January 24, 2009 - March 28, 2009 // OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles
The Future Imaginary
Aaron Drake and Kari Rae Seekins
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Kari Rae Seekins

Kari Rae Seekins is a sound designer and composer currently living in the Los Angeles area. She obtained her MFA in Sound Design and Integrated Media from CalArts in 2008 and her BFA in Design for the Theatre and Electroacoustic Composition from Concordia University in Montreal, in 2005. Her strengths and primary interests in sound design lie in the creation of original sounds and complete soundscapes which combine sound FX, ambiences, and music as one entity.

In the past year Kari’s sound designs and compositions have shown in various museums and festivals throughout the world including the Los Angeles International Film Festival, New Zealand Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, ZKM and OCMA.


Aaron Drake

Aaron Drake is a composer/sound artist, curator and performer based in Los Angeles.

A classically trained pianist, Drake's instrumental pieces explore sociological principals (group behavior, social constructs of rules and power, etc.). Much of his work examines the relationship that performers have to each other, or to their instruments and/or environment.

Most recently, Drake's electronic work has focused on notions of authorship by appropriating and manipulating digital 'objects' such as .mp3, .jpg, .dmg, etc., as well as recycling and redesigning discarded sound making devices such as children's toys, synthesizers and radios.

His works have been featured in both national and international festivals, museums and galleries. In Southern California his credits include OCMA, LACE, SoundWalk, NewTown Arts, Bent Festival, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, Sea and Space Explorations and Machine Project. His work has also been featured at ICMC, ISIM, ProvFlux, LOOM Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery (NYC), and in Germany at the Darmstadt Ferienkursen and ZKM. Radio features have been heard on the Hessiches Rundfunk (H3), Kalvos & Damian New Music Bazaar on KALX and KUSC's Arts Alive.

Drake's curatorial endeavors aim to create active collaboration and critical exchange between artists and audiences. As co-curator of the annual Sound IN Space festival (www.soundinspace.org) at the Sea and Space Explorations, Drake organizes a month-long program of performances that bring together cross sections of the local sound art community. Other curatorial endeavors include the 2008 Bent Festival in Los Angeles and the weekly REDCATLOUNGE series at REDCAT.