Visual Art Department faculty member Ed Osborn discusses his recent sound and video work produced in the high arctic.
Albedo Prospect is a set of media works that explore the polar imaginary using video, still images, audio, sculptural elements and text. Source material for the project was gathered during travels in the Svalbard archipelago on the sea and in remote locations around the islands in Fall of 2011.
Ed Osborn’s sound art pieces take many forms including installation, sculpture, radio, video, performance, and public projects. His works combine a visceral sense of space, aurality, and motion with a precise economy of materials. Ranging from rumbling fans and sounding train sets to squirming music boxes and delicate feedback networks, Osborn’s kinetic and audible pieces function as resonating systems that are by turns playful and oblique, engaging and enigmatic. Osborn has performed, exhibited, and lectured, and held residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. The recipient of many awards including a DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Stipendium and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and is on the faculty of the Visual Art Department at Brown University.