LOUD silence: Curator's Tour
This special talk and tour with UC San Diego Ph.D. student Amanda Cachia, curator of the LOUD silence exhibition, will give visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the show in the Qualcomm Institute's gallery@calit2, which runs through March 13.
LOUD silence (Exhibition)
Curator's Tour (Special Event)
The gallery@calit2 in the University of California, San Diego's Qualcomm Institute is pleased to present the third and final event in connection with the gallery's current LOUD silence exhibition. Over the course of one hour, the exhibition's curator, UCSD Ph.D. student Amanda Cachia, will present a discussion of the exhibition in the gallery space, and the talk will be accompanied by an American Sign Language interpreter. The public will also have the opportunity to ask questions. Like the exhibition itself, this special event is free and open to the public.
LOUD silence is an exhibition that offers the opportunity for viewers to consider definitions of sound, voice, and notions of silence at the intersection of both deaf and hearing cultures. The exhibition displays prints, drawings, sculptures, videos, and a film installation, and features work by four artists who have different relationships to deafness and hearing, including Shary Boyle, Christine Sun Kim, Darrin Martin and Alison O’Daniel. These four artists explore how the binary of loudness and silence might be transformed in politicized ways through their own specificities, similarities and differences in relationship to communication and language. The stereotypical view of the deaf experience is that they live a life of total silence, where they retain little to no concept of sound. But on the contrary, deaf people actually know a lot about sound, and sound informs and inhabits their world just as much as the next person.
Through these artworks, the artists aim to loudly explode the myth of a silent deaf world, and they seek to trouble just how “inaudible” sound really is through their own visceral experiences of it. The distinction between the deaf person and the hearing person in their relationship to sound is the extent to which deaf people use senses other than the auditory to understand what they are hearing. Sound is felt and sound is seen. Indeed, some of the artists’ “deaf hearing” in this exhibition often involves sensory input from a variety of sources, and is not simply confined to the ears. Ultimately, the work in LOUD silence offers an avenue for eradicating deaf oppression, where new ways of listening and thinking about sound and silence might be developed.
A full-color catalog will accompany this exhibition, produced in partnership with the Grand Central Art Center at California State University Fullerton, with essays written by curator Amanda Cachia, alongside Dr. Zeynep Bulut, Lecturer in Music at King's College London, and Dr. Michael Davidson, Professor of American Literature in UC San Diego's Department of Literature.
The gallery@calit2 gratefully acknowledges additional support from the Vice Chancellor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Linguistics Department, the Communication Department, the Critical Gender Studies Program, the Literature Department, and the Visual Arts Department.
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 Carol Padden and Tom Humphries, “The Meaning of Sound” in Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture (Cambridge, MA and London, England: Harvard University Press, 1988), 91.
Amanda Cachia is an independent curator from Sydney, Australia and is currently completing her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation will focus on the intersection of disability and contemporary art. She is the 2014 recipient of the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, issued by the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). Cachia completed her second Masters degree in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco in 2012, and received her first Masters in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2001. She held the position Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada from 2007-2010, and has curated approximately 30 exhibitions over the last ten years in various cities across the USA, England, Australia and Canada. Her critical writing has been published in numerous exhibition catalogues and online art journals including OnCurating, Canadian Art and Art Monthly Australia, and peer-reviewed academic journals such as Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Museums and Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse and forthcoming issues of The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal and The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. She has lectured and participated in numerous international and national conferences and related events within the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe, and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant and Canada Council for the Arts. Cachia is a dwarf activist and has been the Chair of the Dwarf Artists Coalition for the Little People of America (LPA) since 2007. She also serves on the College Art Association’s (CAA) Committee on Diversity Practices (2014-2017). For more information, visit www.amandacachia.com
Shary Boyle is well-known for her bold and fantastical explorations of the figure. Fuelled by concerns about class and gender injustice, Boyle approaches her work with an expressive candor and compassion; exploring a range of psychological and emotional states through sculpture, drawing, painting, installation and performance. Boyle has exhibited and performed internationally since 2000. Her work has been presented at Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal (2010); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2010); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2011); the BMO Project Room, Toronto (2012); Louis Vuitton Maison, Toronto (2012), The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2011), Fumetto Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland (2009); the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2008), Space Gallery, London UK (2007) and The Power Plant, Toronto (2006). She has performed at the Olympia Theatre, Paris (2005), Sonar Festival, Barcelona (2005), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2006, 2008), Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York (2008), and La Maison Rouge, Paris (2011). She was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award (2007, 2009) and was the recipient of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (2009) and Hnatyshyn Foundation Award (2010). Shary Boyle represented Canada with her project Music for Silence at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
Darrin Martin studied video with Peer Bode at Alfred University receiving his BFA in 1992 and digital media with Lev Manovich at UC San Diego, MFA 2000. He has exhibited videos and performances internationally at festivals and museums including The Museum of Modern Art, DIA Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts, Pacific Film Archives and The European Media Art Festival in Germany. His installations have exhibited at venues such as The Kitchen in New York, WRO Media Arts Biennale in Poland and Pacific Switchboard in Portland. Martin also collaborates with Torsten Zenas Burns building diverse speculative fictions around reimagined educational practices. Their works have screened and exhibited at venues including The Oberhausen Short Film Festival, The New York Video Festival, Cinematexas in Austin, The Madrid Museum of Contemporary Art, The Paris/Berlin International, Champ Libre in Montreal, and Eyebeam in New York. Martin’s work is distributed by The Kitchen, Video Data Bank in Chicago, and Vtape in Canada. He occasionally curates video screenings at a variety of venues and is currently an Assistant Professor teaching video and media arts at UC Davis.
Alison O’Daniel lives and works in Los Angeles, CA (b. 1979, Miami). Her works weave narrative between films, object-making and performance. Utilizing sound and its synesthetic displacement onto materials, O’Daniel builds a visual, aural and haptic vocabulary through varying levels of access to sound, color and material. O’Daniel’s previous feature-length film Night Sky premiered at the Anthology Film Archive in conjunction with Performa 11 and the exhibitionWalking Forward-Running Past at Art In General, New York. Night Sky has been presented with live musical accompaniment by various musicians or with live Sign Language accompaniment at The Nightingale (Chicago), MOCAD (Detroit), NYU, the Aspen Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, High Desert Test Sites and other venues. She is the recipient of grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Art Matters, the Franklin Furnace Fund and the California Community Foundation and recently completed the Film/Video studio residency at The Wexner Center. Recent solo exhibitions include Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include Untitled Art Fair, L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, CA, and Zic Zerp Gallery in Rotterdam. Writing about O’Daniel’s work has appeared in ArtForum, the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, and ArtReview. She is currently working on her second feature length film, The Tuba Thieves.
New York–based artist Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound through technology, performance, and drawing to investigate and rationalize her relationship with sound and spoken languages. Selected group exhibitions and performances include: “Subjective Loudness,” Sound Live Tokyo (2013); “Rehabilitating Silence,” in collaboration with nyMusikk and Dans for Voksne, Ultima Festival, Oslo (2013); “a real line ran near an ear,” in collaboration with Shira Grabelsky and Stijn Schiffeleers, Southern Exposure Artists Residency, San Francisco (2014); “Feedback: Seeing Voice,” Recess Activities and Center for Experimental Lectures, New York (2013); “Face Opera II,” Calder Foundation, New York (2013); and “Soundings: a Contemporary Score,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013). With collaborator Wolfgang Müller, she released a set of seven-inch vinyl records Panning Fanning (2012–13), and was a recipient of Youth Insights Artist Residency at the Whitney Museum, Mellon Tri-College Creative Residency at Haverford College, and a Fellowship at TED.