Baruch College Hosts Closing Reception for Sound:On: Sonic Experiences of Cellular Technology, February 10


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NEW YORK, NY- January 31, 2014 - Baruch College invites you to a conversation between Baruch College New Media Art students Nick Delgaudio, Adriana Poveda, and Yangseub Lim and Professor Red Wierenga regarding Sound:On: Sonic Experiences of Cellular Technology, currently on display at Baruch’s New Media Artspace.A reception will follow the discussion.The event is scheduled for Monday, February 10 at 6 p.m. in the Baruch Performing Arts Center.

Created by Delgaudio, Poveda and Lim, and curated by other Baruch students Michael Blaine, Joygill Moriah, and Shaniqua Outlaw, Sound:On is an exhibition of sound art that 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 doctor's 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.

Red Wierenga, an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow at CUNY Graduate Center, teaches Electronic Music and Music In Civilization at Baruch College.Wierenga is an acoustic and electronic improviser and composer who builds and performs with new interfaces for electro-acoustic improvisation, and works with analog and digital synthesizers. His longest creative association is with the Respect Sextet, called “a group which has released one of the most compelling recordings of the year,” by the Wall Street Journal, and “one of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz” by Signal To Noise.

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

The event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: A discussion between Professor Red Wierenga and student artists, and a closing reception for the exhibition Sound:On: Sonic Experiences of Cellular Technology.

WHEN: Monday, February 10, 6 p.m.

WHERE: New Media Artspace at Baruch College. Located in the Newman Library, 151 East 25th Street. Discussion and reception in Besso lab, room 320a.

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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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