PLAySPACE Presents: Re-mastering the Anthology of American Folk Music

An exhibition by Jesse Kauppila in collaboration with Chris Edley, Karl Nelson, and Ethan Rafal
April 6, 2010, 6:00–9:00 pm
PLAySPACE, San Francisco Campus

1111 Eighth Street, main building

Performance: Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 7 p.m.

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Oakland-based artist Jesse Kauppila has produced an exhibition that rewrites Harry Smith’s 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music by engraving new tracks into six copper plates. Each handmade plate can be played as a noise record on a traditional turntable and is shown with its corresponding print.

Collaborator Chris Edley’s films, made with a hand-held black-and-white tube camera, are shown to further illuminate Kauppila’s process. Ethan Rafal has documented these progressions using digital and analog photography, and a short film by Karl Nelson provides extended deconstruction of the re-mastering project and the concepts behind it. Remastering the Anthology of American Folk Music invites the viewer to engage all facets of this meticulous project as each of these artists have contributed to its reimagining.

The exhibition was curated by Amanda Simms Hunt.