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Activations: Johann Diedrick at Chelsea Recreation Center

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 1:30–3:30 pm, Offsite

Event Details
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 1:30–3:30 pm

Chelsea Recreation Center
430 West 25th Street
New York, New York

Free and open to the general public. For more information visit NYC Parks.

Sited in the Chelsea Recreation Center’s gymnasium, Johann Diedrick’s Activation program Swish is a temporary sound installation that proposes listening as an act of spectatorship. Participants are invited onto a basketball court absent of athletes but filled with the sound of previously recorded scrimmages, voices, and rhythmic dribbling, where they will join Diedrick in live mixing the recordings into a new sonic experience of the site. Additional recording and editing by Caleb Giles.

A demonstration and series of one-minute-long improvisational performances will take place from 2:30–3 pm.

Program Description

Activations is a series of interdisciplinary public workshops designed by artists in response to civic spaces in New York City. Each activation invites participants to encounter a readymade site through the lens of an artistic practice, reimagining them as spaces of creative possibility. All are welcome to participate. 

Fall 2022 Activations take place at the Chelsea Recreation Center.

Johann Diedrick (he/him) is an award-winning artist, engineer, and musician that makes installations, performances, and sculptures to create sonic encounters with the world. He bring to the surface resonant histories of past interactions inscribed in material and embedded in space, peeling back vibratory layers to reveal hidden memories and untold stories. He shares his tools and techniques through listening tours, workshops, and open-source hardware/software. He is the founder of A Quiet Life, a sonic engineering and research studio that designs and builds audio-related software and hardware products for revealing new sonic possibilities off the grid. He is the director of engineering at Somewhere Good, a 2022 Future Imagination collaboratory fellow at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU), a 2022 Wave Farm artist in residence, a 2021 Mozilla Creative Media Award recipient, a 2020 Pioneer Works technology resident, a community member of NEW INC, and an adjunct professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. His work has been featured in the Wire, Musicworks, and presented at MoMA PS1, New York; the New Museum, New York; Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; Science Gallery Dublin; Somerset House, London; and multiple New Interfaces for Musical Expression conferences.

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