Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Hallway
January 24 - February 5, 2014
Opening reception: Wednesday, January 29, 5:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
5:30 - Earlids Reception
6:30 - Performance 0'00" Derek Baron
7:00 - Talk by Tom Roe of transmission arts organization Wave Farm and artist Sam Sebren
8:00 - Performances Melissa Grey - Appassionata (10min) and 60x60 (2012) New York Minutes Mix (60 minutes)
Through performance, radio documentary, sound and image, interactive installations, community-based podcasting, video, and sound art, the research group Sound@Newschool draws attention to some of the many manifestations of sound within our own university.
We are often reminded that we are culture of spectacle. If we privilege our eyes, what does it mean to return our attention to our ears and listening? As R. Murray Schafer and many others have argued, our ears open us to the world. Our species once depended on the openness of the ear to shape understanding; the survival of our earliest forebears may have depended on a keen attention to the snaps, scrapes and echoes that surrounded them as signals of imminent danger. As long as there have been sensate ears to hear it, sound has been leveraged as a tool to to create community, to maintain power, to please, and to punish, but have we begun to lose our appreciation for the potency of this sense that sits in the shadow of vision? How can listening and the openness of the ear help us to think through interdisciplinary work in art, philosophy, media, and beyond?
Earlids seeks to engage the following questions: How can sound be used as a vehicle to transport meaning across different disciplines? How might a focus on our methods of listening to, generating, and studying sound, provide a feedback mechanism for shared dialogue? How might sound act as a transdisciplinary hub within the New School?