Baruch College's New Media Artspace Hosts Exhibition Opening December 17

Sound: On - Sonic Experiences of Cellular Technology

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NEW YORK, NY- December 13, 2013 - Baruch College presents Sound:On-Sonic experiences of cellular technology, an exhibition of sound works by Nick Delgaudio, Adriana Poveda, and Yangseub Lim, students in the New Media Arts minor. The exhibition is curated by the student staff of the New Media Artspace, Michael Blaine, Joygill Moriah, and Shaniqua Outlaw, under the supervision of Katherine Behar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

The show will open on December 17 and run through the beginning of the spring semester at the New Media Artspace gallery in Baruch’s Library and Information Building, 151 E. 25th Street.

Sound:On is an exhibition of sound art created by New Media Art student artists from Baruch College. The exhibition seeks to explore the plethora of sounds interjected into the cultural zeitgeist by computer and cellular technology.

The pieces featured in the exhibition question the role of cellular technology and its associated vernacular as both facilitators and disruptors of communication. The exhibit questions the dichotomy of sound that is both melodic and tuneful, while also an agent of aural pollution and confusion.

The exhibit’s name, Sound:On, plays on the phrase “sound off,” an expression which means to explain one’s opinion forcefully. Our waking hours are forcefully bombarded with constant noise: alarms to wake each morning, music to drown out car horns, people chatting away while they walk the street, or the incessant hum from the recycled air vent at the doctors office. To “sound off” is Sound:On.

20th century composer, poet, and music theorist John Cage famously remarked, "Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating." Sound:On invites the listener to come face-to-face, both passively and actively, with that which has become a sonic, technological extension of our own bodies, right down to the phantom vibration in our cell phone pocket. Alarming, meditative, communicative, overwhelming, intimate and worldly, Sound:ON is cognitive dynamism.

Delgaudio, Poveda, and Lim created these sound art works during the Fall 2013 semester for Introduction to New Media Arts (NMA 2050).

DETAILS:
Gallery Location: New Media Artspace at Baruch College, Library and Information Building,151 E. 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

Gallery Hours: The New Media Artspace is open to the Baruch College community during regular library hours. For this week's public hours, please check the gallery website. www.newmediartspace.info

The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. Housed in the Newman Library, the New Media Artspace showcases curated experimental media and interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty.

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About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.


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Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu
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