A Listening Session with Nikita Gale, Vanessa Gelvin, and Marina Peterson

September 26, 2019 11:00 AM

Free and open to the public

Artist-in-residence Nikita Gale will facilitate a listening session with Associate Professor of Anthropology Marina Peterson and sound artist Vanessa Gelvin. Each participant will present audio pieces they have selected in response to themes in Gale’s installation at the Visual Arts Center.

Nikita Gale: EASY LISTENING is on view September 20 – December 6, 2019.


Nikita Gale received a BA from Yale University (2006) and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (2016). Gale has had solo exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2018); Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2018); 56 Henry, New York (2018); Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles (2017); PARMER,  Brooklyn (2014); and The Front, New Orleans (2013) amongst others. Gale has participated in group exhibitions at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (2019); The New School, New York (2019); CUE Foundation, New York (2019); Cubitt, London (2019); Martos Gallery, New York (2019); Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Reyes Projects, Detroit (2018); Rodeo Gallery, London (2017); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2017); Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook (2017); LUX, London (2017); LAXART, Los Angeles (2016); Ochi Projects, Los Angeles (2016); American Academy in Rome, Rome (2016); Public Fiction, Paris (2015); and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw (2015) amongst others. Gale has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY.

Vanessa Gelvin is a sound artist and sculptor working in stone, glass, and porcelain. She performs edited sound collages as a solo artist, provides musique concrète recorded sounds for avant-garde chamber ensemble Katie and Rachel, and is a founding member of arts collective Phonography Austin.

Marina Peterson is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work traces modalities of matter, sensory attunements, and emergent socialities, exploring diverse and innovative ways of encountering and presenting the ethnographic. With research primarily in and of Los Angeles, she taken up these concerns through investigation and analysis of entanglements of sound, sensation, and urban infrastructures below and above ground. Her current book project is titled Atmospheric Noise: Aerial Attunements in Los Angeles. Tracing indeterminate categories and emergent entanglements of environmental noise, atmosphere, sense, and matter that cohere around airport noise in the 1960s, it addresses key ways in which noise amplifies ways of sensing and making sense of the atmospheric.

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