Jack Straw Productions presents Wires, an eight-channel sound installation for tin cans, piezo loudspeakers, and steel wires, by Zürich-based sound artist Jason Kahn at the Jack Straw New Media Gallery (4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle) from January 31-March 28, 2008.

Kahn will be giving an Artist Talk about his installation and performance work at Jack Straw on Thursday, February 7, at 7pm. Kahn will also perform in the 2008 Seattle Improvised Music Festival on Saturday, February 9, 8pm, at the Chapel Performance Space (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle).

Jason Kahn is a sound and visual artist based in Zürich, Switzerland. His work includes sound installation, performance and composition. He was born in New York, grew up in Los Angeles and relocated to Europe in 1990. Kahn has been exhibiting his sound and visual works since the late 1990's, and has had solo and group exhibitions internationally, including museums, galleries and arts spaces in the  USA, Canada, France, Croatia, Germany, Argentina, Egypt, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria and Spain. Kahn's sound installations seek to enhance spatial awareness through sonic intervention, focusing on expanding our perception to other dimensions of seeing, hearing and feeling a space.

His latest installation, Wires, seeks to heighten the visitor's perception of space through sound intervention within the gallery environment. Walking through the installation space, visitors pass through shifting sound fields delineated by the vibrating wires. The sounds themselves will be difficult to localize but the sense of the room slowly "stretching" through the singing wires will be immediately apparent as one moves about the gallery space. Wires has previously shown at the gallery Q-O2 Werkplaats in Brussels, Belgium (Nov. 28-30, 2007).  Wires is Kahn's first exhibition in Seattle.

Jason Kahn's website includes images and descriptions of several installations and performances, and videos of his performances can be found at Youtube.

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Gallery residencies include an exhibition of up to three months in the gallery; 20 hours of studio assistance with one of our engineers; access to Jack Straw Productions audio recording, production, and presentation equipment; and two public events - the opening and an artist talk. This residency is for exhibiting and performing artists in any medium who would like to incorporate sound into their work. Previous gallery artists include Trimpin, Steve Roden, Iole AlessandriniJoe Colley, David Kwan, Perri Lynch, and Kichul Kim. See below for a complete list of exhibitions.

About Jack Straw Artist Residencies

Jack Straw Productions focuses on annual artist residencies through our Artist Support Program, our Writers Program, and New Media Gallery Residency Program. These programs offer established and emerging artists an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Proposals are reviewed by an interdisciplinary peer panel (Artist Support and New Media Gallery programs) or Curator (Writers Program).

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges the support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our individual contributors for their vital support of our programs and services.

Past Jack Straw New Media Gallery Exhibitions

View archived pages of the Jack Straw New Media Gallery, as well as artists' documentation:

Every Island Fled Away and the Mountains Could Not be Found by Jim Haynes, Fall 2007 ~ JSP Archive, Jim Haynes' website

Catalyst by Paul Rucker, Spring-Summer 2007 ~ JSP Archive

Terminus by David Kwan, Winter-Spring 2007 ~ JSP Archive

Lonely Microphone by Joe Colley, Winter 2006 ~ JSP Archive

Huldre by S. Lyn Goeringer, Fall 2006 ~ JSP Archive

Rapport by Kichul Kim, Summer 2006 ~ JSP Archive

Fences-Borders by Richard Lerman, Spring 2006 ~ JSP Archive

Archival Investigations by Trimpin, Winter 2006 ~ JSP Archive

Maps & Legends by Tania Kupczak, Fall 2005 ~ JSP Archive

The Four Dignities by Rene Yung & Janice Giteck, Summer 2005 ~ JSP Archive

Organic Plan by Kristin Tollefson, Spring 2005 ~ JSP Archive

String Quartet #2 by Joe Diebes, Winter 2005 ~ JSP Archive

YIJU: songs of dislocation by Byron Au Yong, Fall/Winter 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ yijusongs

Untitled by Iole Alessandrini, Summer/Fall 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ iole.org

dislocator by Randy Moss, Spring 2004 ~ rmoss.com

Searching for a Quiet Place: Turnbull Bay by Jesse Paul Miller, Winter 2003/04 ~ jesse paul miller

Precisely Known, Completely Lost by Perri Lynch, Fall 2003 ~ Velocity Made Good

Chamber Music by Steve Roden, Summer 2003 ~ inbetweennoise.com

Klavier Nonette by Trimpin, Spring 2003

Revisiting Septermber 11, 19[72] by Mark Polishook & Lisa Hutton ~ revisiting

Perfect Pitch by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2002 ~ Press Release

and there was concrete skin for your face by Maureen Whiting, Spring 2002 ~ Maureen Whiting Company

7Ply - Plywood and Memory by Don Fels, Winter 2001/02

Soundescapes by Matthew Bauer
Salmon Song by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2001 ~ Salmon Song

Heard Said by Stuart Keeler, Spring 2001

Uroborous - Light and Sound by Bret Battey, Fall 2000 ~ Bret Battey

Dream Time Pieces by Stuart Dempster and Renko Ishida Dempster, Spring 2000

Nearly Seen, Closely Heard by Susie Kozawa and Jesse Minkert, Winter 1999/2000

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by Jason Kahn

January 31-March 28, 2008

Thursday, January 31, 7pm

Thursday, February 7, 7pm

Click the play button above to listen to Jason Kahn talk about Wires. Click here to download the interview.

Read Chris DeLaurenti's review of Wires in the The Stranger.