Spring 2014: Victoria Meyers architect is presenting a course in Sound Urbanism / Sound Ecology, at the University of Cincinnati's Graduate School of Architecture. Soung Urbanism / Sound Ecology investigates how sound is part of our understanding of space. The course covers topics as diverse as Sound Art, looking at the works of Sound artist Stephen Vitiello; to sound ecology, investigating the researches of David Dunn, a New Mexico based sound artist who uses sound to remediate damaged eco-systems.
Thursday, February 23rd at 6 pm, Dr. Mara Helmuth will be attending Victoria Meyers' Sound Seminar at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Helmuth, who is the Director of the University of the CCM Center for Computer Music, will be having a CCM Faculty Recital at 8 pm on February 24th, and will also be presenting her original sound compositions as Sonic Explorations at 8 pm on March 25th.
Meyers' students plan to spend the semester devising a box, similar to Duchamp's 'Boite-en-Valise', to present to Dr. Helmuth, at the end of the semester.
Above and Below, 'Boite-en-Valise', Marcel Duchamp's 'Box in a suitcase', devised by the artist as a miniature gallery of his works.
Dr. Helmuth will be addressing Meyers' Sound Urbanism class, discussing ideas about Iannis Xenakis, whose works with Le Corbusier, as well as his compositions after he left Corbusier's atelier, can be interpreted as transcriptions of sound into built forms.
The class will also discuss the recent show at MoMA: Soundings. The discussion will center on the works of La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, Fluxus, Marcel Duchamp, Michael J. Schumacher, Pierre Schaeffer, Jacob Kirkegaard, Fowler + Tsunoda, and 'The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl'.
Next week, the class will discuss David Byrne's book: 'How Music Works', with a focus on Byrne's work as a performer, including his insight into the sound effect of various performance venues, from street corners, to clubs, to Carnegie Hall.