Son et Lumiere: Volunteer Park Archeologies
Volunteer Park Conservatory
A sound and video installation
by Dan Senn with Ken Slusher
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KEN SLUSHER | ABOUT DAN SENN |
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Son et Lumiere: Volunteer Park Archeologies will be held at the Volunteer Park Conservatorium in of March in 2001 and continue
for three weeks with the Over'lyre remaining in place permanently. Video monitors and kinetic instruments are placed amidst plants
throughout the Conservatorium will continuously play a composition for voice, percussion, and moving audience. Spoken sounds
will consist of plant and gardening experts divulging pre-chemical secrets of gardening, canning, seed gathering, and related life
stories. These will be presented over 20 color and monochrome video monitors and act as a visual-spoken counterpoint
to the light beating of Dan Senn's pendulum-based sculptural instruments. Interviews will be collected at the homes of regional
gardeners in the fall of 2000. The installation will coincide with the opening of the Gardens of Art exhibit at the nearby
Asian Art Museum and developed with assistance from the V. P. Conservatorium and the Friends of the Conservatorium.
Admission to the exhibition will be free.
A goal of this project is to provide experimental art within contexts uniquely accessible to new audiences. As long time gardeners,
both artists are interested and comfortable documenting the stories of gardening experts, but there is an ulterior motive; one
which is based on the conviction that new, and risky art, if considerately placed, is especially understandable to those who
work with their hands. And this defines one of our target audiences. By holding this exhibition cooperatively with the
Conservatorium, the regular Conservatory guests will experience the new work, but it will also attract audiences interested the
stories, or just in those being interviewed, and/or those interested in the sound, video and aesthetic aspects. Through a broader
appeal, we expect the installation to be of mutual benefit to the Conservatory, community and to art world itself.