“Before I started putting out the seed, the desert was quiet. A day without wind produced a collision of the senses, a kind of destabilizing contrast between my eyes and ears. Looking out towards the south on a clear day I can see about a hundreds miles into the distance, and then, at the same time, a dead silence. Two contrasting extremes - one of overwhelming stimulation, the eyes strain to see beyond the event horizon line, while the ears are so underwhelmed they begin to listen to themselves.”
Chiara Giovando is an artist and curator based in Joshua Tree CA. She conducted undergraduate studies at San Francisco Art Institute and received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Giovando is currently Senior Curator at Institute for Contemporary Sound (ICS), from 2016 - 2018 she was director of PANEL L.A., an artist residency focused on newly commissioned works. In 2015-16 she was Curator in Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR where she presented a series of exhibitions and programing titled Sound is Matter. Giovando has a diverse portfolio; she was Co-Director and Curator at Human Resources L.A., in 2015 she curated In Search of an Author at the Unge Kunstneres Samfund in Oslo, Norway, and THE OUTSIDE MUSEUM, a temporary museum in the Mojave Desert in collaboration with Portland Museum of Modern Art (PMOMA). In 2012 she was awarded a research fellowship with German collector and curator René Block that culminated in Hammer Without a Master: Henning Christiansen’s Archive, an exhibition that included fourteen artists and composers as well as archival material. Other recent projects include The Third Ear, an exhibition of new sound art curated as part of the Fellows of Contemporary Art Curators Lab Award. Her own recent scores Repulsion Music (2012) and Edges 1969 Adaptation (2012), have played both nationally and internationally including recent performances by the Calder Quartet at the Barbican in London in 2013 and the L.A. Philharmonic in 2015. She was artist in residence at VAR in Sausalito where she developed a new piece called Puncture Tones (2016), a graphic score for strings and subwoofers.