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Simons Foundation Presents: Scales of Sound

Community Culture Entertainment


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Simons Foundation, 160 Fifth Avenue, Gerald D. Fishbach Auditorium, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, 10010

From the microscopic to the macroscopic, how do we understand the world through sound? Sound permeates every element of our daily experience, creating patterns of recognition and alerting us to our surroundings in all that we do – a sensation that is often heightened for New Yorkers.

In addition to adding texture to our lives, how can sound act as a portal to cultural memories or help us imagine the far reaches of space?

Join us for a discussion on the many dimensions of sound that integrates perspectives from astrophysics, fine art, and environmental sonic data.

Chiara Mingarelli is a gravitational wave astrophysicist who studies how supermassive black holes merge – and how they might sound.

Camille Norment is a multimedia artist whose practice examines layered cultural histories and social dissonance through interactive sculpture, performance, and audio feedback loops.

Magdalena Fuentes is a sound researcher whose work includes a multi-year acoustical survey of sounds in New York City throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

These sonic investigators will sit down with Kelsa Trom, community network manager at the Simons Foundation, to discuss how sound is formative to our relationship with our bodies, its connection to our cultural history, and understanding our place in the universe.

To attend this in-person event, you will need to:

  • Register in advance
  • Provide valid photo ID upon entering the building
  • Present your digital or printed Eventbrite ticket confirmation; make sure it is for the correct event and that the name on it matches your ID
  • At this time, all guests at the Simons Foundation must be over the age of 18.

By registering to attend this event, participants agree to follow the Simons Foundation Code of Conduct.

Please note that when you enter the Simons Foundation buildings, you are attesting that you are not experiencing COVID symptoms and are not knowingly positive for COVID.


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