GlogauAIR resident from January, 2017 to April, 2017
Trained as an architect and orchestral musician, Roxanne Nesbitt works to combine several disciplines. Her research and practice explore the connections between sound, sight and motion, employing, spatial and sonic strategies to forge new relationships and reveal existing analogies.
Mutual Instruments Sketch, 2016
Improvised Sketch with Cedar Pitched Sticks Series 4. Movement and Sound by Deanna Peters and Ben Brown. Filmed by Sophia Wolfe at Stretch Yoga studio in Vancouver.
Monday Match, 2016
Excerpts from a Monday Match at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. Curated by Ben Brown and Angela Muñoz. Featuring several pitched sticks from the Mutual Instrument series.
Roxanne is currently immersed in an 3-month long residency designing architectural instruments for the pedestrian body. She is working on a series of tuned floor tiles and rhythm generating ramps, intended act as a hinge between the acoustic ecologist conception of the soundscape and a kitsch notion of listening.
In both of these projects design is considered as a tool to focus attentive listening. Focus on the sound of the bodies’ movements and surrounding soundscape becomes a radical act, working in opposition to the current commodified and corporate understanding of music and listening. By reclaiming our curiosity in the relationship between our own bodies and their surroundings, we are reminded that sound can be used to celebrate an in-the-present democratic reality rather than a mediated media-saturated existence.
This work is inspired by the subtlety and specificity of timbre, attempting to balance blunt and obvious cues to listen, with ambiguous and ineffable shifts. The investigations are deliberately acoustic, tactile and tangible, focused on exploring the sonic potentials of both materials and detailing.
University of British Columbia 2015
Masters of Architecture University of Alberta 2009
Bachelor of Music with distinction in double bass performance
2017 Architecture/Design Residency GlogauAIR Gallery Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
2010 Woodworking Skills Course Banﬀ Centre for the Arts
2009 Creative Music Residency SOUND INSTALLATION / DESIGN / PROJECTS
2016-ongoing Mutual Instruments for Movement and Sound _Collaboration with Ben Brown
2014-ongoing Graftician – Audio/ Visual music project
2016 ArtPark Installation _for Artswells Festival 2013-2015 Self and Self Portraits _Collaboration with Sarah Fdili Alaoui and Alexa Mardon
2013 Placing Found Sound _installation at Alma Mater Society Gallery In Vancouver
2010 Distaﬀ _Collaboration with Good Women Dance Collective
2009 Solo Viola and the Behave Well _concert installation at the Banﬀ Centre
2009 Song-string Bass _concert installation at the Banﬀ Centre
RECENT AUDIO/VISUAL PERFORMANCES
2016 Mutual Instruments w/ Conversation Balance installation at Modern Body Festival, The Hague NL
2016 Acclimatized collaboration w/ Kelly McInnes at Interplay, Vancouver BC
2016 Graftician performance w/ Rhoneil and Sisters of Seance – The Emerald, Vancouver BC
2016 Ree-wahyld collaboration w/ Kelly McInnes at Vines and Festival of Publik Space, Vancouver BC
2016 Graftician performance Artswells Festival 2016, Wells BC
2016 Graftician performance for Sofar Sounds, Railtown, Vancouver BC
2016 Graftician performance with Francesca Belcourt -the Rattle, Vancouver BC
2016 Improvised Music with Sarah Albu, Ben Brown -Thor’s Palace, Vancouver BC
2015 Graftician Loft Show w/ a Raven called Crow -studio MOOT, Vancouver BC
2015 Graftician performance with the Fallers, Holy Oak, Toronto, ON
2015 Graftician show Tiny Lights Festival, Ymir BC
2014 Graftician performance with Tanya Gallagher, Skinny Fat Jacks Vancouver BC
2014 Graftician performance Artswells Festival 2014, Wells BC AWARDS
2016 British Columbia Arts Council Early Career Development Residency Grant
2009 Ken and Marie Madsen Endowment Scholarship 2008 Jason Lang Scholarship for superior academic achievement
2008 Beryl Barnes Memorial Scholarship for superior musical performance
2007 Jason Lang Scholarship for superior academic achievement
2006 Jason Lang Scholarship for superior academic achievement
2006 Beryl Barnes Memorial Scholarship for superior musical performance
2005 University of Alberta Leadership Scholarship
2005 University of Alberta Academic Entrance Scholarship
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