California sound artist Sarah Mendelsohn has been named the first sound-artist-in-residence at the Blanton Museum of Art.
The new residence is part of the Blanton’s acclaimed and wildly popular SoundSpace performance series. Mendelsohn receives $1,000 and will host a public workshop at the Blanton Jan. 28 and begin work on a new piece involving the museum security staff.
“Mendelsohn’s application stood out for the novel way that they will be exploring the museum’s resources and for their experience creating public programs and workshops,” said Steve Parker, composer and SoundSpace artistic director.
Parker, along with Blanton Manager of Public Programs Adam Bennett and former Blanton curator Annette DiMeo Carlozzi chose Mendelsohn from a pool of applicants.
Mendelsohn’s project will explore the relationship between security and insecurity.
“I am exploring the implications that surveillance and security systems have on listening—the differences between being listened to and being heard. I am excited about this collaboration with the Blanton Museum of Art, and with the museum’s security staff, as an opportunity to elaborate on the politics of listening closely,” says Mendelsohn.