Friday, November 11 – Saturday, December 17
SPACES R&D: Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Felix Kalmenson, and Ryan Ferko (Ontario, Canada)
Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Hum is a SPACES R&D exhibition installed in the Euclid Ave. Gallery in cooperation with the Davis Sculpture Foundation and The Sculpture Center
Friday, November 11
5:30 – 8 PM Campus-wide opening with the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and the Davis Sculpture Gallery, public reception, FREE
Main Gallery: Apparat. Retrogression through technological progress. Creative Fusion artists Przemyslaw Jasielski and Rainer Prohaska
Euclid Avenue Gallery: The Hum, SPACES R&D: Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Felix Kalmenson, and Ryan Ferko (Ontario, Canada)
6:15 PM The Artist Talks: Felix Kalmenson in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
7:45 PM The Director Speaks: Mindy Tousley in the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
7:00 PM The Artists Talk: Przemo Jasielski and Rainer Prohaska in the Main Gallery
Saturday, November 12 @ 2 PM in the Main Gallery of The Sculpture Center
Art Confronts and Considers Technology
Panel discussion with Przemyslaw Jasielski, Rainer Prohaska, and Felix Kalmenson
Felix Kalmenson (b. St. Petersburg, Russia; living Toronto, ONT, Canada) and his collaborative of Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko consider the unexplained, fluctuating, and enervating sound heard by many residents of Windsor, Canada, located just across the river from Detroit, Michigan. Since early 2011, residents of Windsor, Ontario, have complained about a mysterious rumbling, believed to be coming from Zug Island, a publicly inaccessible American island between Windsor and Detroit. The Hum takes the context and story of the Windsor Hum as the starting point for an audio-visual gallery installation about the subjective experience of sound. A video showing sites in Windsor where the humming has been heard becomes an imitation of an audiology hearing test. Dialogue used to describe the Windsor Hum in local media and scientific reports is collaged over the location visuals. This is periodically interrupted by sequences of acoustic imagery of this landscape, depicted by a colorful gradient form over each video image to allow the sound to be seen. Kalmenson aims to communicate the limits of both image and language to objectively describe a sound source that, due to structures of power, is not allowed to be known.
Felix Kalmenson is a Toronto-based artist with a practice in installation, video, photography, performance, and sound art. His work is concerned with the mediation of histories and contemporary narratives by political, institutional and corporate bodies and how innovations in the field of communication serve to redefine publicness, sovereignty, and power.
Felix Kalmenson’s work has received generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.