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Subtropics XXIV Ignites the Lost Art of Listening

June 27, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The 24th edition of Subtropics, the globally recognized experimental biennial of music and sound art, aims to ignite the lost art of listening with a summer festival featuring live concerts, sound art installations, workshops and films. Co-hosted by ArtCenter/South Florida, this year’s series will feature live performances from July 6-22 by internationally recognized artists including: Olivia Block, John Driscoll, Richard Garet, Barbara Held, Gustavo Matamoros, Abbey Rader and Jack Wright, plus Miguel Alvarez Fernandez and Victor Aguado Machuca from AMEE (the Association of Electroacoustic Music of Spain). The series of performances will culminate with the Subtropics Marathon concert on Saturday evening, July 22 (a non-stop session of multiple artists, happening from 5 p.m. to midnight).

Performances presented during Subtropics XXIV are site-specific experiences, and the act of listening is the common thread throughout. Programming for the festival focuses on three forms: sound art (installations), experimental music (idea/concept based), and free musics (completely improvisational).

“Our experiences today are smothered by technology, dampening our senses in a vacuum and creating a sense of disconnection. We are at a crossroads and need to ignite the lost art of listening,”
said Gustavo Matamoros. “Sound art and experimental music are excellent tools that help us expand our listening palate. At our performances and sound art installations, these experiences can help audiences amplify their awareness, nurturing listening skills that are crucial now more than ever.”

View the complete schedule of events and locations at All events are free, but space is limited and the concert locations are intimate venues (the public is encouraged to arrive early). Most events and performances take place at the Audiotheque at ArtCenter/South Florida in studio 201.

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