Neil Leonard, the Arthur Levitt, Jr. ’52 Artist-in-Residence at Williams, presents an original electroacoustic sound work in the WCMA Reading Room. The hour and a half long soundscape draws inspiration from artist Katie Paterson’s descriptions of the scents of ozone, meteorites, and the moon. The sound work is presented in conjunction with the activation of Katie Paterson’s “Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole),” a candle whose layers of scent correspond to sites in the universe.
Neil Leonard is a sound artist, saxophonist and composer. He often performs his compositions for saxophone and electronics with top musicians and folkloric ensembles. Recent sound installations explore how global marketing impacts our listening, and were made in collaboration with bartenders, biologists, street criers and dock workers.
Katie Paterson’s “Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole)” unfolds over time during multiple activations over the course of its installation. At each, the candle will burn for two hours, releasing different layers of scent alongside interventions inspired by the installation. The candle will burn from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Interventions begin in the Reading Room at 6 p.m.
Additional activations on Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 and 21.