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August 5, 2008

Member Events: Visual Music at Expressions Gallery – Sylvia Pengilly In Person

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 8:12 pm

Sylvia Pengilly's art

Expressions Gallery presents a personal appearance by distinguished video artist and electronic musician Sylvia Pengilly showing and talking about her abstract animations.

When: 7-9 pm, Saturday, August 16, 2008; Admission: Free
Where: Expressions Gallery
2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (near the Ashby BART Station)
Public Info: 510-644-4930, expressionsgallery@msn.com
Contact: Loren Means, lorenmea@pacbell.net

Sylvia Pengilly has always been fascinated by the correlation between what the ear hears and what the eye sees. Because of this, many of her works integrate both musical and visual elements. Mathematics and physics, including Chaos Theory, Quantum Mechanics, and Superstrings, are of particular interest, and frequently provide the basis for her works, which have been presented at several festivals, including many SEAMUS National Conferences, the “Not Still Art” Festival in New York, and ICMC. She is professor emeritus of the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans, where she taught theory and composition for many years, also founded and directed the electronic music composition studio.


  1. Elemental Chaos (6:10, 1992) an experimental video inspired by the mathematics of Chaos theory.
  2. DarkPlaces (7:00,1995) a video of a performance work in which the image of the performer/protagonist appears as a silhouette, sometimes stenciled from graphics, and at other times from videotape images.
  3. Patterns of Organic Energy (5:46, 2004) a music/video work in which the sounds used for the music were derived directly from keyframes of the video, thus creating an intimate link between video and audio.
  4. The Outer Edge of Possibility (11:10, 2005) a collaboration between Sylvia (video) and Michael Rhoades (music).
  5. Unperceived Dimensions (6:55, 2006). Just beyond our perception lie unperceived realms of both sight and sound.
  6. Release! (11:13, 2007). created by extracting visual segments of the waveforms, processing and animating them, then synchronizing them with the music they represent.

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