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Upcoming Events

Audible Spaces: Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdlian, and [The User] | August 30, 2014 - October 12, 2014  + -

The David Winton Bell Gallery is pleased to announce Audible Spaces: Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdlian, and [The User], an exhibition of contemporary sound art, on view at the Bell Gallery, August 30 to October 12, and the Cohen Gallery at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for Creative Arts, August 23 to October 12, 2014. Audible Spaces presents three sound installations that encourage participants to explore the subtleties of listening. Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdalian, and [The User] have each created immersive environments using seemingly uniform sounds that dissolve into tonal, tactile, and temporal variations as participants engage with them. Please join us for an artist conversation moderated by Ed Osborn, sound artist and Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Brown University, and a cocktail reception. 
Artist Talks September 5, 2014, 5:30-6:30pm. List Auditorium
ReceptionSeptember 5, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm. 
List Lobby and Cohen Gallery All are welcome. 


Audible Spaces presents three sound installations that encourage participants to explore the subtleties of listening.Tristan PerichZarouhie Abdalian, and [The User] have each created immersive environments using seemingly uniform sounds that dissolve into tonal, tactile, and temporal variations as participants engage with them. Perich'sMicrotonal Wall (2011), on view in the Cohen Gallery at the Granoff Center, demonstrates the extraordinary complexity that can be generated using the most basic electronic tools. Drone like from a distance, this twenty-five foot long sound field of 1-bit noise dissolves into 1500 unique frequencies. Abdalian's In Unison (2014) draws attention to each individual's singularly embodied experience of listening. Parametric speakers embedded in the Bell Gallery's ceiling project sonic avenues of equal frequencies that disrupt binaural hearing as they reverberate throughout. [The User]'s Coincidence Engine One: Universal People's Republic Time (2008) makes the entropy of time audible. This amphitheater-like space filled with more than one thousand ticking clocks provokes questions about homogeny, loss, and the spaces of public address. Unified by a shared economy of means, all three projects prompt participants to consider the dynamic relationship between sound, space, and personal subjectivity, while addressing a distinct set of historical, social, and sonic concerns.


Sound artist and theorist Brandon Labelle argues that "sound is intrinsically and unignorably relational: it emanates, propagates, communicates, vibrates, and agitates; it leaves a body and enters others; it binds and unhinges, harmonizes and traumatizes; it sends the body moving, the mind dreaming, the air oscillating."[1] This notion has permeated sound art since its inception and has driven artists to continually explore both the formal properties of singular sounds and the conditional nature of listening. In the 1960s, minimalist musicians in particular took up this cause. They developed radically simplified compositional structures to experiment with the spatial and temporal apperception of sound, in the hopes of expanding the horizons of aesthetic experience. Drawing on the critical strategies of minimalism, the artists in Audible Spaces use monotony, seriality and repetition-both visually and sonically-as they consider both what and how we hear.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: The Way to Strategy Exhibition | September 15, 2014 - October 7, 2014  + -

The Way to Strategy: Cuban artists Alexander Beatón and Pedro Gutiérrez will develop new works for their ongoing multimedia project, "The Way to Strategy." The project is a conceptual exploration of the relationship between the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and the Cuban community of Caimanera, situated at the border of the base but prohibited, by the lack of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, from any form of contact with it. This will be its first showing outside Cuba.


Granoff Center Lower Lobby

Perils, Pitfalls and Joys: Visual Art and the Communication of Complex Data | September 18, 2014 - November 20, 2014  + -

A lecture series featuring Dr. Peter Snyder (Professor of Neurology, Alpert Medical School), Dr James Head (Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences), and artist/illustrator David Macaulay (How Things Work).  All lectures will begin at 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Snyder, Head, Macaulay, and other members of the Brown community.

September 18, 6pm 
presented by Dr. Peter Snyder 
The inherent risks of communication complex scientific information through visual means that are also unquestionably artistic.  The blur of roles between scientist and artist and the risks of crossing these boundaries.

October 28, 6pm 
  presented by Dr. James Head
The difficulty of communicating intensely complex information in meaningful ways, and the role of scientist as storyteller.  The responsibility of science to translate new knowledge in ways that are both informative and also engaging to the educated lay public. 

November 20, 6pm  
JOYS presented by David Macaulay
The artist as partner with scientists and engineers to convey intricate and difficult systems and ideas.  Synergy between art and science.  Sources of inspiration for artists and scientists alike, and the explosion of knowledge and invention in our lifetime.

Sonic.focus.3.5 - Electronic Multimedia Discussion and Performances | September 22, 2014 - September 23, 2014  + -

Following last week’s sonic.focus.3 conference, we are happy to welcome renowned German electronic musician Atom™ (Uwe Schmidt) to Brown for a conversation and performance. On Monday, September 22, he will discuss his recent work, including his album “HD” (Raster-Noton, 2013) and the unique live performances, entitled “HD/AV,” that draw from it, as well as his “Winterreise” album (Raster-Noton, 2011) and the photo series of the same name in a conversation with Tony Cokes and Andrew Lison. The following evening, he will perform a version of “HD/AV” alongside students and alumni from Brown’s MEME department presenting their own works.


Bio: Atom™ (also known as Atom Heart and often confused with Señor Coconut, real name Uwe Schmidt) is a German composer, musician and record producer of electronic music. He is often regarded as the father of electrolatino, electrogospel and aciton (acid-reggaeton) music. (Full bio here: )


sonic.focus.3.5 is sponsored by the Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University. Funding was generously provided by the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Research in Culture and Media Studies; Creative Arts Council - Arts Initiative Funds; MEME Electronic Music Department; the Visual Art Department, and Prof. John Cayley, Literary Arts Dept., Brown University. The organizers would also like to gratefully acknowledge crucial assistance from ON! Agency, Berlin / Krakow, Artists Space, New York, NY, and The David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University. Last, but very far from least we wish to thank Liza Hebert, Ruth Clark, Gregory Picard, Asha Tamirisa, Bianca Eleisse Eyales, and Susan McNeil for their essential contributions.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: Techstyle Haus and the Solar Decathlon: Designing for the Future of Efficient Living | September 27, 2014  + -

Saturday, September 27th, 10am - 4pm, Studio 1

Having just returned from the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe in Versailles, France, students from team Techstyle Haus will showcase the culmination of a two-year collaboration between Brown, Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany. The exhibition will catalogue the process of designing and constructing a radically innovative, net-zero, solar-powered home and the students' journey from the classroom to an international stage.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: From T-Square to Techstyle Haus: A Presentation and Panel Discussion on Design at Brown | September 27, 2014  + -

Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Martinos Auditorium

For a University without a ‘Design School', a great number of influential designers have come out of Brown - from Raymond Hood to the current generation of “design-thinking” entrepreneurs. Barrett Hazeltine, Professor of Engineering Emeritus will offer welcoming remarks, followed by a presentation from student team leaders from the Brown/RISD Techstyle Haus Solar Decathlon Team followed by a panel discussion about the past, present and future of Design at Brown with alumni architects, designers, academics and entrepreneurs, and current Brown faculty members who are furthering the cause of the design discipline at Brown. Participants will include Gareth Rose '16 and Isabelle Lubin '16 (Solar Decathlon); Steve Glenn '87, CEO, LivingHomes; Susan Yelavich '72, Associate Professor of Art and Design Studies and Director, MA Design Studies, School of Art and Design History and Theory; Parsons The New School for Design. The discussion will be moderated by Barbara Laskey Weinreich '80; Principal, MNA, LLC.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: Research Matters! A Graduate School Symposium | September 27, 2014  + -

Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Martinos Auditorium 

The Graduate School is hosting "Research Matters! Celebrating New Ideas and Discoveries" as part of the 250th Anniversary Fall Celebration. Celebrating 125 years of graduate study at Brown, this symposium with feature short talks by graduate students and alumni on “why my research matters.” 


With short compelling talks aimed at a general audience, "Research Matters!" will showcase exceptional graduate student scholarship taking place at Brown. Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

'The Judge' Public Screening | October 1, 2014  + -

We're screening 'The Judge' on October 1st!

October 1st, Martinos Auditorium, 7pm

Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. and Oscar winner Robert Duvall are teamed for the first time in the drama “The Judge.” Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Registration required at Doors open at 6:30pm. Any unclaimed tickets will be released to the wait list at 6:45pm. Sponsored by the Ivy Film Festival and Brown Motion Pictures.

Youth Arts Summit | November 22, 2014  + -

On Saturday November 22, 2014, a group of teen and young adult artists who participate in our community’s rich youth arts programs will bring their work, ideas and energy up the hill and into the Granoff Center. Though performances, exhibitions and conversation the youth will imagine how Brown and Providence might look in 2034 – when they are the creative leaders in our community.

The Youth Arts Summit is sponsored by the Brown 250, the Creative Arts Council and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies as a way to celebrate Providence-based youth arts organizations that have been formed by or led by Brown graduates.

Coordinating among Brown’s Granoff Creative Arts Center (CAC) The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS), and Brown/Trinity MFA programs, the daylong public arts event is a celebration of Brown's distinctive group of creative alumni, faculty and students who work in Providence, have contributed to the vibrant art and culture of our city, and have dedicated themselves to social change through arts and education.

Youth will come from the following organizations: Community MusicWorks, founded by Sebastian Ruth (‘97), New Urban Arts, founded by Tyler Denmead (‘97), Youth in Action, until just recently directed by Adeola Orreola (‘02) and AS220 Youth, founded by Sam Seidel (’02) and now directed by Anne Kugler (’90). Besides these organizations, we will also feature dancers from Central Falls who work with Professor Julie Strandberg, actors from Trinity Rep’s Young actors programs, performers in the Tenderloin Opera Company, directed by Professor Erik Ehn, and young artists from Everett Company who are creating a new piece with Brown University this fall. Jori Ketten ('02) will facilitate the Summit. She is founder of 186 Carpenter and directs the Media Lab at Community MusicWorks,  where she helps young people reflect on their learning through photography and video projects.