Raven Chacon with Sterile Garden and Nadia


Raven Chacon with Sterile Garden and Nadia

SPACE artist-in-residence explores textural frequencies alongside local audiovisual collagists

During his residency at SPACE, Raven Chacon will be compiling sounds with local Portland collaborators to be assembled for a recording project and presented in a live performance.

Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists Fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Toronto, Ontario.


Active for 13 years, with over 35 releases, the project revolves around field recording and tape manipulation techniques. Sterile Garden has toured both in the United States and Europe on multiple occasions as well as ongoing involvement with the Sound and City Project. There have been collaborations with film/video, dance, installation artists, as well as artist residencies in the Netherlands and Zurich, Switzerland.  Sterile Garden has gone through various lineup changes over the years, now the solo effort of Jacob DeRaadt.

Nadia is Ashley Bennett, currently based in Portland, Maine. She uses a wide range of tones, textures, and frequencies while maintaining a taut sense of tension and sharp balance. Some tracks build in intensity through the layering of what sounds like water, human breath, and various clicks that evoke an ASMR-like sensation. Others take us outside through wide-screen field recordings before introducing synthesizer of nearly inaudible frequencies, cradled by her own whispering voice.

April 1, 2019
8:00 PM