Jed Speare

USA
1954–2016

https://www.thewire.co.uk/news/41182/sound-artist-and-acoustic-ecologist-jed-speare-has-died

Jed Speare is an artist from Boston working in variety of media. Initially trained in music composition, he has created works in time-based media such as video, sound, and performance art, and conceptual and community-based works for over twenty-five years. His work has been presented in festivals and exhibitions in such places as San Francisco, New York, Boston and the New England region, and abroad in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Taiwan. He is a member of the Mobius Artists Group of Mobius, Boston’s artist-run organization for experimental work in all media, and served as its Director from 1996 to 2004.

A QUIET ZONE II is a part of body of work by Speare that deals with the sound environment. Other works in this vein include CABLE CAR SOUNDSCAPES, an album on Smithsonian Folkways Records; PEACEFUL – AN PING, a project on the soundscape of a waterfront village of Tainan, Taiwan that used sound walks of the village’s oldest streets and aural histories of the residents’ sonic memories to suggest that sound could be used as an element in the future restoration and urban planning of the city; AUDIOGRAMS, a text and image work which explores his experience as an industrial hearing conservationist and the effects of hearing loss; A QUIET ZONE, a photographic, text and multimedia work about a neighborhood in Fitchburg, Massachusetts by that designation; and the artists books Crushed Buckets and I Call You.


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Artist Orange

Just as a performance artist uses their body as their medium, this is a fragrance composed entirely of the orange tree: fruit, leaves, bark, roots, and flowers. Artist Orange performs itself.

Top Notes

neroli, blood orange

Middle Notes

fresh orange juice, petit grain

Base Notes

orange twig, orange seed