The bird will be played by the flute. (Like this.)

November 3, 2021
6 pm CDT

Member program

Join artist Savannah Bustillo (BFA '18) for a discussion and creative activity that invite participants to consider different ways of representing and experiencing sound. What would it look like to try isolating sound from other senses and approaching it as a different type of data—something to touch or see?

In her current body of work, centered around Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (1936), Bustillo translates audio recordings into images of sound waves. At face value, these intricate, sharp markings remain nebulous in terms of meaning. It is only when these waves are paired with titles and accompanying stories that they begin to carry more complicated implications.

Strategies of visualizing sound to show how it connects to the stories and ideas we prioritize can also be seen in the work of Berlin-based artist Christine Sun Kim, whose site-specific mural Stacking Traumas is currently on view at the Museum. Through this work, Kim scrutinizes concepts of sound and how it is valued in society from her perspective as part of the Deaf community. 

After an examination of both artists’ work, participants will engage in a group activity. Prior to the workshop, each participant will be mailed a packet containing materials we will use to see and touch sound collectively. What can we learn when we detach and experience our senses differently? Can we experience empathy, intimacy, or connection in new ways?

Due to the intimate nature of this program, the event has a maximum of 15 participants.

This program for Museum members is free, but registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants before the event.

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About the artist

Savannah Bustillo is a printmaker and book artist from Albuquerque. Often through language games, her work takes small, discarded objects, sounds, and movements that seem silent and insignificant and reemphasizes them. Recently this practice has turned to the visuality of sound, as Bustillo creates recordings of popularized American stories and turns them into images that the viewer must decode.

Image credit

Savannah Bustillo, The bird will be played by the flute. (Like this.), 2019. Recordings from Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, collograph, 13 x 19".