Bruce Odland

Bruce Odland

West Hall Gallery, Room 111, RPI Campus

February 13, 2008 7:30 PM - February 22, 2008

Opening Reception: Wed., February 13, 7:30PM; Artist Talk at 8PM.  Refreshments will be served.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, through February 22, 2008 

Bruce Odland will show excerpts from his recent installation "Hearing Space" and talk about this work, created in part during his recent iEar Studio residency.  This work uses both visual and 5 channel sound, but alters the normal ratio of primacy between the ear and the eye to create an atmosphere of deep listening. 

In creating HEARING SPACE, Odland has focused his attention on the Westchester soundscape with its mix of urban , suburban, and natural spaces.  He took daily walks along the Hudson River seekiing the hidden beauty in the things we drive past every day unheard, unseen: a frozen field of flowers played like flutes in the pre-dawn sind, a pond of ice resonating like an eardrum to the morning rush hour, a harp played by a snow and ice storm, a one stringed fiddle bowed by the Croton river in flood playing an ancient ode-like melody.

"It is the ear that unlocks our relationship with nature, turning it from a flat image into a four dimensional map of who and where we are.  When we truly listen deeply, our relationship with nature is forever changed"  -  Bruce Odland

HEARING SPACE has been made possible in part by a grant from the David Bermant Foundation.  The project was produced in part during Create@iEAR a NYSCA sponsored artist residency program at RPI. Additionally, Bruce Odland received an Arts Alive Artist Grant from the Westchester Arts Council.

Artist Bio:

Sonic thinker, composer, and sound artist -- Bruce Odland is known for his large scale, public space sound installations which transform city noise into harmony, real-time.  Last year, he and Sam Auinger (O+A) altered the harmonic mix of the World Financial Center Plaza using the moon, tides, harmonic tuning tubes, and cement loudspeakers ("Blue Moon").  His many collaborations include work with Laurie Anderson, Dan Graham, Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Peter Sellars, Joanne Akailitis, Robert Woodruff, Tony Oursler, Peter Erskine, and the Wooster Group.  He has contributed ideas and energy to projects in theatre, film, dance, public art, festivals, radio, and museums.  His "Sounds from the Vaults", a playable orchestra of virtual instruments for the Field Museum in Chicago, won the Gold Muse Award from the Association of American Museums.  Currently, he is researching and writing a book about hearing in the age of noise; mounting an opera with the Wooster Group; and working with Michael Luck Schneider on an interactive art piece for the MCA in Sydney, Australia.

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