Artist Nathan Hall takes apart his audio installation Soundscape 2020 piece by piece, to tell the story of how it was made. Based loosely on the style of the podcast and Netflix documentary series Song Exploder which deconstructs popular music, this program will deconstruct Nathan's audio installation currently on view at MCA Denver.
Denver-based Nathan Hall occupies spaces throughout the building and the rooftop with sound-based works that explore the sonic arc of 2020. Moving through the interstitial spaces of the museum, including stairwells, the elevator, the restrooms on the first floor, and the entry ramp to the building, his multi-channel project surfaces the cacophony, silence, and variability that defined the aural landscape of our city over the past year.
In January of this year, eleven metro Denver high school students worked with Denver-based artist, educator, and community organizer Moe Gram to learn about 3D collage and create an exhibition for the Teen Idea Box at MCA Denver. The exhibition, titled Get Close But Don’t Touch, encourages viewers to explore the nuance of their own personal experience of the last year, while zooming out to acknowledge our collective societal experience at large.
We caught up with Moe and talked about her experience working with the teens on the exhibition, the role of empathy in art, and women who have inspired her.