January 3-24, 2018
Gallery hours have shifted!
→ Wednesday-Sunday, 6-9 pm
Fridman Gallery presents CHANNELS, Daniel Neumann’s second exhibition with the gallery. Neumann arranges two types of audio technology artifacts – a giant 56-channel mixing board suspended vertically in mid-air and several unique custom-built vintage speakers – into a durational installation performing itself. Shifting the gallery hours into the evening, Neumann frames the work somewhere between an exhibition, a screening and a concert.
The sonic materials of the installation consist of 56 purely electronic sounds – lines – that underwent various types of processional feedback on site. The abstract sounds are channeled into the physical space of the gallery to produce an immanent concrete sound field.
The mixing board and speaker are given visual prominence, yet it is the sound field itself that remains foregrounded. Underscoring sound’s independent identity, periods of activation alternate with idling.
Thus, there are actually three types of sculptural objects in the show: the giant mixing board, the vintage speakers, and a 3D sound field. The singular speakers, with their subjective unique voices, stand in contrast to the ubiquitous environment of the sound field. The suspended mixing board functions as a performative medium.
With special thanks to Jim Toth (Jupiter Sound) who provided technical support for the exhibition, and Vermona factories, an electro acoustic manufacturer in Germany, which provided Neumann with a residency leading to a new range of electronic sound generators for the exhibition.
Daniel Neumann is a Brooklyn-based sound artist, organizer and audio engineer. He holds a masters degree in media art from the Academy of Visual Art Leipzig and studied electronic music composition. Neumann’s practice engages hybrid installation-performance formats to explore how sound interacts with space and how spaces can be shaped by sound. He thinks of sound as an interdisciplinary field enabled by audio procedures. Neumann’s works have been presented at Pinacoteca Bellas Artes Universidad de Caldas, Loop Barcelona, MoMA PS1, Knockdown Center, Pratt Institute, Eyebeam, Sculpture Center and many other venues.
As a curator, Neumann runs CT::SWaM, an event series that engages in spatial sound works and focused listening. In September 2016 he co-curated “9 Evenings + 50” at Fridman Gallery. As a sound engineer, Neumann is the acoustic designer of The World Is Sound at the Rubin Museum and head engineer for Blank Forms, Alarm Will Sound, Diamanda Galás and David Guetta. In 2013-16, he was the head engineer for live events at MoMA PS1.
program of events
Opening reception: Wednesday, January 3, 6-9pm
Wednesday, January 10, 6pm
Artist in conversation with Regine Basha and Seth Cluett
Wednesday, January 24, 7pm
Closing performance with Ami Yamasaki
Videography by Carlton Bright
January 12, 2018