Bells & Whistles
Escape from the box
While articulating the different elements of a performance (the choreography, the set, its lights and its resulting screen-image) Pascual Sisto’s Bells & Whistles is a synchronization of light, video and sound. It is an exercise in scenography that isolates the different elements of an animation or a performance typically used to enhance the main subject. It is the background made foreground. With a *poof* of smoke, a splash, a swoosh, Sisto plays on the supporting lines, the transition effects and the in-between space of a stage set.
Pascual Sisto is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He graduated with a BFA in Film from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and a MFA in Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011 and is a recipient of the 2012 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship. He recently completed a commission by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas to create video scenography for the New World Symphony in Miami. In 2006 he was commissioned by Pritzker Prize Laureate Thom Mayne to create video works for the exhibition ‘Morphosis: Continuities of the Incomplete at the Centre Pompidou’ in Paris and in 2012, he completed a commission by the Cultural Affairs Department to create a 29-channel video for a permanent installation at the Tom Bradley International Terminal in the Los Angeles Airport. Recent exhibitions include Seventeen Gallery (London, UK), Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, USA), Prism Gallery (Los Angeles, USA), Garage Projects at the 54th Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy), Arts Santa Monica (Barcelona, Spain) and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul, Turkey). Pascual Sisto lives and works in Los Angeles.