PearlArts:movement and sound


October – November 2009, we Herm and I – PearlArts, have an audio/video piece installed at Space Gallery in Pittsburgh PA. We call it “GO”, and it is a three screen installation responding to the theme, TRANSFER LOUNGE. Curated by Carolina Loyola Garcia of Pittsburgh and  Ima Pico of Spain, this exhibit is also shown in Forja Arte Contemporaneo in Valencia, Spain and includes the work of American and Spanish artist listed below along with the curators’ vision. The footage posted here is the “air” screen of this work.



A transfer lounge is a temporary space, a connecting point between to different places characterized by ambiguity and loss of identity. At the same time it is a period of transition that can lead us to new circumstances. TRANSFER LOUNGE is a project that involves art professionals from Spain and U.S.A and creates a unique opportunity for artists from different parts of the world to actively exchange their views and ideas around issues of mobility and transition. The artists have been invited to respond to this theme and establish prior the exhibition a dialogue within the frame of current cultural mobility. Una Sala de Tránsito es un espacio temporal relacionado con una salida y una llegada a otro lugar. Es un espacio que existe únicamente como punto de conexión y que se caracteriza por la ambigüedad y la pérdida de identidad. TRANSFER LOUNGE es un intercambio entre España y Estados Unidos que crea una oportunidad única para artistas de diferentes continentes de reunirse e intercambiar opiniones. Para ello los artistas han sido invitados a desarrollar sus ideas sobre los estados de transición y establecer un diálogo previo en torno a este tema.


This is the latest PearlArts: movement and sound project

PearlArts is our  production company as of 2006. Look out for our website, coming soon!

Sos is the lead artist and he describes it as follows:

“named/unnamed” was presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl Friday, July 17th 2009

During the later years of the Bush administration I became increasingly alarmed listening to the daily reports of death and destruction on the Iraq war front. While saddened by American military loses, what struck me to the core was the offhand mention of Iraqi civilian deaths. I wanted to put a feeling to these mostly nameless and faceless people so long ignored in the central consciousness of American culture. What I have tried to do is create an immersive sound environment where these names can expand and interact.

The process began with the collection of names from various on-line sources. The recordings were made at Tuff Sound Recording and various remote locations. Each name was then individually edited and catalogued for processing. The sound environment is achieved using a custom software created in Max/MSP by Andreas Wetterberg (Denmark). The resulting audio is not a recording, it is a continuously renewing and ever changing sound-scape. Each name is fed into a sound processor to be extended and moved through space. I hope to provide an atmosphere for reflection and perspective. These names represent individuals who are now gone from our midst and they are mostly civilians. They are 5 year old girls, 78 year old men and some times nameless figures noted only by a description as in: “mother of dead policeman”, “brothers” and “unborn child of dead woman”. Visuals have been created by Staycee Pearl in response to the haunting and often disturbing audio.

This is only the first phase of this project. There are plans and discussions for travel and collaborations with other artists around the world. I look forward to the new phases of development and directions this exciting technology provides.  -Herman Pearl


5 thoughts on “PearlArts:movement and sound

  1. Stacee,
    Congratulations on all of this terrific work! You’ve been so productive!
    The NRA got in our way with their gridlock en route to the Gallery Crawl, but I’m hoping there will be another chance to see Herman’s piece, and you guys, soon.

  2. Hi Stacee,
    I hadn’t get a chance to congratulate your successful program last night in KSF.To be honestly, it is the first time I see a nude dancer.Totally impressive. This is America, haha. I mean, the naturalist and the pure art. I enjoy your work very much. As well as the other programs. All the dancer use their compelling body movement revealing the freedom of human spirit.

    1. Thank you Baimeng,
      I’m so glad you were able to come out to see.
      Yes, this is the U.S. and not all approve, but there’s that free speech thing…
      That piece was choreographed and performed by my friend Kate.
      She’s very brave.

      Hope to see you again soon!

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