Watching Pamela Z perform is a little like watching a magician conjure an orchestra out of thin air.
The San Francisco-based artist uses an array of gyroscopes, infrared light sensors, her computer and countless cords to program and play back loops of her voice, in front of a live audience, with just a wave of her hand. While there is a magic about her presence, the result is no trick: years of voice training and constant technological innovation have made her a force of art here in the Bay Area.
Having called San Francisco home for over twenty years, Z has been witness to Silicon Valley’s rise, fall and re-rise. The current divisiveness between ‘art’ and ‘tech’ in San Francisco feels almost palpable, but as an artist who uses technology as a tool to great emotional effect, Z seems to single-handedly bridge the divide. Listen to her work for yourself, and see if you don’t agree with her: not all creativity is created equal.