WPKN Archives: Live Culture with Martha Willette Lewis -- Episode 30: The World Is Sound

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Live Culture

Original Aired:
Saturday, August 26th, 2017
11:00AM to 12:00PM

1 hour

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 11:00AM

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Episode: Live Culture with Martha Willette Lewis -- Episode 30: The World Is Sound

This month's show has been recorded live at the Rubin Museum in New York and offers
a discussion with Curator of Exhibitions Risha Lee as she takes us through her latest exhibition The World Is Sound.

Join us for a special tour through the exhibition, which runs until January 8, 2018. The World Is Sound employs sound in new ways to animate and intensify the experience of art in the Rubin’s collection. Organized cyclically—from creation to death to rebirth—the exhibition explores different dimensions of sound and listening and its many functions in Tibetan Buddhism.

Featuring work by more than 20 artists, The World Is Sound juxtaposes new site-specific commissions and works by prominent contemporary sound artists with historical objects from the museum’s collection of Tibetan Buddhist art to encourage reflection on how we listen and to challenge entrenched ways of thinking.

Featuring work by: Éliane Radigue, Laetitia Sonami, and Bob Bielecki, C. Spencer Yeh, Christine Sun Kim, Ernst Karel, Hildegard Westerkamp, John Giorno, Jules Gimbrone, MSHR, Nate Wooley, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and Samita Sinha, and Tibetan Buddhist ritual music from monasteries in Nepal and India, the voices of Rubin visitors recorded in the OM Lab (using software and 3D sound design by Terence Caulkins of Arup). Daniel Neumann was Lead Acoustic Designer for this ambitious and complex exhibition.

Risha Lee is Curator of Exhibitions at the Rubin Museum, and is responsible for the creation and organization of The World Is Sound. She was born in Oakland and is now based in Brooklyn. She earned a BA with high honors from Harvard College and a PhD in Art History from Columbia University. Her work has focused on artistic connections and encounters that traditionally have fallen under the rubric of Asian art but defy easy categorization. She has taught a variety of art history courses at Columbia University and the American University of Beirut.

More information is available at:
http://rubinmuseum.org/events/exhibitions/the-world-is-sound and two articles by Risha on the exhibit published in SPIRAL magazine is online here:http://rubinmuseum.org/spiral/listening-and-liberation-the-world-is-sound

The show ends withuburb a fragment of music by David Bowie from his soundtrack to the film "The Buddha of Suburbia"-- a track titled Ian Fish, U.K. Heir.

Show: Live Culture

Live Culture is a discussion of ideas in and around contemporary art, with monthly themes and guests. Join host Martha Willette Lewis on the last Saturday of every month from 11am - 12 noon for an engrossing hour of talk and music.

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