JUNE 30th AT 7 PM

a m p l i f i c a t i o n s




Talk description:

Sound artist and vocalist Lesley Flanigan (New York City) will present the concepts, compositions and electronics behind her latest work for handmade speaker instruments and voice, titled Amplifications. She performs Amplifications in Vienna at Sala terrena, Heiligenkreuzerhof (July 1) and Rhiz (July 5).

She will then give an simple introduction workshop for participants of Miss Baltazar’s Laboratory. We are building sound circuits with cheap electronic parts and playing with piezo microphones to make noise.

PLEASE BRING AN OLD LOUDSPEAKER TO THE WORKSHOP (from old radio/walkman/whatever)

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Lesley Flanigan is an artist, vocalist, and performer based in New York City. Much of her work deals with the physicality of sound by using amplification as a source of sound itself and by focusing on the relationships between noise, speakers, and voice.

In her current work, Flanigan builds her own speaker electronics and instruments. Her performances with these instruments reveal a sculptural process of creating music, as she shapes the varying tones and rhythms of speaker feedback, and blends these sounds with the tones and rhythms of her own singing voice. The result is beautifully rich and physical music built entirely of feedback and voice. Her album and performance of Amplifications (2009) toured nationally across the United States along with 1-bit electronic musician/composer Tristan Perich, and was presented at the Sonar Festival 2010 in Barcelona.  Flanigan also performs as part of Bioluminescence, a collaboration with R. Luke DuBois that explores the modality and materiality of human voice. In this performance, the sound of her voice is remapped, rearranged and rebuilt in real time to shape an immersive environment of video and sound.

Her work has been presented in numerous venues, festivals, and art spaces internationally including at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), Sonar (’10 Barcelona), Transitio_MX (‘09, Mexico City), NIME (‘08 Genoa; ‘09 Pittsburgh), ICMC (‘07, Copenhagen), and Bent (‘08 Los Angeles; ‘09 New York). Her art has been exhibited at the ISEA conference in Singapore, Busan International Design Festival in South Korea, Ringling College’s Selby Gallery and MCLA’s Gallery 51. She has spoken about her work and given workshops at universities and art foundations including Harvestworks, Dorkbot NYC, Art Institute of Chicago, Wellesley College, and the Copenhagen School of Architecture.

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