2019 Site-Responsive Art & Biennale Artist Chelsea Leventhal
Chelsea Leventhal
Branches of the pine shifting
5-channel sound installation
Chelsea Leventhal is a sound artist and composer of electroacoustic music based in Berlin, Germany. Her pieces engage the reanimation and articulation of space, perception of auditory archetypes and creation of sonic allegories, taking the form of multi-channel electroacoustic compositions, large-scale site-specific sound installations and sound objects involving kinetic and sculptural components. She has received commissions from organizations such as ZKM in Karlsruhe, Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes in Paris, id11 in Delft, MaerzMusik and Kultur Mitte in Berlin, and the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, and was recently on the guest faculty of the Sound Studies and Sonic Arts department at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
Artist Chelsea Leventhal working on her installation
In this sound installation, I consider the experience of the urbanite haunted by the everlasting pull of the heightened awareness, centeredness, and creativity found in nature. The basis of the work consists of quiet recitations of poems that address psychosensory and auditory experiences of the natural world, as well as the relentlessness of nostalgia. These are merged with field recordings made during my weeks at I-Park, which are used as impulse responses for the sounds of the voices. The speakers are housed in mailboxes typically found in cities, which through their mere presence forge an inquiry into themes related to nature and civilization, communication and solitude, and reality and fiction. The visitor listens to the composition as it drifts through the space, and is also invited to open the mailboxes to listen closely and receive their messages.
Close-up view of audio components for Artist Chelsea Leventhal's sound installation
Close-up view of the audio monitors for Artist Chelsea Leventhal's sound installation
Guests enjoying Artist Chelsea Leventhal's sound installation
Artist Chelsea Leventhal working on her sound installation