The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum will kick off its newly-initiated artists-in-residence program the week of Oct. 24 with workshops and class visits by Chicago-based artist Olivia Block. On Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., Block will perform a multi-speaker concert titled “Dissolution,” in the Rotunda of Flagler College’s Ponce de Leon Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Block creates sound recordings, audio-visual installations, performances, sound design for cinema and scores for orchestra and chamber music concerts. She is a classically-trained musician with a degree in Anthropology, and for over the last 20 years has utilized field recordings and found materials to create trans-disciplinary work that spans genres such as visual art, music, film and performance. Block’s body of work reflects her interests in site specificity, ethnographic sound, architectural sound, and found/archival materials from the 1950s to 1990s.
“Dissolution” is a reflection upon human “webs of significance,” and an investigation into the ways that electronic communications technologies, both past and present, facilitate, complicate and transmute the formation of these webs. Through multiple speakers, sounds of shortwave radio, municipal broadcasts, fragments of found microcassette tapes, tones and instruments dramatize the fragility and failures of communication and language in our everyday world.
Block has performed and created site-specific installations at venues throughout the United States and worldwide. In 2016, she participated in the Sanatorium of Sound Festival, and AIR Residency, in Sokowosko, Poland, in which she created a site-specific installation consisting of multi-speaker sound recordings of breath, multiple curtains made from medical gauze. Her work was also included in the exhibition "Sound Positions," curated by Christoph Cox for Context New York. Block's "Sonambiant Pavilion," utilizing sound recordings from Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient sculptures in downtown Chicago, was commissioned by the Experimental Sound Studio and included in the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015.
Block’s composition, “Make the Land (Heave To),” which is included in the exhibition SOUND, currently on view, is an investigation of the themes and aural structures related to storms at sea. The piece includes 10 instruments performed by chamber musicians, as well as other materials that contain field recordings from various locations, such as an old wooden tall ship in California and a wind farm in Hawaii.
The CEAM Artist Residency is generously supported through a grant from the JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund through The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
For further information on the exhibition and related programs, please visit the website at www.flagler.edu/crispellert, or contact Julie Dickover at 904-826-8530 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum’s hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.