Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Obiectum Resonare
a meditation on the nature of harmonic resonance
by James Borchers

April 8 - June 17, 2016

Opening reception: Friday, April 8, 7pm
Artist talk: Friday, April 22, 7pm

Gallery performance: Friday, June 10, 7pm
With James Borchers, Dale Speicher, Daniel Webbon, and Peter Williams

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Open during evening events at Jack Straw

Click the play button above to listen to our interview with James Borchers. Click here to download the interview.

Click the play button above to listen to a performance in the gallery for cello and percussion, using the elements of Obiectum Resonare. Click here to download the audio.

Harmonic resonance is a phenomenon that occurs throughout our universe, from massive stars and clouds of space dust to the tiniest particles. Music is, in one sense, reconciliation between this naturally occurring phenomenon and the intentionality of human organization. By using a series of sensors, speakers, and software, the piece invites viewers to transform the musical discourse by subtly altering the electronic sound and acoustic resonance of objects in the room. These transformations are recorded and recycled throughout the exhibition, gradually incorporated into the piece over time.

James Borchers is an American composer, musician, and sound artist. His recent works focus on the threshold between sound as a naturally occurring phenomenon and sound as a vessel for the transmission of cultural meaning. He has been awarded numerous residencies and fellowships including at Tanglewood Music Center, Wellesley Composers Conference, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. His music has been performed by prominent ensembles including the ICE ensemble, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Lydian String Quartet, Dinosaur Annex, and American Opera Projects.

Jesse Minkert describes the installation Obiectum Resonare James Borchers helps a student with a graphic score A student records in the studio with voice coach Laurel Anne White

In spring 2016 we presented two accessible workshops at Jack Straw in conjunction with Obiectum Resonare. Read all about the workshops on the project page.

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, media sponsor KUOW, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.


Recent exhibitions

luminous soundscape (January 14 - March 11, 2016) by Andy Behrle

Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts (September 11 - November 30, 2015)

UGLY ME (July 10 - August 31, 2015) by Gabriela Denise Frank

Those Who Observe the Wind . . .. (May 21 - July 1, 2015) by Joel Ong

WISHING. YOU. A. WISH. MOMENT. (April 3 - May 8, 2015) by Carolyn Law

Six Sounds (February 13 - 27, 2015) by Cornish College of the Arts students

Lean-out, Lean-to (November 14, 2014 - February 6, 2015) by Zack Bent

(The) Nature (of) Sound (August 22 - October 24, 2014) by S. Eric Scribner

Thermal Dynamics (June 13 - August 8, 2014) by Brandon Aleson and Adam Primack


Previous exhibitions

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 listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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