GlogauAIR resident from July 2019 to September 2019
BenGlas (b. 1992) is an experiential composer and conceptual artist based in Portland, OR. Through ephemeral compositions Glas‘ work questions preconceived notions between passive and active participation, collapses the difference between hearing and listening. In seeking to discover open ended forms of music and listening perspectives, Glas’ compositions focus on subjective perception, via the use of acoustics, psychoacoustics and space as tools for experiential composition.
I would like to propose a multidisciplinary project, with a distinct focus on the subjectivity of perception. My working concept of this is an abstract theatrical production, with a strong emphasis on sound. Using my acquired knowledge of subjective sound sources, I would like to compose a performative installation – one that is activated by actors and dancers throughout the course of the proposed exhibition.
In 2018, alongside designer Ines De Peuter (Adidas), I composed pieces for formal interference interaction. The result was a single faceted performance piece, whose subjective phenomenon were all contingent upon the movement of the dancers in the space itself. In others words; the contraptions that De Peuter, as worn by the dancers in the sonic field, negated and reflected the standing waves presented to the space. The result was a fully immersive piece, that literally, physically and metaphorically included all bodies within the space. Documentation for these sound suits and an example of their sonic interference can be found in the last video sample in this form (or https://vimeo.com/295075224).
The costumes (or sonic sculptures) utilized were initially formulated in another residency earlier this year.
Upon further examination, De Peuter and I have discussed taking this concept to a new dimension. We are now looking to incorporate the relativity of light into the mix, therethrough crafting a minimalist play completely based on ephemeral perceptive phenomena. The true objective of this project is to highlight subjective reactions to an objective reality.
Benjamin Joseph Glas-Hochstettler b. 1992
Folks Press (non-profit), Portland, OR – Audio Engineer
February 2014 – January 2015
Responsible for sound recording and editing materials for the Folks Press in conjunction with the Dada themed variety show “The Late Now”.
Mediterranean Fires, Beirut/ Athens/ Michigan (non-profit)– Artist/ Video Editor/ Fundraiser.
July 2015 – Present
Responsible for scriptwriting, editing and processing audio and visual materials for the international activist collective Mediterranean Fires.
In Naam Der Kunst (I.N.K)– Artist/ Treasurer/ Fundraiser.
July 2015 – January 2018
Responsible for the creation of personal art within the collective, for the curation of collective shows, for handling and safely keeping track of inner collective funds.
PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art), Portland, OR– A/V Technician
September 2015 – Present
Responsible for video and audio capture, sound board monitoring, projections and space maintenance.
Freeform Radio, Portland, OR– Radiojockey
January 2016 – March 2017
Responsible for curating and announcing pertinent musical details for “Nocturne/Aurora” and “Soundspace” with cohost Samson Stilwell.
Right To Dream Too Ambassador (non-profit), Portland, OR– A/V Technician, event coordinator
December 2016 – Present
Responsible for helping set up and maintain sound systems for public events and meetings held by the Right To Dream Too camp and non-profit ambassador board.
Viva La Free (non-profit), Portland, OR– A/V Technician, event coordinator
March 2018 – Present
Responsible for technical assistance and set up for events hosted and presented by the non-profit Viva La Free, as directed by Layna Lewis.
PlayWrite (non-profit), Portland, OR- Copywriter, Grant consultant, Social media representative.
April 2018 – Present
Responsible for social media accounts, copy writing online materials and for supplemental grant writing materials.
La Totale Collective– Artist.
January 2018 – Present
Active member of the Euro-based interdisciplinary artist collective “La Totale”, as directed by Leo Orta.
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