Sound for Artists

Monday, July 12th - Thursday, July 15th
Application Deadline: June 30th

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The Program:
Sound for Artists is an exploration of sound art as both a distinct discipline and through its intersections with music, sculpture, installation, performance, and other visual arts practices.

Through a series of exercises in listening and field recording, participants (students ages 15-18) are invited to playfully respond to their sonic environment. Topics include: listening, recording, space, and time. Particular emphasis is placed on highlighting marginalized and underrepresented artists alongside more well-known artists.

Michael Flora is a multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in NY and California. He is a Master of Fine Arts/Electronic Integrated Arts candidate in Alfred University's renowned School of Art and Design.

Working within the intersections of art, science, music, and mathematics, he is interested in the emergent phenomena that occurs through the interaction of artist and materials. His works are informed by architecture, systems, perceptual psychology, visual art, and computer music and are developed in collaboration with human and non-human agencies.

His work has been presented in School of Design Nanjing University of Arts (China), Shanxi University School of Fine Arts (China), Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco), Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (CA), St Cloud State University (MN), Alfred University (NY) as well as clubs, galleries, theaters, warehouses, and universities internationally.

You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon acceptance.

The cost is $100. A deposit of $50 is required.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to Michael Flora.

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Day 1: Listening
How do we hear? We’ll begin our journey with an introduction to different modes of listening using examples from the history of sound art beginning with the Italian Futurists to contemporary artists such as Pauline Oliveros and Christine Sun Kim. As a first day project we’ll practice various modes of listening in our respective locales.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.