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Seeing Sound, curated by Barbara London

Seeing Sound, a traveling exhibition organized by ICI
With works by Marina Rosenfeld, Aura Satz, and Samson Young, curated by Barbara London, founder of the Video-media Exhibition and Collection Programs at MoMA, New York

Seeing Sound is a series of exhibitions that explores sound as a material and dynamic branch of contemporary art practices. The exhibition safely provides physical and visual encounters with sound as art, challenging the now-common experience of consuming aural information via digital means.

The iteration of Seeing Sound at KADIST presents the work of three international artists: Marina Rosenfeld, Aura Satz, and Samson Young, whose practices look beyond traditions in sound and music to examine silence and noise. The artists use sound as a sensorial and pliant material to create works that often straddle music and composition, video and performance, sculpture, and installation. Imaginatively uniting sound, word, and silence in space, their installations at KADIST create environmental experiences that probe larger questions about our relationships to the intangible but integral components of art and daily life.

Media art in its many forms continues to evolve and develop in tandem with new audio-visual tools and new ways of experiencing art, whether online, in museum and gallery spaces, or in new art venues we can barely imagine. –Barbara London

Seeing Sound is a traveling exhibition curated by Barbara London, founder of the Video-media Exhibition and Collection Programs at MoMA, New York, with the support of Research Assistant Kristen Clevenson, and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI). This exhibition and tour are supported, in part, by Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) program and with the generous support of ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum.


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Barbara London is a New York-based curator, writer, and KADIST advisor, who founded the Video-media Exhibition & Collection Programs at The Museum of Modern Art. Her book Video Art/The First Fifty Years (Phaidon) was released in January 2020 and her podcast Barbara London Calling launched in August 2020. London was the first to integrate the Internet as part of curatorial practice, with Stir-fry (1994); Internyet (1998); and dot.jp. (1999.) and organized one-person shows with such media mavericks as Laurie Anderson, Peter Campus, Teiji Furuhashi, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Nam June Paik, Song Dong, Steina Vasulka, Bill Viola, and Zhang Peili. Her thematic exhibitions at MoMA included Soundings: A Contemporary Score (2013); Looking at Music (2009); Video Spaces (1995); Music Video: the Industry and Its Fringes (1985); and Video from Tokyo to Fukui and Kyoto (1979).

Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice, build essential infrastructures and institutions, and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources—promoting cultural exchange, access to art and public awareness for the curator’s role.

Nokia Bell Labs is the world-renowned industrial research arm of Nokia. Over its more than 90-year history, Bell Labs has invented many of the foundational technologies that underpin information and communications networks and all digital devices and systems. This research has resulted in 9 Nobel Prizes, three Turing Awards, three Japan Prizes, a plethora of National Medals of Science and Engineering, as well as an Oscar, two Grammy awards and an Emmy award for technical innovation.