Sound has a quasi-imperialistic property, says Adán de la Garza, co-curator of Loud!!!, a video-art show about sound. In a movie screening, if you dislike what you see, you can close your eyes, but you cannot close your ears, he points out. “The person who is emitting the sound is in control of the space that they’re in, whether it’s speaking or utilizing an amplification system.”
Too few people think about this, says co-curator Christina Battle, who notes that the United States government deploys sound as a tool in war. “I think, so often, video works are image-based, and often, artists delegate sound and music to the background. All these works we are showing bring sound to the foreground; they’re aesthetically and visually about sound,” she says. While the concept of the program is rather menacing, she points out that the short films themselves are often humorous and will be accompanied by noise karaoke and a performance by de la Garza’s collaborative sound project, R/A.
Loud!!!, part of the pair’s ongoing video-art series Nothing to See Here, takes place tonight at 8 p.m. at the Sidewinder, 4485 Logan Street; there is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, go to nothingto-seehere.com or call 303-295-1105.
Sat., April 5, 8 p.m., 2014