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Reception: Friday, January 27, 5–7 pm
Through performances, insta llati ons, au dio environments , videos, and sound recordings, jason.sloan examines the need for transcendence beyond the body through a vehicle of visual ritual and sonic stimulation. His work explores aspects of immateriality and its connection to life, memory, systems, and the virtual world.
A faculty member in the Interaction Design & Art Department and the coordinator for the Sound Art Concentration, jason.sloan has recently been focusing on examining the general understanding of noise, what he describes as something that most people consider to be a disturbance to an otherwise desired experience. “Static during a weak radio or television transmission, or a child crying during a church sermon could be seen as anomalies that ‘ruin’ the expected outcome of an otherwise desired event,” said jason.sloan. The artist pointed out how Dolby Laboratories once developed a noise reduction system that was built into most stereo components to diminish cassette tape “hiss,” an artifact of the recording process similar to white noise. Similarly, wet cleaning vinyl records became a popular method for audiophiles to reduce the crackle and pops from record playback. More recently, digital or Internet radio has all but eliminated weak signal noise or static common with old antenna tuners.
The works in the SIGNALto.NOISE series recycle a particular medium’s inherent, undesirable sonic traits—including cassette tape hiss, radio static, digital music compression, and more—and present them for consideration as the final work of art.
Image: Faculty member jason.sloan, C-90 Type II, cassette tape, 45 minutes of equalized tape hiss per side, edition of nine cassettes.
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