The Stone Carving Oraclestra

The Stone Carving Oraclestra (2008 – Present) performs acts of “Experimental Archeology”, improvising vocally with proto-linguistic utterances, and spoken and sung phonemes. Using stones to channel intent and vocalizations, the Oraclestra offers intuitive “readings” to the audience. The performances are an imagined reinactment of a moment in time when sound was an early tool, just like stone for both attainment of knowledge and for acting upon the world. This piece also explores the dynamic of group improvisation in which meaning is created horizontally, through group cohesion and decision making. By positioning the sound as a “reading” the performers and audience are placed in a particular dynamic that alters both conventional roles of “performer” and “listener”.
Performances:

2008 at D’Amelio Terras Gallery, NYC, for West Nile Style, curated by MV Carbon. Performers: Shana Palmer, Kate Porter, Miranda Bushey, Serena Williams and Jenny Gräf.

2008 High Zero Festival for Improvised Music, Theater Project, Baltimore, USA. Performers: Shana Palmer, Kate Porter, Miranda Bushey, Serena Williams and Jenny Gräf,  With musicians Liz Albee, Susan Alcorn, Chris Corsano, MV Carbon and Bill Nace.

2009 STAMP Gallery, The University of Maryland, for The Unfolded Crystal: Seduction of the Hyperreal, curated by Melissa Moore. Performers: Shana Palmer, Kate Porter, Miranda Bushey, Serena Williams and Jenny Gräf.

2013 at DCenter, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013, for Baltimore from Many Perspectives, curated by Sarah McCann. Performers: Shana Palmer, Kate Porter, Jaqueline Milad, Freda Mohr, Anne Russ, Clarissa Gregory, Teresa Columbus and Jenny Gräf.

2019 at VEGA, Copenhagen, Denmark, for VEGA ARTS performance series, curated by Matthias Borello. Performers: Freja Kreutzfeldt, Kirstine Lindemann, Maria Brænder, Thilde Fjord Madsen and Jenny Gräf.(above: The Stone Carving Oraclestra performes Experimental Archeology at High Zero Festival, 2008)
(i (Delivery of Stones, video still, from VEGA installation, a component of the 2019 work)
Edited Video Documentation of Performance for Vega Arts

Delivery of Stones, Installation component for Vega Arts

SCO, DCenter, Baltimore, 2013

SCO High Zero, 2008