Sound art is starting to build an audience. Recently BBC Radio 4 played works from artist Christian Marclay. Even MoMa itself is showing sound art in an upcoming show later this year. But before MoMA's exhibition, Colgate University in Hamilton, New York is holding their avant-garde exhibition Revolutions Per Minute. It is the first major survey exhibition for Chinese sound in the world.
The exhibition highlights sound installations with audio-visual works and live concerts by more than 30 artists, giving spectators transcendental experiences. The school describes an audio experience by one of the sound artists like a form of synesthesia: birds chirp beautiful songs while a Chinese character multiplies, forming a fractal pattern. The show is curated by Wenhua SHI, Assistant Professor of Digital Arts in the Department of Art and Art History at the University, and Dajuin YAO, curator of Chinese sound art. The show serves as an opportunity for new, innovative Chinese artists to make noise in the West. The exhibition opened March 26 and will be on view until April 26.