SYNAESTHETIC, MFA/PHD RPI Graduate Exhibition

SYNAESTHETIC, MFA/PHD RPI Graduate Exhibition

West Hall

May 11, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 SYNAESTHETIC references the multi-sensory experience of Synesthesia, when one stimulation of a sensory or cognitive section of the brain triggers a separate one.  Through a multi-disciplinary approach to artistic practice and research, SYNAESTHETIC explores a variety of mediums, stylistic approaches, and perspectives, engaging critical issues in contempoary art.
Featuring works by:
Ryan Jenkins, K. Michael Fox, Ryan Ross Smith, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Brian Cook, Zach Layton, david allen, and Lindsay Karty
Artist Bios
Ryan Jenkins is an artist working in the fields of sculpture and installation in order to fabricate miniature worlds originating from memory and fantasy.   Merging kinetic sculpture, diorama, and large scale installation,  his work explores the relationship between the way we feel a space/event and the way we store them mentally.  Are the shapes that compose pivotal moments in our lives reflective of the real world we live in?  What does the surreal storage space we create for the scenes in our life ook like? Ryan will be presenting his work in an open studio format showing his work in progress, Some Title I haven't Made yet
K. Michael Fox is a composer and New Media artist who is currently working around the intersection of generative art and technology. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Music Composition  from Eastern Washington University. Fox has previously presented work at Gallery 1412 in Seattle, Evergreen State College in Olympia, Eastern Washington University, and around the Capital Region of New York State. He will be presenting his work at SYNAESTHETIC in an open studio format, featuring research and experiments in time, digital legacy, and generative storytelling techniques.
Ryan Ross Smith is a 2nd year PhD student in the Arts program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Smith communicates and disseminates his musical concepts by way of a set of animated music notations and notational frameworks. For more information, please visit Smith's pet project: animatednotation.com
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an transdisciplinary artist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. 
Heather has shown work internationally and nationally at events and venues including the New York Public Library, Ars Electronica in Linz, the Poland Mediations Bienniale, the Science Gallery Dublin, PS1 Moma, the New Museum, Eyebeam, and Clocktower Gallery in New York. Her work has been featured in print in the New Yorker, New York Times, Arts Asia Pacific, Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, and Science Magazine, on television on the BBC World Service, CNN, and Fuji Television, and online in the New York Times Magazine, TED, the Guardian, NPR, Wired, the Smithsonian, Le Monde, The Creators Project, Motherboard, and the Huffington Post, among many others.
Brian Cook is an electroacoustic composer, media artist, improvisor, and programer based out of Troy, NY. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Composition from The Hartt School and is currently pursuing an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His art, music, and code has been featured at numerous national and international festivals and events. Cook's work focuses on an exploration of the natural environment through technology and the development of new music interfaces and instruments. He will present an ongoing work for percussionist and driftwood, deriving processed electronic sounds from driftwood recordings and (re)appropriating the wood as a performative interface.
Zach Layton is a composer, curator, artist and educator based in Brooklyn and Troy, NY. His work explores human and non-human sound production techniques, neurofeedback, improvisation, indeterminacy, visual music and histories of the representation and analysis of sound, time and vibration. 
He has composed orchestral music for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and has performed and exhibited at the Kitchen, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Eyebeam, MoMa/PS1, International Computer Music Festival, Experimental Intermedia, Performa, Exit Art, Sculpture Center, Transmediale Berlin, Video Dumbo, SCOPE Art Foundation, AC Institute, Audio Art Festival Krakow and many other venues in New York and worldwide. 
Zach's many collaborations have included work with Vito Acconci, Elliott Sharp, Jonas Mekas, Nick Hallett and The Joshua Light Show, Alex Waterman and Ryan Sawyer, Luke Dubois and Matthew Ostrowski's "Fair Use", the music of Arthur Russell with Peter Gordon and the Love of Life Orchestra, the duo Minerals with percussionist Bradford Reed, new music for choreographer Rebecca Davis, and recently a score for filmmaker Jeannie Liotta in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. 
Zach is also founder of the experimental music series, "Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant Garde" (co-curated with Nick Hallett), former co-curator of the PS1/MoMa WarmUp music series and former curator of Issue Project Room. Zach has received grants and residencies through the Netherlands America Foundation, Turbulence.org, NYFA, Experimental Television Center, Danish Council for Visual Arts, Jerome Foundation, LEMURplex and the Wave Farm. 
Zach is currently completing an MFA at Bard College and a PhD at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.  He will present a new work on RPI's 64 channel wavefield synthesis system.
david allen is a Hispanic American designer whose work amplifies innate desires to dance and play. Drawing inspiration from both his experience as a game developer and as a traveling performer during his childhood in Latin America, his work weaves movement into experiential patterns using kinesthetic interfaces.
Lindsay Karty is an artist, performer, improvisor, and musician from Detroit, MI.  In the early 2000's she began building sound devices from discarded electronics because she couldn't afford a synthesizer. Since then she's been a devout tinkerer, circuit bender, instrument builder, and sculptor taking found objects and mutating and animating them into new forms.
Perfect Wieners and Butts, what are you trying to find? The simple answer is and has always been piece of mind. Butt bracketed within the simple answer is a trap door that leads to a labyrinth like tunnel of interconnected bunkers, fitted with peepholes and imaginary wallpapers. Gift exchange is the law and everyone receives a little of their own every single day. Freedom, and not the freedom that usually falls from overstuffed, cankered, drooling mouths as a spoken concession to proprietary idealism; not freedom as associated with the barracks, the break room, the bordello, or the bridge out of here--The freedom that we speak of results from honest communication between deformable fingertips and involuntary muscles, the freedom of putting our senses at the service of our needs and desires. This freedom, located at the intersection of desire and demand, chains our desires slavishly to our senses.
Lindsay "VIKI" Karty will perform as the The Harvester in a telematic collaboration with Perfect Wieners and Butts.  The performance titled The BOC will synthesize night school graduate PWB, The Harvester, and the notion of Thingness into a posthuman drama about object-personality synesthesia and objectum sexual relationships.
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