This three-part series, "The Sounds of Silence," tracks the many ways in which media artists have engaged sound and its diminutive double, silence. From the muted films of Stan Brakhage and Nathaniel Dorsky to the clamorous scores of Harry Smith and Peggy Ahwesh to the sampled sonorities of Warner Jepson and Stephen Vitiello, the series follows the artists' use of film sound as it evolved through numerous improvisations.
The film program was organized by Steve Seid, video curator of University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, who will be at the opening reception on Sept. 10 to introduce the series.
Sept. 10 - A Kind of Hush
A Kind of Hush, principally film with some video, looks at silent films and a few with sound but sound that was either completely unexpected at the time, or oddly arbitrary.
Sept. 17 - Sonic Slippage
Sonic Slippage looks at films and tapes that all make use of sound, but display some of the ways in which the picture track is utterly altered by the addition of sound.
Sept. 24 - Sourcing Sound & Image Sourcing Sound & Image tends more towards electronic work but in this installment the source of sound and picture is intimately wed. In some cases, the same pulse or data has been split to form an image and a sound, so the two are inseparable expressions of the same impulse.
Monday, Sept. 10th, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 17th, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24th, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Rice Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, TX 77005