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Are You Listening? Earlids Exhibit at Parsons – Opening Reception Weds. 1/29, 5:30

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An Exhibition Hosted by Sound@Newschool
January 24th through February 5th 2014

Reception and events on January 29th 5:00 – 9:00

5:30 – Earlids Reception
6:30 – Performance 0’00″ Derek Baron
7:00 – Talk by Tom Roe of transmission arts organization Wave Farm and artist Sam Sebren
8:00 – Performances Melissa Grey – Appassionata (10min) and 60×60 (2012) New York Minutes Mix (60 minutes)Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries Hallway
66 5th Avenue, New York City

As long as there have been sensate ears to hear it, sound has been an extremely important part of the human experience. It has been leveraged as a tool to create community, to maintain power, to please, and to punish, but have we begun to lose our appreciation to its potency as we become an increasingly visual culture?  How can listening and an open ear help us to think through interdisciplinary work in art, philosophy, media, and beyond?

This spring, The Sheila Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design presents Earlids, an exhibition of works from students, faculty, alumni and staff that considers these questions. The exhibition is hosted by the research group Sound@Newschool and draws attention to some of the many manifestations of sound within our own university: performance, radio documentary, sound and image, interactive installations, community-based podcasting, video, and sound art. It seeks to engage the following questions: How can sound be used as a vehicle to transport meaning across different disciplines? How might a focus on our methods of listening to, generating, and studying sound, provide a feedback mechanism for shared dialogue? How might sound act as a transdisciplinary hub within the New School?


“She Surrounds Us” (image processed by projected sonic waveforms) by DT faculty Ryan Raffa

Artists include:

Kevin T. Allen, Lauren Kelly, Derek Baron, Christoffer, Laursen Hald, Nicholas Campbell, Peter McQuillan, Daniel Creahan, Diane Moser, Steven Dale, Phuong Nguyen, Diane Dwyer, Brittany Paris, Benjamin Fausch, Themistoklis Pellas, Dane Filipczak, Nerina Penzhorn, Fantastic Futures, Ryan Raffa, Alexandra Gilwit, Barbara Siegel, Rory Solomon, Josephine Holtzman, Tessie Word, Melissa Grey, Sound Matters, and Andrea Kannes.

The exhibit will run from January 24-February 5 at the Sheila Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue, 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m. daily, and Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 5:30-9:15 p.m. including jazz student Derek Baron; media studies faculty member Melissa Grey, and a talk by Tom Roe of transmission arts organization Wave Farm and artist Sam Sebren.

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