Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Lições dos Antepassados
(Lessons from the Ancestors)

An installation by Steve Peters

September 20 - November 22, 2013

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5
Also open during evening events at Jack Straw

Click the play button above to listen to our interview with Steve Peters. Click here to download the interview.

Click the play button above to listen to an excerpt of the installation's soundscape. Click here to download the audio.

This sound installation explores daily life and language in a network of small rural villages in the Magaio region of the Gralheira Mountains in Portugal. Each village has a chapel, a resonant chamber for the soul of the community, and each chapel has a bell, rarely used now, replaced by electronic imposters. In the nearby cemeteries, the wind in the grass whispers the names of those who have lived on the land and are now part of it. With them lies the continuity of local wisdom, history, the names of all the things that live here, handed down to each generation. Underlying these common names are the Latin ones - the archaic shared language of religion, science, and song. Many of these things make sounds, and they become the collective voice of this place. Originally conceived as a 4-channel sound installation, this revised 8-channel version adds speaking voices from Seattle's Portuguese community.

Steve Peters makes music and sound for a variety of contexts and occasions using environmental recordings, found/natural objects, electronics, musical instruments, and human voices. Attentive to the subtle nuances of perception and place, his work is often site-specific. He performs with the Seattle Phonographers Union, and since 1989 has been the Director of Nonsequitur, a non-profit organization presenting experimental music and sound art, currently via the Wayward Music Series at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle. His music has been released on such labels as Cold Blue, Palace of Lights, Sirr, and Dragon's Eye.

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





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Mother May I: Work in Progress Phase I (November 4 - 11, 2011) by Beth Fleenor

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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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