Artists: Florian Hecker, James Hoff, Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Guerino Mazzola, Reza Negarestani, Curtis Roads
Venue: Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis
Exhibition Title: Exploring Compositional Epistemologies
Date: January 16 – February 14, 2015
Full gallery of audio, images, press release and link available after the jump.
Florian Hecker, Chimerization, 2012, 33 min 25 sec, Sound Installation
James Hoff, excerpt from Blaster, 2015, Performed at Midway Contemporary Art, January 16, 2015
Curtis Roads, excerpt from Epicurus, 2010, Performed at Midway Contemporary Art, January 24th, 2015
Holes in Sound
Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, excerpt from Holes in Sound, 2015, Performed at Midway Contemporary Art, January 30, 2015
Images and audio courtesy of Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis
The series Exploring Compositional Epistemologies consists of several performances and presentations, in addition to a single installation that runs for the duration of the series. These events collectively function as a platform for the synthesization of multiple fields of study, including sound, philosophy, mathematics, and linguistics. As the series unfolds, it aims to reveal new processes and trajectories by investigating the relationship between these disciplines, developing a web of exchanges between modes of reasoning and experimentation.
Exploring Compositional Epistemologies brings together essential figures of contemporary sound philosophy. Illusive and seemingly immaterial sonic forms become corporeal entities within the gallery through the intricate psychoacoustics of Florian Hecker’s 3-channel installation. Guerino Mazzola, whose work has been compared to Iannis Xenakis’, calls into question the correlation between gesture and topological sonic structures. Curtis Roads’ intuitive compositional narratives simultaneously dissolve and assemble sound within sound. In James Hoff’s audio and visual work, digital data is virally corrupted, revealing diverse and unpredictable patterns of behavior. Generic tropes of rave culture are devoured, deconstructed and regurgitated as mutated forms in Roc Jiménez de Cisneros’ playfully visceral performance. With his ‘philosophy on acid’ approach, Reza Negarestani examines the links between analytic pragmatism, artificial intelligence and artificial speech.