Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Labyrinth Gives Way to Skin: Maryanne Amacher

Friday, March 4th, 3 PM to 6 PM, $25
Labyrinth Gives Way to Skin: Maryanne Amacher Seminar #1

Friday, March 4th, 8 PM to 9:30 PM, $12
Labyrinth Gives Way to Skin: Maryanne Amacher Listening Session
Blank Forms is excited to announce Labyrinth Gives Way to Skin, the first in a series of ongoing programs dedicated to exploring the work of pioneering sound artist Maryanne Amacher. Lead by Robert The and Bill Dietz the seminar will investigate Amacher’s rigorous experimental investigation of the psychoacoustic dimensions of perception that she began to develop while a fellow at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies. The seminar will be followed by a listening session comprised of entirely unpublished audio, accompanied by illuminating and likewise unpublished images of scores, notes, and texts selected from the Amacher Archive.
American composer and artist Maryanne Amacher (1938 - 2009) is known for her pioneering work in acoustics and architectural installation. She studied in the 1960s with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Her early experiments into the relationship between sound and space led her to a life-long exploration the physiological conditions of hearing. Her body of work spans the telematic City Links series, her investigation of otoacoustic emissions, through to her later exploration of architecturally staged "narrative" presentation formats. Commissioners and collaborators included John Cage, Marvin Minsky, Merce Cunningham, and the Kronos Quartet. In 2005 she received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica Distinction in Computer Music, the festival's highest honor. She presented work in solo and group contexts at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Casa de Serralves, Porto, Portugal; Whitney Biennial (2002); Kunsthalle, Basel; Galerie Nachst St. Stephan, Vienna; Kunstmuseum, Bern; Kunsthalle, Krems; Panasonic Hall, Tokyo; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. 
Blank Forms is a new curatorial platform initiated by former ISSUE Project Room Artistic Director (2012-2016) Lawrence Kumpf. Dedicated to the presentation and preservation of time-based performance practices that fall outside  of conventional institutional support systems and traditional disciplines. Working through a variety of curatorial approaches including, but not limited to, online and print publishing, public performances, exhibitions, educational workshops, seminars and residencies, Blank Forms will unveil a series of exciting new projects in 2016.  

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