Saturday, October 13th, 3:00PM
Arts Court Theater
2 Daly Ave.
How does culture shape sound?
in conversation with Brendan Fernandes,
David Lieberman and Linda-Ruth Salter
This panel brings together three individuals who work through art, sculpture, architecture and cultural anthropology. This broad topic will be addressed through each panelist’s unique views of how sound helps us to understand social space, a politics of place and the body’s sensorial geography based on hearing.
Born in Kenya of Indian descent, Brendan Fernandes immigrated to Canada in 1989. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from The University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Art and Design New York, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, The National Gallery of Canada, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Mass MoCA, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Art Gallery of York University, Deutsche Guggenheim, The Bergen Kunsthall, Manif d’Art: The Quebec City Biennial, The Third Guangzhou Triennial and the Western New York Biennial through The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. He was the recipient of a New Commissions Project through Art in General, NY (2010) and was the Ontario representative for the Sobey Art Award (2010). Fernandes is based between Toronto and New York.
David Lieberman has been a practicing architect since 1974. He is an Associate Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto and has a long term adjunct appointment at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo. Current work includes technical consultancy to a millwork fabricator, industrial design for a steel fabricator, two residences in the Toronto area, a four-plex in Manhattan, and a new daycare facility. Materials development and testing are ongoing research activities in addition to the construction of large scale alchemical instruments in landscape. As a member of the planning committee for the soundaXis festival of New Music, research has, of late, focused on listening to the sounds and desires of the city. David Lieberman is not a musician, but has enjoyed the pleasures of music and is constantly challenged by the space between notes.
Dr. Linda-Ruth Salter was a pioneer in crossing discipline boundaries when she obtained a Ph.D. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boston University in 1984. Her doctoral dissertation examined the nature of sacred space in secular societies. Additional research showed the significance of place and spatial memory in maintaining group identity. Dr. Salter has consulted in the area of research and planning for a successful built environment in public housing, educational and business spaces, and has taught urban studies at Boston University. Presently she is Asst. Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences at New England Institute of Technology, where she contributes to the fine and performing arts curriculum in a technology context. Fusing and integrating the fine arts, technology, and social science is her specialty.
Moderator: Dipna Horra
Dipna Horra is a multidisciplinary artist, architect, and educator living in Ottawa, Canada. She is a PhD student at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University and has received a Master of Fine Arts from Ottawa University. Horra has been an educator in the field of architecture and new media in New York and Canada. She has exhibited her art in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City, Brooklyn, Berlin, London, and Dubai. Recent audio installations, such as Avaaz and Dhunia have addressed hybrid identity and transcultural synthesis with technology. These sound studies, questioning displacement and migration, are intersections in architecture, sculpture and cultural geography. Horra’s recent ephemeral spaces were created with autobiographical narrative, field recording, micro broadcasting, as well as hand made microphones and speakers.