SonicWorks is a multi-platform exhibition that explores the expanding field of experimental sound art and practice. Focusing on contemporary artists who utilize a variety of materials from the conventional to the absurd, SonicWorks features discrete sound works, sculptural intervention, multi-media installations, and live performances. In addition to surveying current sound works, the exhibition also considers how DiverseWorks, an early and active commissioner of sonic ideas, has influenced the creation and reception of experimental sound in Houston and the region.
The exhibition has two distinct parts: one portion of the exhibition is devoted to presenting sound installations and interactive pieces, along with ephemera from DiverseWorks’ archives related to previous explorations of sound as art; the second is devoted to weekly live performances as part of the DiverseWorks on Wednesdays series. Ephemera and other documentation from each performance will remain on view, creating an accumulative exhibition that encourages repeat visitors.
Artists included in SonicWorks are The Art Guys (Houston), Anthea Behm and Lisa Harris (Australia/Houston), Bonnie Barnett (Los Angeles), Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson (New York City/Paris), David Dove (Houston), Christine Sun Kim (New York City), Chris Kubick & Anne Walsh (San Francisco Bay Area), Ladyband featuring Regina Agu and Sandy Ewen (Houston), Rebecca Novak (Houston), Pauline Oliveros (New York), Ronny Quevedo (New York/Houston) and Autumn Knight (Houston), Marina Rosenfeld (Los Angeles/New York City), Damon Smith (Houston), Sergei Tcherepnin (Florence/New York City), and Mark Tribe (New York City), among others.