Private: Events 2

Sonic Residues, Curated by Christa Erickson, Margaret Schedel, and Zabet Patterson

SAC (Student Activities Center) Gallery Exhibition, April 29 – May 12, 2008
May 12, 2008:
5-7 pm Gallery Reception,
7:30 pm Concert at Wang Center Theatre
9 pm DJ/VJ Party at the University Cafe
Our hearing’s
 asymmetrical: noticed sounds surprise us;
 echoes of shouts we make transform our
 voices; straight line of sound from us to
 shore’s followed by echo’s slithering
 around the lake’s perimeter. When I
 said “Fifty-five global services,”
 California Bell Telephone man replied
 (September ’65), “It’s now sixty-one.”
(John Cage, Aspen #4, item 4)

Sound is ever-present. Auditory mediation pervades life in the digital age — from soundtracks to mobile telephones and mp3 players. Sound indexes past times and distant places. It is texture, the unseen fabric of our environment, often lying just beyond our conscious perception. Sonic Residues creates spaces to reflect on the relationships shaped by sonic production and reproduction. Here sound streams across networks, interrupts spaces, and shapes private dreamscapes. It is produced by transcoding and translation. It is generated from bodies both artificial and natural, transmuted into images and objects. It is stretched and compressed, imagined and heard. It invites us to consider the habits and processes of listening, and to develop a critical understanding of the sites and locations of sound. Sonic Residues creates spaces to reflect on the relationships shaped by sonic production and reproduction. It combines a concert performance, gallery exhibit, portable media works, and lectures as different vehicles with which to explore these “sonic residues.”