Exhibitions & Gallery Installations

Exhibitions, Gallery Installations & performances created solo and in collaboration with scientists, visual artists, filmmakers, and dancers.

(Please visit the LISTEN page for sounds samples of these works. Also, visit the FILM Shorts page. To purchase soundtracks/scores/films ~ visit the STORE!)


NEUROCANTOS – Performance


Crazy Jane in Technicolor PosterFRI – Nov. 4, 2016 (Portland, OR)
– PSU Lincoln Hall -Performance of “Neurocantos” ~ featuring a digital composition about the busy brain and improvisational dancer Melissa St. Claire, as part of the “Crazy Jane in Technicolor” performance. (Visit the Crazy Jane Composer Website) .

ABOUT “CRAZY JANE IN TECHNICOLOR” ~ This is modern art music like you’ve never seen it before! Seven Crazy Janes – women composers of Cascadia – present their vivid and eclectic musical visions in vibrant, glowing COLOR. Fresh works including modern dance, piano duets and songs, sultry tangoistas, an electrified harpsichord, stories from Rudyard Kipling, electro-acoustic sounds of the brains workings and a dazzling live visual display of musical waveforms create a riveting program! A collection of some of Portland’s best performers bring together striking music, dance, improvisational movement and narration in one unforgettably colorful evening.


 

PORTAL : Black Holes / White Holes – Presentation

March 20-23, 2016
International Light Association  HertzLight Conference
Vienna, Austria | Website

A unique gathering of professionals in the sciences, medicine, psychotherapy, lighting applications and the creative arts about current developments in the world of light and connections to health and wellbeing.


 PORTALS OF SOUND AND LIGHT – BLACK HOLES AND BEYOND – CURIOUS MINDS with SUSAN ALEXJANDER

Curious Minds Susan Alexjander snippet

BRODY STUDIOS, BUDAPEST Hungary

March 25th – 7PM, 2016
Brody Studios – Budapest, Vörösmarty u. 38, 1064 Hungary | Website (View PDF)

You will first be entertained by a sound journey (Portal; Black Holes/White Holes). The soundtrack, an art piece, is derived from scientific data (NASA space sounds, pulsars, ‘mapped’ binary pair trajectories, etc.), and from sound samples of Earth (whales, dolphins, frequencies of water and elements). Listen here

Following the sound journey, we will explore some of the fascinating theories and mysteries surrounding this black hole quest – clearly the Holy Grail of physics today, and perhaps our most compelling modern collective myth. One hundred years ago Einstein predicted black holes but thought it unlikely that nature could actually have created them. Now we know they are everywhere…

 CONTINUUM – Sculpture, Poetry and Soundscapes (Portal & Neurocantos)

Sculpture ~ Rebecca Kamen

Dec 3rd – Feb 13, 2016
Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE); Reston, VA | Website
A collaboration with sculptor Rebecca Kamen and poet Steven J. Fowler

NEUROCANTOS depicts inner and outer spaces of the brain, using language and poetry by Steven J. Fowler layered with the sounds of space.

PORTAL SOUNDSCAPE is the story in sound of what happens when two collapsed neutron stars (black holes) orbit around each other and finally merge, transforming on the other side of the singularity point. Sounds are from NASA, Earth, and the microtonal worlds of water and elements.


Perceptions of Sound – Eikos Performance

Jan 30, 2016
First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St. Eugene, OR 97401| Website

My piece Eikos for violin and synthesizer will be performed as part of this program. Violin (Paul Engler) and synthesizer (Susan Alexjander).

Cascadia Composers Present – “Perceptions of Sound a multi-sensory concert experience” – Science, synthesizer, and special effects : melding new art music with modern performance to expand the experience of sound. Featuring works by Susan Alexjander, Daniel Brugh, Ted Clifford, Lisa Ann Marsh, Paul Safar, Alexander Schwarzkopf, Brandon Stewart, Jeff Winslow, Jennifer Wright, Nicholas Yandell w/ special guests Delgani String Quartet & Berendzen’s Robohorn.

 


New Music by Cascadia Composers : “Buffalo Bill’s Defunct” performance

Oct 16, 2015
Mago Hunt recital hall, University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Portland, OR 97203| Website

My piece Buffalo Bill’s Defunct for saxophone and two narrators (text by ee cummings) was performed as part of this program.

The Cascadia Composers invite you to leave your timbral comfort zone and explore compositions highlighting instruments not-so-common in chamber music. Our fall concert: “Cascadia Ventures Forth”, is an exhilarating collection of works featuring saxophone, harp, accordion, vibraphone and so much more.


PORTAL SOUNDSCAPE : Black Holes & White Holes

Sculpture by Rebecca Kamen

Sculpture – Rebecca Kamen

February 17th – July 6th, 2015
National Academy of Science; Washington, D.C. | Website
A collaboration with sculptor Rebecca Kamen

PORTAL SOUNDSCAPE is the story in sound of what happens when two collapsed neutron stars (black holes) orbit around each other and finally merge, transforming on the other side of the singularity point. Sounds are from NASA, Earth, and the microtonal worlds of water and elements. First premiered in Portland, Oregon, November, 2014.


 

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival – Portal Performance

New York Electroacoustic Music Festival - June 22-28, 2015

New York Electroacoustic Music Festival – June 22-28, 2015

June 22-25, 2015
New York
Abrons Art Center
Info : info@nycemf.org | www.nycemf.org

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival is dedicated to showcasing the best electroacoustic music and video art from all over the world in New York City, through a multi-day festival. The festival includes electroacoustic music recorded alone in up to eight channels, works involving live electronics, works combining musical instruments or voices with recorded or live electronics, video and multimedia works, and audio and video installations.


Moth Soundscape : Exhibit

Image – Diana Hobson

July 3 – August 8, 2015
Oakland, CA
Vessel Gallery
A collaboration with Diana Hobson

Info : https://www.vessel-gallery.com/exhibits.html.

My soundscape, “Moth,” is featured in a retrospective of Diana Hobson’s work.

 


BODY SUNG ELECTRIC – Agnieszka Laska Dancers w/ Cascadia Composers Electroacoustic Scores

PORTAL, black holes & white holes soundtrack included in Agnieszka Laska Dancers + Cascadia Composer Performance 3.15.15 Portland, OR

PORTAL, black holes & white holes soundtrack included in Agnieszka Laska Dancers + Cascadia Composer Performance 3.15.15 Portland, OR

Sunday March  15, 2015
PORTLAND, OR, PSU Lincoln Hall, Rm 175

Cascadia Composers electroacoustic scores supercharge new choreography from Agnieszka Laska Dancers.  Cascadia Composers represented at this event include Susan Alexjander, John Bilotta, Tristan Bliss, Daniel Brugh, Jack Gabel, Gary Noland, Dan Senn and Tomas Svoboda.

Choreography by Agnieszka Laska and ALDancers: Kelsey Adams, Sissy Dawson, Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Lauren Sprague, Caitlin Wichlacz – joined on stage by Merlin Benneth, Niqi Cavanaugh and Karissa Dean.

 


Divining Nature: An Elemental Soundscape

noisestudioNov. 8-Dec. 14, 2013

Music composed with frequencies derived from 8 elements of the Periodic Table.  (For the original installation of Divining Nature, An Elemental Garden, with sculptor Rebecca Kamen – see below)
Noise and Whispers, GVART Gallery; London An exhibit devoted entirely to SOUND, featuring more than thirty sound artists. [ View online catalog.]

More about Divining Nature


FLUID : A Sound Journey Through The Body

coloursofwater1bMarch 13-28, 2013

Colors of Water Festival: A festival of art, science and music inspired by water…London, UK. [ Learn more about ‘Fluid’ ]

Mae-Wan Ho, festival director & director and co-founder of the Institute of Science in Society, is best known for pioneering work on the physics of organisms and sustainable systems and the liquid crystalline water of the living matrix. Mae-Wan has more than 170 scientific publications, 18 books, and over 500 popular articles and essays across all disciplines. Regarded by some as “the most influential scientist alive today,” her work not only informs the public and policy-makers, but is also deeply appreciated by other scientists as well as those trained in arts and the humanities, being herself an artist and occasional poet.

It has been her life-long ambition to integrate sciences, arts and the humanities in a complete way of knowing, understanding, and living. She has produced a new book on the quantum physics and chemistry of water in living organisms, ‘Living Rainbow H2O’.


Divining Water: The Art of Flow

November 3-5, 2011
3rd International Symposium on Aqua Science, Water Resources and the Arts.

Artists and scientists dialog together to imagine new perspectives on water. In collaboration with Susan Plum, glass sculptor.

WATCH VIDEO – Divining Water: Fluid Universe, by Susan Plum. Soundtrack by Susan Alexjander


Fluid: Soundtrack presentation –

Illumination_KamenbOctober 5, 2011

ILA – International Light Association – Quebec, Canada
The body’s “Breath of Life” in Sound and Light
Fluid is an artistic collaboration between sound designer Susan Alexjander and sculptor Rebecca Kamen. Illumination, shown on right, is one of three sculptures for the exhibit. Fluid reflects the artists’ visions of how our body communicates through cycles and frequencies with itself, the Earth and the overall Matrix of life.*

Soundtrack presented to the ILA October of 2011.

Fluid is an intimate journey in sound using the cranial-sacral healing model of the Breath of Life, stillpoint, restlessness and reorganization, and transformation into a new stillpoint. It is a deep experience of yourself. As we head towards a vibrational breakthrough on this planet which involves sensuous, body intelligence, a new harmonic connection to creation is coming forth, and everything is jamming! READFluid, The Sound Creation (View PDF)


Elemental Matters : Artists Imagine Chemistry

The artists in Elemental Matters invent different ways to experience the elements and the periodic table.  Elements of Tone was created in collaboration with sculptor Rebecca Kamen , accompanying her sculptures of hydrogen, helium, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, silicon and sulphur.
Elemental Matters : Artists Imagine Chemistry

Elements of Tone is music created from the sounds of eight elements from the periodic table in the order they are created by a star. Read More


Ocean: Coming On The Backs of Whales

Humpback-postcardJuly 9 & 10, 2010

Oddfellows Hall, Mendocino, CA.
An Experiential, Walk-Through Art Installation featuring underwater footage of whales and dolphins by photographer Lisa Denning, and soundtrack by SA: Coming On The Backs of Whales. Directed and envisioned by Thais Mazur (Visit website).

Stunning moving images of whales and dolphins were projected onto fabric and stretched across 30-ft.-long screens hung in the middle of the gallery to create a surround-image experience. Friday, July 9th featured a talk by bio-acousticscientist Michael Stocker speaking about the mysterious ocean soundscape, how underwater life communicates through sound and the importance of protecting that fragile world.

Coming On The Backs of Whales  takes its inspiration from the Maori view of the ocean as a giant crystal.


Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden Soundscape

divining-nature-installationOctober 1- November 14, 2009

This soundscape was created for sculptor Rebecca Kamen’s gallery installation: Divining Nature: An Elemental Garden at the Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, Virginia October 1- November 14, 2009.
Ms. Kamen transformed the open, hexagonal gallery into a luminous sculptural installation based on the Periodic Table of Elements. The soundtrack consists of Larmor Frequencies translated into tone/music from 83 elements: Hydrogen to Bismuth.

“As composer Susan Alexjander’s etherial music floats through like a cosmic breeze…the Elemental Garden breathes tranquility.”
Joanne Bauer, curator GRACE.

 


Workshops: Vibrational Medicine 2007

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In Vivo – In Vitro

Feb. 6 – March 6, 2006

Athens Fine Art School and Artopos, Athens, Greece
SEQUENCIA—part of a Bio-Art event exhibiting international artworks. A new osmosis between Art, Science and Life.


Zero Waiting : Openings & Events

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Diana Hobson


June 2 – July 30, 2006
PVAC – Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery – Visuals by Diana Hobson, soundtrack by Susan Alexjander.

October 6th – November, 2005 Cogswell College Art Gallery, Sunnyvale, CA, Visuals by Diana Hobson, soundtrack by Susan Alexjander. Exhibit also featured sculptures in bronze, concrete and glass by Diana Hobson.

August 20 – Sept. 20, 2005, Grand Opening – The Salt Gallery Hayle, Cornwall, UK


Women In Science (Genomically Yours)

Feb 22 – March 22, 2003 –  New York City, Universal Concepts Unlimited

Five women artists whose work includes the science of DNA. Dedicated
to Rosalind Franklin, creator of the first X-Ray crytallography of DNA
in l953. 50th year celebration.


Into Being – The River (Video installation)

intobeingprojectsApril 4 – July 27, 2003

Museum of Art and History , Santa Cruz, California. A Collaboration between video artist Diana Hobson and Susan Alexjander, Sound design (Digital Performer). Part of a celebration of the San Lorenzo River – River Reflections.

INTO BEING

A River
So Ancient
In darkness
she stirs
an atom of conciousness
a whisper
of time
I heard her name in the silence
and from oblivian
she moves silently
seeping
unseen
Emerging
To hold the Sun in our eye
and the BLINK
of the eye of the Sun
seeing himself
in our face
(D.H. 2003)


WORKS IN PROGRESS

Book : The Sacred Chain: A Cosmology of Tone. A look at correspondences between the resonance of pulsar tones, elements, DNA, important time cycles and water (the Great Connector).