SFCA [isaw+subtropics] in collaboration with
ArtCenter/South Florida

Experimental Music and Sound Art
with guests Jennie Gottschalk and Christoph Cox

Sunday, July 9, 8PM

924 Lincoln Road 201
Miami Beach, FL 33139

In her book, Experimental Music Since 1970, author Jennie Gottschalk writes: “Experimentation is a way of working. It pushes past that which is known to discover what lies beyond it, finding new knowledge, forms, and relationships, or accepting a state of uncertainty. For each of these composers and sound artists, craft is developed and transformed in response to the questions they bring to their work. Scientific, perceptual, or social phenomena become catalysts in the operation of the work.”

In his article for ArtCenter/South Florida’s summer issue of Small Format, Christoph Cox states that, “The term “sound art” has become increasingly prominent in the art world since the mid-1990s. There’s no established definition of the term, which has been embraced by some artists, critics, and curators, and roundly rejected by others. Nonetheless, the term “sound art” hasn’t gone away – and for good reason.”

This panel discussion will help answer questions about these topics of great interest to Subtropics and its audience.

About our guests:

Jennie Gottschalk (born 1978 in Stanford, CA) is a composer based in Boston and the author of the book, Experimental Music Since 1970. She holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from The Boston Conservatory (2001), and a master’s degree and doctorate from Northwestern University (2008). Teachers have included Larry Bell, Yakov Gubanov, Jay Alan Yim, Augusta Read Thomas, and Aaron Cassidy. Recent performances in Los Angeles (Dog Star Orchestra) and Chicago (Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble). Her dissertation and current work explore connections between American pragmatist thought and experimental music. Current projects include a string quartet, a children’s book, an experimental music blog (, and a residency at the Conway School of Landscape Design. For additional resources related to this book, please visit the author’s website at

Christoph Cox is Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College and a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College. Cox is the author of Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming) and Nietzsche: Naturalism and Interpretation (University of California Press, 1999), and co-editor of Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg, 2015) and Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum, 2004). The recipient of an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, Cox is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine. His writing has appeared in October, Artforum, the Journal of the History of Philosophy, The Wire, the Journal of Visual Culture, Organised Sound, International Studies in Philosophy, The Review of Metaphysics, and elsewhere. He has curated exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Kitchen in New York City, New Langton Arts in San Francisco, and G Fine Art Gallery in Washington D.C. Cox has written catalog essays for exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Mass MoCA, the South London Gallery, Berlin’s Akademie der Künste, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Oslo Kunstforening, and other venues.


Subtropics XXIV is possible with support from City of Miami Beach’s Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council; with additional support from Miami-Dade County, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and by the Blank Family Foundation. SFCA [] would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Sennheiser, leaders in superior sound technology. Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) supports Subtropics XXIV through the Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE).