Ars Electronica Garden Los Angeles

Atmosphere of Sound

UCLA Art Sci Center, Broad Art Center (US)

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Sonic Art in Times of Climate Disruption

UCLA Art Sci Center’s garden is organized around the themes of our 2024 Getty Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA exhibition, Atmosphere of Sound: Sonic Art in Times of Climate Disruption. We will present a series of artist-led sound walks and panels around the relationship between sound as a post-object art form, and our shifting relationship to the world of things as necessitated by climate change. Our garden will be organized around key questions such as: “Can we learn to connect empathically with non-human species such that we come to appreciate their value as sentient beings?” “How might we expand our acoustic senses in order to raise our appreciation of the diversity of patterns of communication beyond human language?” And “What is the value of artistic collaborations for scientific researchers working on urgent environmental issues?” Sound art is a bridge to connect with scientists who are frequently more familiar with instrumental music and other sound-based forms of art. Additionally, many scientists are engaged in work that deals with inaudible frequencies and waves that can be transformed into sound waves and made accessible to audiences. The focus on sound art is intended to de-privilege sight as a sense that encourages false certainties, in favor of sound that provokes an inquiry-based response on the part of the viewer or participant. Artists in residence at Art Sci are developing sound walks as interactive platforms for embodied connection.


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Research and Curation by: Victoria Vesna and Anuradha Vikram

Sound Design by: Ivana Dama and Clinton Van Arnam

Partners: UCLA Art Sci Center, UCLA Design Media Arts California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), Getty Pacific Standard Time Art x Science x LA, Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center, LEONARDO UCLA Arts Collective: Clinton Van Arnam, Ivana Dama, Ivy Lovett, John Brumley, Kaitlin Bryson, Shilpa Rao, Zeynep Abes, Nancy Wu