What Sound Does a Color Make?

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opening night 6 pm -9 pm

What Sound Does a Color Make?

Eyebeam is pleased to present the premiere of What Sound Does a Color Make?, featuring contemporary and historical works by an internationally diverse group of artists who manipulate sound with image and image with sound. Curated by Kathleen Forde and organized by ICI, What Sound Does a Color Make? includes artists who likewise use technology to inspire a renewed consciousness of highly un-technological experiences — physicality, human cognition, and perception.

Artistic interest inspired by the phenomenon known as synesthesia, a condition in which one type of sensory stimulation evokes the sensation of another, can be traced as far back as the seventeenth century. For contemporary audiovisual artists, the possibilities inspired by this phenomenon have expanded with the advent of recent digital technologies that translate all electronic media, whether sounds or moving images, into the zeros and ones of computer bits. The artists in What Sound Does a Color Make? use these advances in technology to collapse the boundaries between vision and sound in a way that reboots our perception of perception itself. 

Opening Night Events: May 25, 6-9pm 

Light Readings performance by Stephen Vitiello in collaboration with Andrew Deutsch
6:30pm Introduction, co-organized with ICI, featuring curator Kathleen Forde and selection of exhibiting artists. 
7:30pm Reception

What Sound Does a Color Make? is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (iCI), New York and curated by Kathleen Forde. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, bygrants from The David Bermant Foundation: Color, Light, Motion; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and Institut fuer Auslandsbeziehungen e. V., Stuttgart; and by an in-kind donation from Philips Electronics North America. 

The artists’ panel discussion is supported, in part, by a grant from the Experimental Television Center. The Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and mediaThe Foundation. 

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Ben Ratcliff Review in the New York Times

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