VisArts Presents In(Site) Project Series

By Editorial Team on November 27, 2017
In(Site) Project Series: Boat Burning, Time is Fire, Heterodyne, poster image courtesy of Frank McCauley.
Opening: Friday, December 1 from 9pm to 11pm

As part of their ongoing In(Site) Project Series, VisArts proudly presents the sonically expansive experimental music of BOAT BURNING, Time Is Fire and Heterodyne.

Melding elements of classical music and punk, the DC-based experimental rock collective BOAT BURNING explores ‘maximal minimalism,’ an intricate hybrid of composition and improvisation for massed-electric guitars where elemental passages played by a multitude of instruments produce shimmering towers of densely-stacked harmonics. The result is powerful, majestic music that combines the wide-screen, panoramic sweep of classical with the sheer physical thrall of punk.

Time Is Fire indirectly originates from the DC punk scene by influence and residence but explodes the signature sound of the nation’s capital with a high-energy mix of Afro-disco, Mid Eastern-psychedelia and spaced-out dub. Their music transcends mainstream influences, incorporating strong global and experimental-fusion elements into their often psychedelic and funk-inflected sound. A static blast of experimental radio from an imaginary country.

Heterodyne is an improvisational collaboration between Ted Zook and Maria Shesiuk, sometimes joined by other musical improvisers including Bob Boilen, Patrick Whitehead, Doug Kallmeyer, Jerry Busher, and Sarah Hughes. Maria Shesiuk “is an experimental improviser from Baltimore. She uses vintage Casio keyboards manipulated through various effects for live experimental music improvisations. Recently she also started composing electronic music using Moog synthesizers, manipulated vocals, and field recordings.” Ted Zook is “primarily a nylon-string guitarist; however, in live performances he more commonly plays an NS Design Omni Bass, set up as a basscello, through digital signal processors.” He has frequently performed at the Sonic Circuits Festival in DC.

More info on Heterodyne’s performers:

The In(Site) Project Series at VisArts places contemporary art, music, and performance art in non-traditional spaces and venues. VisArts encourages active looking, sociability, interaction, and encounters with art and music in architectural spaces often considered “pass throughs” (hallways, atriums, lobbies, and windows). The In(Site) Project Series features artists and performers working in a variety of modes, media, and platforms.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: (Exhibition, events and programs are free and open to the public)

  • In(Site) Project Series at VisArts featuring:
    • BOAT BURNING, Time Is Fire, and Heterodyne
      Friday, December 1, 9 – 11 PM
    • Debut Screening of Brandon Morse: Prow
      Friday, December 1, 7 – 11 PM
      Large scale outdoor projection fills the 2nd floor windows of VisArts. The projection will be visible in Rockville Town Square.
  • VisArts Exhibition Opening Reception and Artist Talks
    Friday, December 1, 7 – 9 PM.
    Reception for four new exhibitions opening at VisArts: Rachel Schmidt, Shadow Builders; Janet Olney, If x, then y; Sarah Hardesty, Moving Mountains, and the VisArts Faculty Exhibition.
  • Open Studios
    Friday, December 1, 6 – 9 PM
    Artists open their studios at VisArts.

Exhibitions and events are always free and open to the public. Suggested donation $5.00.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
  • Friday: 12 – 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit or call 301-315-8200.