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RESONANCES

Performance + Sound Installation

by DORSEY DUNN

April 4-June 20, 2008

Jack Straw Productions presents Resonances, a sound installation that begins with a live electro-acoustic improvisational performance in the gallery and continues as an extended aural ‘dying-away’ of the event itself over the course of the exhibition. Music and sound captured during the opening will slowly disappear in a long series of disintegrating reverberations, from an intense beginning to a final period that is spare and minimal.

Resonances is based upon a simple presupposition — that a space occupied for a finite period of time retains the presence of that occupation well after the space itself has been 'emptied'. This presence is a collective and individual memory; it is an energy held in the atmosphere and the material of the place. Having charged the space briefly, the slow ebb of this energy is discernable, but - as a subtle and extended process - not precisely quantifiable. Resonances seeks to bring the afterlife of an event into the realm of the perceptible.

Dorsey Dunn is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work in sound, text and image, in the form of installations, performances, and written and recorded works, is an extended meditation on the perimeters of language, the movements of silence, and the vagaries of comprehension.

Dorsey Dunn regularly exhibits and performs his sound-led installations and music in the US and internationally. He has received invitations to residencies and festivals around the world, most recently to the new media lab TESLA in Berlin; Festival International de Arte Digital, Rosario, Argentina; MusicAcoustica in Beijing; and Is Arti in Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania. He has scored and produced music for film, theater, and dance, as well as for a variety of multimedia performances.

Dunn earned a BA from Columbia University (NY) and MFA from Mills College (Oakland, CA), where he studied with Fred Frith.


Click here to learn more about the Jack Straw New Media Gallery.

Jack Straw New Media Gallery Events

Friday, April 4, 7pm
Gallery Opening + Live Performance by Dorsey Dunn

Saturday, April 5, 11am
Dorsey Dunn
- Artist Lecture


Click the play button above to listen to to Dorsey Dunn talk about Resonances. Click here to download the interview.


Read the review about Resonances in The Stranger.


About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.





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