Sabisha Friedberg premieres In (the limbs) of letters, not the bellows, a new work commissioned as part of ISSUE’s Artist-In-Residence program. A series of texts written by artist serves as the sonic foundation of this live solo multi-channel voice, electronic and acoustic instrumental piece. A narrative of fragments, with phrases as utterances, comprise the displaced speech which is reduced to le grain in an evolving audial series that becomes more reductive as the days progress. These sonic lines circulate and reflect within the space as the artist executes a progressive excising of the material, a cutting away at the heard contents' contextual constructs. These absences leave other possibilities for associations with what is now audible and what is absent.
Thursday November 7th at 8pm the work is presented as a live performance that assigns, via a five-facet score, texts to both ephemeral acoustic space and recorded mediums. RSVP is recommended for this event.
Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th 12-6pm, the work is open to the public as an installation with continued readings. The artist will be present for the duration the exhibition. No tickets are necessary to attend the installation.
Born in Johannesburg South Africa, Sabisha Friedberg studied Fine Arts and completed her degree with an emphasis upon sound and installation in the New Genres Department of The San Francisco Art Institute. There she studied experimental film with Ernie Gehr and recording and electro-acoustic/ tape music composition with Don Llloyd, Paul de Marinas and Chris Brown of Mills College of Contemporary Music.
Her work is principally concerned with the exploration of the intermediate states as expressed through electro- acoustic composition, site-specific installation, and experiential sonic constructs. She was Artist in Residence at The Clocktower Gallery/AIR founded by Alanna Heiss 2011/2012. She is the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts/ Transmission Arts Grant for 2012. Sabisha was an Artist in Residence with Peter Edwards at EMPAC 2012. She exhibited the solo show Levitation: Universe-Flex-Triad in 2012/2013 at AVA (Audio Visual Arts) in New York. She is a 2013 Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room. She has performed and presented pieces widely in Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Japan, and Northern America. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
Photo: Sabisha Friedberg by Matthu Placek
Established in 2006, ISSUE's AIR program provides emerging artists with a 3-month residency including rehearsal space, production, curatorial, and pr/marketing support to create new works, to reach the next stage in their artistic development, and gain exposure to a broad public audience. ISSUE’s Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, through generous support from the Jerome Foundation, the Suzanne Fiol Memorial Fund, HBO, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York’s 62 counties.