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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.

Stephen Vitiello

Light Reading(s): Visual Mix, 2003
Single-channel video with sound
Dimensions variable, 12 mins.
Collection of the artist; courtesy The Project, New York and Los Angeles

Perhaps best described as the sonification of a visual experience, Light Reading(s): Visual Mix was created by using small, hand-held photocells (cells that vary the flow of electric current according to the amount of light falling on them) to amplify light frequencies from the lights in the artist’s studio and recording rig. The varying currents of light are fed into a computer, which translates the photocell information into musical form. The corresponding video, recorded by a hand-held micro-camera, consists of footage of the abstract light sources that generate the sound.

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