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UCIRA Artist Jennifer Parker presents SonicPond

Jennifer Parker
Barney Heynes

Friday, July 29th, 2011
6-9:30 p.m.
Montalvo Art Center
15400 Montalvo Road, Satatoga, CA 95070

The Opening Party for the 2011 Sculpture on the Grounds program will include lively music, the opportunity to meet the artists, libations and food, and some surprises! Come early, beginning at 6pm, and enjoy a Final Fridays performance by Ernesto Martinez, followed by a celebration of “Traces, Twigs, and Time” and a reception in the Project Space Gallery for the new exhibition,Records and Marks, which will be on view through October 16.

In addition to the artworks that will be on display for the coming months as part of “Traces, Twigs & Time,” the July 29th party will feature several special one-night only installations on the grounds by sonicSENSE and students from UCSC’s OpenLab, as well as performances by Artist in Residence Nancy Popp; Janetta Coleman & the Monsoon; and the Cardboard Box Theatre Project.


In addition to longstanding sculptures by David Middlebrook which were installed last summer, new sculptures this year include Control Tower by Cameron Hockensen; a unique Flower Pot Study by Seyed Alavi; and Signs, a poem posted along the roadways, which is also by Alavi.

Records and Marks:

Scientists and artists alike are fascinated with mapping both natural and manmade phenomena, from landscapes to highways to towns, from human behaviors to digital data. Maps provide navigation systems and access to places unknown. As part of Natural and Creative Capital, a review of the current recordings of humanity and human nature seemed in order. More and more frequently, it is our artists that are being called upon to assist in visualizing and interpreting information. Artists Lordy Rodriguez, Adriane Colburn, and Alexander Chen, among others, will present their works of mapping developed from their own personal introspection into geography and identity, ranging from a delicate interpretation of city infrastructure to a sound composition and data visualization based upon the New York City subway systems. Employing the tools of cartography, these artists will allow visitors to explore the peaks and valleys in which a creative mind travels the imagination to interpret reality.

Food & Drinks

Tikka Bytes TruckVinnies Hot Dogs, and Kicks Cookies & Ice Cream will be on hand to serve delicious food and snacks on the Great Lawn. In the Gallery, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

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About SonicSense:

SonicSENSE was created by Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker in 2008 as an expandable and evolving site for art, culture, new technologies, digital media, collaboration, and participation.

sonicsense -bubblietransitphoto by: Monica Roy

SonicSENSE uses the creative diversity of computational media and traditional visual art practices to cultivate space for sharing, questioning, and exploring interdisciplinary frameworks, methodologies, and experiences.

sonicSENSE_soundPoolphoto by: Monica Roy

Each exhibition of the platform is a new iteration consisting of a series of mechanical sound sculptures and interactive objects that drive data mined from the internet and biometrics gleaned from the audience.

sonicsense_nathan kandusphoto by: Monica Roy

Artists, musicians, creative programmers, and scientists have been invited to write software and create new hardware components to leverage the unique qualities of this extensible platform.

jennifer_parker_sonicsensephoto by: Monica Roy

Engagement with the project is twofold. One is through the interactivity of live-viewer’s as a means to capture information and create feedback loops for robotics to respond to and react. This type of interactivity suggests a kind of co-dependency between the viewer and the piece, between the body and technology.

kinect sonicsense

The second realm of engagement with the work is accessible and programmable via the internet allowing for continued interactions and collaborative acts to occur between the installation, the artists and their institutions, and the viewers in exhibition space.

sonicSENSE_kinectphoto by: Monica Roy

Participating universities, galleries and institutions include University of California Sant Cruz; California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco, CA; College of Creative Studies, University of California Santa Barbara; GAFFTA, San Francisco; Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA; Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA; The Lab in San Francisco; ZER01 San Jose: Galerie Califia in Horazdovice, South Bohemia; Školská 28 Galerie; and the Insitutue of Intermedia in Prague, Czech Republic.

jennifer parker

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