“Eavesdroppings” by Ben Coleman

Eavesdroppings

Ben Coleman

May 6th – May 29th

Eavesdroppings are the scraps of conversation that have become the foundation of the surveillance economy. Akin to Guano (the bird excrement that became a hot commodity in the 19th century), our chit-chat is part of the torrent of ‘Data Exhaust’ harvested by tech giants for free, and sold on for $$$$$$$$$!
Is your phone spying on you? Yes, it is. Is this a problem? You tell me!
 

Eavesdroppings presents solutions for audio surveillance, from the ‘privacy leaf-blower’ to the retro stylings of the ‘tin-can telephone’, a technology that’s coming from the treehouse to your house, and guarantees you won’t be secretly recorded by a nefarious app!

Come and meet your new best friend Cayla™, Alexa’s baby sister, the doll banned in Germany! She’s excited to talk to you! Only at Eavesdroppings (because they’ve taken down her app and she can’t talk anywhere else).

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Ben Coleman is a British multi-disciplinary artist residing in Denver, CO. His practice is rooted in sound-making and performance-making, but often plays with other media, including music, text, video and installation. His work most often focuses on how we experience sound, how we use sound, and how we think about, and with, sound.

Coleman grew up in theatre and music, forming his first bands in London while studying contemporary performance. Moving to the US in the 2000s, he dedicated some eventful years to musical projects and audio engineering. His practice now encompasses curatorial projects, and frequent collaboration with artists across disciplines, including choreographers, visual artists, and theatre practitioners.

His work has been presented by the High Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Gibney Dance, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University. Collaborators have included the Nap Ministry and Moog Music.

Coleman’s work has been featured by Hyperallergic, Wire Magazine, Vice, Pitchfork and NPR. He is currently an artist in residence at Redline Contemporary Art Centre, Denver. Visit him there, or at www.bencolemansounds.com

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Public hours:

Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

The artist will be present on May 15th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th

Opening Celebration May 6th, 6:00pm  – 9:00pm

Special Event, Femme Salée ‘zine release party  May 27th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

 

Understudy is free-to-visit and open to all. We are located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the Shantell Martin art bench.

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