On Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m., the pre-inaugural events for AUDIOTHEQUE 2.0 will be high-lighted by “SOUND ART/SOUTH BEACH,” a panel discussion on the history of sound art and experimental music in South Beach with sound art composers Russell Frehling, Gustavo Matamoros, Alba Triana, Rene Barge, and Edward Bobb. The panel discussion and the residency of Russell Frehling, a Miami Beach native, are being funded, in part, by the SFCA’s 2017-2018 City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs grant. Frehling has studied with Pauline Oliveros and Morton Feldman, and has, among other projects, developed underwater sound fences for dolphins, in conjunction with Greenpeace in Japan.
The SOUND ART/SOUTH BEACH panel discussion is being co-presented with Tom Austin’s multi-platform project “South Beach Century: How South Beach and the Arts Built Modern Miami,” a 2015 South Florida Knight Arts Challenge winner and the recipient of a 2017-2018 City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs grant. The “South Beach Century” book, which will incorporate chapters on every artistic discipline in Miami Beach, including sound art, will be published by SUBTROPICS EDITIONS: the initiative makes extensive use of the vast SUBTROPICS ARCHIVE of recordings, documenting experimental music in South Florida since 1975.