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High Zero Festival Features Work by MICA Alumna Julie Benoit

Julie Benoit '09 exhibits in Baltimore's festival of improvised music

Posted 12.31.09 by The Center for Art Education


BALTIMORE--High Zero is the premier festival of improvised, experimental music on the East Coast, being fully devoted to new collaborations between the most inspired improvisers from around the world.

This year Studio Art (Low-residency MFA) graduate Julie Benoit '09  is one of three artists contributing to High Zero's  Electric Petting Zoo, on exhibit September 21st-26th, 2010 at Baltimore's Gallery Four.  Electric Petting Zoo brings together three visions of sound (or lack of it) in space and utilizes unique auto-didactic techniques for the construction of sound reinforcement and generation equipment.

Benoit's contribution, sound installation, has surpassed mortal sound artists, by creating a massive 30 SPEAKER sound array. Each speaker is driven by DIY amplifiers to play ambient recordings made in and around the H+H building. The visitor to the exhibit can pass through the speaker universe and experience each individual ambiance for it's subtlety and character, or experience phalanx of noise and chaos from days routine activity and random events trapped in a sea of playback vortexes.

For more information on the High Zero Festival please click here.