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CT::SWaM Plasticity Office: Anna Robert-Gevalt | Lee Gilboa
CT::SWaM Plasticity Office: Anna Robert-Gevalt | Lee Gilboa

Thu, Aug 24


Fridman Gallery

CT::SWaM Plasticity Office: Anna Robert-Gevalt | Lee Gilboa

Join us for an activation of Anna Robert-Gevalt's piece "Imagine Sarah", re-imagined in spacial sound and Lee Gilboa's In[n/ H]er Head (2018).

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Aug 24, 2023, 8:00 PM

Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, USA

About the Event

Please note that this will be a masked event.

Anna Robert-Gevalt will be re-investigating "Imagine Sarah" as a spatial sound piece—a composition for orchestra inspired by Kentucky labor activist and singer Sarah Ogan Gunning. "Imagine Sarah" is an extended 8 channel version of a piece for chamber orchestra, premiered last spring.

building layers of simultaneous sounds - inner, outer - sounds happening now off in the distance, sounds happening now inside as i remember a sound, the humming of the tune and the remembering the voice of the one who taught it to me. the trace of the sound of the crowd, after the march, the feeling of the not-sounded cry, now that i rock alone on a nearly quiet porch and there is just a fly buzzing and off somewhere a train is passing. inspired by imagining and traveling through these layers connected to east kentucky union organizer, ballad singer, and songwriter, sarah ogan gunning. who, in the 1930s, wrote :

i hate the capitalist system

i'll tell you the reason why

it caused me so much suffering

and my dearest friends to die.

well they call this the land of plenty

and for them i guess its true

for the rich and mighty capitalist

not for workers like me and you

Anna RG (she/they) makes work in composition, traditional music, sculpture, and community organizing. Her longtime duo Anna&Elizabeth was heralded a “a radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do”(The New Yorker). Smithsonian Folkways artists, they performed at Carnegie Hall, the Newport Folk Festival, the Hirshhorn Museum, Big Ears Festival (where she was guest curator of traditional music), and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. She recently completed her MFA in sculpture at Bard College, led a citywide Long Covid Memorial project at Green-Wood Cemetery. She is a proud member of RAMPD (Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities), and is currently at work on a song cycle, Songs of Sick-Land, with support from the NYC Women’s Fund.

Lee Gilboa will perform In[n/ H]er Head (2018) uses dialogue and recitation to explore self-perception and definition. The inspiration behind In[n/ H]er Head lies in one of its main components- C.P Cavafy’s poem Walls. How much of what we think defines us is our doing? What do we unknowingly deny ourselves? Who are the builders? we did not hear and why did we not hear them?

Lee Gilboa is a composer, researcher, and audio engineer. In her work, Lee uses speech, audio spatialization, and vocal processing, and engages with different themes around the sonic identity such as naming, representation, collectivity, oppression, and self-expression. Her music has been presented at Experimental Intermedia, Roulette Intermedium, Ars Electronica Forum Wallis Festival, The Cube at Virginia Tech, and NYCEMF, among others, and she presented papers at conferences such as The Audio Testimonies Symposium and The Sound of Sound Studies. She participated in several master classes and artist residencies internationally, including EMS, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, IRCAM Manifeste Academy, and The Honk Tweet. Currently, Lee is pursuing a Ph.D. in Music and Multimedia Composition at Brown University and serves as an Assistant Professor of Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music.

The CT::SWaM Plasticity Office is a sound installation and temporary spatial sound studio inside Fridman Gallery’s office/showroom, designed by sound engineer/artist Daniel Neumann. The installation-system will feature a rotation of performers who will be activating it as a space for events, presentations, workshops, experiments, talks, discussions, etc. The recordings of these activations will get integrated into the regular, daytime installation as added content, which will accumulate and change over the run of the show.


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