Seth Cluett (MFA, 2003) in Solo show at Diapason Gallery

Seth Cluett (MFA, 2003) in Solo show at Diapason Gallery

Date posted: 2008-05-12 13:30:00

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DOLEROS (audio tourism at ringing rocks)


(New Location)
882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street) // Brooklyn, NY 11232
Subways: D, N, R to 36th Street/4th Avenue
718.499.5070 // 

Doleros is an 8-channel surround sound installation that reconstructs the experience of audio tourism at Ringing Rocks Park, a popular boulder field in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Featuring the largest diabase (dolerite) deposit in North America, Ringing Rocks Park offers visitors the opportunity to explore the sonic qualities of the geologic detritus, which produces different ringing qualities when struck. Visitors wander among these boulders and igneous rocks with hammers as they seek out the best sounding and compare and share their discoveries. Unlike other sites of audio-tourism – the Echo Canyon in Utah, the Ear of Dionysus Cave in Sicily, or the "stalac-pipe" organ in the Luray Cavern, Virginia – the exploration of the diabase deposits is interactive and often a collective experience.

The audio installation at Diapason echoes the experience at Ringing Rocks Park; the surround sound consists of layered field recordings that recreate the actual physical space, and small metal constructions dispersed throughout the room represent and acknowledge the uniqueness of the rocks' sounds by resonating independently through individually wired speakers. The result is as much an engulfing and cinematic auditory experience as a lively and playful exploration of sound. In addition to his exhibition at Diapason, Cluett will be leading an outing to Ringing Rocks as part of the 2008 Movement Research Festival. More information at:

Seth Cluett (b. 1976, Troy, NY) is a composer and visual artist whose work includes photography, drawing, video, sound installation, concert music, performance, and theoretical writing. His pieces are an exploration of the role of sound in everyday life. Operating at the boundary between the auditory and the other senses, his work engages sound's ability to be both collectively shared and distinctly personal. Many of his pieces investigate the acoustic signature of specific locations, in which sound is experienced as an activity (audio tourism) or as a geologic process.

Seth's work has been shown/performed at the 10th Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Palais de Tokyo Museum, Théatre sur le Pavé, and GRM in Paris; the ICA, Mobius Artist Space, MassArt/nonpod in Boston; WPS1/MoMA, Issue Project Room, The Kitchen, Diapason, Engine 27, Tonic, and The Knitting Factory in New York; the Betty Rymer Gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago, Elastic Arts, Heaven, Artemisia, and Deadtech Galleries in Chicago; as well as the Deep Listening Space in Kingston, NY amongst others. His work is documented on Errant Bodies Press, Sedimental, Crank Satori, BoxMedia, and Wavelet Records. He has published articles for The Open Space Magazine, Leonardo Music Journal, 306090, Earshot, and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.  For more information see



graphic score for two duos for rubbing stones on stone in tools of mind, edited by matt marble, published by foArm magazine -

essay Le Corps Est Une Usine À Sons/The Body is a Sound Factory: Postlude to the Work of Henri Chopin (1922-2008) forthcoming in The Open Space Magazine -

performance documentation of apple box double (performed with and by Pauline Oliveros) in The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde, Foreword by John Rockwell. Preface by Johannes Goebel on the University of California Press, Berkeley forthcoming july 2008 -


05/08/08 - solo set at ffmup + fün nite at the tank, new york, ny -

05/09/08 - catch guitar 4tet US tour a murmur which redoubles at grinnell college, iowa

05/11/08 - catch guitar 4tet US tour a murmur which redoubles at cnmat at UC berkeley, ca

05/28/08 - 24x4x4 performance for the movement research spring festival at judson church, new york, ny -

06/01/08 - leading a field trip to the ringing rocks state park with movement research festival, upper black eddy, bucks county, pa -

06/10/08 - east coast premiere of zero point for laptop orchestra with chamber Plork (Princeton Laptop Orchestra), floating point festival, issue project room, brookyn, ny -

06/12/08 - playing laptop+shruti box in a duo with curtis bahn (sitar and electronics), floating point festival, issue project room, brookyn, ny -

06/27.08 - new piece for loudspeakers and amplified objects opposite Kaffe Matthews, floating point festival, issue project room, brookyn, ny -

March 28, 1977
March 28, 2018 7:00 PM
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Studio 1

A video installation of an essay film meditating on the 1977 Oscars and a documentary on Rhodesia which aired at the same time one month and one day before the essay filmmaker, Maureen Jolie Anderson, was born.