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Jack Straw Productions' New Media Gallery was opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Gallery residencies of up to 3 months are a combination of applicants from our annual call for applicants, and exhibits by invited artists. As part of their residency, gallery artists receive up to 20 hours of studio assistance with one of our engineers.


String Quartet No. 2

Extended to March 29!

A music installation by
Joe Diebes
constructed from material recorded by the
St. Helen's String Quartet
(Stephen Bryand, Michael Lim, Sue Jane Bryant, Paige Stockley)

Composer Spotlight/Gallery Preview: Wednesday, January 12, 7:30pm

Opening reception: Friday, January 14 7pm

New York composer Joe Diebes creates a phantom string quartet with a series of short composed passages, individually performed and recorded by member of Seattle's St. Helen's String Quartet.
On entering String Quartet No. 2 the audience encounters a phantom ensemble. In the four corners of the room are speakers playing back musical gestures from each of four string players. The audience is invited to listen to the piece from a variety of different spatial/sonic perspectives and to stay as long as they wish, as the installation continues to generate itself without repeating. The original sampling parts for the instruments are on music stands in front of each speaker, allowing the audience to perceive the non-linear approach to the composition, as well as to contemplate the displacement and absence that is increasingly part of our technologically mediated culture.
"My goal in this piece, as with many of my pieces, was to invoke a model of a truly non-hierarchical and multi-valent community in all its complexity."
Joe Diebes (b. 1972) creates works that converge around the categories of concert music, installations, and conceptual art. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 1995, where he studied composition formally with Jonathan Berger and Michael Tenzer while pursuing a degree in Literature and Philosophy. He also studied at Juilliard with Stanley Wolfe and privately with La Monte Young. He is a principal member of the performance/art company Gale Gates et al, and has collaborated with theater artists such as The Living Theater, George Coates Performance Works, Phil Soltanoff and Deb Fernandez, presenting work at the Kitchen, The Whitney Museum, the Ontologic Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Belgrade International Theater Festival. He has received residencies and commissions from Music at the Anthology, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Engine 27, NY State Council on the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Jack Straw Productions thanks the Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation, ArtsFund, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the 4Culture King County Lodging Tax, the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our individual contributors for their vital sup ort of our programs and services.
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