David Marcus Abir
Fiorentina De Biasi
Amy Cohen Banker
Anna Frants Koan Jeff Baysa
Maciej Zygmunt Czarkowski
An exhibition exploring sound related art that present works by selected pioneering artists, who use sound as their medium, encompassing a spoken word, field recordings, computer generated sound, video projection, interactive art, sound performance, avant-garde theater, live music and DJ sampling. The exploration of the sound emergent spaces, time of audio resonance, sound design, audio-visual simulation, virtual dimension, linguistic utterances, musical performance or random 'noise', becomes an individual expression which could exceed its form in relation to our internal self and sonic influences.
From July 17th until August 30th, 2008, the Sonic Self is bringing together local and international sound artists, musicians, video/multimedia and performance artists to facilitate the exchange and development of pioneering ideas, innovative skills and practices in contemporary Sound Art discipline. The Sonic Self’ - a sound-art related exhibition aims at developing an open and direct audio-visual dialog between video and sound artists in order to expose significant similarities and differences in the growing confluence of audio and visual experiences in the emerging Sonic Culture, where; communication, sound and visual experience merge as significant pattern in the cultural sensibility towards sound and the surrounding persistent, random ‘audio architecture’ – a kind of sonic explosion that can be seen as a breakthrough of the Sonic Itself.
The Sonic world (an audible space); an emerging intersection between the audio and visual experiences, based on increasing internet and digital technology inventions -- gave the sound a significant stage in the surrounding environment in the multimedia environment of contemporary culture then ever before. The exploration of the sound emergent spaces, time of audio resonance, sound design, audio-visual simulation, virtual dimension, linguistic utterances, musical performance or random ‘noise’, becomes an individual expression which could exceed its form in relation to our internal self and sonic influences. As Damian Catera says: “Sound is no longer trapped within the mechanism of the ear; its multidisciplinary aspects are reflected in a blurring of sensory experiences. Sound is tactile, visual, spatial and spiritual. These elements have long been ingrained in the experience of sound since the dawn of humanity.”
Jimmy Hendrix’s famous quotation “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace” can certainly also be applied to the Sonic Self’ as an underlying and unifying inspiration which brought together many of the participating sound artists from around the world with the main goal that their collaborative projects bridge disparate audio-visual practices and expose their shared languages -- human sonic resonance…
The Sonic Self - An exhibition exploring sound related art, curated by Jolanta Gora-Wita, Koshek Swaminathan, Anna Frants, Koan Jeff Baysa, Yaro, with guest curator Maciej Zygmunt Czarkowski, will present works by selected pioneering artists, who use sound as their medium, encompassing a spoken word, field recordings, computer generated sound, video projection, interactive art, sound performance, avant-garde theater, live music and DJ sampling. The Sonic Self artists will collectively examine forms in which we communicate with each other and with the world around us by way of articulate sounds, music, dialog, visuals and motion - transforming the perception and transporting the mind through an internal sound experience.
The curators of the Sonic Self will next bring this unique international sound project to Chennai, India, in winter of 2009, and to St. Petersburg, Russia in spring of 2009. The Sonic Self project, initiated in the spring of 2003 by Jolanta Gora-Wita, will be presented for the second time this summer at the Chelsea Art Museum, NYC.
The Sonic Self active associates include Chelsea Art Museum, NYC; Agency of Culture and Cinematography, NYC; National Center of Contemporary Art, St Petersburg Brunch, Russia, Cyland Medialab, St. Petersburg, Russia; Fine Arts Academy of Krakow, Cricoteka - Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, Krakow, Poland; Harvestworks, The Constellation Group Ltd, Stellar Public Relations, Net for Art and Bincode New Media, NYC. A/V system and sound made possible by Greg Smith, Legacy Studios and Nigel Dickie Production. Video presentation support by The Matrix Art Collective and DennyDaniel Video Production, NY. Internet Technology by: Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman (a.k.a Maqsood) and Sergey Teterin. Additional support by: Balinoff Inc. and Kool Events.
Sound Installation by:
David Marcus Abir, Mikhail Acrest, Paul Amlehn/ Robert Fripp , Damian Catera, DJ Olive, Phil Dadson, Fiorentina De Biasi, Anna Frants/ CylandMedialab, Ivan Govorkov/ Elena Gubanova, Timur Kuyanov, Melissa Lockwood, Lisa Moren, Shelby Voice and Virgil Wong.
Video and Multimedia by:
Romeo Alaeff, Christian Austin, Natalie Bewernitz/ Marek Goldowski, Dmitri Bulnigin, Phil Dadson, Denny Daniel, Jarret Egan, Hasan Elahi, Anna Frants, Frankie Hutton, Steve Jones, Andrea Juan, Kit Krash, Anna Kolosova, Katka Konecna, Amy Cohen Banker/Amy Kool with Nigel Dickie, Olga M, Scotto Mycklebust, Alexandra Lerman, Natalia Lyakh, Eugene Rodriguez, Miroslaw Rogala, Dmitri Shubin, Maria Sharafutdinova, Kirill Shuvalov, Srinivasan, Pawel Wojtasik & Jarek Zajac.
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 17 th , 2008, 7-11 pm
Associated Events; Live Music & Performances: July 17, 18, 19 and August 14 & 28, 2008
Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011
Open Tues – Sat 11am to 6 pm
Thursday 11am to 8 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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