cluett seeing sound

the stratified character of nature on view now at the Samek Museum, Bucknell University

From the museum press release:

You’ve never heard art like this. Seeing Sound is an expansive exhibition that explores the current trajectory of sound as a dynamic branch of contemporary art practice. These artworks take shape as kinetic sculpture, audio-video installation, and visitor-responsive technologies that challenge conventions of what art can be.

**Dial Tone Drone, 2014. Sound work for telephone, with telephone mp3 player, chairs, table, 14 minutes. KADIST Collection.

Exhibition CreditSeeing Sound is a traveling exhibition curated by Barbara London, with the support of Research Assistant Kristen Clevenson and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI). This exhibition and tour are supported, in part, by Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) program and with the generous support of ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum. Crozier Fine Arts is the Preferred Art Logistics Partner.

From the curator

Sound is a sensorial and pliant material that enchants as an intangible, yet integral component of art and daily life. The exhibition Seeing Sound explores the recent trajectory of sound as a dynamic branch of contemporary art practice. The exhibition challenges the ubiquity of what has become a private sonic experience, fashioned by earpieces that deliver binaural aural information via digital means.

Each artwork offers a distinctive sonic experience in a reflective environment that calls attention to the communal and safely engages its audience through meaningful shared connections. By including artworks that deconstruct, rebuild, manipulate, and visualize both musical and pictorial sonic experience, Seeing Sound envelopes visitors in immersive encounters with sound as art.

The exhibition features eight artists who are based in New York, London, Bogota, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong. As they work across disciplines, moving between music and composition, video and performance, sculpture and installation, they look beyond traditions in music in order to examine silence and noise, to probe large questions such as the imagined sound of the universe. Through familiar interfaces, the artists imaginatively translate and redefine words, sounds, and music.

Through Seeing Sound’s integration and interrogation of sound, the exhibition challenges ideas about what art in a perpetual state of flux may be.

Seth Cluett, Juan Cortés, Auriea Harvey, bani haykal, Yuko Mohri, Aura Satz, Samson Young