sculptor Andy Diaz Hope, visual artist Kevin Earl Taylor, WRN FRSH stylist Gene Duven, archivist Seth Wiley, architects Marcelo Spina and Sophie Lauriault, actors Linda Ayres Frederick, Christian Phillips, Ravi Valleti, Hilary Hesse, Randy Hurst, Nima Slone, and Clay Robeson. Public dialogue is encouraged.
JON BERNSON is a San Francisco musician, multimedia artist and interdisciplinary playwright who has released more than twenty albums under the following names: Ray’s Vast Basement, Window Twins, THEMAYS, and Exray’s (whose music was featured in David Fincher’s Academy-Award winning film, The Social Network). He has toured the U.S. numerous times and scored more than a dozen plays and films, including his recent soundtracks for Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ and Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot.’ In 2013, he wrote the play, ‘A Guide to the Aftermath’ for the inaugural StoryWorks, a partnership between the Center for Investigative Reporting and Tides Theatre that explores the intersection of theater and journalism. ‘Beautification Machine,’ his sound sculpture collaboration with Andy Diaz Hope, opened at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco this past summer, was presented by Miami Projects 2014 and then acquired by the Nevada Museum of Art. His most recent sound installation at the Sonos Studio in Los Angeles is the result of a collaboration between the Oakland band tUnE-yArDs, Berlin-based video artist Jenna Woolmore and a group of architects and designers from P-a-t-t-e-r-n-s. Bernson is a Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation Initiative, a columnist at Decoder Magazine, co-founder of the Howells Transmitter record label and resident sound designer at Tides Theatre. He also founded Sunset Media Wave and the Urban Music Program at the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, where he has taught music and multimedia art for fifteen years.
Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and experience their process of making new work.
The Periscope Project aims to find ways to engage audiences and artists online. Through the Periscope Project, we invite you and the artists to engage in the project before and after the onsite residency. With artist talks, chats, hands-on activities, visitors’ stories, and other online programs, the museum seeks to expand peoples’ awareness of and experience of the artistic process, while allowing artists to build a community, locally and globally.
The de Young Periscope Project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.