Daisy Phillips photo by Elena Zhukova


 Avy K has been awarded the Commons Curatorial Residency at SOMArts for the month of July 2011

The Book at SOMarts Cultural Center is a multidimensional, multimedia installation—reflecting the investigative process of a meditation on the inner world of the artist and the artist’s relationship with a rational society and a technological age. The Book is an installation-performance allowing the viewer to freely move within the work and participate volitionally. We allow our personal stories to enter the performance space and leave behind an intimate message using any art media, creating a collective public diary. The Book is a kaleidoscope of sketches, snippets of thought, debris of feelings, traces of movement, and echoes of sounds that we once heard. This world pulses with unshaped ideas and unformed beauty, a world compelling in its limitless possibilities.

Each performance is a random page from The Book, and each invites a different guest artist to enter the structure, created by Avy K and collaborators, in order to destroy it and give it new life.

The SOMarts Cultural Center Main Gallery is located at: 934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103

July 1: Opening Reception Featuring Guest Artist Carol Swann 

July 7: Featuring Guest Artists Ken Ueno & Matt Ingalls 

July 14: Featuring Guest Artists Jesse Hewit, PC Munoz, and Tommy Shepherd 

July 21: Featuring Guest Artists Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney and Philip Huang

July 29: Closing Reception Featuring Avy K Productions  

Guest Artists Include:

Carol Swann
Jesse Hewit
Philip Huang,
Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney
PC Muñoz
Tommy Shepherd
Ken Ueno with Matt Ingalls

Collaborators/ Performers Include:

Erika Tsimbrovsky
Paul Clipson
Daisy Phillips
Lucas Krech
Justin Morrison
Grundik Kasyansky
Kristen Greco
Izmail Galin
Daniel Bear Davis
Sean Feit
Andrew Ward
Elena Zhukova
Ronja Ver
Aleksey Bochkovsky
Kristina Kirshner
Rob Kunkle
Vitali Kononov
Mihyun Lee
Vadim Puyandaev



Our diary: http://t-h-e-b-o-o-k.tumblr.com/


 The Book guest artists:

July 1st 


Carol Swann is a teacher, private practitioner, facilitator, director, performer and visionary. Her work is focused on contributing toward a more socially just and connected world. She grew up in an Intentional Community committed to the training and practice of nonviolent direct action and consensus decision making. She has extensive experience in founding, directing and running non-profits, collectives, projects and events. She has been teaching and performing Somatic based work for thirty-five years in the U.S., Latin America, Russia, Israel and Europe. She is a seasoned facilitator in group process and conflict facilitation. She brings unique skills in community building through: Somatic interactions, co-operative games, group singing, movement work including folk dancing and creating special events or ritual.

July 7th 

A recipient of the Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize, Ken Ueno, is a composer/vocalist who is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. As a vocalist, he specializes in extended techniques (overtones, multiphonics, extreme extended registers, circular breathing), and has collaborated in improvisations with Joey Baron, Robyn Schulkowsky, Joan Jeanrenaud, Pascal Contet, Robin Hayward, and David Wessel amongst others, and has ongoing performance collaborations with Tim Feeney, Matt Ingalls, and Du Yun.  A monograph CD of three orchestral concertos was released on the Bmop/sound label.  [kenueno.com]


Reviled for his "shapeless sonic tinkering" by the Los Angeles Times, Oakland musician Matt Ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. His composed and improvised music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music, often exploring extended instrumental techniques and combination tones that interact with the acoustic space. Matt is the director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation. [mattingalls.com]

July 14


PC Munoz is a San Francisco-based recording artist, percussionist, and producer known for a unique sound which pairs a futuristic musique concréte aesthetic with traditional percussion instruments from around the world. Past projects include composer/cellist Joan Jeanrenaud's Grammy-nominated Strange Toys album and the  award-winning multi-media project Twenty Haiku.


Tommy Shepherd (hip-hop artist), aka Soulati, is one of the co-founders of the live hip hop band, Felonious: onelovehiphop, who play throughout the world and also and create original, theatrical productions. Shepherd stays active working with a variety of collaborators, groups, and artists from a wide variety of styles and mediums.

 Jesse Hewit makes dance and performance and is the leader of Strong Behavior (jessehewit.com). He curates and performs avidly, and recently was honored with a 2010 SFBG Goldie Award for his work this past year. Come see Dog, premiering at Z Space this December.


July 21st 

Jeffrey Alphonsus Mooney is an artist, activist and ritualist who has been working with the Bay Area Pagan group Reclaiming for fifteen years. He specializes in ritual drumming and singing, and teaching how to raise energy while staying grounded and connected to each other. http://www.jamooney.com/

Philip Huang is the founder of the (International) Home Theater Festival and the author of A Pornography of Grief. You can read his recent contributions to THEOFFCENTER’s blog salon series and get a taste of his work on his YouTube Channel.

Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on live performances, films and installations. His work has screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Cinémathèque Française and in the NYFF Views From The Avant Garde program. http://www.withinmirrors.org/

The Book Artists:

 Erika Tsimbrovsky 


 Justin Morrison


 Vitali Kononov

Ronja Ver

Kristina Kirshner

Andrew Ward


Mihyun Lee

Sean Feat

Daniel Bear Davis


 Kristen Greco

Daniel Bear Davis

Vitali Kononov

Kristen Greco

Vadim Puyandaev

photos by Aleksey Bochkovsky and Elena Zhukova  

 The Book Audience:














 photos by Aleksey Bochkovsky & Elena Zhukova

The Book is made possible by the SOMArts Cultural Center Commons Curatorial Residency, by grants awarded by the San Francisco Arts Commision and by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and with support from Banya SF.



The Book # 2 with guest artists- workshop's participants 

San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, October 17th, 4 PM-5 PM, 301 Eighth Street, SF

A free event as part of the SF Conservatory of Dance's Dancemakers' Forum 

Lines consist of an infinite number of points; planes an infinite number of lines; volumes an infinite number of planes, hypervolumes an infinite number of volumes… 

The Book of Sand  by Jorge Luis Borges


Vadim Puyandaev (visual artist), Grundik Kasyansky (musician), PC Munoz (musician), Izmail Galin (visual artist), Ruslan Belorusets (video artist), Rob Kunkle (photographer) Kristina Kirshner (dancer), Erika Tsimbrovsky (danser).

Artists's bios and photos are below.

The Book # 1  Resident Artist Workshop at The Garage

The number of pages in this book is exactly infinite. No page is the first; none the last. I don’t know why they’re numbered in this arbitrary way. Perhaps it’s to demonstrate that an infinite series includes any number.

The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges

September 18th, 8 PM   The Garage, 975 Howard, SF


Erika Tsimbrovsky (danser), Andrew Ward (dancer), Daisy Phillips (dancer), Liz Tenuto (dancer), Grundik Kasyansky (musician), PC Munoz (musician), Izmail Galin (visual artist), Alena Zhukova (photographer), Aleksey Bochkovsky (photographer), Vadim Puyandaev (visual artist).

Artists's bios and photos are below.


 Erika Tsimbrovsky is an innovator in the field of improvised dance performance. Born in Kazakhstan, she studied modern and contemporary dance in Belarus, Moscow, and Amsterdam. In Israel, where she lived for twelve years, she co-founded the award-winning experimental performance group EVM Laboratories to research the interaction between diverse media structures and to develop specific improvisational performance techniques.  Avy K Productions is the San Francisco-based incarnation of her and visual artist Vadim Puyandaev's 16-year collaboration, featuring their signature "audio-visual-kinetic" approach, which brings together contemporary dance, live painting, evolving material installation, video projection, and live music to create unique and vital performances.


Vadim Puyandaev (visual artist/performer) has worked as a painter, sculptor, and designer for over twenty years and has been participating in multi-media dance performances since 1994. His fine art has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Russia, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, France, Spain, Canada, and the US. Puyandaev had also produced numerous pieces of monumental art, including a commission to design a bridge over the Red Sea in Israel. With Tsimbrovsky, he is a founding member of the creative collectives EVM Laboratories (Israel) and Avy K Productions (US), dedicated to investigating what emerges in performance at the nexus of different genres. www.vadimpuyandaev.com


Grundik Kasyansky is a London-based artist who works in improvisation, live installation, and audio collage, designing sound for dance, theatre, and film. With Slava Smelovsky he formed Grundik+Slava, the duo quickly emerging as key players in the Israeli experimental and electronic scene. He has collaborated with musicians Frank London, Eddie Prevost, Jack Wright, Seymour Wright, Jamie Coleman, Chaos As Shelter, and Victoria Hanna; with choreographers Erika Tsimbrovsky and Dganit Shemy; and with video artists Shige Moriya, Ofri Cnaani, and Hagar Goren.      http://www.myspace.com/grundikkasyansky


Izmail (Israel) Galin is a visual artist and photographer born in Central Asia. He has been living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel, since 1995. There he worked with Tsimbrovsky and Puyandaev in their award-winning group, EVM Laboratories and with Avy K Productions in San Francisco. izostadia


Daisy Phillips was born inOakland,California, and studied dance inBerkeley,London, andGeneva. In 2003 she joined the Ballet Junior de Genève, where she worked with choreographers Lucinda Childs, Patrick Delcroix, Thierry Malandain and Fabrice Mazliah, among others. 

As a freelancer, Daisy has danced and created in Switzerland with the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, in France with Kirsten Debrock/Compagnie KD Danse, and in San Francisco with Alex Ketley, Sonia Reiter, and Les Stuck.  

Living in Belgiumsince 2007, Daisy has worked in Antwerp, New York, London, Milanand Berlinwith Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui- most notably on the quartet Origine, the opera Das Rheingold, and the duet Faun.  From 2011 she works inGhent,Belgium as a member of Les Ballets C de la B, in creation with Alain Platel.  

Daisy is extremely pleased to have an ongoing collaboration with Erika Tsimbrovsky and Vadim Puyandaev, beginning in 2007 with the creation of IrRational.  This was followed in 2008 by The Silence of Stones, and continues through 2010 and 2011 with The Book and Rustling Silk.


Kristina Kirshner began her dance training at Berkeley Ballet Theater, where she studied ballet under Sally Streets and modern with Sonya Delwaide. She continued her dance training at UC San Diego and performed in the Encinitas Garden Festival and in SUSHI's New Wave Showcase. Kristina returned to the Bay Area in 2007 and has performed with Denia Dance, Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, Kelly Bowker and Dancers, Meek Dance Projects, and with Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton. She is currently a member of Courage Group, and is excited to be working with Erika Tsimbrovsky.



Andrew Ward grew up in Berkeley and began dancing at Berkeley High School under the guidance of Linda Carr. He continued to dance at UC Berkeley while studying Peace and Conflict Studies. Andrew now dances with the Joe Goode Performance Group, Scott Wells and Dancers, and Erika Tsimbrovsky/Avy K Productions.


Elena Zhukova is a San Francisco commercial photographer and currently working on her personal project illustrating the magnitude and vast range of human character and individuality in fictitious ways. www.elenazhukova.com


Aleksey Bochkovsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and immigrated to New York in 1991. He developed a passion for photography five years ago and after meeting his wife, Alena, also a photographer, moved to the Bay Area in 2005. Aleksey has participated in exhibits in New York and San Francisco and has received awards for his creative work. He and his wife are now working towards making photography their fulltime career.


This series of multimedia  performances  have been made possible  by grant from Theatre Bay Area in partnership with Dancers’ Group