SSSSHHHH #7 / SoundMind #17

SSSSHHHH #5 / SoundMind #13 in Tel_, Tang Teaching Museum, November 29, 2018, photo by Cindy Schultz

Join artist Kamau Amu Patton and Skidmore Professor Adam Tinkle on Thursday, April 25, from 5:00–9:00 PM in Patton’s exhibition Tel_, on view in the Tang’s mezzanine, for an exploration into the power of sound, music, sensory awareness, and deep listening. It will also incorporate Skidmore Professor Adam Tinkle’s SoundMind, a site-specific meditation workshop that focuses on sensory awareness and aesthetic activation of the breath, body, and voice. SSSSHHHH #7 / SoundMind #17 is a four-hour journey that encourages the audience to weave in and out throughout the evening and open themselves up to the power of sound.

This event is free and open to the public.


  • 5:00 pm: SoundMind Workshop on Communicating with Aliens
  • 5:45 pm: SSSSSHHHH Listening Session with Cellphones and Satellites
  • 6:45 pm: Communication with Pizza
  • 7:00 pm: Artist Talk with Null Point on David Dunn’s PLACE (1975)
  • 7:20 pm: Roundtable discussion on sound, site, transmission, and space
  • 7:50 pm: Participatory Performance of Alvin Lucier’s CHAMBERS (1968); BYO vessels (seashells, bowls, pots, bottles, etc.)
  • 8:30 pm: Postering campus with Tel_

Kamau Amu Patton is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator. His work is an examination of history and culture through engagement with archives, documents, stories, and sites. Patton received his MFA from Stanford University in 2007. His recent works utilize a variety of media and art forms, such as transformation of speech, radio transmission, video feedback, and painting. His work has been shown at the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival and as part of the Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture. His work Elevator Music 27: Kamau Amu Patton was on display at the Tang in 2014-15, and he performed in the Tang’s Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow: Sound, Black Study, and the Multidisciplinary Artist in 2017.

Adam Tinkle, Director of the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Media and Film Studies at Skidmore, is a multidisciplinary artist and scholar trained in music, currently working at the interface of audio documentary, sonic conceptualism, and participatory/collaborative modalities. His book manuscript, on experimental music and the aesthetics of social participation, explores surprising links between the reputedly recondite sonics of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Pauline Oliveros, and their co-conspirators, with contemporary conversations around inclusive, public practice in the arts. His recent artistic projects include a pair of 2017 gallery exhibitions as a member of the collaborative Seven Count that included pirate radio, immersive sampledelia, and participatory soundmaking; an artist’s book and multimedia environment (exhibited at the Bennington Museum) remixed from material from his award-winning documentary solo performance A Mess of Things; and concert performances of interactive visual music with the duo Timbree. He has published in Leonardo Music Journal, Organised Sound, and American Music Review, and teaches sound and intermedia praxis at Skidmore College, where he has guided the development of its summer Documentary Storytellers’ Institute since its inception in 2015.

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