event, exhibition

JUDY DUNAWAY _ Chamber Ensemble (for Balloons)

Oct 2022  

Chamber Ensemble (for Balloons) is a participatory sculptural sonic environment utilizing round ready-made latex balloons of various sizes. The installation consists of three interconnected sonic sculptures: ReBa, Balloon Release and Stripes Too.

ReBa is an interactive artificial intelligence score in the persona of a giant balloon. She guides visitors to make sounds with typical toy balloons, to which she responds and reacts. Occasional interlopers send a helium balloon into Balloon Release’s deadly tunnel, which transforms into a quadraphonic immersive experience.

All the while, Stripes Too, a large illuminated translucent balloon provides abstract 3-dimensional commentary on the sounds and activities.

Opening: Fr 4/11/2022 18h30

Artist Talk: Fr 4/11/2022 19h30 (Judy Dunaway interviewed by Gerriet K. Sharma)

Exhibition times:

Sa 5/11/ and So 6/11/


Fr 11/11 – So 13/11



Judy Dunaway: >

Judy Dunaway is primarily known for her numerous works for latex balloons as sound producers, including sculptural sonic performances, sound installations, interactive pieces and acousmatic works. She has presented these works throughout North America and Europe at many important venues, festivals, museums and galleries including the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Alternative Museum (NYC), Audio Art Festival 2016 (Krakow), Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Cafe Oto (London), Bang on a Can Festival (NYC), Everson Art Museum (Syracuse), Expo’74 at Mass MoCA, Frau Musica Nova (Germany), the Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NYC), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), Performance Space 122 (NYC), Podewil (Berlin), Roulette (NYC), the Roy and Edna Disney Center (Los Angeles), Seltsame Musik Festival (Austria) and STEIM (Netherlands).   Her awards/grants/residencies include Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm, New York State Music Fund, the Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant, the American Composers Forum’s Composers Commissioning Fund, Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, Harvestworks and the National Endowment for the Arts performance fund. She has given academic presentations about her works at many colleges and universities, including Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan, Italy), Berlin Academy of the Arts, Brown University, Columbia University, Concordia University (Montreal), Hochschule fuer Gestaltung Karlsruhe (Germany), Juilliard School of Music, Musik Akademie Basel (Switzerland), New England Conservatory, Rennselaer Polytechnic, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Gothenberg (Sweden), University of Huddersfield (U.K.) and University of Michigan.   She has a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and an M.A. from Wesleyan University (where she studied with Alvin Lucier).  She has been teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston since 2005.