Tortua video online

Published on March 26, 2013

Tortua is a robotic video artwork that was on display in the Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College, on March 4–27, 2013. The installation incorporates a digitally animated sequence by Rebekah Tolley, a robotic sculpture by Micheal Tolley and audio by Eric Leonardson.

Oct 6, EcoMedia Panel at International Sculpture Conference

Time/Date: 10:00—11:30 AM Saturday, October 6
Location: Columbus Auditorium at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
280 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603

During the 23rd International Sculpture Conference I will speak on a panel entitled, EcoMedia: Environmental Science & Technology & Interaction in Public Art. The panel’s moderator is Andrea Polli. The panelists are Paul Catanese, Eric Leonardson, and Russell Bauer.

In the 21st century, there has been a resurgence of ecologically conscious art using new media technologies. Like Eco-art, this recent Ecomedia movement is interdisciplinary and global. Ecomedia is heavily influenced by developments in science, particularly remote imaging and other Earth sensing (for example, the widespread use of GPS data) and developments in computer modeling (for example, detailed models that not only model the physics of the Earth and solar system, but also explore the Earth’s chemistry and biology). This panel will present a series of public art work case studies, both permanent and temporary, that could be considered Ecomedia.

The International Sculpture Conference opens on Wednesday, October 3 and concludes on Sunday, October 7. Visit for registration, schedule, blog, and more.


Bachet Concerts Friday, September 30 at MCA

Gregory O’Drobinak, Eric Leonardson, and Ed Herrmann
play the Baschet Aluminum Piano

Aluminum Piano (c. 1962)

Aluminum Piano (c. 1962). Photo by Eric Leonardson (2011)

2:00 pm, Friday, September 30

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611

Admission to the museum is $12 or $7 students. Free for SAIC students. No extra charge for the performance.

This is another chance to hear a rare musical instrument – the “aluminum piano” designed by Francois and Bernard Baschet, and owned by the Museum of Contemporary Art. The performance will last about 45 minutes and is part of  “Motor Cocktail: Sound and Movement Art of the 1960s,” an exhibition that runs through October.

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Just Listen at the National Sculpture Factory, April 15–17

JustListenApril 15–17, 2011

National Sculpture Factory
Albert Road
ph 00353 21 4314353

On Saturday, April 16 I will give a talk about the World Listening Project and give a performance at the CIT Cork School of Music. Pauline Oliveros will also be performing telematically from the US with John Godfrey. On Sunday at 12 p.m. I lead a soundwalk workshop in Cork.

Just Listen is a sound art event initiated by the National Sculpture Factory that will unfold across various venues and sites across Cork and Limerick through April 2011. Just Listen will include installations, performances, talks, workshops events and concerts. Invited artists include: David Toop, Anne Bean, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Prime, Eric Leonardson, Stephen Vitiello, John Godfrey, Sabine Breitsameter, and Nicolas Collins. Just Listen was curated by Danny McCarthy and Sean Taylor.

For further information, download the programme.

Seeded Plain at Enemy

Sunday, March 13 at Enemy

1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor
Chicago IL 60622

Seeded Plain March 2011 Mini-Tour
Seeded Plain is Bryan Day (Decorah, Iowa) and Jay Kreimer (Lincoln, Nebraska), two experimental instrument makers who have been performing with new and unusual sounds on instruments made from everyday objects and materials. Their Entry Codes CD on Creative Sources (Portugal) was described as “playfully cranky and enjoyable…well worth the listen.” See their March 2011 Mini-Tour schedule here.

Also on the bill:

  • Aaron Zarzutski + Nick Hoffman
    Their LP “PSYCHOPHAGI” on Pilgrim Talk was made using disassembled turntable, sewing machine, and amplified sheet metal.
  • Pelzwik
    Duo from Minneapolis, (Birthday Set with: Dinger/Talking Computron ) “…noisy drone stuff on modified toys with some melodic elements. Probably more accessible than anything anyone else is doing…”
  • Eric Leonardson
    Enemy resident performs with self-built instruments made of coil springs, wood, and other pieces of hand-held, amplified detritus.
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