Friday, July 21, 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017
Now Hear This! features five newly commissioned site-specific works of sound-based art by distinguished national and local artists Taraneh Hemami, Walter Kitundu, Hugh Livingston, Shane A. Myrbeck & Emily Shisko, and Stephen Vitiello. Drawing inspiration from Montalvo’s natural and manmade environments, participating artists will present immersive soundscapes and interactive sound sculptures that invite visitors to experience Montalvo’s grounds in new ways and listen more attentively to the world and one another. The exhibition also features Soundings, a curated guided walk that invites visitors to explore Montalvo’s grounds while listening to work by Lucas Artist Composer Fellows and visiting musical artists.
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.
Download the Detour app to experience Soundings. Tours begin at the Box Office pavilion.
Birds of Invention
By Hugh Livingston
With Birds of Invention, Livingston presents a unique sonic menagerie of invented birds located in Montalvo’s Italianate Garden. After recording the dawn chorus at Montalvo, Livingston used a software ...
By Shane A. Myrbeck, Emily Shisko
In recent decades, ecologists have uncovered how trees communicate with each other via expansive underground networks of fungus called mycelium. As research continues, this hidden communication has been found to ...
Nafasi Yako Ni Ya Kijani (Your Place is Green)
By Walter Kitundu
Located on Montalvo’s expansive front lawn, Nafasi Yako Ni Ya Kijani (Your Place is Green) consists of a handmade rocking chair installed on a low circular deck. Visitors are ...
One Voice [Yek Seda]
By Taraneh Hemami
In Persian the word yek seda means one voice or shared sound/voice. With One Voice, Hemami presents a modular sculptural installation that connects voices, and carries messages, stories, lullabies ...
Soundings: Lucas Artists Composer Fellows
By Carmina Escobar, Michael Gamble, Motoko Honda, Wayne Horvitz, Jen Shyu, Henry Threadgill, Theresa Wong, Nina C. Young
Soundings: Lucas Artists Composer Fellows, presented in partnership with local start up Detour, is a curated guided walk that brings the concert stage to the great outdoors and invites visitors ...
Taking Sound Cues from Wings
By Stephen Vitiello
Vitiello presents a multi-channel work in Montalvo’s Lillian Fontaine Garden Theatre that will play at timed intervals throughout the day. The work is a sonic response to the script ...
RELATED PROGRAMMING & EVENTS
FRI JULY 21, 2017 6 P.M. (Park Grounds)
Now Hear This!
Art on the Grounds Opening Celebration
Join us for the opening celebration of Now Hear This! An Exercise in Listening -- 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 ...
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FRI AUGUST 25, 2017 6 P.M. (Italianate Garden)
Sound-Making with Taraneh Hemami and Hugh Livingston
Join artists Taraneh Hemami and Hugh Livingston as they introduce you to their new sonic artworks commissioned for Montalvo’s latest outdoor exhibition, Now Hear This! In a family-friendly drop-in workshop, Livingston will invite visitors to explore the principles of ...
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