Diapason Open Call

diapason.jpgDiapason, a Brooklyn-based gallery for sound art, is initiating an open call for the following:

1. Residencies: Composers, sound artists, and other qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for working residencies utilizing Diapason’s multi-channel sound environment. Diapason has two state-of-the-art multi channel sound systems (described below). Interested persons are invited to submit proposals for the use of the space to create work. Dates and times are flexible. Residents will receive a brief technical orientation but no technical assistance, unless supplementary funding is provided.

2. Curatorial: Emerging curators are invited to submit proposals for sound art presentations at Diapason. Any format is acceptable, from single artist retrospectives to group shows. Diapason is uniquely well-suited for presentation of computer based multi-channel sound work. Curators are responsible for all aspects of the presentation, including finding personnel to assist with setting up and tearing down the show. They are also required to fundraise for their projects, though Diapason will provide advice and support and its status as a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation.

3. Programming: Interested persons are invited to submit proposals for single performances, screenings, installations, etc. Diapason offers its space and sound systems, plus technical assistance. It is the responsibility of the organizer to collect any funding, door fees, etc., and to maintain the space.

Description of the space

Diapason consists of two rooms: the “gallery” contains a powerful 8 channel sound system with a subwoofer and is designed for focused listening. The floor is carpeted and there are pillows available as well as some seating (cushioned benches, folding chairs).
The “lounge” contains a 12 channel sound system (without subwoofer), as well as a 4 channel PA system and a Steinway Model “O” grand piano. It is set up in an informal way, with benches, chairs, carpets, etc. ranged around the space.

The multi-channel sound systems are connected to MOTU 896 (gallery) and 828 (lounge) audio interfaces. Resident artists are expected to bring a laptop with the necessary drivers.

There are two Shure SM-57 microphones, Mackie 1604 and 1202 mixers, a couple of small Behringer mixers and a stereo direct box. There are plenty of XLR cables.

There are 2 sets of track lights in each room. The number and position of the individual lights can be adjusted.

It is possible to use the walls for displaying objects, but this must be approved by the gallery.

There are Mac and PC computers available with Max/MSP, Pro Tools, DP and other software.

Diapason owns one video projector.

Please submit initial inquiries to… Michael J. Schumacher, director mschumacher [at]

Diapason gallery for sound and intermedia is a non-profit performance and exhibition space that invites the public, artists and composers to engage with contemporary music and sound practices. Established in 2001 by composer Michael J. Schumacher and choreographer Liz Gerring, Diapason has built on his efforts at Studio Five Beekman, a sound gallery he founded in1996. With two high-quality multi-channel sound systems Diapason’s listening environment draws a regular audience, and Diapason continues to be the sole venue in New York City (and one of few internationally) that is dedicated to both presenting multichannel sound installations and providing space for composers and sound artists to experiment, exhibit and perform. Diapason is supported by NYSCA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Phaedrus Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Kirk Radke, and other generous individuals. Diapason is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Aug 20, 2008
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