Part 2: Evenings of Landscape in Sound and Performance, 5/1 – 8PM

Performances by: Jacob Kirkegaard and Aki Onda

OF LANDSCAPE, currently on view at our space, looks into the artificial and unstable images represented by the aestheticized idea of landscapes. Creating a link between the space we observe and the one we find ourselves in, it investigates the relationship between the current condition of images – as artifacts – and territory. The exhibited work explores, dissects, and re-informs the ways we think about data, nature and art through alternative methods of depicting geographic entities. These “neolandscapes” evince a penchant for incorporating new technologies into the process of graphically representing spatial knowledge.

Landscape can refer to an assemblage of land, people, place and ecosystem. Culturally mediated through design, representation and experience, a landscape is already an artifice before it has become the subject of a work of art. This exhibition looks into landscape as an experience: Perception overtime transforms the landscape into story. The description tends to replace the object; it erases certain aspects of it and enhances others. A person’s experience of a place occurs through the medium of the sensing body.

EVENINGS OF LANDSCAPE IN SOUND AND PERFORMANCE is a two-night series of performance events that enhance this idea of landscape.  It features artists whose work relates to landscape through field recording, soundscapes or other interpretations that create the experience of a particular acoustic environment, an acoustic ecology or new ways of representing the electroacoustic space.

Jacob Kirkegaard is a Danish artist based in Berlin, Germany. His works are focused on scientific and aesthetic aspects of sonic perception. He explores acoustic spaces and phenomena that usually remain imperceptible to the immediate ear. Kirkegaard’s installations, compositions & photographs are created from within a variety of environments such as subterranean geyser vibrations, empty rooms in Chernobyl, a rotating TV tower, and even sounds from the human inner ear itself.  Kirkegaard’s performances have been presented in prestigious festivals and museums all over the world. On 2013, his work was exhibited on “Soundings” at the  Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

Aki Onda is a Japanese electronic musician, composer, and visual artist. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project – works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of two decades. Onda’s musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances.  Aki Onda has performed at various internationally renowned exhibitions and festivals. His work has been featured in several New York venues such as The Kitchen, P.S.1 MOMA, Sculpture Center, ISSUE Project Room and Tonic among others.

Performances by Melissa F. Clarke, Audra Wolowiec and Jeannan Dara on Thursday, April 24th.