a mushroom shaped light plugged into a wall through a ceiling tile


Ghislaine Leung in conversation with Todd Vos
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7PM
Studio 2

During her EMPAC production residency, artist Ghislaine Leung is experimenting with spatial audio for her upcoming exhibition at London’s Chisenhale Gallery. For this talk, Leung is joined by EMPAC’s lead audio engineer Todd Vos to discuss the technical and aesthetic considerations of “sound cancelation.” The method of “active sound cancellation” is common in the design of noise-cancelling headphones in order to eliminate unwanted environmental sounds. Leung is translating this technology into an architectural installation to experiment with its potential to produce an as yet unknown reality of sound.

At EMPAC Leung will be editing a new audio work KISS MAGIC HEART for this sound cancelling loudspeaker environment. Comprised of 18 hours of material from three UK commercial radio stations edited into a single compressed block, the recording will be distributed spatially in and through Studio 2 to cancel and clash sound polarities.

Main Image: Ghislaine Leung, Shrooms, 2016, Chinese night lights, plug adapters.
Photo: Courtesy the Artist and Essex Street, New York.


Dates + Tickets

Time-Based Visual Art
Work in Progress
Ghislaine Leung in conversation with Todd Vos
Thursday 25
7:00 PM
October 2018


Production Credits

Co-produced with Chisenhale Gallery, London.


EMPAC 2018–19 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.