Stephanie Rowden: Virtual Experience

The Collection Speaks

In conjunction with Ursinus College’s sesquicentennial and the Berman Museum of Art’s 30th anniversary in 2019, Stephanie Rowden presents 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.”

Presented here are the artworks and corresponding audio from the installed exhibition. Although Rowden’s original commissioned work for the Berman consists of an audio walk through her curated selection from the museum’s collection, we feel that the the virtual tour still permits an extended meditation on the experience of looking, the act of collecting, and the passage of time.

Stephanie 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.