October 26, 2019 - March 2020
In conjunction with Ursinus College’s sesquicentennial and the Berman Museum of Art’s 30th anniversary, Stephanie Rowden will present an experimental sound installation to celebrate the Berman Museum’s history. Through sculpture and multimedia installation, Rowden probes the variegated valences and powers of sound: to evoke memory, transport a listener to another time and place, and to inspire imaginative journeys. Rowden states, “Even a brief snippet of a particular voice or a small detail in a soundscape could transport a listener across time, place and life experience, all the while creating astonishingly vivid images in the mind’s eye.”
Despite her investment in the medium of sound, Rowden’s work remains highly interactive. Soundscapes are conjured through viewer participation, effecting a performative collaboration between artist and visitor. Rowden’s commissioned work for the Berman will consist of an audio walk through the museum, enacting what she calls an “experimental ethnography” of the museum’s collection, as well as the community and town. Ultimately, the interactive sound piece will permit an extended meditation on the experience of looking, the act of collecting, and the passage of time.
Rowden is currently Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She has received grants and fellowships from ArtServe Michigan / the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Alliance / National Endowment for the Arts, ArtMatters, Inc., the University of Michigan Arts of Citizenship program and Artists Space of New York. She has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony and the Ragdale Foundation.