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Joshua Unikel, Time Capsule Opened

April 15, 2013  by: Dom

Joshua Unikel

Sound art meets collage meets the limits of human memory in Time Capsule (2012) by Joshua Unikel (MFA 14). Unikel’s sound project was recently published in a nationally ranked magazine and exhibited in New York City.

Time Capsule appears in the April 2013 issue of The Collagist, a national literature and arts magazine rated #3 on HTMLGIANT’s list of “Hottest Litmags.”

In his artist’s statement for the work, Unikel writes,

Digital technology and its cultural database seems to want to repeat itself. Yet that repetition, that permanence seems unlike the decay and finite quality of human memory.

In the place of clear answers, there is an urgency, a forcing together of period-specific found sound, a collage of cultural memory and digital technology forced into the confines of human memory, consciousness, and biological decay.

Time Capsule was also exhibited recently in a group show in New York City as a part of Soundscapes and Territories, the 2013 Philosophy and the Arts Conference held by Stony Brook Manhattan.

During the conference, Unikel lent his perspective on Time Capsule and time-based art on a panel for “Duration and Creativity.” Unikel was among graduate students of art and theory from institutions around the world, including The New School, Yale, Exeter – UK, Purdue, Boston College, Koc University – Turkey, Stony Brook, and NYU.

Before becoming an MFA candidate in UB’s Department of Art, Unikel earned his MFA in creative writing at the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Currently, he also serves as the assistant editor of the Seneca Review. His writing has appeared recently in [PANK], Sonora Review, TriQuarterly Online, Drunken Boat, The Normal School, Fugue, and kill author.

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