Nov 5 – Mar 30 | Contamination | Spruce Peak Arts, Stowe, VT

Contamination Installation

Dates: Nov 5 – Mar 31
Place: Spruce Peak Arts, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe, VT
Times: call for private showing or view from outside
Info: Office phone 802.760.4634

Like an unexpected cluster of turkey tail mushrooms one steps on and then cannot relocate upon return, the audiovisual installation Contamination offers an interruption in our understanding of the world as orderly and determined; preordained through extent systems of control.

The Rural Noise Ensemble uses technological glitch to reorient the eye to fungal patterns, following algorithmic logics that disrupt organic texture. Distortion, spectral analysis, and digital processing excavate new melodies from the thick soundscape of field recordings. Acted upon by the history of music chant emerges.

Contamination recognizes each moment we live is already contaminated—mediated through technologies and implicit histories while implicating both human and non-human systems at all scales. We are reminded that there is no purity to be preserved, only presence to inhabit.



Feb 5 – Apr 30 | Duet for Tree Branch and Oil Can | Spruce Peak Arts, Stowe, VT

Duet for Tree Branch and Oil Can

Dates: Feb 5 [Wed] – Apr 30 [Thr]
Place: Spruce Peak Arts, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe, VT
Times: Thr through Sat 11am to 5pm, one hour prior to all events
Info: Office phone 802.760.4634

Duet for Tree Branch and Oil Can is a sound installation part of the Art of Sound exhibition at Spruce Peak Arts and the 2020 Vision Show curated by Kelly Holt.

The rural is a concept, a projected edgespace between “civilization” and its other, something that is often termed “nature.” It is produced through a settler-colonial project based upon the irreconcilability of these two concepts. At one scale, these edgesspaces encompass entire communities and cultures.  On a smaller scale, these edges exist as a matrix of forgotten lines, marked with discarded tires and rusted fuel cans: the line where some forgotten dweller decided “up to this point is my yard, beyond it: my junk pile.”

This piece sonifies a single point of contact in the production of rural space.  A barrel of Tuff-Kote sealant and a tree branch, both harvested from a creek bed in Woodbury, Vermont, are tethered to the grid and automated in perpetual friction.