New Perspectives in Sound Art II

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Mingle in Cuper Cafe with the moderators and artists following the talk!

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What is it about sound that is inspiring artists from across the globe to use it as a creative medium in and of itself and in conjunction with other media?

Find out in this compelling investigation by the artists in the Harvestworks New York Electronic Art Festival Plausible Worlds Exhibition on Governors Island.  

Moderated by producer Carol Parkinson and independent curator Juliette Yuan, with American artists Ed Osborn, Christina Campanella, Jim Dawson, and Jess Rowland, and Taiwan artists Dawang "yingfan" Huang and Zhang Yousheng.  

The artists will present their works and talk about the use of sound in shared/public/social space as the basis for their creative practice and the resulting impact to other art disciplines and the wider creative community.



Carol Parkinson is the Executive Director of Harvestworks and producer of the New York Electronic Art Festival.

Juliette Yuan is an independent curator based in New York City and Ph.D. researcher in Art and Media at the Plymouth University in the UK. Her main research focus is curatorial aesthetic and methodology in art and technology, with the particular interest in artists’ creative processes as well as the curators’ role in such processes.

Ed Osborn works with many forms of electronic media including installation, video, sound, and performance.  His pieces feature a tactile sense of space, movement, image and aurality combined with a precise economy of materials.  Osborn has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Creative Work Fund, and Arts International and been awarded residencies from the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Het Apollohuis (Eindhoven, Netherlands), STEIM (Amsterdam), and EMPAC (Troy, NY). He is on the faculty of the Visual Arts Department at Brown University (Providence, RI). 

Christina Campanella works with music, sound, and performance across artistic disciplines. Her original pieces for theater, film, and installation blend songwriting and composition with aural design. Drawing as much from musique concrete as loop-based ambient genres, her work weaves a dreamy pop-rock sensibility into cinematic soundscapes and deconstructed art songs. She is a 2015 recipient of NYSCA’s Individual Artist Commission in Film, Media, and New Technologies.

Jim Dawson has created designs for theater, film and dance as a New York-based artist since 1994. He is a long time collaborator of The Wooster Group, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and many more. His work in live performance has taken him across the US, Europe, Asia and South America. Dawson began his collaboration with composer-sound artist Christina Campanella in 2014. He also has 7 years of experience working in behaviour and social change communication at UNICEF.

Jess Rowland is a sound artist, musician, and composer currently represented by Edgetone Records. She has received artist residencies at Harvestworks Digital Media Center and Kala Arts, and has been affiliated with the Center for New Music and Audio Technology at UC Berkeley. Much of her work explores the relationship between technologies, popular culture, and other absurdities. In addition to recent performances at the Berkeley Art Museum, Luggage Store Gallery, Spectrum NYC, and 10 Thousand Poets for Change, she has published a paper focusing on some of her current Sound Art concerns in the Leonardo Music Journal.

Dawang "yingfan" Huang began his “music career” in his mid-teens and has recorded much material that is still unreleased. Since returning from a five-and-half-year stay in Osaka, Japan wherein he developed pieces, experienced of sessions and live performances at underground music scenes in Kansai, he has been known as a pioneer of outsider music in Taipei’s underground scene. Since then, he has been invited and commissioned to perform at many events.

Zhang Yousheng is a no-input noise artist, theatre music design, critic and organizer from Taipei. He was a guitarist in a rock band from 2002 to 2007. Since 2009, He founded a label called Kandala Records that tries to release sound works of mainly Taiwanese noise artists and musicians doing improvisation. In 2011, he collaborated with Dawang Yingfan Huang under the name Minkoku Hyakunen which got the honorary mentions of ‘Digital Musics and Sound Art’ of Prix Ars Electronica 2012.


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