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Sometimes Always: Listening in on Audio Art [ca Nova Scotia]

448px_sometimesalways2_1000.jpg[Image: Craig Leonard, Adventures on the Wheels of Steel, 2009] Sometimes Always: Listening in on Audio Art :: June 5- August 30, 2009 :: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Obsolete technologies and anachronistic electronic devices are cleverly resuscitated by 10 international artists in Sometimes Always. Co-organized with the Centre for Art Tapes and presented in tandem with Sound Bytes, Halifax’s month-long audio art festival, the show harnesses the nostalgia associated with outmoded media to reflect on our shifting emotional connections to technology.

Several projects reinvest antiquated technologies such as eight-track players and audio cassettes with new artistic potential. Local artist Craig Leonard modifies bicycle wheels into low-fi musical instruments by adding duct-tape patterns to the spokes. When spun like records, the “wheels of steel” interact with oscillators to produce a unique series of pitches and tones determined by the viewer. Meanwhile, Brooklyn-based Clive Murphy transforms discarded cassette tape into sculptural material in his audio-kinetic landscape drawings such as Untitled (Never Gonna Be Alone).

sometimesalways1_448.jpg[Image: Clive Murphy, Untitled (Never Gonna Be Alone) 2008] Other installations concentrate on processes of collecting, preserving and archiving discontinued formats through ongoing performances in the gallery space. Montreal-Halifax collective Artifact Institute conducts a “techno-archaeological dig for electronics” from local arts institutions in a pseudo-scientific lab setting, while Eleanor King’s performance-installation, Obso-less-sense, transforms an overwhelming volume of discarded appliances into playful assemblages. Taken together, these whimsical appropriations of outmoded media raise interesting questions about the implications of mechanical progress and the role of artists in drawing our attention to our transforming technological relationships. (1723 Hollis St, Halifax NS)

sometimesalways3_448.jpg[Image: Artifact Institute, Investigation 1: Electronic equipment discarded by arts and cultural organizations in the Halifax Regional Municipality between 2004 and 2009]

sometimesalways1a_448.jpg[Image: Eleanor King, Obso-less-sense 2009]


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