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University of Hawaii Art Gallery
What Sound Does a Color Make?

March 4 – April 13, 2007

Opening Reception:
Sunday, March 4, 2:00-4:00 pm

Gallery Walk-through:
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 pm
James Hearon, Assistant Professor of Music and a specialist in Music Technology will provide historical context for the exhibition and an introduction into the technical aspects and interpretation of the work.

What Sound Does a Color Make?
is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (iCI), New York and curated by Kathleen Forde. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by grants from The David Bermant Foundation: Color, Light, Motion; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V., Stuttgart; and by an in-kind donation from Philips Electronics North America.

Fred Szymanski

Friction Sticky Rough, 2002
Three-channel video installation with sound
Dimensions variable, 10 mins.
Courtesy the artist

In Friction Sticky Rough, Szymanski has engineered tactile particle-to-object interactions (friction, stickiness, and roughness) to create images that can be interpreted as visual analogues of the sound. The sound component of the work involves musical structures that continuously change, activating the dynamic behavior of the sound particles’ physical reactions. To create the work’s visual component, the artist animated a fluid simulation of the sound. Each of the three images involves the same simulation, but viewed from different perspectives, allowing us to experience sound rendered as something visual and even palpable.

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