Eyes and Ears: Sound Needs Image | 1/5 – 1/21/2009

Vince Mistretta

1/5 – 1/21/2009
Atrium Gallery – Richmond Center
Frostic Video and Sound Art Series

This video highlights the work of Western New York area media and sound artists interested in composition and new methods of collaboration. This is a witness to the development of original sound and image works that are collaborative and improvised, trustful and open to new ways of working between media and sound artists.

Twelve media artists were invited to produce an original, silent (or near silent) short film or video piece to be “read” as a graphic score by variations of performers from The Open Music Ensemble. Live recordings and performances of the scores in sound are paired with visual works, developed especially for this exhibition, now video. A live concert of selected works was originally performed on September 23, 2005.

Siew Wai Kok

Featured media artists include: Dorothea Braemer, Elliot Caplan, Stephanie Gray, Siew-wai Kok, Carl Lee, Brian Milbrand, Vince Mistretta, Jan Nagle, Alan Rhodes, Kelly Spivey, Carolyn Tennant and Stephen Vitiello.

Participating musicians include: Steve Baczkowski (horns), J.T Rinker (trombone), Josh DeScherer (bass), Ben Harris (violin), Leah Muir (cello), Otto Muller (accordian), Chris Reba (bass), Will Redman (percussion), Bill Sack (electric guitar), Andrew Walsh (contrabass) and Todd Whitman (horns and various alternative noise makers).

The Open Music Ensemble is a collective of over a dozen Buffalo-based musicians affiliated with The Open Music Foundation, a not-for-profit organization for composers and artists dedicated to the promotion of artistic expression based on unconventional, experimental, open-form, and — especially — graphical, forms of communicating musical ideas. For more information, visit http://www.openmusic.us

A second version of this project was commissioned by Hallwalls in Buffalo NY in the spring of 2008.

Joanna Raczynska and Will Redman, curators

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