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November 20

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Reception for Ann Warde's Hidden Encounters, Art and Media Lab

Wednesday November 20, 3-5pm

Ann Warde: Hidden Encounters

Hidden Encounters is an interactive sound installation that encompasses a variety of sound textures made by vocalizations of animals and subsequent alterations of those vocalizations. Some are short and sudden, while others are noticeable but barely audible, becoming perceptible only as time passes.

A goal of the installation is to inspire listeners to question: what made that sound? Not only where is it coming from-which is somewhat ambiguously difficult to determine-but what sort of entity could make the sound? The installation also presents opportunities to explore and attempt communication: you move through the exhibition space, and as you come within range of hidden sensors you hear animal sounds that vary as if attempting to communicate with you, and your movement within the space seems to prompt and influence the alterations of the animal's voice.

About Ann Warde

Ann Warde is an independent composer, sound artist, and researcher whose experimental projects often explore diverse experiences of sonic communication and perception. Her work has most recently been recognized by a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Music/Sound from The New York Foundation for the Arts.

Other recognition includes a 2015-16 US-UK Fulbright Scholar award at the University of York's Contemporary Music Research Centre, a Cornell Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, an award from the West German Radio's Forum for Young Composers, and artist residencies at Mills College, the Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts, and with the European University Cyprus Interfaces Project. Among the performers and venues that have programmed her work are BEAST FEaST (Birmingham, UK), Gamelan Son of Lion, Bang on a Can, SEAMUS, ICMC, and BKA Berlin. Invited talks include the Deep Listening Art/Science conference, the Listening to Birds Symposium (Scotland), and the Orpheus Institute (forthcoming). She is a contributor to Aquatic Conservation, Asian Music, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the Leonardo Music Journal. Her compositions are published by Material Press. 

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