Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Vancouver New Music | Steven Roden Talk

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 7:00 PM

Vancouver New Music is hosting a conversation with visual and sound artist Steve Roden, who will be speaking to the various elements of his practice, including but not limited to his use of sound. Roden's striations, a two-channel video created in collaboration with artist Mary Simpson, is currently on exhibition at the Canadian Music Centre from September 28 to October 23, 2015.

Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. his work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance.

Roden’s working process uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through self invented systems into scores, which then influence the process of painting, drawing, sculpture, and composition. These scores, rigid in terms of their parameters and rules, are also full of holes for intuitive decisions, failures and left turns. The inspirational source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton that the abstract finished works are built upon.

In the visual works, translations of information such as text and maps, become rules and systems for generating visual actions such as color choices, number of elements, amounts of time and form building.

In the sound works, singular source materials such as objects, architectural spaces, and field recordings, are abstracted through humble electronic processes to create new audio spaces, or possible landscapes. The sound works present themselves with an aesthetic roden has described as lower case – sound concerned with subtlety and the quiet activity of listening.

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FREE, everyone welcome!


When: Tue, October 20, 2015. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Vancouver New Music

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