“The sound is not the work; the sound is the material that I make the place out of...The social context, the physical context, the architectural context, the acoustical context are my building blocks.” –Max Neuhaus.
This is the second iteration of the Mark-Making with Sound
program and it will be in two parts.
From 10:45-12pm in the Learning Lab, participants will listen to sounds both digital and acoustic first with closed eyes. The sounds will be somewhat unfamiliar ones; “performed” live by musicians. Next, they will be asked to listen again with eyes open, and draw their ideas or impressions of what the sound "looks like" on the paper in front of them, using ink and brushes. This will be repeated with a range of sounds: first single sounds, then combinations of sounds. Artists Melissa McGill and Hisham Bharoocha collaborate on this exploration of sound and painting with guest musician Robert A.A. Lowe, and will introduce participants to the sound art work by Max Neuhaus, Time Piece Beacon
as well as its accompanying drawing.
Weather permitting; from 12:30-115pm, after a 30 minute break, the program will migrate to Beacon Point
at Long Dock Park, where participants will collaborate on a sound-scape jam and large-scale painting. Participants are advised to dress weather-ready. (45 min)
Limited space for both parts; reservations recommended using the link above. Please contact us if you are unable to attend both parts of the program at BeaconProgram@diaart.org .
’s work encourages viewers to delve beneath the surface to find what has escaped attention. Bringing to light hidden aspects of architecture, found objects, and even recognized works of art, her art takes what has been overlooked, suppressed or lost and brings the viewer’s awareness to this new dimension. Mark Making With Sound
draws on her interest in exploring and translating the unseen. Her recent work often incorporates sound as an integral part, and the activation of sound by the viewer yields a new and unexpected dialogue.
Currently, Melissa is engaged in an ambitious site-specific public installation titled Constellation. The project will transform an enigmatic castle ruin on Bannerman’s Island just south of Beacon in the Hudson River.
She has exhibited her work internationally, including one-person exhibitions at White Cube, London; Power House, Memphis; Galleria Marabini, Bologna; and CRG Gallery, New York, who represents her work in the United States. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Melissa lives and works in Beacon, NY and has been leading sought after tours at Dia:Beacon for over four years.
Hisham Akira Bharoocha
is a visual artist/musician/photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York and has collaborated across the visual art, music, and fashion communities. He is a founding member of his former bands Lightning Bolt, Black Dice
, and Pixeltan
. His current projects include Soft Circle
, a duo with musical partner Ben Vida; IIII
(read “four”) a small orchestral group composed of 4 drummers and two synthesizer players; and 41 Strings
is another orchestral ensemble lead by Bharoocha, Nick Zinner, Gillian Rivers, and Ben Vida. He was also the musical director of the now-legendary 77 BOADRUM (NYC) and 88 BOADRUM (LA, and in NYC with Gang Gang Dance
) performances, which were large-scale collaborations created by the Japanese band Boredoms featuring 77 drummers in spiral formations on 07.07.07 and 88 drummers on 08.08.08 respectively. Since then, Bharoocha has become a member of the band and has participated with Boredoms
on all BOADRUM performances.
Bharoocha has performed internationally at arts venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France; and MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands. Bharoocha has collaborated with artist Doug Aitken on many of his “Happenings,” most recently at 303 Gallery for Aitken’s exhibition “100 YRS”. Bharoocha was featured in Aitken's film piece “Song 1” and has done performances in collaboration with him at MOCA, Los Angeles, and at MoMA in New York for Aitken’s “Sleepwalkers” exhibition.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Bharoocha has had solo exhibitions of his visual work at D'Amelio Terras Gallery, NY, and De Vleeshal, Netherlands, and has been included in group exhibitions at galleries and arts centers such as Deitch Projects, NY; John Connelly Presents, NY; and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CA. His work has been featured on the covers of publications such as The Fader, Flaunt, Art Forum, and has been published in V, i-D, and Please! among others. hishamb.net
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
is an artist and multi-instrumentalist that works with voice in the realm of spontaneous music often under the moniker of Lichens. Most recently, creating patch pieces with modular synthesizer and singing to them has been a focus of live performance and recordings.
Quality of sound through the marriage of synthesis coupled with voice has allowed for a heightened physicality in the way of ecstatic music, both in a live setting and recorded. The sensitivity of analogue modular systems echoes the organic nature of vocal expression which in this case is meant to put forth a trancelike state; to usher in deep listening through sound and feeling; losing one's self in sound while being acutely self-aware.
Through collaboration Robert has worked with Ben Russell, Ben Rivers, Rose Lazar, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Tarek Atoui, Ben Vida, Mark Borthwick, Lucky Dragons, Alan Licht, Michael Zerang, Doug Aitken, Patrick Smith, Monica Baptista, Lee Ranaldo, White/Light, Kevin Martin, Chris Johanson, Tyondai Braxton, David Scott Stone, Genesis P-Orridge and Rose Kallal, as well as many others. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.