Architecture of the Air: The Sound and Light Environments of Christopher Janney

November 29 – December 4, 2011

For almost three decades, the American artist Christopher Janney has created public interactive sound/light artworks and performances throughout the world. His work forges a unique path between sound and space by approaching the traditional aspects of architecture through his musical training. The exhibit highlights projects from his three principal areas of focus: “Urban Musical Instruments”, “Physical Music”, and “Performance Architecture.” It explores Janney’s concept of total immersion through models, photographs, drawings, and video.

Janney will also create a unique site-specific installation “Touch My Building: Miami” that will run 24/7 on the front façade of The Moore Building. The windows will be covered with quotes about creativity from artists and musicians who have been influential in Janney’s career, including Lou Kahn, John Hejduk, and Pablo Picasso, together with Ray Charles, Miles Davis and others. In addition, as a person steps up and touches one of the stenciled hand prints on the glass, he will trigger an ever-changing sound-score, bridging the thought of words with the intuitive emotion of sound.

In conjunction with the exhibition, three exciting events will be held at the exhibition space. On Friday, December 2 at 9 pm, Janney will present a concert of studio music entitled “Disembodied Instruments (Dance Version).” Performers include members of the acapella group The Persuasions along with a group of special musicians from Boston and New York. On Saturday, December 3 at 3 pm, a panel discussion moderated by renowned Miami art/architecture critic Beth Dunlop with Janney, and fellow artists Vito Acconci and Gustavo Matamoros, will discuss contemporary issues on art, architecture and sound. On Saturday night there will be a screening of Janney’s recent film “What is a Heart?” which has been called a “meditation on creativity and mortality” with performance clips by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sara Rudner (Twyla Tharp Dance). The evening will open with a live set by The Persuasions, who also perform in the movie, singing music specially arranged for the occasion by Janney. The evening will close with music by L.A.-based band Y LUV, which features Janney’s son, Freddy, who also appears in the film.

In addition to Architecture of the Air, Janney’s newest, large-scale art installation Harmonic Convergence is being unveiled in the Miami International Airport. The official dedication of Harmonic Convergence, hosted by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places, will take place in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami, December 1 – 4, 2011.

About Christopher Janney
Trained as an architect and jazz musician, Janney is an artist and composer whose work explores the relationships between sound and architecture, often-transforming otherwise ordinary spaces into “hyper-reality” environments.

Educated at Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Janney has explored the intersection of architecture and music for over thirty years, creating temporary and permanent installations throughout the United States and Europe. Sometimes he tries to make architecture more like music, as in his Soundstair on the Spanish Steps in Rome and Sonic Forest at the Bonnaroo and Glastonbury Music Festivals. At other times, he attempts to make music more physical, more like architecture, as in his HeartBeat performance with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He is probably best known to Miami sports fans for his Turn Up the Heat interactive “anemone” scoreboard created for the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena.

Schedule of events at The Moore Space

Tuesday, November 29 – Sunday, December 4, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Architecture of the Air, a traveling exhibition about Janney’s work.

Friday, December 2, 2011
9:00 p.m. – Concert featuring Janney’s studio music entitled “Disembodied Instruments (Dance Version)” with The Persuasions and other great musicians from Boston and New York.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
3:00 p.m. – Panel discussion on contemporary issues in art, architecture and sound, moderated by critic Beth Dunlop with Janney, Gustavo Matamoros and Vito Acconci.

9:00 p.m. – Screening Janney’s recent film “What is a Heart?” with performance clips by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sara Rudner (Twyla Tharp Dance).

The evening will open with a live set by The Persuasions and close with live music by LA-based indy-rock band Y LUV, featuring Freddy Janney.

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