David Means

David Means has performed with Georgia Stephens and students in his Intermedia Arts program at Metro State, but this will be his first performance at Patrick’s Cabaret. He will be showing the intermedia piece “Leaving Lanai,” about the beauty and complexity of two Hawaiian islands. It uses still photography from the crater and from sites on Lanai and Maui as visual backdrop for graphic score overlays, and as a shifting mosaic for interpreting musical phrases and text materials. “Nature and geographic locations have been one of my many interests as a composer and sound artists,” David said. He has created site-specific projects along rivers, on rural grass runways and natural environments in Minnesota, Germany, France and Holland. “In most of my works I try to link the ambient visual and sound environments of a particular site with cultural and historical information gathered from visits, research and collaborations with local artists.”

So how does one become an intermedia artist? David took an intriguing and twisting path: “As an architecture student in the mid-sixties I was able to study with Buckminster Fuller and participated in John Cage’s first
Musicircus there in 1967. I was drafted to Vietnam, and during two 7-day leaves I was inspired by Christo’s “Wrapped Coastline” in Australia and the natual beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. When I returned to the States, I pursued advanced degrees in Music Composition at Northern Illinois University and studied with Salvatore Martirano, Herbert Brun and Ben Johnston at the University of Illinois. When I moved to Minnesota in 1978 I undertook a number of composition projects that explored extended graphic and sculptural notation in site-specific intermedia installations. Since the mid-1980s I’ve also collaborated with choreographers, video artists and writers on works for stage and non-traditional performance settings.”

Come on over today or tomorrow to experience “the sensation of space and how we experience its vast power to transform our sense of place, movement and sound as it surronds our lives.”