Spring 2018 X-Studio: Sound/Music/Art – Angel Nevarez


Angel Nevarez

Thursdays 9 AM

PSAM 3705A

Video still from Allora & Calzadilla, Returning a Sound, 2004.

One thing brass bands, mariachi music, and hip hop have in common is that artists have used these musical traditions as a means to create new frameworks for artistic practice. The musical impulse in art can be both transformative and liberating. Since Duchamp’s ideas for musical happenings to Pipilotti Rist’s rearranged songs for video, music has been a long-time companion to the artistic imagination. With a studio practice in mind, this course will explore how artists have transgressed the boundaries between music and art within sculpture, film and video, photography, and other forms. A special karaoke event alongside the viewing of works by artist like Saâdane Afif, Terry Adkins, Maryanne Amacher, Christian Marclay, Kristen Oppenheim, Xaviera Simmons, to name just a few, will be included. In addition, short assignments, as well as, a final project incorporating these ideas, expressed in any medium, will complete the course. Open to students in any medium. No musical skills necessary but a strong interest in different musical traditions is recommended, as well as, an interest in how to incorporate sound and music effectively into a broad assortment of visual and performance based projects.

Angel Nevarez is a visual and sound artist whose artistic practice is collaborative in the areas of the electromagnetic spectrum, music and sound, dissent, and public forums. He has exhibited works internationally and domestically in venues such as: the Henie Onstad Art Center, Norway; Manifesta 8 – Murcia, Spain; The New Museum, New York; ICA Philadelphia; and INSITE ‘05, San Diego-Tijuana, Mexico, among others. Nevarez studied at the University of California San Diego and was a Studio Fellow at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.