Sense | Signal, exhibition Seattle

News — 10 March 2014

SENSE | SIGNAL is an exhibition developed through discussions and experiments in the Art and the Environment seminar led by Visiting Artist Yolande Harris at DXARTS this quarter. The exhibition includes installations, walks and performances by Robert Blatt, Nancy Chan, Martin Jarmick, Coley Mixan, Joel Ong and Marcin Paczkowski. Events will occur throughout the evening, and refreshments will be provided.

SENSE | SIGNAL Exhibition
Monday, March 10, 2014, 6-8pm
DXARTS Fremont Studio
102 1/2 NW 36th St., Seattle, WA 98107 (map and directions)

Artists play an important role in investigating changing human relationships to the environment. In recent decades scientific research has revealed systemic environmental transformations on a global scale. Given this context, artists are increasingly aligning their roles within collaborative, social and technological projects that often emphasize complex interactions at scales beyond human perception.
SENSE | SIGNAL presents sensory environments that address such changing relationships to environments: technological, non-human, social and extreme. Working within an increasing complexity of scales, data, political agendas and scientific explanations, the artists have built on a series of discussions, experiments and encounters, in which they confronted differences between disciplines and examined potential roles for artists in scientific research on the environment. Their individual responses investigate frameworks around food, pubic space, electricity, noise, the artistic working process and internal meditation. All these works confidently engage us through direct sensory experience, as creative, imaginative human beings. (Yolande Harris)

Robert Blatt, Utility Poles

Wood and electronics. Bare, dead tree trunks line the streets of polluted and deforested urban environments, carrying electricity instead of life. In response, field recordings were made of the audio and electromagnetic spectrum at the site of the wooden utility poles directly surrounding the exhibition space. These recordings form the material for the sound projected from the towering loudspeakers.

Nancy Chan. Polyrhythmic Fields

Printed photographs on mylar, binaural microphone recordings and headphones. “Rhythm is found in the workings of our towns and cities, in urban life and movement through space. Equally in the collision of natural, biological, and social timescales, the rhythms of our bodies and society, the analysis of rhythms provides a privileged insight into the question of everyday life.” -Stuart Elden, an introduction to Rhythmanalysis, by H. Lefebvre. As a composite of relationships between people, nature and space, the two featured recordings embody time and place. At the site of Green Lake, the recording captures the notion of dynamic rhythms which are comprised of objects in motion as one stands still. Conversely at Union Station, the recorded experience emphasizes the static rhythms determined by your own body moving in a field of materialities, objects, and systems.

Martin Jarmick, Bird

Video and mixed media. Our food is violent, our food is ritual, and our food is life. We often dine in cosmetics, sterilized and detached from the life that once inhabited the flesh we consume.

Coley Mixan, Solar Warrior

Performance. How does the solar environment influence the interconnectedness of human consciousness? My performance as solar warrior is gestured of Woman, the immersive search for the intuitive wisdom of oneness facilitated by sound. Perhaps, for me, the best method of analyzing the vibrations of the sun is to search for the sound of the inner Self and apply it to the shared experience of harmonics. Through practice, interconnectedness sprouts, delicately breaking through our conditioned perceptions, gaining form and vibrancy, until its anti-entropic freedom is realized. We are made of the environment. It surrounds us. It pervades us. It IS us. Or, as stated in the Upanishads, “the spirit down here in man and the spirit up there in the sun in reality are only one spirit, and there is no other one.”

Joel Ong, proposal for a site-UNspecific residency at 

Artist’s workstation, drawings, map and conceptual linkages. Taking the artist’s workstation as a starting point, this work expands the process of idea-generation and narrative discourse to larger ecological and systemic environments.

Marcin Pączkowski, Augmented Soundwalk

This work invites aural exploration of surrounding soundscapes by the means of real-time sound processing. It enables experiencing sonic world above humans’ hearing range, as well as questions the meaning of noise in contemporary urban environment. Participants are encouraged to walk around with the device and switch between available listening modes.