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Intelligent Life – The Second Tribute to Commemorate Electroacoustic Pioneer Maryanne Amacher
School of Architecture + Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Above: P.A., 2009, installation view at Park Avenue Armory, New York, Performa Biennial, 2009.
Photo by William Lamson.
Above: P.A., 2009, installation view at Park Avenue Armory, New York, Performa Biennial, 2009.
Photo by William Lamson.

Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 4–9 PM

ACT Cube, Wiesner Building (E15), 20 Ames St., Cambridge, MA, USA
visualarts.mit.edu/about/events.html

October 22, 2011, marks the second anniversary of the passing of electroacoustic pioneer and CAVS fellow Maryanne Amacher. Intelligent Life is the title of an unrealized media opera that Amacher worked on for over a decade. Maryanne Amacher was an American composer and installation artist whose pioneering work in acoustics and architectural installation paved the way to new forms of sound art and performance. In the 1970s, Amacher was a fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies (ACT’s precursor) where she worked on her noted “City-Links” series.

 

For this year’s tribute, we have invited two outstanding sound artists: Jana Winderen and Marina Rosenfeld, as well as Columbia University Auditory biophysics/physiology scientist Christopher Bergevin. The evening will be moderated by ACT graduate candidate Micah Silver, who along with artist Robert The co-founded the Maryanne Amacher Archive. Micah Silver will feature a selection of archival video footage and rarely seen interviews with Amacher; Jana Winderen will present underwater sound recordings and frequencies that cannot be heard by the human ear; Marina Rosenfeld will talk about psychoacoustics, the way we experience sound through our body and our psyche; and from Chris Bergevin we will learn about otoacoustic emissions, the sounds produced by the ear. The program will culminate with the live performances by Jana Winderen and Marina Rosenefeld.

 

4–6 PM Talks by Jana Winderen, Marina Rosenfeld, and Christopher Bergevin. Moderated by Micah Silver.
7–8 PM Sonic presentation by Jana Winderen
8–9 PM Diagram/for room and phonographic loudspeaker, sonic installation by Marina Rosenfeld

 

Intelligent Life – The Second Tribute to Commemorate Electroacoustic Pioneer Maryanne Amacher is curated by Ute Meta Bauer, ACT Director and Associate Professor. This event is funded in part by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

 

Fall 2011 Programs & Collaborations

 

MY NEW THEATER: READING DANTE IIIAN EXHIBITION BY ACT PROFESSOR EMERITA JOAN JONASSoundtrack by Joan Jonas, music by Jason Moran with David Lang
September 14–October 31, 2011
In collaboration with MIT Office of the Arts
MIT Media Lab Complex, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA, USA

 

CAVS DIRECTOR EMERITUS OTTO PIENE: LICHTBALLETTCurator: Joao Ribas, List Visual Arts Center
HANS HAACKE 1967Curator: Caroline A. Jones, Director of the History, Theory, and Criticism Program and Professor of Art History at MIT
Exhibits Open October 20, 2011 at 6 PM
Pre-reception artists talk 5:30 PM
MIT List Visual Arts Center
Wiesner Building (E15), 20 Ames St., Cambridge, MA, USA

 

DOCUMENTARY FICTIONS:The Otolith Group in Conversation with Art Historian TJ DemosCurator: Scott Berzofsky, ACT Graduate Candidate 2012
with support from the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) and the Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT).
Panel Discussion: Friday, October 21, 2011 at 7–9 PM
MIT Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St., Cambridge, MA, USA 

 

About ACT

 

The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology operates as a critical studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an advanced technological community. ACT faculty, fellows and students engage in advanced visual studies and research by implementing both an experimental and systematic approach to creative production and transdisciplinary collaboration. As an academic and research unit, the ACT Program emphasizes both knowledge production and knowledge dissemination. In the tradition of artist and educator György Kepes, the founder of MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and an advocate of “art on a civic scale,” ACT envisions artistic leadership initiating change, providing a critically transformative view of the world with the civic responsibility to enrich cultural discourse. Faculty include Associate Professor Renée Green, Associate Professor Gediminas Urbonas, and Assistant Professor Azra Aksamija.

 

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October 12, 2011