Heather Warren-Crow: Swan Divin' Into a Tub of Scratch
First Thursday, February 4, 2016

A cartoon duck. Giant novelty checks. The sound of a signature on rough paper. An awkward computer voice reading strangers' confessions. Heather Warren-Crow's Swan Divin' Into a Tub of Scratch is a series of live audio essays and accompanying objects that address the material qualities of money and our desire to personalize the impersonal. The event features improvisations from musicians Seth Warren-Crow and Joel Pickard.

Heather Warren-Crow is a performance artist based in Lubbock, Texas. She has exhibited her artwork in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, India, Japan, Mexico, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, and across Europe and the United States. Most recently, she presented performance art at Glasshouse in Brooklyn (US), theatre at the Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival (Norway), design at the Prague Quadrennial (Czech Republic), and sound art at PNEM festival of sound art in Uden (The Netherlands). Heather has a PhD in performance studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Seth Warren-Crow is a percussionist and sound designer based in Lubbock, TX. Challenging any clear distinction between music and noise, nature and artifice, Seth’s sound for live performance often combines field recordings, samples from film and other media, and voice to create intricate and uncanny electro-acoustic soundscapes. He has designed sound for productions of La Bohème (Milwaukee Ballet), A Wrinkle in Time (First Stage Children’s Theater), Love Stories (Ballet Quad Cities), and Three Other Sisters (Theatre Gigante), which toured Slovenia during the fall of 2012. Seth received a MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College in California, where he received the Frog Peak Award for Experimental Music.

Joel Pickard is a composer, sound designer, and improviser based in Portland, Oregon. He received his Masters Degree from Mills College in Oakland, California where he studied with Fred Frith and Pauline Oliveros. As a composer, Joel writes for dance, theatre, and film. Throughout 2010-12, he toured with The Thank-you Bar, a dance performance piece for which he co-wrote the score and which won a 2012 Bessie for Best Production. Recent film projects include Heart Of Wilderness, with upcoming premieres at RiverRun Film Festival in NC and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Of Minor Prophets set to debut at The Black Hills Film Festival in May and The Birch Grove, which had its world premiere at Cinedans in Amsterdam and will also appear at Cannes Short Film Corner and Newport Beach Film Festival. Joel also creates music and sound design for HBO, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, the Independent Film Channel, and other commercial clients.