for people looking at the camera through a huge cave opening, sita benga.

A Slightly Curving Place

Nida Ghouse
Studio 1—Goodman

Curator Nida Ghouse is in residence in Studio 1—Goodman to adapt and expand the multi-authored ambisonic audio play central to the exhibition A Slightly Curving Place. Previously commissioned and presented by Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the project responds to Umashankar Manthravadi’s practice as a self-taught acoustic archaeologist that proposes possibilities for listening to the past and its absence which remains. The audio play brings together writers, choreographers, composers, actors, dancers, musicians, field recordists and sound, light, and graphic designers who engage and transform not just each other’s work, but also that of many others.

This next iteration of the exhibition will be presented at Concrete in Dubai in March 2022 and is co-produced by EMPAC at Rensselaer and Alserkal Arts Foundation.

Main Image: Sita Benga, 26–29 February 2020. Members of the project team (right to left): Tyler Friedman, Sukanta Majumdar, Umashankar Manthravadi, and Nida Ghouse. Photo: Alexander Keefe.

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EMPAC Fall 2021



March 2022