Rock the Garden:
Now Hear This!
Art on the Grounds Opening Celebration

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Friday, July 21, 2017, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.


RELATED EXHIBITION: Now Hear This! An Exercise in Listening

Join us for the opening celebration of Now Hear This! -- an outdoor exhibition featuring immersive site-specific soundscapes, sonic experiences and workshops, sound sculptures, and a new digital curatorial platform, Soundings.

The opening celebrations will include various sonic performances and opportunities for interactive engagement by visitors. It will also feature a tribute to the work and life of Pauline Oliveros, a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music, and her commitment to cultivating radically receptive listening.

Now Hear This! is presented as part of the Lucas Artists Program’s Art on the Grounds initiative at Montalvo Arts Center. Art on the Grounds is a commissioning and exhibition program providing artists with opportunities to develop and present works of art in the context of a 175-acre public park.

Participating Artists:


Kitundu is a sound artist, installation artist, and inventor of original musical instruments that navigate the boundary between live and recorded performance. His work has been exhibited and performed at such national and international venues as the Science Centre Singapore; Gunnar Gunnerson Institute in Iceland; Walker Art Center in New York; Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco; and the Auckland Arts Festival in New Zealand. A 2006 Lucas Artists Fellow and a 2008 MacArthur Fellow, he lives and works in Chicago where he is an artist in residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University.


Vitiello is a visual and sound artist. His sound installations, photographs, and drawings have been exhibited at museums and galleries including MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2011-2016); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); The High Line, New York (2010-2011); and 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006). Vitiello has performed nationally and internationally, at locations such as the Tate Modern, London; the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; The Kitchen, New York; and the Cartier Foundation, Paris. In 2011, ABC-TV, Australia produced the documentary Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. He has received notable awards, including an emerging field Creative Capital grant (2006) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011-2012). Vitiello lives and works in Richmond, Virginia where he is a professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Chessa is a composer, conductor, performance artist, pianist, and musical saw/Vietnamese dan bau soloist. He has been awarded commissions for performance projects by institutions such as New York City's Performa and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (OFNI) was hailed by The New York Times as one of the best events in the arts of 2009 and is touring internationally. In 2014, he presented three concerts at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, as part of a retrospective dedicated to Italian Futurism. His reading of Marinetti’s 1909 Manifesto and poetry to accompany Jen Sachs’s videos was a part of the exhibition installation. He is currently a Lucas Artists Fellow at Montalvo.


Myrbeck is a sound artist, composer, and acoustician living in Oakland whose work explores the visceral and immersive nature of sound through spatial audio display, architectural form and multi-sensory phenomena. His work has been exhibited at such venues as the World Science Festival, Fort Mason Center, the Huntington Gardens, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, California Academy of Sciences, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, IBM Tokyo and on the streets of San Francisco. Recent residencies include San Francisco’s Exploratorium and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Shane spends his professional life as an architectural acoustics designer at Arup, and is a technical lead for the SoundLab, an immersive, full-sphere ambisonic sound studio used for composition and acoustic simulation.

Shisko is an Oakland-based composer, performer and educator. Her current works live in the intersection between traditional compositional methods and experimental and electronic performance and installation practices. Recent commissions include Fathom: Self Assembling Music, an interactive exhibit completed during an artist’s residency at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, and A Wilderness of Sea, for Resound Ensemble. In her work with young people, Shisko is dedicated to educating and training the next generation of musicians and music lovers. She is currently a Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Opera and Opera Guild and director for the Oakland Youth Chorus.


Hemami is a multidisciplinary artist with a diverse practice that includes site-specific installations, glass work, sculpture, textile production, and community-driven projects that primarily address themes of displacement, memory, and representation within the Iranian American experience. She has exhibited her works internationally for over a decade. She lives and works in San Francisco, California. 


Livingston is a performer, composer, and artist based in the Bay Area who specializes in site-specific sound art installations. A classically trained cellist, he creates sound art for public and private gardens around the world. Livingston installs speaker systems in unique and unexpected places, often embedding sound in sculptural or architectural features. His work focuses on “situational music” that emphasizes the human encounter with nature. The sounds in his compositions are drawn from his travels, including bird song and running water. In 2014, Livingston became the fourth artist-in-residence for Dumbarton Oaks Garden. 

Soundings participating artists:

  • Carmina Escobar
  • Mike Gamble
  • Motoko Honda
  • Wayne Horvitz
  • Jen Shyu
  • Henry Threadgill
  • Theresa Wong
  • Nina C. Young

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