At the core of the exhibition Landscape / Soundscape, landscape photographs from Penn’s University Art Collection are paired with commissioned soundscape compositions. The resulting installations explore the photograph’s capacity to visually convey a sense of sound – musical, natural elements, urban rhythms, or otherwise. The installations also offer opportunity for sound art to complement and alter one’s perception of a photographic landscape. Within the context of the exhibition, landscape is used in its broadest sense, from sweeping natural landscapes to cityscapes to abstractions. Likewise, the corresponding soundscapes are commissioned from a broad spectrum of sound artists and musicians, from those working with field recordings and electronics to noted instrumental performers.
As part of Lanscape/ Soundscape, I was commissioned to compose a soundscape inspired by the photograph 'Sicilian Botanic Garden, Palermo, 1988' (Chromogenic Print, 12" x 32") by iconic French photographer Lucien Clergue. The resulting work, 'Numphé', was installed as part of the Landscape/ Soundscape group show at Penn State University's Arthur Ross Gallery.
Landscape / Soundscape was curated by Heather Gibson Moqtaderi, Associate Curator & Collections Manager for the University Art Collection, with Collaborative Curator of Sound Eugene Lew.