Elevator Music 19
Kabir Carter: Split

Kabir Carter’s installation for the Tang Teaching Museum’s Elevator Music series features sounds based on those generated by the elevator itself. For the work, Carter analyzed the Tang elevator’s acoustic output and added another sound to the elevator’s car. As the elevator performs various tasks and movements, the elevator’s sounds and Carter’s added sound mix and overlap. The results can be heard both through the ear and through other parts of the body via physical contact with the elevator’s posts, walls, and other physical components. By introducing additional sounds alongside the incidental sounds of the elevator, Split creates resonant and continuously modulating zones within the space, encouraging passengers to listen and explore. Support provided by Genelec Inc.

Kabir Carter’s work moves between performance and installation, and has been exhibited and presented at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; PiST Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul; Inter Arts Center, Malmö; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and museums and art spaces throughout Europe and the United States.

He has participated in festivals and biennials including CTM (club transmediale), Full Pull, Performa, and Unsound New York. He has received commissions and awards from the American Music Center, Danish Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Media Alliance, among others. Reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Nutida Musik, and Parkett. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.
Exhibition Name
Elevator Music 19
Kabir Carter: Split
Exhibition Type
Solo Exhibitions
Elevator Music Series
Sep 17, 2011 - Jan 20, 2012
Elevator Music 19: Kabir Carter — Split is organized by Head Designer and Media Specialist Patrick O'Rourke.
Kabir Carter
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