BRATTLEBORO >> Arts and educational venue 118 Elliot will offer an immersive audio/video experience for the Strolling of the Heifers Gallery Walk on Friday, with SIGHTsite HEARhere #2: Mountain Echoes, River Voices, a unique, multimedia installation and performance that combines field recordings with original music compositions and large scale projections that reflect visiting artists' take on the environment, history and culture of Brattleboro. The approximately forty-five minute performances will be held at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free.
This event marks the culmination of a one week intensive residency at 118 Elliot by Tara and David Gladden, collaborative, multimedia artists whose work investigates the relationship between perception and reality. Tara and David's spectacles are created out of material collected by the artists at regional sites familiar to the audience, establishing a connection between the insider – viewer/native and outsider – artist/visitor. The real-time editing and mixing of the material combined with live performance provides a compelling immediacy to the experience.
David Gladden is Assistant Professor of New Media Art at Salisbury University, Maryland. Tara Gladden is a lecturer and Art Galleries Manager at Salisbury. Their interdisciplinary practice includes live cinema, object making, performance, experimental video, sound, immersive installation, and community building projects.
The pair inaugurated the SightSite / HearHere concept at the University of New Mexico, Las Cruces, last year where they created a live event featuring the Organ Mountains, White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, and the Gila Cliff Dwellings. They plan to focus on a different place each year moving forward. They are particularly interested in Brattleboro: "Although we've been researching Brattleboro and its immediate surrounding for months, this is our first visit to Vermont. Our aim is to offer a renewed view, one that presents the familiar through a new lens and can initiate fresh discussions about the unique issues that affect a place and its people," they said. "We hope to present a poetic, cinematic journey, which reflects on nature, human relationship, perception, time, place, and memory in Brattleboro."
"When someone new enters your home, they see things in a different way," said John Loggia, who directs artist residencies and is a co-owner of 118 Elliot. "The artists immerse themselves in a specific place and offer a different way to experience it. We hope to complement Strolling of the Heifers weekend by offering this highly creative interpretation of our region and culture."
Loggia said more and different kinds of art events will continue the following weekend when 118 hosts "This is Happening NOW" a live action art event curated by Lisa Mendelsund and featuring three hot artists from New York on Saturday, June 11 at 6 p.m.
118 Elliot, a modern, versatile arts and educational venue in Downtown Brattleboro, site of the old laundromat across from the fire station, opened in September 2015 and has begun curating artist residencies and gallery events in addition to hosting literary, film, music, dance events, classes and generally providing a low-cost alternative space downtown for area nonprofits. It is a proud cosponsor of Strolling of the Heifers 2016 and will have a table at the Friday street event so people can learn more about 118 -- the newest arts, educational and community where creativity grows in Brattleboro. For more information visit 118Elliot.com