TALK: Erik DeLuca, “History Misinterpreted Into Stone”
(secret location): (secret), Santa Cruz
“History Misinterpreted Into Stone: (Un)Doing Eco-art Monuments in Iceland)” is a project where I analyze three popular ecotourism destinations in Iceland produced by non-Icelandic artists (Kühn’s Tvísöngur, Serra’s Áfangar and Horn’s Library of Water). Using the tools of sound art, I warp these environmental artworks into sites of critique. I ask key questions about colonialism, environmental ethics, conservation, and the long-standing issue of non-Icelandic artists who romanticize nature vis-à-vis Iceland’s landscape. For my Indexical artist talk, I will introduce this project. In addition, I will share clips from a video essay about the relationship between West Texas, Iceland, Donald Judd, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Eileen Myles, latency, radio, science-fiction, and more generally, the work-in-progress.
Erik DeLuca is an artist who explores sound as historically entangled and evolving. He makes sound installations that are essays, writes sculpturally, and teaches as a kind of performance. His writing on the nature/culture dualism is published in Perspectives of New Music, Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press), and Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press). DeLuca has lectured, performed, and exhibited at international venues, including MASS MoCA, Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver), Art Basel (Miami), School of the Arts Institute Chicago, The New School (NYC), Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Society for Ethnomusicology, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Issue Project Room (NYC), June in Buffalo, Fieldwork: Marfa, SXSW, KM Music Conservatory (South India), and the International Computer Music Conference (Ireland). DeLuca received the PhD in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia, was recently an American-Scandinavian Foundation postdoctoral fellow, and will conduct 4-months of field research in Yangon, Myanmar in 2018 with the support of an Asian Cultural Council grant. DeLuca is currently a lecturer at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses across the departments of Music, Design & Architecture, Fine Arts, and Performing Arts.