Sweet Gongs Vibrating


  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

$5.00 Admission (non-members)

Please join San Diego Art Institute on Saturday, March 26 from 6- 8pm for the opening reception of Sweet Gongs Vibrating: a multimedia, multisensory exhibition that breaks with the ocularcentric by embracing myriad modes of perception. This exhibition is brought to you by SDAI curator-in-residence Amanda Cachia, and runs from Saturday, March 26 - Saturday, May 28.

Imagine learning new information about a body, a material or a place through the sweet taste of ice-cream, or the gong of a sculpture, or the vibration in a wall. Through direct, embodied visitor contact, Sweet Gongs Vibrating aspires to activate the sensorial qualities of objects in order to illustrate alternative narratives regarding access, place and space. This exhibition includes the work of 20 local, national and international artists (one of which is a collaborative) who explore the multi-modal possibilities of sculpture, site-specific installation, video, and works on paper, constituting an exciting and accessible template for how one might glean untold accounts of everyday surroundings. Each artist in this project has been invited to either contribute extant or create new, site-specific work. Each piece invites engagement to greater and lesser extents, provoking thoughtful critique on the methods by which sensorium can be activated through modes of creative and conceptual access. Several of the participating artists have engaged and/or collaborated directly with audiences with various physical, neurological and cognitive abilities for whom interaction with art is not necessarily confined to visual perception. Sweet Gongs Vibrating advances a curatorial model for a contemporary art exhibition that can be made accessible to an array of complex embodiments. American Sign Language, captioning, and written and audio translations of sound and image have been embedded into many of the pieces in this exhibition.

Special Events: Join us Saturday, May 14th for Odophonics: An olfacto-sound performance by Brian Goeltzenleuchter & Sean Francis Conway. Closing reception is May 28th, featuring a performance by Christof Migone and a round table discussion with Steve Roden, Aren Skalman, Margaret Noble, Christof Migone and Cooper Baker. *An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided at both events.

Participating artists: Cooper Baker (San Diego), Francisca Benitez (New York), Diane Borsato (Toronto), Stefani Byrd (San Diego), Kate Clark (San Diego), Raphaëlle de Groot (Montreal), Anne Gibbs (Cardiff), Brian Goeltzenleuchter & Anna van Suchtelen (San Diego/Utrecht), Wendy Jacob (Boston), Aaron McPeake (London), Darrin Martin (San Francisco), Christof Migone (Toronto), Tim Murray-Browne (London), Margaret Noble (San Diego), Carmen Papalia (Vancouver), Anthony Ptak (New York), Steve Roden (Los Angeles), Aren Skalman and artists from the Blind Community Center of San Diego who participated in the Horton Plaza workshops (San Diego), and Funda Susamoglu (Ankara).