With Hidden Noise

  • ICI Conversation at Wave Hill, New York, 2014.

  • With Hidden Noise, Listening Program with Stephen Vitiello, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2015. Photo: Don Fuller.

  • With Hidden Noise, installation view, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2015. Photo: Peter Foe.

  • With Hidden Noise, installation view, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2015. Photo: Eric Jonas.

  • With Hidden Noise, exterior view, Aspen Art Museum's temporary pavilion designed by architect Shigeru Ban, 2011.

  • Installation view of Vitiello’s More Songs About Buildings and Bells at Museum 52, New York, 2011.

  • With Hidden Noise, installation view, Wave Hill, Bronx, 2014. Image courtesy of Wave Hill.

  • With Hidden Noise, installation view, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 2014. Image courtesy of Henry Art Gallery. Photo: R.J. Sánchez.

  • With Hidden Noise, installation view, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minnesota, 2014. Image courtesy of Katherine E. Nash Gallery.

  • Marcel Duchamp, With Hidden Noise, 1916. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/Succession Marcel Duchamp.

  • With Hidden Noise, installation view, MADA Gallery, Victoria, 2013.

Curated by Stephen Vitiello

With Hidden Noise is an exploration of sound art that invites gallery and museum visitors to spend time listening with ears they may not know they have… Titled after Marcel Duchamp’s readymade of a ball of string containing a mysterious sound-making object hidden in its folds, this Exhibition in a Box brings together evocative sounds, some recognizable from traditional instruments and field recordings, and others masked through electronic processes.

Sound art has a long lineage that can be traced back to the Futurist manifesto and through to subsequent movements and genres, such as Fluxus, Conceptual art and performance art, and up to the most recent artistic uses of the latest developments in new technologies. Over the last 15 years a number of larger survey shows have tracked this history, but With Hidden Noise makes an understanding and experiencing of sound art accessible to a wider range of venues.

This self-contained sound art exhibition pares down the installation to a single set of surround-sound speakers (5 speakers plus a subwoofer) adaptable to a broad range of spaces, allowing for many presentation possibilities. Also included are a number of books and catalogues on contemporary sound art that may be distributed around the gallery for those who like to read as they listen. A further reading list, videography and programming suggestions are also provided, making this exhibition as adaptable and expandable as desired.

With Hidden Noise is part of ICI’s Exhibitions in a Box series. Produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, this exhibition is curated by Stephen Vitiello. With Hidden Noise is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; and the ICI Board of Trustees.


Stephen Vitiello interviewed on WMNF Radio

Local Tampa, FL radio station WMNF recently featured a conversation between With Hidden Noise curator and artist Stephen Vitiello, USF CAM Exhibitions Manager Shannon Annis, and USF communications specialist Mark Fredricks about the exhibition of With Hidden Noise currently on view at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum.

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With Hidden Noise Featured in Creative Loafing

Marysia Lopez recently reviewed the exhibition of With Hidden Noise at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, FL for Creative Loafing.

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With Hidden Noise on WUSF TV and Radio

With Hidden Noise at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum was recently featured in WUSF TV and WUSF Radio

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New Albums by With Hidden Noise artists Stephen Vitiello and Steve Roden

With Hidden Noise artists Stephen Vitiello and Steve Roden have both recently released new projects through Dragon’s Eye Recordings.

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Listening Party with Stephen Vitiello and Steve Peters at the Henry Art Gallery

On Saturday, September 6th, 2014, audiences can join the Henry Art Gallery for a listening party as part of the gallery’s presentation of With Hidden Noise.

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With Hidden Noise artist Andrea Parkins’ installation Three Rooms in the Memory Palace - Part 1. will be presented at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York, August 18 – 22, 2014.

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With Hidden Noise in the Seattle Times

The Seattle Times recently highlighted With Hidden Noise, currently on view at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.

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Stephen Vitiello Interview Featured on Eye Level

In an interview with Eye Level, Vitiello elaborates on his relationship with Nam June Paik, his own first steps into recording sound, and what it means to “listen with intent.”

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Stephen Vitiello

Stephen Vitiello is a sound and media artist whose sound installations have been presented internationally both in public spaces and museums. Among his recent projects are A Bell for Every Minute, a site-specific project commissioned by Creative Time for the High Line in New York (2010), and included in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Soundings: A Contemporary Score (2013). Vitiello has collaborated extensively, working with such artists as Tony Oursler, Julie Mehretu, Joan Jonas, Steve Roden, Nam June Paik and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Originally from New York, he is now based in Richmond, Virginia where he is where is a professor in the department of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.


touring schedule

USF Contemporary Art Museum
Tampa, Florida, United States
June 5, 2015 - July 27, 2015

Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery
Pasadena, CA, United States
February 24, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington
Seattle, WA, United States
July 19, 2014 - September 7, 2014

Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN, United States
May 27, 2014 - July 26, 2014

Wave Hill
Bronx, NY, United States
May 23, 2014 - July 6, 2014

MADA Gallery
Victoria, Australia
March 20, 2013 - April 16, 2013

Aspen Art Museum
Aspen, CO, United States
June 10, 2011 - July 10, 2011

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