Tuning Calder’s Clouds
Acoustics, Architecture, Art, and Music of Venezuela's iconic Aula Magna
Tuning Calder’s Clouds is a series of interdisciplinary conversations with experts from acoustics, art, architecture, and music that explores the historic and contemporary resonances of the Aula Magna—the iconic hall at the heart of the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas—in which Alexander Calder’s Acoustic Ceiling (1953) is suspended.
The bilingual publication, Tuning Calder’s Clouds, edited by Vic Brooks and Dr. Jennifer Burris, will be published in fall 2022 in a collaboration between EMPAC at Rensselaer, the Calder Foundation, and Athénée Press. It is the first book to explore the artistic, technological, and political intersections of Alexander Calder’s sculptural Acoustic Ceiling and includes contributions by Inés Arango Guingue, Dr. Lisa Blackmore, Jonas Braasch, Mirtru Escalona-Mijares, María Fernanda Jaua, Johannes Goebel, Carlos Gómez de Llarena, Sylvia Hernández de Lasala, Dr. Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Aimon Mata, Ana Navas, Rafael Pereira Escalona, Dr. Juan Pérez Hernández, Alexander S.C. Rower, Gryphon Rue, and Rafael Santana.
Cuando los nubes eran las olas / When the clouds were waves by Ana Navas and Mirtru Escalona-Mijares engages these complex legacies in the production of a new work currently in development in EMPAC’s Concert Hall and created for the Acoustic Ceiling at Aula Magna.
EMPAC Fall 2021