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A Closer Look: 'Sites do Things to People'

Title: "Sites do Things to People" // Artist: Stanzi Vaubel & Su Hyun Nam// On view 7 p.m. Friday in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, 2 p.m. Saturday at Silo City and April 29 in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

The cavernous echo chambers of Buffalo's concrete grain elevators are catnip for local and international artists. Since the reopening of Silo City as a cultural laboratory several years ago, artists, architects and musicians of all types have flocked to the structures to create new, site-specific works. (See Silo Sessions, an ambitious ongoing project that brings musicians into the silos for recording sessions that are professionally filmed and posted to the web.)

A Silo City grain elevator is one of three sites chosen by University at Buffalo Media Study Department grad students Stanzi Vaubel and Su Hyun Nam for their project "Sites do Things to People," a musical and sound-based performance and installation designed to get people to think more deeply about the effect of physical environments on them and vice versa.

The piece, described on its website as "a multi-media performance of sensorial reciprocity between place and the people who are affected by it," features a cello performance interwoven with other sound and video projections all designed to get the viewer to contemplate their relationship to the spaces around them.

“This is part documentary, but it’s also a sonic and visual experimentation that the audience will get to experience as they listen and watch the process of creation unfold,” Nam said in a release on UB's website.

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