Sound, Listening, and Public Engagement with Brenda Hutchinson and Terri Cohn (June Benefit Series)

Admission: $35, purchase tickets here

In this rare and timely event, Brenda Hutchinson and Terri Cohn will consider the themes of sound, listening, and public engagement against the background of art and technology in the Bay Area. Each of these conversants are long-time Bay Area residents who bring an experienced perspective to the on-going and too often conflicted conversation about the relationship of “arts” and “technology.” This evening will contribute new and insightful perspectives that challenge the rhetorical dichotomy of art and technology. 

Brenda Hutchinson is a composer and sound artist whose work is based on the cultivation and encouragement of openness in her own life and in those she works with. Through her work with large-scale experiments in socially based improvisations and interactions, Hutchinson encourages participants to experiment with sound, share stories, and make music. Ongoing projects and invitational work can be accessed through the dailybell2008 blog and various Facebook pages (dailybell sunwatch and whatcanyoudo2012).

Terri Cohn is a writer, curator, art historian, and editor. Her research and writings focus on conceptual art, technology, public art, and socially-engaged art practices. A Contributing Editor to Artweek magazine for 20 years, she currently writes for various publications including Public Art Review, Art in America, SFAQ, Squarecylinder, Art Practical, and caa.reviews. Terri co-wrote and edited Pairing of Polarities: The Life and Art of Sonya Rapoport (Heyday Press, 2012), curated exhibitions of Rapoport’s work for Kala Art Institute and Mills College Art Museum (2011, 2012). She teaches for the University of California, Berkeley, in their Art and Design Extension program.