Diane Willow

June 2015

Site - Sound

Course Description
This workshop is an invitation to explore and interact with the seemingly silent landscape of the everyday. With sound as our medium and site as our catalyst, we will listen to sounds underwater, on the surface of things, and in the air. While attuning to the found sounds that we encounter during a series of walks and micro-adventures, we will generate ideas for introducing individual and collaborative responses into the everyday environments at Shakerag. These may take variable forms including virtual audio pieces played in situ, interactive sculptures with sonic elements, and hybrid installations with physical and virtual elements.

Friendly and accessible introductions to electronics, audio recording, and sound editing make this workshop accessible to novice as well as experienced visual and sound artists. Improvisational explorations will include making and using DIY contact microphones, amplifiers, and speakers that encourage us to connect the sensory experiences of touch and sound. Participants will also be introduced to technologies and approaches to making sound art interactive. The workshop is designed to attract an eclectic group of participants, each with sense of curiosity and a passion for sound with a diversity of life experiences and prior knowledge.

Artist's Biography
Currently based in Minneapolis, Diane Willow is Associate Professor of Experimental Media at the University of Minnesota where she specializes in interactive, collaborative, and emerging genres. Invited exhibitions of her work have been included in the Subtle Technologies Festival and Pixel Gallery in Toronto, Canada, the Beijing Film Academy, Joy Art, and the Celeste Art Center in Beijing, China, the Okawa Center in Keihanna, Japan, on the east coast of the United States at the MIT Museum and the Danforth Museum, on the west coast at the Exploratorium, and in between at the Weisman Art Museum and the Northern Spark Festival in Minneapolis.

Diane has been a visiting faculty member at the MIT Media Lab and the Beijing Film Academy. She is the recipient of an invitational Osher Fellowship at the Exploratorium, a residential fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota, and an Institute-wide appointment as Artist in Residence at MIT, and Research Associate at MIT's Media Lab. She has enjoyed invitations to speak about her work in diverse contexts including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Society for Cultural Anthropology, the College Art Association and the Tangible Embodied Interaction conference. The catalyst for a range of interdisciplinary and collaborative forms, she is the instigator of the Studio Co-Laboratory, the symposium Wonder Women: Art & Technology 1968 – 2008, and the MIT Media Lab and Haystack Mountain School collaboration, Digital Dialogues: Technology and the Hand.

Artist's Statement
I am a multi-modal artist and creative catalyst – “by any medium necessary” best describes my process. Working at a nexus of art, technology, science, and architecture, I experiment with hybrid media to explore the poetic dynamics of nature, technology, and community. My public installations, interactive environments, and evocative objects involve media as eclectic as bioluminescent plankton, ambient sites, and tangible sound. Focused on art as the experience, I invite people to engage in multi-sensory explorations as participants and choreographers rather than simply as viewers. I am interested in exploring the subtle ways that we express empathy with one another, with other life forms, with sensing objects, and with responsive environments. I am particularly interested in the ways that we develop and transform our sense of place.

Artist's Website
www.dianewillow.net


Supply List:
Each participant will need headphones and a portable audio recorder. Your phone or other mobile device may serve as your audio recorder if you do not have access to a portable audio recorder. If you are selecting one to bring some good choices included: ZOOM H4n, Zoom H5, or Tascon DR-40. Each of these offers the option of using an external microphone as well as the built in mics. We will use the open source software Audacity as well. Experienced sound artists are encouraged to bring additional microphones, audio equipment, and software. Everyone is invited to bring materials with sonic potential.
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