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Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth

September 15, 2017, through December 10, 2017
The work of sound artist Terry Adkins (1953-2014) installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

The work of sound artist Terry Adkins (1953-2014) installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Dartmouth students interacting with Jess Rowland's work The Other Side of Air: Notations for Interactive Sound, 2017, installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Rob Strong.

Dartmouth students interacting with Jess Rowland's work The Other Side of Air: Notations for Interactive Sound, 2017, installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Rob Strong.

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Sound artist Christine Sun Kim's work titled "The Grid of Prefixed Acousmatics" (2017), installed in Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center for the Arts. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

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Six of the seven artists who were commissioned to create works for Resonant Spaces (second row, left to right) Julianne Swartz, Laura Maes, Jacob Kirkegaard, Jess Rowland, Christine Sun Kim, and Alvin Lucier (not pictured: Bill Fontana). Photo by Rob Strong.

Bill Fontana recording sounds in the lab of Sharon Bickel (also pictured), Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, at Dartmouth in the spring of 2017. Photo by Amelia Kahl.

Bill Fontana recording sounds in the lab of Sharon Bickel, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, at Dartmouth in the spring of 2017. Photo by Amelia Kahl.

One of three listening devices sound artist Julianne Swartz created for her Sherman Art Library installation titled Transfer (objects), 2017.

One of three listening devices sound artist Julianne Swartz created for her Sherman Art Library installation titled Transfer (objects), 2017. The objects are meant to resemble books in scale and weight. They are meant to be held and listened to by one person at a time, and this one-on-one relationship dictates the objects' form and function. The sound is a private, singular experience that echoes of the act of reading.

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The three listening devices created by sound artist Julianne Swartz installed in the Sherman Art Library. The work is titled Transfer (objects), 2017. Each object transmits a short piece of a specific text. Swartz transcribed each text and spoke it aloud at the rate of transcription, trying to release the words vocally only as she wrote them. They are meant to be held and listened to by one person at a time, enabling a private, singular experience that echoes of the act of reading.

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.

Jacob Kirkegaard recording for Transmission. Photo courtesy of Jacob Kirkegaard.

Jacob Kirkegaard recording for Transmission. Photo courtesy of Jacob Kirkegaard.

Alvin Lucier. Photo courtesy of Alvin Lucier.

Alvin Lucier. Photo courtesy of Alvin Lucier. Photo by Amanda Lucier.

In the first-ever installation of sound art on Dartmouth's campus, produced in collaboration with guest-curator faculty member Spencer Topel, the Hood Museum of Art will showcase the work of emerging and established international artists with diverse aesthetic and cultural backgrounds. Seven site-specific and sound-based commissions will guide visitors across the Dartmouth campus and into the town of Hanover. Hood Downtown will feature a multimedia display introducing the exhibition and artists, as well as selected works from conceptual artist Terry Adkins (1953-2014). Artists creating new installations for the show include Bill Fontana, Christine Sun Kim, Jacob Kirkegaard, Alvin Lucier, Laura Maes, Julianne Swartz, and Jess Rowland.

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. It can be responsive to installed spaces or autonomous, continuous or intermittent, loud or soft. Artists were invited in part for the compelling ways they use sound through conceptual, visual, and architectural contexts. Resonant Spaces alters locations in Hanover by encouraging visitors to experience the world transformed through sound. 

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the George O. Southwick 1957 Memorial Fund, the Eleanor Smith Fund, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Thayer School of Engineering, and the Danish Arts Foundation.

Curated by Spencer Topel, Assistant Professor of Music / Amelia Kahl, Associate Curator of Academic Programming

Press release 

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Additional information 

Jacob Kirkegaard’s work Transmission, located in the Fairchild atrium, will be unavailable from November 14 to 22 to accommodate Dartmouth’s study and exam period. It will be available again from November 23 through the end of the exhibition on December 10.

Related events 

Sep 22
Across Dartmouth Campus
3:30PM
"Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth"
Sep 23
Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center
10:00AM
This fall, sound takes over Dartmouth College with large-scale commissions for an exhibition project featuring internationally renowned artists.
Sep 27
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
6:00PM
Join this discussion-based workshop to explore the first-ever installation of sound art on Dartmouth’s campus.
Sep 28
We invite Dartmouth graduate and undergraduate students to explore the exhibition and enjoy light refreshments. Wine for 21+ with state ID.
Oct 04
The tour will begin at Hood Downtown.
12:30PM
Explore some of the installations across campus.
Oct 11
Partnering with the Wednesday Morning Faculty and Staff Mindfulness Practice Group at Dartmouth
Oct 18
The tour will begin at the Bema amphitheater.
12:30PM
This fall, sound takes over Dartmouth College with large-scale commissions for an exhibition project featuring internationally renowned artists.

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