– Interactive, Digital, Performance Art –

Organisynth | Alex Mann and Thomas Ruble

Thursday, December 28th, 5-8pm
Richmond Art Collective Gallery
228 W. Sprague Ave.
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Join Richmond Gallery and Laboratory Spokane for an evening of sci-fi electronic music where you become part of the experience. Create musical patterns with your friends and others using simple, intuitive music creation devices. Experience new sights and sounds as every change you make affects the environment around you. All are welcome.

ORGANISYNTH is the culmination of a 4-month residency at Laboratory Spokane. This project was created by Spokane-based artist team, Alex Mann and Thomas Ruble.

ORGANISYNTH is an interactive and collaborative music performance system. The system is composed of individual devices, each with specialized roles, that together allow individuals to engage in the creation of music with others. 

The exhibit is modeled after an “organic, sci-fi theme,” which was inspired by a dystopian story of post-Earth civilizations attempting to preserve human creativity in an entirely controlled, artificial environment. Audiences will experiment with a custom, collaborative sequencer formed into a giant, glow-in-the-dark flower, hand-held “powercubes” to control different sound effects, and digital interfaces which, used together, create an immersive audiovisual experience.

These devices are networked and synchronized, so that users essentially can’t “mess up”. Unlike playing a traditional instrument, participants will not need to understand the music theory or the techniques which make the music sound good—nor will they need the technical know-how necessary to use a commercially-available synthesizer. Instead, the interfaces are designed to be playful with a focus on joy. In this way, Alex and Thomas hope to encourage the would-be musician to learn more by means of immediately successful results.

Sound Maps and Listening Spaces | Maxwell Stein

Wednesday, November 29th
7:30 pm
Richmond Art Collective Gallery
228 W. Sprague Ave.

Max Stein is a media artist based in Montréal. His work explores urban spaces through field recording, site-specific performances, installation art, and online mapping.

Over the past month, Max has been exploring, listening, and making field recordings around Spokane. He is working on developing a praxis for mapping the sonic activity and daily rhythms that occur within a space over time. This includes making tools and software to record and visualize a soundscape over a 24-hour period of time.

Max will share his research and interventions over the past month here in Spokane and discuss his artistic practice of creating sound maps, performances, and installations within cities.

Feed/me | Tomer Baruch and Andrea Vogrig

Feed/me by Tomer Baruch and Andrea Vogrig

Saturday, November 18th
Object Space
1818 E Sprague Ave.

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Feed/me is a performance and an installation in which the Facebook news feed is transformed into a playable musical instrument. Using algorithmic means the sound of the incoming videos is transformed and manipulated according to the actions of the user in the news feed as well as according to the notifications they receive, thus creating a recontextualised social network experience in which everyday offhand interactions change their meaning. The audience is welcome to participate either by interacting with the performer’s using their mobile devices or by browsing the modified news feed themselves.

Feed/me is a work in progress by Tomer Baruch in collaboration with Andrea Vogrig. It is supported by the Digital Culture Grant of the Stimularingsfonds (NL) and developed at Laboratory Spokane.

Tomer Baruch at Object Space

Tomer Baruch - picture by Anastasya Romanovsky

Sunday, November 12th


Object Space

1818 E Sprague Ave.

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All the way from Israel by way of the Netherlands, Laboratory artist-in-residence Tomer Baruch combines synthesizers, samples, and custom programming to put together some amazing music. Come join us for an informal concert, where Tomer will be talking about process, playing some music, and showing off some rad instrumentation.
Listen to some of Tomer’s work here:

Immersion + Fighting with Air | Deirdre O’Toole and Rossina Bossio


Friday, August 25th
5-8 PM
Saranac Art Projects
25 W. Main Ave.

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New video work by Laboratory artists-in-residence!

In Immersion, Irish Filmmaker Deirdre O’Toole has joined with Jacqueline Bertagnoli, Caley Edwards, Halle Goodwin, Sydney Skinner, and Suzanne Ostersmith from Gonzaga to develop a set of film and VR experiences that use dance, projection, and narrative to explore near-drowning experiences.

Meanwhile, Rossina Bossio’s multi-channel video installation brings together dancers from the Vytal Movements dance company, Mackenzie Fagras, and Bossio herself, all exploring experience, movement, and iterative exploration of creation.

This work is funded in part through a grant from Spokane Arts. Thanks!

nevertheless | Sangjun Yoo + Karla Parbon + Brooke Grissom + Melanie S Williams

Thursday, August 24th
8:00 PM
CMTV Studios
104 W. 3rd Ave., Suite B

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Korean new-media artist Sangjun Yoo, Whitworth Director of Dance Karla Parbon, and the Partners Through Art Adaptations company dancers Brooke Grissom and Melanie S Williams present ‘nevertheless’, a dance performance combining modern choreographies and improvisation with real-time interfaces, smartphones, and data visualizations. Influenced by common characteristics of a young generation, it examines the existential crisis of the millennial generation, portrayed through the lens of smartphones and selfies.

Special thanks to CMTV for the generous use of their space and Spokane Arts for funding support.

Phygitalide | L:ED

Thursday, August 17th
9:00 PM
Saranac Art Projects
25 W. Main Ave.

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If you’ve been with us for a while, you might have seen Dorianne Wotton’s movement-based work here a few years ago. Well, she’s back from France, and she’s brought a crew.

This Thursday, she joins with her other artistic half, Xavier Exomene, as L:ED, and with the help of local artists and dancers Anna Czoski and Matt Doval, present Phygitalide, an interactive combination of projection, sensors, and tango.

This project has been funded in part through Spokane Arts’ SAGA grants program.
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Hiromi Okumura + Valerie Williams

Saturday, July 1st
Fellow Coworking
304 W. Pacific Ave., Second Floor

Visual artist Hiromi Okumura and choreographer Valerie Williams have collaborated since 2006 mixing images, movement and human/computer interaction. Working together in Spokane at the Laboratory, they have started working on a new series of installation/performances based on the unfolding of experience from hard objects. Opening an object such as a curtain, book, or window initiates sound, video and dance that soon lets the viewer participate in the experience.

Hiromi Okumura and Valerie Williams present a work in progress exploring interaction between dancer, computer, and video at the Fellow Space in the Washington Cracker Building at 304 Pacific in Spokane.

Hiromi Okumura is a visual and performance artist. She received MFA at Iowa State University.
Her work has been shown and collected internationally. She is a Fine Arts faculty at Washington State University.

Valerie Williams has been dancing professionally in modern dance, musical theater, opera and Renaissance dance in North America and Europe since 1973. Artistic director of Co’Motion Dance Theater since 1978, Ms. Williams also researches early dance and performs with Musica Antiqua.

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Transmute | Elizabeth White + Mackenzie Fagras

Saturday, June 17th
Richmond Art Collective, Second Floor
228 W. Sprague Ave., Second Floor

Finally, a reason to stay up past 9 on a Saturday! Laboratory artist-in-residence Elizabeth White and Spokane’s own Mackenzie Fagras will be performing on our balcony.

This work has been made possible through a SAGA grant, thanks to Spokane Arts.

This interactive performance piece uses a blend of movement and digital art to inspire a feeling of travel through a celestial space, absent of time. By juxtaposing the natural form of dance with the digital form of computer graphics, the piece reaches for a world that doesn’t exist and brings to life new possibilities of the imagination. This piece uses live programming to allow for an interactive relationship between the dancer and the evolving space around her. As the dancer moves, the programmer is able to steer reactive behaviors around the dancer’s pathways and choices, allowing the piece to be slightly different each time.

Elizabeth is a dancer, choreographer and creative coder whose work is an ongoing study of how technology can be used to strengthen connections between multidisciplinary arts in a performance space. She is currently pursuing an MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in Interactive Telecommunications at Tisch, NYU. Before attending graduate school, she received a BA in Visual Arts from Fordham University while training in contemporary dance through the Professional Division at Alvin Ailey.

Mackenzie Fagras is a Spokane-based modern and hip-hop dancer, and has spent the past 6 years exploring hip-hop and movement independently. In her words:
“I have found dance to be really important in understanding our own sense of navigation through life and our mental voids. Dance is a human right. A channeling of our higher self. A way to touch bases with our thoughts and manifest them into a tangible action. I also use dance as an energetic offering to nature, to the people, to the planet and to myself.”

Spring Table | Catilin Pickall


June 2nd – June 18th
Opening Friday, June 2nd, 5-8pm
Richmond Art Collective Gallery, 228 W. Sprague Ave., Second Floor

Spring Table is a communal audiovisual environment. The tabletop serves as projection surface, and visitors seated around it activate different sound and video elements that combine dynamically to create an always unique combination of elements. Based on the idea of database cinema, in which a narrative unfolds by selecting scenes from a collection rather than presenting them in a fixed linear structure, the mediascape presents images and sounds related to food and dining, production and consumption, with an emphasis on our relationship to the natural environment and the combinations that result from exploration and trade.


Caitlin Pickall is a multimedia installation artist. She combines audiovisual and constructed elements with sensors and custom software to create reactive objects and environments that address material culture, social rituals and processes of meaning-creation. Her work explores the mental concepts used to define self and experience and the relationships between these constructs, physical objects and environment/space.

Born in the United States, she has lived and worked in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Berlin. She holds an M.F.A. in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.