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School Tours | Resonant Spaces

​September 15-December 10, 2017

Circuits created by Laura Maes for Spikes, 2017. Photo courtesy of Laura Maes.

Circuits created by Laura Maes for Spikes, 2017. Photo courtesy of Laura Maes.

Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth
September 15-December 10, 2017

We live with sound all around us. Some sounds we choose and others we experience through our environment wherever we are at any given moment. We hear, but do we listen? This exhibition across campus of eight works of sound art engages all of our senses. As diverse a medium as bronze or oil paint, sound can be recorded from the environment or produced from an object, sculpture, instrument, or living being. Works designed for specific sites ask visitors to think about how sound and space interact and how sound affects one’s experience of place. This exhibition introduces students to a range of ways artists engage with sound.

For example, in his sound installation, Jacob Kierkegaard features recordings of seismic vibrations from land features in Utah. Installed on the first and fourth floors of the Fairchild Physical Sciences Center, Kierkegaard’s work transforms the atrium into a vertical sonic space of sounds recorded from below and above the ground. Artist Laura Maes’s work makes the power of the sun audible and visible. Maes attached two hundred hand-made solar-powered circuits to the exterior of Cummings Hall at the Thayer School of Engineering. When activated by the sun, the circuits light up and generate a random click-cluster. The light and sound reflect available solar power, changing with the time of day and weather. In a third example, Bill Fontana uses the slatted steel structure on the outside of the Life Sciences Center as an instrument to play the life of the building. His mixed recordings of machines and people working inside the building are played through speakers mounted on the steel structure, causing it to vibrate. These vibrations combine with those from weather and pedestrians, and are captured with vibration sensors that play back the finished piece. The result is a dynamic work of art that encourages visitors to hear and see anew.

This tour is appropriate for all ages and works well in combination with the Hood’s public sculpture tours.

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