Full Schedule 2019
Sound Scene 2019: AMPLIFY! invites you to consider how sound, story and the natural world are amplified or quieted. What do you hear? Which cultural narratives are audible and which deserve additional amplification?
- Make music from your fingerprints
- Listen in on the sounds of your own inner ear
-Join a small group workshop to transform playground hand clap games into hip hop beats
- Travel through time and space with a VR sonic meditation
And SO MUCH MORE!
(Did we mention the Dinosaur?)
Find the Full Daily Schedule Below
Sound Scene audio artwork will be exhibited throughout the museum!
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Audio art installations (detailed below) exhibited throughout the
Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 10am-5pm June 29+30, 2019.
Live performances outside on the Plaza unless otherwise noted.
Small group workshops meet at the welcome table just inside the museum's rotating door.
Interactive Audio Installations and locations
Lower level: Reverberation Station by Stel Kline
Construct, play and amplify vibrations new and old.
Lower level: SexMoneyPower
by Bardia Saeedi, David Norman, Carlos Villamar, Cristina Fletcher and Candice Gallmeyer
Interactive sculptures help audiences explore the intersection of sex, power and permission.
Lower Level: Polypulse Machine
by Ian McDermott
(Saturday only 2pm-5pm)
Join ARTLAB educator Ian McDermott to create music with your heartbeat. A fusion of digital sequencers, analogue synthesizers, and solenoid motors, the mechanical beat machine creates music using the BPM of 12 different people and some euclidean math. Inspired by the work of Raphael Lozano-Hemmer, the instrument demonstrates the creative potential for collaboration through technology.
Elevator: Enclosures by Amanda Hodes
Enclosures is a sound installation and audio poem exploring liminal spaces, enclosures, and narrative closure in our day to day lives.
3rd Level: Fingerprint music by Amanda Hodes
Compose through your fingerprints with artists and facilitators to guide your digit-based music.
3rd Level: The Monastery - in the mists of the mind
by Kiwako Sakamoto & ANDAND
Through this individual VR artwork participants explore the mental and emotional experience of Zazen (sitting meditation) surrounded by the smoke, mental chatters within a sonic interior world.
3rd Level, Barry Schmetter, Electromagnetic Fields
Make the invisible audible! Activate and amplify electromagnetic fields that exist around us. This interactive installation addresses the indirectness of perception and action, and includes voltage-controlled synthesizer modules, electromagnetic frequency sensors, dc motors, and a video display.
3rd Level: Great Grandpa Jones Radio
by Roger Cutler
Listen to radio like your great grandfather might have through crystal radios.
3rd Level: Seashells by Elizabeth Collins
Nature's amplification tools await you. What do you hear within? What can the natural world teach us?
2nd Level: #whichsideareyouon/Sackler Treatment by Gina Mamone & John Ryan Brubaker
#whichsideareyouon’, by Gina Mamone, is a 4-channel audio installation that invokes the spirit of Zoe Leonard’s 1992 poem I Want a President. It examines the intersectional fallout of race, class, ability, privilege, sustainability and ecology of Appalachia’s opioid epidemic. It is paired with Brubaker's 'Sackler Treatment' a collection of pills made from crushed West Virginia coal. It visualizes the effects of opioids in coal country, where heavy labor, poverty level wages and lack of access to healthcare make the physical and social effects of the drug particularly devastating.
Plaza: Radio Power Tower by Roger Cutler
Plaza: T-Rex ROARS by Roger Cutler
When was the last time you heard a dinosaur sing?
Plaza: DIY Wind Chimes by Community Forklift
Build (AND KEEP!) your own wind chime made from recycled materials and help amplify the music of the wind with your beautiful original artwork on the plaza.
Plaza: Pink Recital by Carolina Mayorga
This enhanced, wired piano gives voice to the unheard living in poverty and fighting abandonment. Visitors are encouraged to play the piano themselves, incorporating the altered keys, to produce new stories of migration. Remix connotations, dissolve stereotypes and amplify awareness of the dissonance of our global migration challenges.
Plaza: Sonic Plants by Dag Yeshiwas
Using a bio sonification device attached to multiple plants, attendees will be able to synthesize electric impulses into music using a variety of instruments. This will be a guided hands-on activity where participants can work together to shape sounds with the help of notes transmitted directly from nature.