The New York Electronic Art Festival performance series in partnership with ISSUE Project Room is pleased to present Ursula Scherrer and Michael Schumacher. The artists, who have been collaborating since the 1990s, will create a new work for ISSUE Project Room utilizing the sounds and data from SONYC, a project that “leverages the latest in machine learning technology, big data analysis, and citizen science reporting to more effectively monitor, analyze, and mitigate urban noise pollution.”
The starting point for this collaboration was a statement, made by a visitor to Ursula’s apartment, that, regarding the obtrusive sounds of the city, he “imagined being in the rain forrest and hearing exotic birds”. We’ve taken this idea and imagined creating a parallel place, within the confines of Issue Project Room, that uses the sonic and visual tropes of the city – sirens, alarms, jackhammers; abrutly altering vistas, myriad architectural styles, grid structures – as a basis for the creation of content and form. Within IPR, within “Exotica”, you’ll be “in the city”, but in a strange, transposed, deconstructed version.
Michael J. Schumacher has worked with spatialized sound, computers and electronics since the 1980s, creating multi-channel, generative “Room Pieces” presented in galleries, museums, concert halls, public and private spaces. Schumacher’s interest in the relationship of musical form and architecture led to the founding of Diapason, a gallery devoted to the presentation of sound art. His latest project is the Portable Multichannel Sound System, with which he has toured Europe twice. “Variations”, a set of pieces created for the system, is available online through Richard Garet’s Contour Editions label. Schumacher is the music director of the Liz Gerring Dance Company.
The poetic quality of Ursula Scherrer’s work reminds one of moving paintings, drawing the viewer into the images, leaving them with their own stories. She transforms spaces and landscapes into serene, abstract portraits of rhythm, color and light – inner landscapes in the outside world where the images, words and actions have less to do with what we see and hear then with the feeling they leave behind. Scherrer is a Swiss artist living in New York and Berlin. Her work and collaboration with composers, choreographers, stage directors, light artists and poets has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums internationally. Her aesthetic training began with dance, transitioned to choreography and expanded to photography, video, text, mixed media and performance art.