At a time when learning to be more deeply attentive to the world and one another seems more pressing than ever, the exhibition Now Hear This! focuses on the important act of listening. Featuring immersive site-specific soundscapes, sonic experiences and workshops, and sound sculptures, the show will also premiere a new digital curatorial platform, Soundings. Accessible via a downloadable app, Soundings will feature ongoing curated programs of sound-based works organized around specific themes.
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.
The opening celebration of Now Hear This! 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.
Luciano 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. sfcmp.org.
Walter 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. kitundu.com.
Stephen 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. stephenvitiello.com.
More artists will be announced in the coming months.
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 ...
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