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Woody Sullender, Furniture Music



For his Clocktower/Knockdown Center Auditorium residency, Woody Sullender's project Furniture Music consisted of multiple arrangements of cardboard origami forms outfitted with audio transducers. These formations implied different social spaces such as a living room, a café, a sculptural exhibition, playing on notions of interior/exterior. The project explored, highlighted, and confused differences in public vs. domestic modes of reception and invited (challenged?) listeners to move and engage. The furniture is moving and singing!

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.

Auditorum residencies culminated in an event on April 12, 2015 with site-specific electronic and electroacoustic performances organized by artists/curators Lea Bertucci and Tristan Shepherd. The catalyst for this event was a custom 10-channel sound system installed throughout the 50,000 square feet of Knockdown Center. The sound system created an opportunity to show multichannel works by sound and media artists Nate Wooley, Sabisha Friedberg, Marina Rosenfeld, Woody Sullender, Phill Niblock, and Katherine Liberovskaya. The entire effort was a collaboration between the curators, Knockdown Center, and Clocktower Productions.
 

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