Indent Hours is an eight-channel, generative audio installation designed for the courtyard space of Castle Williams. The piece is a constantly evolving soundscore consisting of slow melodic tones and fragments of spoken texts. The melodies are based on music that w as played on the island in both the military band school and in prisoner’s band. The text fragments are taken from accounts of life on the island and in Castle Williams as described in newspaper articles and other reports. The title, Indent Hours, is an anagram of “in the rounds” with refers to the shape of both the structure and many of the rooms within it, as well as to the act of making the rounds, something that the workers at Castle William and on the rest of Governor’s Island had to do as a matter of course.
Opening from May 22 through July 20
Nolan Park Building 5a5b, Governors Island, NY
Ed Osborn works with many forms of electronic media including installation, video, sound, and performance. His pieces feature a tactile sense of space, movement, image and aurality combined with a precise economy of materials. Osborn has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Creative Work Fund, and A\rts International and been awarded residencies from the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Het Apollohuis (Eindhoven, Netherlands), STEIM (Amsterdam), and EMPAC (Troy, NY). He has presented his work at SFMOMA (San Francisco, CA), the singuhr-hörgalerie (Berlin, Germany), the Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), Artspace (Sydney, Australia), the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia), ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), Kiasma (Helsinki, Finland), MassMOCA (North Adams, MA), the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), and the Sonic Arts Research Centre (Belfast, Northern Ireland). He is on the faculty of the Visual Arts Department at Brown University (Providence, RI).