The San Diego Library has once again relinquished Stay Strange the keys to the library to curate CHECKED OUT 2016.
This year in the Neil Morgan Auditorium we will be presenting the industrial doomer Author & Punisher, the grind-skronk of Planet B, mutilation beats of Skrapez and the sludge-surf rock of MF Redeemer. In addition to the music, the San Diego Art Institute will be be sponsoring Build-A-Beast in the library courtyard. This will be a free monster-doll arts and craft event with artwork by former San Diegan artist Martin Ontiveros. Martin makes incredible Dungeons & Dragons inspired creatures and monsters. Strangely hypnotic and totally symbolic.
If that wasn’t enough, sound artists Scott Nielsen and Steve Flato will also be in the courtyard playing the actual library building via contact microphones and a specially constructed antenna. Using these instruments, Scott will pick up the sounds of the building and the sounds of the courtyard. Steve Flato will then organize and process and manipulate the sounds into an improvisational score.
We will also have mind-tweaking visuals by sight artist !ZEUQSAV! and in-between music by Les Temps Barbares. And last but not least, shock performance artist Xavier Ramirez will be displaying his handmade primitive masks in the auditorium lobby.