Shelley will install and explain how to build a spatialized, multi-channel, ambient installation inspired by light and music cognition. The form of each chandelier is based on the molecular structure of either sapphire, emerald or citrine quartz and utilizes color compatible LEDs in the hues of blue, green and yellow. The frequencies explored are 528Hz (heart healing), 852Hz(spiritual order), an implied binaural beat of 4Hz(deep meditation) and a heart pulse of 60bpm. Using psychoacoustics, binaural theories and various hued LEDs the environment of The Powerful Bond becomes a multi-sensory space that provides the viewer with a unique visual and aural experience.
Shelley Burgon is a performing composer and sound artist based in New York. Her work centers around the sound of the harp, either as a traditional acoustic instrument in a chamber setting or as the primary sound source for her electronic music and sound art.
Recent projects of have included recording harp for Bjork’s release Biophilia, Anthony Braxton’s Trillium E, and Helado Negro. Notable performances have included John Cage Centennial concerts with her chamber group Ne(x)tworks at Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In March of 2011, Shelley made her New York City gallery debut with her sound chandelier Eridanus – A Path Of Souls at Splatterpool Artspace. New York’s 2012 Armory Week Spring/Break Art Show became her second show and second installation with her Lunar Maria: Sinus & Paludes sound chandelier. Her most recent sound installation The Powerful Bond 2013 was presented by The They Co. for the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival. Shelley plays harp and laptop in the chamber group Ne(x)tworks featuring Joan La Barbara and currently performs solo ambient, ethereal, electronic music under her own name and under the name Rowan.
Prior to moving to New York, Shelley received her MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College and studied with notable musicians such as Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran and Maryanne Amacher. While in New York, Shelley has had the pleasure to play with and record the music of a broad range of artists that span many genres to include people such as Bjork, Zeena Parkins, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Butch Morris, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Christian Marclay, Joan LaBarbara, Elliott Sharp and Maria Chavez along with bands such as Stars Like Fleas, Elysian Fields and Blondes. She has performed at a various New York institutions such as the Whitney Museum, MoMA (Monday Nights), MoMA PS1 (Warm Up & Saturday Sessions), Dia:Beacon, Chelsea Art Museum, White Box Gallery, Silvershed Gallery and Issue Project Room. Her music has been commissioned by The Merce Cunningham Dance Company for the Hudson Valley Project at the Dia Museum, Ne(x)tworks chamber ensemble for the MATA Festival and choreographer Katherine Behar.