Part of the America series: JBV.10.15.27 documents The War at Home performance, a historical story written by Michele Wells investigating racial discrimination. The play explores the murder of Jesse Thornton in Luverne, Alabama in 1940. The worn flags hang above the Orientation Center for the Blind in El Cerrito, CA.
6 minutes 3 seconds
My art investigates diverse cultures and relationships between manmade and natural environments. Fascinated by flight or disorientation and its patterns, I merge together disparate events and experiences to create new narratives. JBV.12.15.2630 documents the movement of Yosemite Falls. The sounds are from a Native American Art auction in San Francisco. The audio features the sale of an Apache tray and Plateau beaded bags that mimic the patterns of Yosemite’s environment. I question the commercialization and speculative appreciation of objects from America’s original residents. With the upcoming centennial of The Organic Act of 1916 and as remnants become bid and sold on, the National Park enjoyment and protection debate must include its original history.
7 minutes 1 second
America is a series investigating diverse cultures and relationships between manmade and natural environments. Fascinated by flight or disorientation and its patterns, I merge together disparate events and experiences to create new narratives. JBV.7.15.171 documents the clouds above the San Francisco Bay and the sounds of Los Angeles International Airport.
Part of the America series: JBV.6.15.17 merges a gun range experience with the sounds of the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee and Choctaw Refuge in Mississippi.
Part of the America series: Lake Tahoe’s rhythmic patterns are mixed with conversation from a popular Berkeley restaurant in JBV.7.15.14.
6 minutes 30 seconds
Part of the America series: On July 31st, I documented the blue moon with the sounds of a gun range in JBV.7.15.1630. Please lower sound prior to listening and adjust accordingly.
Part of the America series: JBV.8.15.15 combines the San Francisco Bay’s calm cloud patterns with the sound of a local gun range. Please lower sound prior to listening and adjust accordingly.
JBV.12.15.37 documents the “blood moon” in California and how light scatters off of air molecules creating its intense color. The sounds are from the Lingyin Buddhist temple in Hangzhou, China. Visitors toss coins on top a small prayer structure for good luck outside of the Hall of Master Ji Gong. Buddha is believed to be born on a full moon and astrology is a part of the culture. Through scientific investigations such as Robert Goddard’s rocket propulsion and religious teachings, diverse cultures have looked to the universe for exploration and answers.