Singer Robin Rütenberg to perform at Crisp-Ellert on Oct. 7

Robin Rütenberg
September 20, 2016

In conjunction with Crisp-Ellert Art Museum’s current exhibition “SOUND,” Jacksonville-based singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Robin Rütenberg (Insel) will perform at the museum on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.


For the performance at CEAM, Rütenberg (as Insel) has produced an experimental sound piece on queer regenerative processes. The performance will include 4-track recordings of the voices of the artist's close queer and transgender friends reading texts of resilience and affirmation, through the noise of recalled verbal feedback. These readings will be overlaid with other sonic landscapes and songs by the artist exploring the intersections of healing, identity and politics. 


As the works included in “SOUND” demonstrate, artists use sound in innumerable ways. Approaching the artist’s practice from a queer feminist perspective, one that has largely been shaped by growing up in the cultural climate of the South, Rütenberg’s work is a study in diverse music-making practices, from their acoustic island goth duet (The Little Books), and an indie rock trio (Four Families), to the solo experimental composition venture (Insel).


In addition to the musical projects mentioned above, Rütenberg has contributed flute and/or vocals for multiple recording artists, record labels, and studios, including Radical Face, Ceschi, The Living Room Recording Studio, Blue Sky Black Death, RickoLus, Fake Four, Inc., Bear Machine Records and others. The artist is a founder, board member and instrument instructor for Girls Rock Jacksonville.


“SOUND” will be on view through Nov. 22, 2016. The exhibition was curated with support from Austin Peay State University’s Department of Art + Design and Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.


For further information on the exhibition and related programs, please visit the website at, or contact Julie Dickover at 904-826-8530 or  The museum’s hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.