Film & New Media


A Celebration of Sound; Free Opening Reception: Thu May 8 / 7-9pm

Terrace Gallery

Free Opening Reception: Thu May 8 / 7-9pm 

“The most exciting gallery show this spring is one you can take in with your eyes closed. But leave your ears (and your mind) open.”
 – The Washington Post

Fermata is Artisphere’s first exhibition dedicated entirely to sound and the largest of its kind in the region to date. Featuring nearly 30 artists, Fermata takes an expansive approach and is a celebration of individuals using sound in a variety of disciplines, from composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to NASA Kepler scientist Lucianne Walkowicz.

Centered around a wall of speakers designed by sound artist John Henry Blatter that will be used by all participants in the show, Fermata will unfold in three parts, or movements, each featuring a different combination of six to ten sound works that will cycle continuously for a month. Each Movement will play on a continuous loop with no two works playing simultaneously in the gallery; each piece will utilize every functioning speaker on the wall, allowing playback of multi-channel audio works. Fermata will conclude with Coda, a collaboration with Transformer as part of their annual Exercises program for emerging artists. 

1st Movement (Apr 24-May 25)
Annea Lockwood
Brian McBride
Jez riley French
John Henry Blatter + Nathan Tersteeg
Lawrence English
Richard Chartier
Salomè Voegelin + David Mollin
Scarfolk Council

2nd Movement (May 28-June 22)
Alberto Gaitán
Don Zientara + Ian MacKaye
Eddie Ruscha
Forest Swords
Markus Guentner
Ryuichi Sakamoto
The London Sound Survey
Toni Dimitrov
3rd Movement (June 25-July 20)
Alvin Lucier
Beauty Pill
Francisco Lopèz
Kate Carr
Lucianne Walkowicz
Specta Ciera
The Books

CODA (July 23-Aug 10)
Alex Braden
E. Jane
Emily Francisco
Ian McDermott 

Download a PDF of the Fermata brochure here.

A special thanks to Fermata Platinum Media Sponsor WAMU 88.5.

Fermata Artists

E11: CODA 
Free public opening reception: Thu Jul 24 / 6-8pm
Final installment of Fermata and in partnership with Transformer. 

E11: CODA marks the 11th season of Transformer’s Exercises For Emerging Artists program and its first in conjunction with an exhibition at Artisphere. Launched in 2004 to support a select group of emerging artists, this peer critique and mentorship program is intended as a ‘jump-start’ for DC area artists seeking to connect with peer artists & mentors in an intensive critique process as they create a new work. E11: CODA focuses on artists working within the discipline of sound. They will meet bi-weekly with this year’s Lead Mentor Ryan Holladay and other guest mentors. The program will culminate with a group exhibition or series of mini solo exhibitions presented at Artisphere as the final Movement of Fermata. This year’s selected Exercises artists include: Alex Braden, Erica Jane, Ian McDermott, and Emily Francisco. Transformer is a Washington, DC based 501(c)3 non-profit, artist centered organization that connects and promotes emerging artists locally, nationally and internationally.  

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