Million Fishes, Hundred Gourds

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For her New York solo show last March, dancer Nora Chipaumire (part of the renowned Urban Bush Women) stormed around unusual objects hanging from the ceiling -- gourds -- that played music. Each contained a little speaker, pleasing critics and audiences immensely. Now the gourds are going solo. In his exhibit "Resonance," filmmaker, sound artist, and gourd wizard Alex Potts combines electro-ambient music with the gourd's "natural resonance." Multiply that sound by 100 (he's bringing 100 gourds -- big ones, little ones, fat ones, parabolic ones) and you have a cross between a farmers’ market and Guitar Center. It also has memory -- Potts plans to incorporate sound made by gallery visitors into the soundtrack and travel from place to place with his brood.
July 12-30, 2008

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