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