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With Hidden Noise on WUSF TV and Radio

Posted on July 3, 2015

With Hidden Noise

With Hidden Noise Listening Program with Stephen Vitiello, USF Contemporary Art Museum, 2015. Image courtesy of USFCAM.

With Hidden Noise at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum was recently featured in WUSF TV and WUSF Radio. The program quotes With Hidden Noise curator and artist Stephen Vitiello saying:

We all listen. We all feel. We all have the potential to listen creatively but not a lot of us have been educated or cultured to do that. So you hope that some people will come to it with open minds… I think that’s all you can do. To do it well, it’s not easier or harder than to take a good photograph of make a good painting. You’re just maybe going to reach a different audience.”

To see the full coverage, visit the WUSF website, here and here.

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With Hidden Noise Featured in Creative Loafing

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With Hidden Noise, installation view, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 2015. Photo: Marysia Lopez.

Marysia Lopez recently reviewed the exhibition of With Hidden Noise at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, FL for Creative Loafing. The article gives evocative descriptions of specific artworks in the show, as well encouraging audiences not to be deterred by the unfamiliarity of the media. About With Hidden Noise, USF CAM Exhibitions Manager Shannon Annis says:

“You don’t need a background in music or sound to enjoy it,” Annis says. “It’s an experiential process. Something we really want to encourage is the ability for people to take more time and allow their attention to unfold over time. We’d like to encourage them to do that for all of our shows.”

To read the full article, visit the Creative Loafing website, here.

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Stephen Vitiello interviewed on WMNF Radio

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With Hidden Noise

With Hidden Noise Listening Program with Stephen Vitiello, USF CAM, 2015. Image courtesy of USF CAM.

Local Tampa, FL radio station WMNF recently featured a conversation between With Hidden Noise curator and artist Stephen Vitiello, USF CAM Exhibitions Manager Shannon Annis, and USF communications specialist Mark Fredricks about the exhibition of With Hidden Noise currently on view at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum. As part of the station’s ongoing Art in Your Ear program, Stephen Vitiello spoke about what first inspired him to work with sound, the process of curating this exhibition, and how he hopes to influence audiences with his work.

“It’s really to get people excited about listening. We all listen, we hear all the time, but we don’t always do it with a consciousness. When we’re growing up, when we’re babies, and someone says ‘What color is that crayon? It’s blue, it’s green. What kind of blue? It’s aqua blue.’ But we don’t necessarily grow up with that language about listening. And so part of I’m doing in my work and also as a teacher is to enhance that language and make us aware that we listen, and can listen with passion and curiosity and pleasure.”

You can listen to the full conversation on the WMNF podcast, here.

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Photos from the Event: Lucía Sanromán

Photos from the Event: Abel Tilahun

Posted on July 22, 2015

Recipient of the 2015 ICI/French Institute Fellowship

Posted on July 28, 2015

Independent Curators International (ICI), l’Institut français in Paris, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York announce curator Mouna Mekouar as the 2015 ICI/French Institute Fellow.

Mouna Mekouar, a curator and art critic who has held curatorial positions at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, is the fourth ICI/French Institute Fellow. The fellowship program offers a French curator an opportunity for international research and the development of professional networks over a period of six months, which includes two visits to the U.S. or across ICI’s international network.

Mouna Mekouar’s research explores new potentialities for spaces and scales of art, using French theorist André Malraux’s concept of the Museum Without Walls as a starting point. Through studio visits and artist interviews, she plans to investigate the use of image collections and archives in artists’ practices, re-envisioning Malraux’s concepts. She is interested in understanding and revealing the consequences of this concept on artists’ works, curatorial practices, and encyclopedic museums. Mekouar’s research and details on related events will be available on ICI’s website.

About the Fellow
Mouna Mekouar is an art critic and independent curator based in Paris, France. She was associate curator of Simple Shapes at Centre Pompidou-Metz (2014). From 2012 to 2014, she was curator at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. She was co-curator of the exhibition Philippe Parreno Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World in 2013 at Palais de Tokyo. In 2010, she was associate curator of Chefs-d’oeuvre ? (Masterpieces ?), the inaugural exhibition of Centre Pompidou-Metz. She also undertook a number of curatorial assignments for various cultural institutions in France, such as Musée du Quai Branly for the Biennale of Images of the World (2009 and 2011); Jeu de Paume for the exhibition Roger Parry at Hôtel de Sully. She has numerous published essays and has contributed to journals such as Art PressRevue de l’artÉtudes photographiquesImages re-vues and Patrimoines.


About L’Institut français in Paris
L’Institut français is the governmental agency for the promotion of French culture abroad and the operator of the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs for artistic collaboration in performing arts, visual arts, architecture, as well as for the dissemination of French books, cinéma, language, thinking, and ideas. L’Institut français works in close relationship with the French cultural services abroad, including 150 local French institutes and almost 1,000 French alliances. It also collaborates with the French Ministry of Culture and Communication through a partnership agreement.

About The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.
The Cultural Services is a division of the French Embassy in the United States. The Cultural Services was first imagined in the 1930’s by Paul Claudel. In 1945 General de Gaulle appointed Claude Lévi-Strauss as the first Cultural Counselor, with the mission of providing Americans (individuals and organizations) with access and resources to engage with French culture and promote it in their own communities. www.frenchculture.org