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Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Felt

An interactive sound installation
by Gust Burns & Melanie Noel

June 21 - August 21, 2009

Gallery Opening: 
Friday, June 12, 7pm
Artist Talk & Performance:
Monday, June 29, 7pm

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 - 5

"Inevitably, cadential pops and raindrop crackles appear, creating beautiful music out of inevitable, autonomic decay."
-The Stranger

". . . you'll find yourself creating a fugue of voice, echo and decay . . ."
-Seattle Times



Click the play button above to listen to Gust Burns and Melanie Noel talk about their installation, Felt. Click here to download the interview.


Drawing by Heide Hinrichs

Felt is an investigation into how matter, form and surface hold, reveal, and alter what they contain. Four 12" dubplate records on four separate turntables, each with its own sound system, may be played by visitors to the gallery - one at a time, all at once, or in any combination. Two are piano recordings by improviser Gust Burns and two are poems by Melanie Noel. The dubplates will disintegrate slowly over the course of the installation. As the surface material breaks down so does the sonic material, altering what is heard when what is heard is already uncertain depending on which records are played in what combinations.

On Monday, June 29, Gust, Melanie and two special guests will perform live improvisations with the records, followed by a lecture and discussion of the project

On Wednesday, August 12, Chrisopher DeLaurenti will present a special Composer Spotlight titled "The New Phonographers," detailing the exploration and modification by artists of the venerable turntable, from record players made of cardboard (the CardTalk player and the flap-o-phone) and TinkerToys to lathe-like devices such as the Palimpsest, "Paper Record Player," and other conceptual and so-called "Anti-Records."

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.

Jack Straw New Media Gallery Events

Friday, June 12, 7pm
Gallery Opening
Gust Burns & Melanie Noel: Felt

Monday, June 29, 7pm
Artist Talk & Performance
Gust Burns & Melanie Noel: Felt

Wednesday, August 12, 7:30pm
Composer Spotlight
C
hristopher DeLaurenti: The New Phonographers

Recent exhibitions

Vriti (April 17 - May 29, 2009) by Joel S. Kollin
Still Point (December 5, 2008 - February 12, 2009) by Heather Dew Oaksen
Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas (September 12-November 21, 2008) by Byron Au Yong & Randy Moss
Resonances (April 4-June 20, 2008) by Dorsey Dunn
Wires (January 31-March 28, 2008) by Jason Kahn

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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