in conversation with MoMA Curator Barbara London about Soundings, and moderating a panel with Richard Garet, Camille Norment, and Ed Osborn at the Pew

Sound Art: Context and Material
Conversations with Richard Garet, Barbara London, Camille Norment, and Ed Osborn
Moderated by Seth Cluett














Presented by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

September 10, 2013
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Crane Arts Icebox
1400 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA


One of the overarching themes of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s Music program has been the evolving musical experience in the United State and how it relates to our cultural expectations. Within this evolution, electronic music is at the forefront of several lines of discovery. One of the contributing factors has been a growing acceptance of conceptual virtuosity over instrumental virtuosity and the re-thinking of what defines an artist or musician. Another is advances in technology. Equally important, hybrid performance models have appeared that are now commonplace, with electronic music emerging from both traditional and DIY communities. Through the use of alternative spaces and new distribution formats many practitioners are reaching wider audiences in exciting and unexpected ways.

On September 10, Richard Garet, Barbara London, Camille Norment, and Ed Osborn will join us for an in-depth conversation about the practice and curation of sound as an artistic material. Together we will have the opportunity to examine the work of three artists working with sound that have profoundly influenced the field. In addition, Barbara London, Associate Curator for the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, will offer comments from the perspective of a curator with a long history in the media arts, having recently organized MoMA’s first major exhibition of sound art. The discussion will be moderated by Seth Cluett, Assistant Professor of Music in the School of Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey.