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Sonic Insurgency Research Group (SIRG):
If the Source is Open (Megamix)

Press Release
Reading the Air with Fereshteh Toosi
Conversation on Sound and Power: Jillian Hernandez and Fredo Rivera
SIRG Closing Program: A Higher Power hosted by Arsimmer McCoy
Opening Reception

Click here for the exhibition's Gallery Notes.

Locust Projects presents If the Source is Open (Megamix), a new immersive sound installation by artist collective Sonic Insurgency Research Group (SIRG). The exhibition continues the collective’s explorations of the role sound and noise play in the structuring of life, particularly as ideas about sound and noise are leveraged in the struggle over cultural consensus, social power, and public space. Opens to the public with a reception on Friday, February 18 and is on view through April 9, 2022, Wednesdays-Saturdays from 11am-5pm. Admission is free.

This site-based work reflects on sound norms and noise regulations as a form of politics, the acoustics of gentrification, as well as the role sound and celebration play in the forming of communities of practice and opposition. If the Source is Open (Megamix) materializes ongoing research into a long-form four-channel sound collage broadcast from a directional speaker system situated on a sculptural listening platform. Miami-focused sounds and sites are featured throughout, including site recordings, experimental compositions, lectures, fragments of conversations, DJ mixes, archival audio, and more. The work is accompanied by a series of programs and activations utilizing the platform and the exhibition duration as a site for live performances and dialogues centering Miami-based participants and contributors.

Click here for the Citational Script of If the Source is Open (Megamix)


Reading the Air with Fereshteh Toosi - March 12 | 5-6:30pm | Locust Projects | RSVP LINK 

What are the ways in which artists and arts institutions act as a force of displacement? What have we learned from our past experiences, and what can we do to avoid future harm?

Please join Miami-based artist Fereshteh Toosi for an in-person listening and dialogue session activating the exhibition’s central sculptural platform. 

Conversation on Sound and Power: Jillian Hernandez and Fredo Rivera - March 30 | 7pm | Zoom | REGISTRATION LINK

Sonic Insurgency Research Group (SIRG) joins scholars Jillian Hernandez and Fredo Rivera in a conversation about the critical issues most pressing to them with a focus on the aesthetics of excess, displacement, art, sound, power, and culture within the artworld and the “oceanic borderlands” more broadly, to use Rivera’s term. Learn more here


Sonic Insurgency Research Group (SIRG) is Josh Rios, Anthony Romero and Matt Joynt. Their research-based performance and exhibition practice examines normalized associations between criminality and sound, silencing as a form of social control, and voicing as a form or social resistance. Considering how noise comes to be defined and the conditions under which certain definitions of noise are mobilized to maintain authority over marginalized communities, SIRG investigates the politics of sound and sound’s relationship to policing. By placing academic scholarship on sound in proximity to experimental sound performance, political speech, dialogue, and other acts of sonic audacity, SIRG seeks to contest institutionalized epistemologies and redefine what kinds of auditory experiences are understood as acceptable and what kinds are understood as antagonistic, especially in the struggle over political, economic, and social equity.


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