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January 15, 2003

Opening JANUARY, 17, 2003 6-8pm
The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts presents
BOOM BOX: The Art of Sound
free and open to the public
The Boston Center for the Arts is located at 539 Tremont Street,
between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets.
info line(617) 426-5000

This is a group show in an art gallery with white walls, not an installation of the Nidus-Monad.
If you come hoping to see naked persons and animal carcasses rolling hither and thither on a dirt floor, you will likely be disappointed.
The show does however include Pendulum #3.3631- an exquisite device constructed many decades ago by S.N.A.F.U., containing mercury capsules and a gilded N-uroborus. After many hundred hours intensive restoration, this lustrous, sonorous, corpuscle of discordant technology is at last free to swing and lurch lethally. With the assistance of but a shove from your blessed hand, the pendulum will orchestrate a unique song just for you(utilizing newly recorded tracks from Katt Hernandez, a virtuoso of twelve tone cat gut if ever there were one.) YOU CAN BE among THE FIRST to the hear PENDULUM's non-dulcet reverberations. Hear it now before it tears lose from its moorings and decapitates a young, potentially innocent child.

The show contains a multitude of fine cacophony producing devices by the following artists.
CJ T Cartiglia & Joshua Hydeman -video/lenticular installation
Tracey Cockrell - turns an old Remington typewriter into a musical instrument. Typewriter keys become piano keys and the musical score is a text.
Christy Georg- self playing, glass harmonica-the voice of an angel or an unwholesome tone to induce hysteria? You decide...
United States of Belt- sound collage utilizing the audio spotlight developed at MIT by Dr. Joseph Pompei. The aural equivalent of a very big laser pointer. Quite capable of inducing madness.
Ravi Jain- concerto for voicemail
Sean Langlais-speakers / sound sculpture
John Mallia- sign in station & wind mills(please do not tilt at them)
Jessican Rylan- resonant spaces + objects
Dirk Adams -sound walk / audio tour
Walker- audio tour
Jeff Warmouth- crazy instruments including a Siamese banjo, a bathtub bass, and the kitchen sink.
David Webber-hightek/lowtek device hacking of the highest caliber
Ellen Wetmore-turns the gallery stairs into a podiatric calliope

Roland Smart who curated the show has this to say:
"Boom Box creates a bridge between fine art enthusiasts and sound enthusiasts. Not strictly a sound exhibit nor solely visual art, the exhibition features work from Boston area artists whose multi-media projects explore how sound production techniques have influenced visual art and vice versa. Boom Box picks up traditions within the sound genre-such as synesthesia (the mixing of different sense perceptions), pirate radio broadcasts, and audio-tours-and brings them into a gallery setting."
Roland also says:
"I might seem like the sort of fellow who has difficulty relaxing, but when I inject a few ounces of radium directly into my cerebral cortex I start dancing like yo' mama on devil juice!"

This show remains up till March 9, 2003
The Boston Center for the Arts is located at 539 Tremont Street, between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets.
info line(617) 426-5000
A discussion with the artists and curator will be held Thursday, January 23, 2002 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Regular gallery hours are Wed & Thurs 12-5 pm, Fri & Sat 12-10 pm, Sun 12-5 pm.
In conjunction with the exhibition, two special events integrating live work from performance artists, sound artists and musicians, No-Fi1 and No-Fi2, will take place Friday, February 7 and March 7, 2003, respectively, from 8:00-10:00 pm, donation at the door.

About the Boston Center for the Arts:
Founded in 1968, the Boston Center for the Arts is an umbrella organization housing and fostering more than 400 painters, dancers, sculptors, actors, playwrights and composers representing all ages, styles and levels of experience. The organization's facilities span a city block in Boston's historic South End and encompass 50 studios, a gallery, three small theaters, educational spaces, and the 23,000 square-foot Cyclorama. The BCA has evolved as a performance and visual arts complex with a mission to "promote the arts, support the artists and build new audiences.

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