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(alt) reality

Parsons School of Design, The New School Opened December 17th, 2021 View 3D Gallery
Poster image for (alt) reality

Statement:

The (alt) reality exhibition is a result of a studio course taught in the Design and Technology program at Parsons School of Design at The New School, designed by JAZSALYN and co-instructed with DeForrest Brown Jr.

(alt) reality is an exploration of techno origins and experimental sound. (alt)reality (esc)apes the constraints of the dance floor and reasserts sound as technology to alter the present and reimagine the future. What is a ‘rhythmanalysis’ of technocracy? What are the sounds of resistance? How do vibrations reorient and alter our consciousness?

The course is an analysis of experimental sound practice at the intersection of race, gender, class, and technology. Our research referenced works by Juan Atkins, Drexciya, Black Quantum Futurism, Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Flying Lotus, Jlin, Jace Clayton, John Akomfrah, black beyond, DeForrest Brown Jr. and more.

As an embodied practice of their research, students created sound compositions in Abelton and sculpted 3D environments to explore their interpretation of alternate realities through sound. Their collective practice contributes to the virtual, immersive soundscape featured here on New Art City.

*(alt) reality is a collaboration, supported by Ableton, New Art City and Dublab Radio.

Featured Artists
Huishan Chi, Zhehui Chen, Jiyeon Choi,Yoon Jin Bae, Gabe Deko, Sam Hozian, AJ Medeiros, Xingtong Wang, Yuqing Liang, Zhiyue Chen, Yiqing Wang, Yuhui Qi,Margaux Halloran, Nicholas D'Angelo, Shuyu Xu, Ye Cheng

Artworks in this space:

they wish to speak to you

AJ

come on in

Kudzu Mountain

Kudzu Cave

Kudzu Crystal Mountain

Kudzu Matter

Accidental Raspberry Bush

sam hozian

Shot on 35mm film in a raspberry field, this project exemplifies the growth experienced through the duration of this project's creation. Originally intended to transform in to a wild particle system of flowing grass, the file was determined incompatible with the exhibition site, and this was the accidental result. Now standing upright, instead of laying flat, the photo has turned itself into an abstraction of its original subject - a simple raspberry bush.

(in)visible

Huishan Chi, Zhehui Chen, Jiyeon Choi,Yoon Jin Bae

This project investigates cymatics, which is the study of visible sound vibrations and its relationship to matter. Sound is invisible to the human eye, yet it is present in our environment. Even objects we view as static or inanimate all vibrate at their own pace. Likewise, how can we present sound in the digital realm and its relationship to our dynamic environment? (in)visible visualizes the fluctuating sounds that inhabit our everyday lives.

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(in)visible

Huishan Chi, Zhehui Chen, Jiyeon Choi,Yoon Jin Bae

This project investigates cymatics, which is the study of visible sound vibrations and its relationship to matter. Sound is invisible to the human eye, yet it is present in our environment. Even objects we view as static or inanimate all vibrate at their own pace. Likewise, how can we present sound in the digital realm and its relationship to our dynamic environment? (in)visible visualizes the fluctuating sounds that inhabit our everyday lives.

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(in)visible

Huishan Chi, Zhehui Chen, Jiyeon Choi,Yoon Jin Bae

This project investigates cymatics, which is the study of visible sound vibrations and its relationship to matter. Sound is invisible to the human eye, yet it is present in our environment. Even objects we view as static or inanimate all vibrate at their own pace. Likewise, how can we present sound in the digital realm and its relationship to our dynamic environment? (in)visible visualizes the fluctuating sounds that inhabit our everyday lives.

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rooted tree

the roots

a sturdy base to grow from below and a safety net hanging from above

bush

Xingtong Wang

(in)visible

Huishan Chi, Zhehui Chen, Jiyeon Choi,Yoon Jin Bae

This project investigates cymatics, which is the study of visible sound vibrations and its relationship to matter. Sound is invisible to the human eye, yet it is present in our environment. Even objects we view as static or inanimate all vibrate at their own pace. Likewise, how can we present sound in the digital realm and its relationship to our dynamic environment? (in)visible visualizes the fluctuating sounds that inhabit our everyday lives.

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red grass

Xingtong Wang

littered grass

Xingtong Wang

The Creeping Rootstalk

Gabe Deko, Sam Hozian, AJ Medeiros, Xingtong Wang

As opposed to more mechanical world-building, we are growing an alternate world, a space for meditations in/on expanse and rest, from its roots. A root structure protects the ground floor and is mirrored on the ceiling, encasing a collaborative garden. A variety of works produced by the group stand in their own platformed exhibitions. Roots, plants and planets serendipitously intersect, with their sounds fading into and out of each other. The natural intersection of different exhibits mirrors the construction of a rhizome, or the creeping rootstalk. The garden is static inside a spinning galaxy, self-generating across time and space, inviting contemplation on the breadth of their own roots and the infinite possibilities of our growth.

littered grass

Xingtong Wang

littered grass

Xingtong Wang

pink tree

Xingtong Wang

seaweed sensory box

sam hozian

Walk inside the seaweed sensory box to become fully immersed in an underwater garden, complimented by muffled soothing frequencies and the gravely, gristly texture of the sea floor. Video provided by Alfredo Barroso on Youtube.

Seaweed Sensory Box

pigeon

Xingtong Wang

from the decay of an old world

aj

what could be a distant planet an image of the San Francisco skyline from TI during the lighting fire complex of August 2020

from the decay of an old world

sun soak

AJ

sea song

sam hozian

created with Ableton Live

bush music

sam hozian

created with Ableton Live

(in)visible

Huishan Chi, Zhehui Chen, Jiyeon Choi,Yoon Jin Bae

This project investigates cymatics, which is the study of visible sound vibrations and its relationship to matter. Sound is invisible to the human eye, yet it is present in our environment. Even objects we view as static or inanimate all vibrate at their own pace. Likewise, how can we present sound in the digital realm and its relationship to our dynamic environment? (in)visible visualizes the fluctuating sounds that inhabit our everyday lives.

(in)visible

Huishan Chi, Zhehui Chen, Jiyeon Choi,Yoon Jin Bae

This project investigates cymatics, which is the study of visible sound vibrations and its relationship to matter. Sound is invisible to the human eye, yet it is present in our environment. Even objects we view as static or inanimate all vibrate at their own pace. Likewise, how can we present sound in the digital realm and its relationship to our dynamic environment? (in)visible visualizes the fluctuating sounds that inhabit our everyday lives.

Kudzu Cave

Margaux Halloran, Nicholas D'Angelo, Shuyu Xu, Ye Cheng

Encased in Fog—our imagined world is both invasive, and unknown. We are interested in creating a landscape formed by mountains and caves—terrain that is familiar until altered. These caves provide specific sound experience for the viewer. As the viewer explores this unknown, and cavernous world—they will hear eerie, alienesque atmospheric noises, which change depending on the viewers location. There are multiple points of entry that all lead to the center of its universe. In the center you will find a floating organic form surrounded by crystal. It is up to the viewer to decide which path they will take.

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The Underground Palace

Yuqing Liang | Zhiyue Chen | Yiqing Wang | Yuhui Qi

Dive down to explore the underground palace... The electromagnetic fields (EMF) - actively floating around us in an intangible and inaudible way. From the northern lights to the electronic products we use everyday, the EMF forms a network that supports and connects the living and the non-living, but rather quietly in the backstage. We built the "underground palace" where people come and listen to the sound of the EMF, worshipping the great power of it, and pray for its protection. The abstract and surreal objects within the palace stores music made by EMF sounds. Wall paintings on the monument demonstrate the ritual of worshipping the EMF. The raw EMF sound are collected by a self-made tool called Elektrosluch. The items scattered on the floor are the "guts" of the electronic objects we use on a daily basis.

The Underground Palace

The Underground Palace

Yuqing Liang | Zhiyue Chen | Yiqing Wang | Yuhui Qi

Dive down to explore the underground palace... The electromagnetic fields (EMF) - actively floating around us in an intangible and inaudible way. From the northern lights to the electronic products we use everyday, the EMF forms a network that supports and connects the living and the non-living, but rather quietly in the backstage. We built the "underground palace" where people come and listen to the sound of the EMF, worshipping the great power of it, and pray for its protection. The abstract and surreal objects within the palace stores music made by EMF sounds. Wall paintings on the monument demonstrate the ritual of worshipping the EMF. The raw EMF sound are collected by a self-made tool called Elektrosluch. The items scattered on the floor are the "guts" of the electronic objects we use on a daily basis.

The Underground Palace

The Underground Palace

Yuqing Liang | Zhiyue Chen | Yiqing Wang | Yuhui Qi

Dive down to explore the underground palace... The electromagnetic fields (EMF) - actively floating around us in an intangible and inaudible way. From the northern lights to the electronic products we use everyday, the EMF forms a network that supports and connects the living and the non-living, but rather quietly in the backstage. We built the "underground palace" where people come and listen to the sound of the EMF, worshipping the great power of it, and pray for its protection. The abstract and surreal objects within the palace stores music made by EMF sounds. Wall paintings on the monument demonstrate the ritual of worshipping the EMF. The raw EMF sound are collected by a self-made tool called Elektrosluch. The items scattered on the floor are the "guts" of the electronic objects we use on a daily basis.

The Underground Palace

Underground Palace

Yuqing Liang | Zhiyue Chen | Yiqing Wang | Yuhui Qi
No preview available for FBX file.

The Underground Palace

Yuqing Liang | Zhiyue Chen | Yiqing Wang | Yuhui Qi

Dive down to explore the underground palace... The electromagnetic fields (EMF) - actively floating around us in an intangible and inaudible way. From the northern lights to the electronic products we use everyday, the EMF forms a network that supports and connects the living and the non-living, but rather quietly in the backstage. We built the "underground palace" where people come and listen to the sound of the EMF, worshipping the great power of it, and pray for its protection. The abstract and surreal objects within the palace stores music made by EMF sounds. Wall paintings on the monument demonstrate the ritual of worshipping the EMF. The raw EMF sound are collected by a self-made tool called Elektrosluch. The items scattered on the floor are the "guts" of the electronic objects we use on a daily basis.

worlds to come

AJ