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Viralnet Presents The Lament Project

Valencia, CA, April 28--The Center for Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) announces the release of The Lament Project--its new online sound/art collaboration for its online journal and project space, Viralnet.net. The project will launch on Friday May 2, 2008.

The Lament Project is curated by Cindy Bernard, Kathy Brew, Beth Rosenberg, Martha Wilson and Center for Integrated Media Director Tom Leeser. The curators invited 50 artists submit a one-minute original sound work that could be described as a lament, a wail, a moan or a cry.

The lament is one of the world's oldest musical and poetic forms for expressing sorrow and grief. It is found in both the East and the West, in classical as well as folk traditions. It has evolved over the centuries informing and influencing genres like the blues. It is a primal sound, born from a place deep inside the individual, reflecting the cries of the larger collective.

"The Lament Project grew from a desire to work with a wide variety of interdisciplinary artists to produce a unique online piece that responds to the personal and social anxieties found in today's global culture," said Lesser. "We thought that the best way Viralnet.net could cut through the corporate media's commodification of suffering and conflict would be with the personal and visceral use of sound."

Even though there are many traditional laments to draw from, Viralnet.net encouraged the artists to develop and invent their own interpretations of the form, and exploring the full range of possibilities--from humorous to serious.

In addition to the laments, the current release of Viralnet.net also features essays by Abigail Child, and Keith and Mendi Obadike, poetry by Anthony McCann and an interview with artist and SASSAS Director Cindy Bernard.

Past Viralnet.net releases have featured projects by Kaucyila Brooke and Perry Hoberman, essays on media and culture by Norman Klein, Holly Willis, Christiana Yang, Martha Wilson and Miriam Ghani, and featured interviews with cultural critics and multimedia artists such as Lisa Nakamura, Sara Roberts, Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer.

For more information about The Lament Project or Viralnet.net contact the Center for Integrated Media at CalArts at im@calarts.edu.

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to arts education through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. The Institute is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA and MFA students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

Last edited by Smith on Aug 26, 2010
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