Ryth Kesselring in HAVN’s Sonic Art Series

Factory Media Centre
228 James Street North
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2L3

Regular Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 12-5pm

HAVN presents Sonic Art Series 2019! Celebrating ALL THINGS SOUND! We are excited to present the first exhibition of the series featuring sound sculptures by Annie Dunning and Ryth Kesselring. These works play with ideas of sound creation in the process of labour in nature and by machine. Listen and interact with these works from the opening on June 14th  to  July 5th, 2019 at the Factory Media Centre.

This series has been generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council and supported from the Factory Media Centre.

‘Sapsucker Sounds’ by Annie Dunning
This is a body of work that offers an opportunity to experience sound generated by a conflation of human and woodpecker culture. The work began with a found log, filled with holes made by a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. Each sculpture attempts to interpret the marks the bird has “recorded”. All woodpeckers use their hammering to delineate territorial range as well as find food. In addition to using hollow trees, they have been known to hammer on metal objects, taking advantage of the amplification these introduced items offer. This development in woodpecker culture that can expand an individual bird’s territory highlights the potential for inter-species cultural influence that must apply to human culture as well.

Annie Dunning holds a MFA from the University of Guelph, ON. She maintains a multidisciplinary practice, primarily based in sculpture. With support from the Canada Council and the OAC she has produced and exhibited work across Canada and abroad in Japan, Germany, Belgium, Greece and the United States. Currently she is developing an immersive and interactive series of sound sculptures, funded by the national and provincial arts councils.


“Sonic Textiles” by Ryth Kesselring

Ryth Kesselring is researching “sound” textiles. In this installation she has stitched coils of silver threads onto felted fabric to create four-textile speakers and two textile microphones. Her research makes the link between sound and the textile object itself by using sounds from the making. In this particular installation Kesselring is blending the rhythms of an embroidery machine and the sounds of the repetitive action of the hands while stitching to the human voice. By using those different sounds, Kesselring puts in relation textile labour and its materiality and tempts to connect to the tradition of textile workers how are singing while doing their Needlework.

Born in Switzerland, Ryth Kesselring moved to Québec during her childhood. She is about to obtain her Baccalaureate in Fine Arts at Concordia University with a specialization in fibres and material practices. She is part of studio subTela, where she
works as research assistant on electronics and embroideries for smart textiles. Her research focuses on sound, textiles and the rhythms of craftsmanship as imprints of the textile memories. She is a recipient of several research grants and obtained
the Milieux, institute for Arts, Culture and Technology undergraduate fellowship 2017-2018. Kesselring is also active as a studio art teacher in elementary and high schools. Her work has been shown in Québec, Switzerland, France and Iceland.

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