Knoxville And The Synaptic Recharge

Summer's finally settling in and with temperatures topping 100 I've decided it's time to unplug my brain from the Web and reconnect with everything else that is. To do this I'll be observing a two-week email/Web blackout beginning: NOW! (almost). If you write during the blackout, please know you are not being ignored. Your correspondence is very important to me and I will reconnect and respond to everyone come July 1. Until then think of my vacant email reply as a sort of cyber mutated meditation on Cage's 4'33 (or is it 3'44? I always get them mixed up.) ~~BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!~~ I'm very pleased to note I'll be traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee in July to help kickoff a two-month group exhibition curated by Jane Crowe and facilitated by Chris Molinski at The Art Gallery of Knoxville. The official press release and details are below, but in a nutshell ::: The Anta Project will serve as a sonic accompaniment to a wonderful exhibit of photographs taken by the children of migrant farm workers and Appalachian families titled simply: A CROSS CULTURAL ART EXHIBITION. I also hope to conduct a found instrument workshop and presentation about The Anta Project while in town. The opening night is Friday, July 6th at 7:00 pm and the show will run through the end of August. If you live in the area, are passing through, or are looking for a summer road trip, I hope you get a chance to check this one out. I know you'll find it worth the journey. Now to make like HAL (cue Daisy). Stay tuned, listen deep and eat your vegetables. Till then, Glenn ________________ The Art Gallery of Knoxville 317 N Gay St Knoxville TN 37917 www.theartgalleryofknoxville.com Telamon Corporation TN Migrant/Seasonal Head Start 6424 Baum Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE KNOXVILLE, TN: CROSS CULTURAL ART EXHIBITION Photography by the children of migrant farm workers and Appalachian families shown in collaboration with the work of sound artist Glenn Weyant of The Anta Project: Transforming the U.S./Mexico border as an electro-acoustic musical instrument. July 6 -- August 31, 2007 (Opening Night: Friday, July 6th at 7:00 PM) The Art Gallery of Knoxville will present Growing Tennessee a cross-cultural, collaborative project featuring photography by the children of migrant farm workers and Appalachian families. The exhibition, curated by project coordinator Jane Crowe, places the photography alongside the work of sound artist Glenn Weyant who, for the past 20 years, has been transforming the U.S./Mexico border into electro-acoustic musical instrument. SonicAnta, the exploration of sonic boundaries by Arizona sound artist Glenn Weyant, has been underway in a variety of formats. The Anta Project is an enhanced sound collage compiled from covert performances utilizing modified chop sticks and a cello bow to play the steel wall, barbed wire fences and assorted ephemera that separates the United States from Mexico in the Sonoran Desert. By turning the three-mile long steel wall that separates the U.S. from Mexico into a sprawling electro-acoustic instrument, Weyant's goal is "to deconstruct its purpose and sonically prod the listener into a line of inquiry. Instead of being an implement of division, the wall becomes an instrument of creation with the power to unite." Telamon Corporation: Tennessee Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (TMSHS) serves the children of migrant farm workers across the state. In 2006 TMSHS launched Growing Tennessee: Rural Youth Cultivate Common Ground, with the support of Head Start and Starbucks Foundation funds. Through collaboration with professional artists and volunteers, over 20 young people from both migrant farm worker families and local Appalachian families have created photographic portraits documenting their cultural traditions. For more information visit: www.telamon.org www.theartgalleryofknoxville.com Contact: Jane Crowe, Program Development Coordinator, Telamon Corporation Telephone: 1-800-825-9724, ext. 15 Email: jcrowe@telamon.org