Aspects of Sound in Art (ASA)

Workshop Date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - Fri, 07/18/2014
Sasha Leitman and Elaine Buckholtz                                     
Acoustic. Electronic. Analog. Digital. Interactive. Sound. Art. Installation

Whether you are an artist who wants to incorporate sound into their art or a musician looking to compose an installation, come spend a week playing and learning with us.  Elaine Buckholtz and Sasha Leitman enjoy blurring the relationship between sound and image and share a passion for creating supportive learning environments where curiousity provokes innovative idea to take shape.  This is a project based class where hands on skills will be taught along side technical, theoretical and artistic learning. People of all computer skill levels welcome in this learning environment.
Students immediately start working on projects the first day and are expected to finish a piece by the last.  In between hands-on work, we will cover topics such as basic acoustics, how to make inexpensive microphones and hydrophones, repurposing stompboxes and other electronics, sticking speakers in strange places, transforming spaces, the use of acoustic resonators, creating artistic goals, what makes a good piece, creating satisfying work that is within your technical, financial and time constraints, and if there is interest, the use of solenoids and small motors to make your pieces move.  Each group of students brings a unique set of interests and abilities and we will taylor the workshop to engage the desires of the group.  This has worked wonderfully in past iterations of this workshop and the instructors enjoy making sure each student walks away from the course able to apply the things that they have learned to their future creative work. 

Times:  7/14 - 7/18, 10am - 5pm        (24 hour access to the prototyping lab during the workshop)
Elaine Buckholtz's most recent work utilizes video and light in relation to sculptural forms, digital prints, and preexisting sites in architecture and nature under the cover of darkness.   She has shown work at The Swiss Technorama Museum, Winterthur Switzerland, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, California, The Claremont Museum in Southern California, Pierogi Leipzig, Leipzig Germany, The Luggage Store in San Francisco,The San Francisco Arts Commission, California College of The Arts, Stanford University, The Wexner Center For The Arts, Sun Valley Center For The Arts, and Fusion Art Space, San Francisco, California.   Elaine attended The California College Of The Arts on a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from 2002-2004 and received her MFA from Stanford University in 2006. She currently teaches at Stanford University in the Art and Art History department as an adjunct faculty member. She has worked as a Lighting and Visual Designer in the bay area for 20 years and has also worked with Merce Cunningham and Meredith Monk recreating their visual environments internationally. She continues to tour with Meredith Monk as a Lighting Designer.
Sasha Leitman is a musician, artist and inventor who is currently the projects manager at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University.  She has been making musical instruments, new interfaces for musical expression and sound art installations for ten years.  Her most recent large scale project was an adult-sized musical playground that was premiered at the Burning Man Art Festival.  Currently, she is working on a set of instruments designed for street performance in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.