OptoSonic Echoes

August 15–October 31, 2019


For 2019 Platform, the Parrish Art Museum features a two-part project by the New York City-based artist collective OptoSonic Tea, founded in 2006 by Katherine Liberovskaya and Ursula Scherrer to explore the interaction of live visuals and live audio. The Platform project comprises OptoSonic Echoes, a sound installation at the Museum from August 15 to October 31, 2019; and OptoSonic Tea @ the Parrish, a durational, site-specific indoor/outdoor multimedia performance with approximately 20 artists on Friday, September 27, 7–11 pm. Curated by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, OptoSonic Tea continues the Museum’s commitment to Platform—the Parrish’s open-ended invitation to a single artist or artist collective to consider the entire Museum as a potential site for works that transcend disciplinary boundaries, encouraging new ways to experience art, architecture, and the landscape.

OptoSonic Echoes, the multi-channel continuous sound installation positioned at the exterior of the Museum’s north entrance, was conceived by Liberovskaya and Scherrer, and composer Michael J. Schumacher who acted as the producer. Visitors to the Museum may sit on the outdoor benches to hear recordings of artists as they discuss their work and create sounds for their OptoSonic Tea performance at the Museum on September 27.

About OptoSonic Tea

Intermedia artist Katherine Liberovskaya and video/performance artist Ursula Scherrer conceived OptoSonic Tea as a series of salon-style meetings that explore various forms of live visuals and their interaction with live audio, followed by an informal discussion about the artists’ practices over a cup of green tea. The events took place at the Diapason Gallery in New York until it closed in 2011, at which time Liberovskaya and Scherrer began organizing evenings at venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island including Silent Barn, FotoFono, Experimental Intermedia, The Living Gallery Outpost, and Pioneer Works; and in Europe with OptoSonic Tea On the Road.

Liberovskaya has been working predominantly in experimental video since the late 1980s. Over three decades, she produced many single-channel videos, video installation works, and video performances, which have been presented at myriad artistic venues and events around the world.

Scherrer’s work and collaborations with composers, choreographers, stage directors, light artists, and poets have been shown in festivals, galleries, and museums internationally. Originally trained as a dancer, she shifted her focus to choreography and expanded to photography, video, text, mixed media, and performance art.

Composer/producer Schumacher has worked with a range of instruments and musical forms including symphony, song cycle, and solo piano in the minimalist/avant-garde, rock, and ambient styles. Schumacher specializes in computer generated sound and processing of acoustic instruments such as prepared electric guitar, piano, and computer.

Platform: OptoSonic Tea @ the Parrish is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, mediaThe foundation inc., and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.