Woody Sullender is an artist who examines the social construction of the music performance space and how it reinforces specific rituals and modernist ideologies of listening. By minor interventions and reconfigurations in existing spaces, not only can these habits be ruptured but larger notions of social relations can be explored.
Sullender has performed at venues such as the Kitchen, Issue Project Room, the River to River Festival, Sculpture Center, and Les Instants Chavirés. He has held artist residencies at art technology hubs STEIM, Harvestworks, and Brown University’s MEME program. He has worked in collaboration with electronic composers Pauline Oliveros and Maryanne Amacher, among others. Sullender teaches new media at institutions in the New York area and co-edits the music/sound publication Ear | Wave | Event (with Bill Dietz).
For his Auditorium residency, Sullender's project Furniture Music consists of multiple arrangements of cardboard origami forms outfitted with audio transducers. These formations imply different social spaces such as a living room, a café, a sculptural exhibition, playing on notions of interior/exterior. The project explores, highlights, and confuses differences in public vs. domestic modes of reception.