Galleries of Contemporary Art
Breaking the Sound Barrier:  sonic art 1860-2011

Breaking the Sound Barrier: sonic art 1860-2011

February 4–April 15, 2011

GOCA Downtown

Terry Allen, Jacki Apple, Charles Amirkhanian, Max Bernstein, Paul Bright, Adan De La Garza, Jim Green, Richard Lerman, Lou Mallozzi, David Moss, Senga Nengudi, Matt Pass, Helen Thorington, and Improv Everywhere


Events are free, but space is limited—register to secure your spot.

Breaking the Sound Barrier: sonic art 1860-2011 features historical and contemporary explorations of the medium of sound art. The exhibit focuses on audio that explores silence, noise, ideas, stories and places. Featuring listening stations and immersive installation, the exhibit will introduce visitors to the acoustic realms of contemporary art. Curated by Valerie Brodar, Professor of Visual Art at UCCS and multi-media artist.

From the curator:

Breaking the Sound Barrier: sonic art 1860 - 2011 is an anthology of the art of sound from the first audio recording of the French folk song Au Clair de la Lune by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville to work completed yesterday. Sound art has been firmly situated as part of a hybrid visual art practice, which in part focuses on expanding and engaging the non-visual aspects of perception. Like a painting's rich and varied colors, illusionary space, or nonobjective abstraction audio collage heightens the aural perception of a spatial environment, the color of sound or a sonic sensory experience.

Investigating the dimensions of sound through silence, noise, ambient textures, appropriation, geographic soundscapes, indeterminacy, narratives/text, and mashups sonic art encompasses intimate listening experiences, live multi-dimensional performances, sound sculptures and installations. Audio artists have captured the tiniest of sounds such as a tree growing to an ear piercing sonic boom to create complex collages that reflect the world we listen to and tune out.