Posts Tagged ‘Artisphere’

At Artisphere, Live Silkworms Spin Sculpture and Mate as Performance Art

So vital is their quest to domesticate that they won’t eat until the mating is accomplished.

Beauty Pill’s First LP in 11 Years: “The Album Is Saturated With Details, With Color”

"There’s a lot of information in the music, and I just felt we should lay it out.”

Drop Electric to Get Existential, Explore Possibilities of Sound at Artisphere

On last year’s Waking Up to the Fire, D.C. experimental-pop group Drop Electric managed to create a record that felt more like a visceral experience than a mere collection of songs. With the band’s show at Artisphere this Saturday, a performance in conjunction with the arts center's "Fermata" exhibition, the band will look to expand that effect into something [...]

UrbanArias’ Bastianello and Lucrezia, Reviewed

Sometimes being broke can be liberating. If you’re a smaller opera company with a limited budget, there are a number of directions you can go, all perfectly valid. You can do miniature versions of traditional operas, disposing of bit roles, whittling down orchestral scores to fit a string quartet. Or you can do chamber operas [...]

Vinyl Trap: A D.C. Record Fair Survival Guide

Record fans nationwide nerd out over rare releases twice a year on Record Store Day. But local vinyl collectors get an additional opportunity to swap sleeves when the D.C. Record Fair rolls around. This Sunday, the shopping celebration moves south to Arlington’s Artisphere in conjunction with the venue’s “Fermata” sound art exhibition. Local musician and [...]

A Catalog of Make-’Em-Yourself Birds Adds a Dose of Dark Humor to Kid Lit

Kate Samworth’s new book was born from silence. The painter and illustrator had been listening to the radio in her Philadelphia studio in the days following Hurricane Katrina, when, on the program, a couple recounted what it was like to return to New Orleans in the wake of the storm. Silence, they said—that was what [...]

Comparing Notes: Two Critics Confer on “Fermata,” Artisphere’s Aural Exhibition

In musical notation, a fermata is a symbol used to indicate when a note or rest should be sustained. It’s usually used over rest notes to indicate a grand pause. That’s not the imagery that most curators try to summon with summer exhibits.
But “Fermata,” an ambitious new exhibit on view through August 10 at Artisphere, [...]

Is It Sound Art, or Is It Music? “Fermata” Doesn’t Care

If you’re tired of getting shushed in the stern, silent halls of traditional art venues, here’s some good news: When Artisphere unveils its newest exhibit today, it might become the loudest gallery in town.
Brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay, the experimental-pop artists of Bluebrain (you might have downloaded one of their GPS-powered music apps or blasted [...]

Brazil’s Luisa Maita on Samba, São Paulo, and Speedy Beats

Brazilian Luísa Maita’s alluring, samba-rooted vocals may conjure up for most Americans images of Rio beaches, but Maita, who performs at Artisphere Saturday, is a city girl who has spent more time on the streets of her hometown of São Paulo, Brazil. This daughter of a parking lot owner/musician father and a record producer mother [...]

Bluebrain Returns With Sweeping Sound-Art Exhibit at Artisphere

It's been a while since we've heard from Bluebrain, the experimental-pop duo of Ryan and Hays Holladay. That will change this year, when the group, known for its pop-up musical performances and location-aware apps inspired by Central Park and the National Mall, unveil a series of new projects. Among them: an actual wall of sound.
Well, kind of. An elaborate [...]

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