Date: 2022-02-03to
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Gallery QI, Atkinson Hall


Exhibit dates: February 3 - March 11, 2022  
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Gallery QI Event  
Thursday, February 24, 2022  
Host: Michael Trigilio  
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm  

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  • 5:00pm Calit2 Auditorium Presentations and Panel Discussion with Michael Trigilio, Bobby McElver, Trish Stone, and Shahrokh Yadegari  
  • 5:30pm Panel Discussion and Q&A moderated by Michael Trigilio  
  • 6:00pm Gallery QI open, Courtyard Reception  

The antibody resists the pathogen, the virus, the infection. What we describe as viral, as pathological, can include living organisms, language, dogma, and minds. What defines a body? The body of the planet, the body of the nation-state, the body-politic, the human body, the viral body, the body of evidence, the data body, the wrong body, the perfect body. The ANTIBODIES exhibit brings together explorations in sound, image, and science that obliquely orbit questions of the body, the virus, and the resistance.

Trigilio and McElver, collaborating for the first time, have designed a video and sound installation for the Gallery QI. The installation consists of a large video projection by Trigilio, an 8-minute single-channel video, Verse One for the Ten Grounded Stacks, from his recent body of work (Unmake the Uncosmos, Ecstatic). Working with sound-design and original music from Trigilio, McElver is mixing and spatializing the sound in the gallery, utilizing his own 64-channel wave field synthesis technology.

Stone and QI Learning Academy 2019 students Sijie Liu, Yixing Wang, Hainan Xion created Anti-Plague, a game made in Unity, as a critical response to the popular game Plague, the goal of which was to spread a virus worldwide. The project is based on scientific data and simulates the effectiveness of social distancing, stay at home orders, and mask wearing at varying populations and timeframes. The game will be displayed in the front hallway of QI as well as playable online:

As part of the gallery event on February 24, Yadegari presents his installation Music for Courtyard, an original work designed for the courtyard in front of Atkinson Hall.


Michael Trigilio works in film, sound, performance, and tactical-media have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the LA County Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore among many others. Trigilio’s collaborative public-media project Neighborhood Public Radio was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and in residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2007 and MOCA LA in 2011. He collaborated with San Francisco's Little Seismic Dance Company on several dance/film projects, including co-directing the large scale We Don’t Belong Here (2011) with choreographer Katie Faulkner. In 2013, he developed Project Planetaria with astrophysicist Adam Burgasser and artist Tara Knight, focusing on interpreting astronomical-data through performance, sound, and media-work. In 2019 Trigilio completed a large body of multimedia work, A Glimmer Exodus Sketchbook (2019), made up of digital video works, prints, and 3D-printed objects for exhibition at the gallery@calit2 at UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute. In February 2020 he performed Every Pulse a Riot, a music & video performance of a score derived from data of police violence for the Cultured Data Symposium at UC San Diego.

Bobby McElver works in theater, dance, music and spatial audio for the performing arts. As a member of the iconoclastic Wooster Group from 2011 to 2016, he worked closely with founder and artistic director Elizabeth LeCompte on several of their experimental works. McElver was nominated for a Bessie Award, honoring exceptional achievement by independent dance artists presenting their work in New York City, for Outstanding Sound Design-Original Music for The Wooster Group’s “Early Shaker Spirituals.” As an artist-engineer, McElver’s research focuses on developing new spatial audio technology — specifically Wave Field Synthesis and “sound holograms” — and applying the technology in context of an artistic work. In 2018 he fabricated a Wave Field Synthesis array with 372 loudspeakers based on research at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (EMPAC). One of the most extensive WFS arrays in the world, it allows him to place sound accurately in 3D space, creating “holophones,” or sounds that float and move in physical space. McElver is on the faculty of the department of Theatre & Dance at UC San Diego.

Trish Stone is a new media artist, whose conceptual art projects deal with issues of surveillance and intimacy. For her most recent project, Network Error, Trish Stone 3D-printed miniature figurines of herself, and used them to stage tiny protests in public spaces. She displayed photographs of the protests, along with an interactive videogame and a live streaming of the figurines, at gallery@calit2 and San Diego Art Institute. Her project Things I Never Say, in which she used publicly accessible webcams in San Diego as a platform for performance, was exhibited in 2011 at Art Produce Gallery, along with an Outdoor Video Screening, curated along the theme of performance in public space. Selected exhibitions include: San Diego Art Institute, Oceanside Museum of Art, Angels Gate Cultural Center in Los Angeles, gallery@calit2 UC San Diego, Works San Jose, California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside, 21Grand in Oakland, and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA.

Shahrokh Yadegari, composer, sound designer, and producer, has collaborated with such artists as Peter Sellars, Robert Woodruff, Ann Hamilton, Christine Brewer, Gabor Tompa, Maya Beiser, Steven Schick, Lucie Tiberghien, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, Hossein Omoumi, and Siamak Shajarian. He has performed and his productions, compositions, and designs have been presented internationally in such venues as the Carnegie Hall, Royce Hall, Festival of Arts and Ideas, OFF-D'Avignon Festival, International Theatre Festival in Cluj Romania, Ravinia Festival, Ruhr-Triennale, Vienna Festival, Holland Festival, Tirgan Festival, Forum Barcelona, Japan America Theatre, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Institut fur Neue Musik und Musikerziehung (Darmstadt), Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, and Contemporary Museum of Art, San Diego. He has also worked at Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), and is one of the founders and the artistic director of Kereshmeh Records and Persian Arts Society, organizations dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Persian traditional and new music. Yadegari is currently on the faculty of the department of Music at UC San Diego, and the director of the Sonic Arts Research and Development group and the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) at the Qualcomm Institute.

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