Sharmi Basu – did i make it better?
SHARMI BASU (she/they) is a multi-media performance artist, curator, and composer. She creates work that addresses vulnerability, accountability, and experiences of millennial diaspora through creating narratives of decolonial thinking toward individual and collective liberation. She attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic by combining her anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest, Sharmi's primary performing project, utilizes an unwavering depression and restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. She is an MFA graduate from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media and has worked with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Maggi Payne, and more. Her performances and sound pieces show us that the abstract and immaterial experiences of trauma and pain can be liberated through our abstract creations in art and sound. She believes that transcending the emotional landscape is the key to accessing multidimensionality, and works with these ideas in her Decolonizing Sound workshops and her improvisation group, the Mara Performance Collective. She hosts a number of workshops that center on sound healing and self-accountability, as well as technical skill-shares world-wide. She is also a certified mediator focused on interpersonal healing within Queer and Trans BIPOC communities. Her ultimate goal through her work is to cultivate a sense of vulnerability and empowerment for herself and her community.
did i make it better? is a continuation of a series of self-investigation scores that explore accountability, harm, joy, and somatics. Thus far, these pieces have been self-contained as performance art pieces and workshops. Using video sculpture and performance, the pieces presented at Coaxial will investigate differing experiences of judgment, perspective, and the body as a tool for bending time to connect immateriality and materiality. These series of videos feature interviews with a variety of artists and musicians, centered on exploring the transmutation of trauma within the body through storytelling. She asks the audience to use these pieces to explore the ways in which sound, performance, and installation can prompt us to create different relationships with our personal and ancestral histories and our structural relationships to ourselves.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
6:00pm-9:00pm - Gallery Hours
9:00pm - 11:00pm - Performances
Coaxial's 2020 residency program is supported by grants from the following organizations:
3 YEARS OF COAXIAL BOOK
A book documenting the first three years of Coaxial is now available. With photos covering the gamut of residencies and performances. Over 50 full-color pages. With photos from Katie Stenberg, Eva Aguila, Dalton Blanco, Tony Ung, Estelle Srivijittakar, Suzy Poling, Jonnie Prey, Eric Zimmerman, and Sophia Nearhood. Book design and layout by Alex Mata.
Moving Sound Effects: Jmy James Kidd + Lisa Wahlander, Gabie Strong + Verdume, Takako Minekawa, Byoul DaEun Jung + Melody Shim
pehrspace presents: Moving Sound Effects Jmy James Kidd + Lisa Wahlander (Dance)/ Gabie Strong + Verdume (Sound) http://jmyjameskidd.com/ https://vimeo.com/user51030856 http://www.gabiestrong.com/ https://soundcloud.com/verdume Takako Minekawa (Electronics and Voice) https://soundcloud.com/miinee-taaaa Byoul [DaEun Jung (Dance) + Melody Shim (Voice)]…
DOORS AT 7:30p, SHOW AT 8p https://www.facebook.com/events/245368529791177/ $5-15 SLIDING SCALE, TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: https://withfriends.co/event/4013552/bethan_kellough_sublamp_and_precious_child & AT THE DOOR VOLUME and Coaxial are pleased to announce an evening of sound installations and performances by Los Angeles-based…
A night of mutant electronics, abstract techno and industrial noise. https://www.facebook.com/events/183239176231541/ Pod Blotz (Dais, L.I.E.S.) DAIS RECORD RELEASE https://podblotz.bandcamp.com/album/transdimensional-system Oil Thief (Chondritic Sound, Total Black) https://totalblack.bandcamp.com/album/the-colony First time Oil Thief has played in Los Angeles…
Join us for an evening of sounds and projections featuring Wizard Problems, Dan Meyer, Pauline Lay, and Alan S. Tofighi with visuals by Kio Griffith. $10 _________________________________ Alan S. Tofighi is an interdisciplinary artist whose…
Deep Cross and Mutant, both on tour from Texas, joined by LA favorites Clay Rendering and Glaare. Clay Rendering https://clayrendering.bandcamp.com/ Somberly seductive dark post-punk from one of LA's most cherished quartets. Patient, rewarding reconstructions of…
https://www.facebook.com/events/474631396550274/ LAL officially launches our album DARK BEINGS in the US off of Cruisin Records with a US Tour and some Canadian dates! Date: March 5, 2020 Venue: Coaxial - 1815 S Main St, Los…
Practical Transparency - Symposium on art/work/life is an event that will feature a selection of critique-based talks/performances on the functions/complications/non-standard methodologies inherent in a 21st century practice and all the art adjacent functions that accompany…
The Bay meets LA for a night of noise, industrial, and other dark electronics. Presented by Black Horizons and Obsolete Units. https://www.facebook.com/events/1612158965592066/ 80KV https://eightykv.com/ LA artist probing the pull between humanity and technology through noise,…
Resource Residency Presents: Build Your Own Stereo Field & Performances by Eric Pitra, Desirée Monique, Legal Garden, OAA, Felisha Ledesma
Tickets for Workshop (performance included) $270 (February 20th) Performance Only $10 (February 21) STEREO FIELD is one instrument with three uses. It is simultaneously a stereo/quad modular touch plate feedback atonal synthesizer, a stereo/quad…
A night of heavy minimal electronics. https://www.facebook.com/events/2413987948912927/ Lituüs (Chicago) (Avian, Nostilevo, and Vienna Press / Mazurka Editions) https://avianstore.bandcamp.com/album/2236-s-wentworth-ave Vasculae (Los Angeles) https://monorailtrespassing.bandcamp.com/album/new-orthodoxy Liebestod (Los Angeles) (Chondritic Sound) https://chondriticsound.bandcamp.com/album/escaping-freedom Black William (Los Angeles/Chicago) https://chainedlibrary.bandcamp.com/album/eliza-b-c
Sharmi Basu - did i make it better?: Opening Reception SHARMI BASU (she/they) is a multi-media performance artist, curator, and composer. She creates work that addresses vulnerability, accountability, and experiences of millennial diaspora through creating narratives…
Coaxial welcomes Jon Nicholson (Excepter, DJ Porkchop) and his acclaimed solo project SSPS to LA for the first time in eleven years! Support from a diverse set of locals (White Limo, Jane Chain, and Rust…
Resource Residency Presents: Waveset Sythesis Workshop & Performances by RM Francis, Ellen Phan, G.S. Sultan
Tickets for: Workshop $10-20 Performance $10 Workshop & Performance $16 Introduction to Waveset Synthesis in SuperCollider Led by RM Francis Waveset synthesis is a DSP paradigm first developed by Trevor Wishart that involves the…
Join us for an evening of celebrations, reflections, and vampires in honor of Cali Bellow's newest album "The Killers. Featuring sounds from Cali Bellow, Sophiaaaahjkl;8901, Cari Stevens, and Rain E. Day and the Sunshine Girls.…
Join Coaxial guest instructor Tim Caldwell to build your own video -instrument, the recurBOY. NOTE: This ticket is for entry only, there is an additional $45 materials fee to be paid on arrival that is…
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 5 PM – 11 PM at Reseda Park Coaxial Arts Foundation is excited to announce Comida a Mano an installation
Coaxial is happy to announce that we have received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works – Media Art & California Arts Council (CAC) Local
Thanks to Matt Stromberg for writing this article on Hyperallergic about our 4 year anniversary. The Various Artists Who Have Helped Shape a Vital
Coaxial is happy to announce that we have received a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Organizational Grant Program. This grant will allow Coaxial