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January 16, 2014

Thu 1/16
‘Crickets for Solo and Ensemble’

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In a 2013 article about the SITE Santa Fe exhibition “Time, People, Money, Crickets,” the weekly Pasatiempo wrote, “Just try to stereotype Mungo Thomson. You really can’t do it, because his artistic goals and mediums are so wide-ranging.” As true as that may be of the Los Angeles-based artist (who works with everything from film and photography to mirrors and reframed TIME magazine covers), field recordings of animal sounds are a recurring motif. In 2008, Thomson collaborated with composer Michael Webster on b/w—a bird song (slowed down to resemble a whale song) and a whale song (sped up to resemble a bird song) recorded on opposite sides of a 12” vinyl LP. An extension of that partnership, the 2012 project Crickets (a symphony of cricket chirps from around the world transcribed and performed by a 17-piece orchestra) forms the groundwork for Thomson’s “Crickets for Solo and Ensemble.” Installed throughout Artpace (including the Hudson (Show)Room and the Window Works gallery), the exhibition employs “sculptures of cricket cages,” iPods, mini speakers and blind debossed letterpress prints to explore the distinct sounds of a creature the artist deems “a standard for silence.” Free, 6-9pm (exhibition walk-through with Thomson at 7pm) Thu, Artpace, 445 N Main, (210) 212-4900, artpace.org. —Bryan Rindfuss

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