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UBS 12 × 12: New Artists/New Work
Olivia Block

Jan 7–30, 2005

Olivia Block blends acoustic and electronic elements to create audio compositions that often evoke natural sounds. For this exhibition, Block designs a site-specific installation in the MCA stairwell. Incorporating a speaker and amplification system to create a linear path of subtle, repetitive sounds, Block’s installation allows the listener to hear the sound sources at various distances on each floor. At certain points the sound seems as if the listener is having a private aural experience in a public place. Questioning how we perceive space and sound simultaneously, Block turns the museum experience, which is typically visual, into an uncanny auditory event.

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