Star Cycle

9:00pm – 11:55pm Wednesday 6/22/2016 FREE ADMISSION!

Star Cycle is a visual installation created by Vivian Hua for this installation at NMASS2016 she will be collaborating with sound artists Aux Aux + Mediums + The Kraken Quartet.

Vivian Hua (華婷婷) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator who, in true Sagittarius fashion, resides in Los Angeles but frequently lands in the Pacific Northwest. She is fascinated by synthesizing divergent styles, groups, and schools of thought, and this can be found throughout her work, which unifies her interest in the metaphysical with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. For the month of June, she is in Austin doing a residency at Museum of Human Achievement, entitled, “Where Does ‘I’ End & You Begin”, which will open towards the end of June. Her work, astrological chart, etc. can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net / vimeo.com/hellomynameisvee / www.instagram.com/hellomynameisvee.

The Kraken Quartet is a genre-crossing percussion group known for its highly energetic and engaging performances. Since their formation in 2011, the group has been heralded by media outlets including Time Out New York, WNYC, KUTX, I Care If You Listen, and The Ithaca Times for merging elements of indie rock, minimalism, electronica, jazz, and the avant-garde.

Currently based in Austin, TX, The Kraken Quartet maintains an active schedule, frequently performing with local and touring artists. The group recently made its Fast Forward Austin debut in April 2016, where they collaborated with Jason Treuting of So Percussion, The University of Texas Percussion Ensemble, and the Baylor Percussion Group. This past spring, Kraken joined Line Upon Line Percussion to perform works by Steve Reich in honor of his 80th birthday year. This summer, The Kraken Quartet will embark on its third tour, visiting cities in the Southern U.S.

After forming at Ithaca College, members of The Kraken Quartet pursued graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to performing, The Kraken Quartet holds a strong educational vision. All four members give individual percussion instruction and master classes, and together they are developing workshops focused on collaborative composition as a tool for helping young musicians grow. The Kraken Quartet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The group proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Grover Pro Percussion, and Hammerax cymbals.

Mediums is the ongoing musical project produced by Travis Austin, an Austin-born sound artist and composer living in NYC.

Aux Aux is the ambiguous entity of experimentation and composition lead by Henna Chou, environmental scientist and resident of Austin, TX.