Mel Day

Stanford Memorial Church (Light & Sound)

Location

Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto CA 94303
United States
37° 26' 39.5808" N, 122° 8' 23.0388" W

Presented by the Palo Alto Art Center

Palo Alto-based interdisciplinary artist Mel Day and Jeanne C. Finley will present a two-channel media-and surround-sound installation that explores communal, contemplative, and transitional experiences through the effects of light, sound, sight, and imagination. Threshold brings together voices of members of the Threshold Choir—an a capella group trained to sing at bedside for patients in hospice and palliative care—with voices from residents at Palo Alto’s Lytton Garden’s Senior Community. Jonathan Abel, Consulting Professor, and Michael Wilson, a graduate student at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, processes the singer’s recorded voices to simulate the reverberant quality of a performance in Stanford’s Memorial Church. Through these transformed sounds of song and a video installation that includes a time-lapse sequence of the changing light in the Church sanctuary from sunrise to sunset, Day and Finely’s Threshold transports the residents of Lytton Gardens and memorializes its residents who have passed away.

Mel Day’s work has been included in exhibitions throughout the Bay Area, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and internationally in Berlin, Copenhagen, and Toronto. She received an M.F.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is represented by Peak Gallery in Toronto. Jeanne C. Finley, a Guggenheim Fellow and Media Arts Professor at California College of the Arts, has exhibited at the MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, and in the Whitney Biennial. Her work is represented by the Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco. Day and Finley would like to acknowledge the support of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University. 

The Art Center is very excited to be a partner in the project and their facility will be open for folks to visit starting October 6th.

Part of the exhibition Community Creates at the Palo Alto Art Center, October 6, 2012-April 14, 2013

Mel Day is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, designer, and experimental contemplative working across a range of media including video, sound, drawing, photography, and social practice. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues such as: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Southern Exposure Art Gallery and the San Francisco Film Society (San Francisco); the Berlin Office (Germany); Peak Gallery (Toronto); Pacific Film Archive and Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley). She was recently awarded the John D. and Susan P. Diekman Fellowship and a residency in Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus Residency Program in Schwandorf, Germany. Day was recently a Visiting Artist-in-residence at the Experimental Media Arts Lab at Stanford University and collaborated with the Stanford Office for Religious Life. Day is represented by Peak Gallery, Toronto.

Jeanne C. Finley, a Guggenheim Fellow and Media Arts Professor at California College of the Arts, has exhibited at the MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, and in the Whitney Biennial. Her work is represented by the Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco. Day and Finley would like to acknowledge the support of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University. 

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Visiting Information:

October 6, 2012-April 17, 2013
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and
Saturday 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m.