BREAK: preparations for the apocalypse
‘BREAK’ explores the systems and cycles that we participate in, individually and collectively, that are breaking, broken, or need to be broken. A break offers an opportunity to reinterpret, rearrange, restructure, redefine. ‘BREAK’ is a public ritual/ritual environment dedicated to breaking cycles of abuse on the personal, interpersonal and interspecies level. Here is a space (container) for self and social reflection, a meditation on our fragility, the preciousness and tangibility of a moment, preparedness for change, and what could exist or cease to exist beyond inevitable apocalypse. This installation explores the process of breaking through sound, psychoacoustic effects, glitch, performance and energetics to break away from old patterns, stale ties, karmic cords and our individual roles in the cycles of abuse.
— Sage Elaine Fisher is an American composer, performer and sound artist based in Portland, OR. She is best known for her performance project, ‘Dolphin Midwives’ which integrates/abstracts harp, and voice using electronics, extended techniques and ritual processes. She explores themes of empathy, natural cycles, vulnerability and human relationships to structure and technology. Part social experiment, part meditation, part practical magic, she uses psychoacoustics, intuition, and constant re-interpretation of structure to invite awareness, transformation, empathy and transcendence.
She has performed at various contemporary art centers and venues on the west coast, including Disjecta, S1, PICA, Coaxial Arts, and Columbia City Theatre, and shared her work at TBA Fest, Debacle Fest, PDX POP NOW, Olympia Experimental Music Festival, Subharmonic, The Wayward Music Series and the CMG’s Improv Summit of Portland. In 2015, she released Orchid Milk, her first recording under the Dolphin Midwives moniker. Her installation ‘NATURAPHONES’ was shown in 2016 at The Bison Building, as a culmination of a six-month residency for PNCA+OCAC’s ACD program, and featured four large-scale acoustic sculptures, ambient performance, and several sculptural prototypes. Later in 2016, she founded and directed the Dröna Choir to perform her new choral piece, invisibility ritual, which was performed on the new moon in total darkness, and explored the space between silence and sound. In 2018 she composed a new score for Night of the Living Dead, commissioned by the PJCE and supported by a RACC grant.
Her upcoming album, Liminal Garden, will be released Jan 2019 by Beacon Sounds/Sounds et al.