Sonic Self In New York

An exhibition exploring sound related art

July 17 until August 30, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 17 th , 2008, 7-11 pm
CAM - 556 West 22nd Street , New York, NY 10011, 212.255.0719

From July 17th until August 30th, 2008, the Sonic Self is bringing together local and international sound artists, musicians, video/multimedia and performance artists to facilitate the exchange and development of pioneering ideas, innovative skills and practices in contemporary Sound Art discipline. The Sonic Self- a sound-art related exhibition aims at developing an open and direct audio-visual dialog between video and sound artists in order to expose significant similarities and differences in the growing confluence of audio and visual experiences in the emerging Sonic Culture, where; communication, sound and visual experience merge as significant pattern in the cultural sensibility towards sound and the surrounding persistent, random audio architecture a kind of sonic explosion that can be seen as a breakthrough of the Sonic Itself.

The Sonic world (an audible space); an emerging intersection between the audio and visual experiences, based on increasing internet and digital technology inventions – gave the sound a significant stage in the surrounding environment in the multimedia environment of contemporary culture then ever before. The exploration of the sound emergent spaces, time of audio resonance, sound design, audio-visual simulation, virtual dimension, linguistic utterances, musical performance or random noise, becomes an individual expression which could exceed its form in relation to our internal self and sonic influences.

As Damian Catera says: Sound is no longer trapped within the mechanism of the ear; its multidisciplinary aspects are reflected in a blurring of sensory experiences. Sound is tactile, visual, spatial and spiritual. These elements have long been ingrained in the experience of sound since the dawn of humanity.

Jimmy Hendrix's famous quotation When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace can certainly also be applied to the Sonic Selfas an underlying and unifying inspiration which brought together many of the participating sound artists from around the world with the main goal that their collaborative projects bridge disparate audio-visual practices and expose their shared languages – human sonic resonance.

The Sonic Self - An exhibition exploring sound related art, curated by Jolanta Gora-Wita, Koshek Swaminathan, Anna Frants, Koan Jeff Baysa, Yaro, with guest curator Maciej Zygmunt Czarkowski, will present works by selected pioneering artists, who use sound as their medium, encompassing a spoken word, field recordings, computer generated sound, video projection, interactive art, sound performance, avant-garde theater, live music and DJ sampling. The Sonic Self artists will collectively examine forms in which we communicate with each other and with the world around us by way of articulate sounds, music, dialog, visuals and motion - transforming the perception and transporting the mind through an internal sound experience.

The curators of the Sonic Self will next bring this unique international sound project to Chennai, India, in winter of 2009, and to St. Petersburg, Russia in spring of 2009. The Sonic Self project, initiated in the spring of 2003 by Jolanta Gora-Wita, will be presented for the second time this summer at the Chelsea Art Museum, NYC.

The Sonic Self active associates include Chelsea Art Museum, NYC;
Agency of Culture and Cinematography, NYC;
National Center of Contemporary Art, St Petersburg Brunch, Russia,
Cyland Medialab, St. Petersburg, Russia;
Fine Arts Academy of Krakow,
Cricoteka - Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, Krakow, Poland;
Harvestworks, The Constellation Group Ltd,
Stellar Public Relations, Net for Art and Bincode New Media, NYC.
A/V system and sound made possible by Greg Smith, Legacy Studios and Nigel Dickie Production. Video presentation support by The Matrix Art Collective and DennyDaniel Video Production, NY.
Internet Technology by: Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman (a.k.a Maqsood) and Sergey Teterin.
Additional support by: Balinoff Inc. and Kool Events.

Participating artists include:

Sound Art Installation by:
David Marcus Abir, Mikhail Acrest, Paul Amlehn/ Robert Fripp, Damian Catera, DJ Olive, Phil Dadson, Fiorentina De Biasi, CylandMedialab (Concept Anna Frants, programming Michael Chernov, brush-stroke artist Marina Koldobskaya), Ivan Govorkov/ Elena Gubanova, Timur Kuyanov, Melissa Lockwood, Lisa Moren, Shelby Voice and Virgil Wong.

Video and Multimedia by:
Romeo Alaeff, Christian Austin, Natalie Bewernitz/ Marek Goldowski, Dmitri Bulnigin, Denny Daniel, Jarret Egan, Hasan Elahi, Anna Frants, Frankie Hutton, Andrea Juan, Kit Krash, Anna Kolosova, Katka Konecna, Amy Cohen Banker/Amy Kool with Nigel Dickie, Olga M, Scotto Mycklebust, Alexandra Lerman, Natalia Lyakh, Eugene Rodriguez, Miroslaw Rogala, Dmitri Shubin, Maria Sharafutdinova, Kirill Shuvalov, Srinivasan, Pawel Wojtasik Jarek Zajac, and special guests.

Sonic Self Series - Performing Arts at CAM:
SUMMER 2008 - Thursday, July 17, 2008, 7-8 pm
Ramya Ramnarayans Nrithyanjali Dance Group
Drumpaiting - Cyland laboratory - Thursday, July 17, 2008, 8-11 pm
Damian Catera
Hahn Rowe

Text of Light - Friday, July 18, 2008, 6-9 pm
Zuvuya Collective
Christian Austin, Olga M, Peter Shapiro, Talena Sanders, Martha Williams, Jen Kosky, Chris Jordan and Amoeba Technology - Dok Gregory and Peter Principle.

- Saturday, July 19, 2008, 7-10 pm
David Linton
Greg Smith with 10dead2Wounded
Nigel Dickie & Veinmelter

- Thursday, August, 14, 2008, 6-9 pm
Avant-Garde Theater & Sound: Tadeusz Kantor - Theatrical dynamism, scale, texture and sonic properties in early avant-garde theater. Video, documentary and discussion panel sponsored by Cricoteka - Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, Krakow, Poland.

- Thursday, August 28, 2008, 6-9 pm. Closing Reception
Harvestworks, One Song One Life, Rhaki, Kortek, Angel Mass Anger with Pandayaro, Kundalini Shock Attack
Sound Art Books – CAM Bookstore
Sound Unbound
Sampling Digital
Music and Culture Edited by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid
Special edition signed by the artist available during the Sonic Self exhibition.

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