Big Medium presents Steve Parker: "War Tuba Recital" opening reception
Big Medium will present the second annual Tito's Prize exhibition featuring winner Steve Parker. "War Tuba Recital" examines the history of conflict through sound. Combining military artifacts (acoustic locators, air raid sirens, leaflet propaganda of Dr. Seuss, coded radio transmissions, the WWII Ghost Army, and the weaponization of marching bands) with the sonic philosophies of John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and Cornelius Cardew, items are transformed into tools for awareness, discovery, and renewal.
The exhibition is conceived as an ongoing performance where visitors realize a series of compositions using sonic headdresses, invented instruments, and graphic notation. The exhibition will run through the East Austin Studio Tour.
Parker is a musician, artist, and curator who creates communal, democratic work to examine history, systems, and behavior. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; playable sound sculptures that function as musical scores; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. Parker is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Harrington Fellowship, the Best of Austin Award, the Austin Critics' Table Award, and the 2018 Tito’s Prize.