DUSTIN D. WIEBE, Research in Residence at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology
What can musical instruments and the sounds they produce tell us about the times, spaces, and places we inhabit and our relationships therein? How can a primarily temporal endeavour such as music coalesce with architecture, a discipline firmly rooted in space? Instrumental Architecture explores these questions vis-à-vis vibrating bodies of diverse geographic, temporal, and cultural origins, specifically: the monochord of ancient Greece, gender wayang of Bali, and modern classical guitar of Spain. Live performance, recorded sound, and visual representation will be employed to consider the interdisciplinary and inter-sensory relationships and discourses fostered through sonic vibration.
Dustin Wiebe is currently a researcher in residence in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. His current work examines the relationships between material culture, religion, and musical aesthetics. He is currently building a set of Balinese gong kebyar instruments at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (Winnipeg, MB). The North American premiere of Misa Bali (Bali Mass) by will be performed on this percussion ensemble at C.A.S.T. in April 2018.
Dr. Wiebe has previously taught courses in musical practice, theory, and research methods at the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University. He earned the Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University and an M.A. and M.M. (guitar performance and literature) from the Eastman School of Music. His previous research centers on the role of localized music and dance practices in interreligious—particularly Hindu/Protestant—relations, work that has been published by Leiden University Press, the Yale Journal of Music and Religion, and Routledge. Dustin is also a gamelan music practitioner, having studied with several highly acclaimed Balinese musical masters including I Made Subandi and I Gusti Komin Darta. He has performed Balinese music at notable venues in North American and Indonesia, such as the Bali Arts Festival, the Indonesian Embassy (Washington D.C.), and Le Poisson Rouge (N.Y.C.).
LAWRENCE BIRD, Winnipeg
NIKOLE BOUCHARD, University of Wisconsin
GYUNGJU CHYON & JOHN SADAR, Parsons School of Design
LANCELOT COAR, University of Manitoba
JORGE RIVERA & RYAN STEC, Carleton University
MYUNG DUK CHUNG
photo: Sarah Stasiuk [M2 Architecture]
The 2018 Atmosphere Symposium is co-chaired by: Lisa Landrum and Liane Veness with the support of the Faculty's Cultural Events Committee and the Centre for Architectural Structure and Technology (C.A.S.T.); web design and graphics support by Tali Budman (ED4 Architecture student), and administrative support from Brandy O’Reilly (Faculty of Architecture, Partners Program).
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